The London Movies, Comics, and Media Expo, later referred to as MCM Comic Con, was based in early 2001 by well-known conference organisers Paul Miley or ScifiShows and Bryan Cooney of Wolf Events. Hosting occasions within the UK and all over the world, together with London, Birmingham, the Midlands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Manchester, Scotland, Stockholm, Malmö, Copenhagen, Belgium, and Hanover, in 2017 Bleeding Cool broke the news that NYCC/C2E2/ECCC organisers ReedPop would purchase MCM and all of its occasions all through the UK.
Well, evidently no matter non-compete clause was signed 4 years in the past is up, as Bryan Cooney is again, organising comedian cons within the UK and appears to have chosen a well-known title to take action, MegaCon, for a series of new pop culture shows. Apparently, it has no relation to the Orlando Florida MegaCon that has been operating for nearly thirty years and was as soon as owned by CrossGen Comics earlier than its present proprietor, Informa Pop Cultue Events, who personal the MegaCon trademark. One for the attorneys maybe?
MegaCon will debut on the twenty sixth and twenty seventh of March 2022 at Birmingham’s NEC, the identical location the place MCM Birmingham Comic Con will be taking place this weekend. There will then be extra MegaCon exhibits on the 2nd and third of July in Dublin on the RDS Arena and on the thirtieth and thirty first of July in Manchester’s Manchester Central centre.
The opening present expects attendance of 20.000 to 30,000 however “the festival creators have ambitious growth strategy, with plans to expand the show and significantly grow Birmingham into a headline event… MegaCon intends to evolve modern pop culture shows as we know it, with a series of events aimed at; pop culture fans, comic-book lovers, streamers, gamers, movie fanatics and of course, the amazing cosplay community at the heart of modern fan events! The show will have something for everyone, with a vast, diverse offering that transcends modern pop culture. Exhibitors at the event will include major movie companies, fashion brands (cosplay, modern street fashion and culture), comics and pop culture retailers covering anime and manga, and big names from the world of gaming and technology. Each MegaCon event will run across two days, featuring live stages with top talent from film, television, anime, gaming, and social media. The show will be packed with experiential stands and themed photo zones for epic memories, as well as a vast retail zone filled with geeky memorabilia! Attendees will be treated to appearances from big names from the world of film, tv, game, anime talent & Influencers, who will be available for meet & greet opportunities and signings. Immersive activities will run throughout each weekend, all designed to engage attendees and enable them to interact more with the show itself.”
Bryan Cooney established Malo Events in 2017 and is headed up by Tom Burns and Aleshia Jones. Their portfolio now contains, Kidtropolis, The Digital Kids Show, Social in The City, Comic Con Ireland and most not too long ago the launch of TokFEST on the Birmigham NEC, a pageant for TikTok Creators which occurred in September. Cooney states “We’re so excited to announce the latest addition to our portfolio, MegaCon. The events industry has taken a battering over the course of the pandemic, so it’s great to be bouncing back with the launch of lots of new and exciting shows. We’ve had huge success with our recent TokFEST show, which demonstrated that the consumer appetite for events and experiential experiences is returning. We plan for Megacon to go beyond what the UK & Irish market have seen before; we’re creating a show which typically attracts a niche audience and making it more mainstream with a stellar line up which will appeal to the masses.”