This June Geek Pride shall be attending what is set to be an epic event in the geek calendar, Heroes for Sale – Manchester Film & Comic Con. Taking place at Event City (the second largest venue outside London) on the 29th & 30th June, this con has something for every type of geek going, so lets take a look at the run down.
I’ll start with the arenas, I know right, arenas, which should tell you how massive this is going to be. In the past I have found many Manchester based cons, well, tightly packed, suggesting the organisers seriously underestimate the number of geeks in the area. But not this this time. The venue is split into 5 arenas under one roof. These include Comic Zone, Sci-fi & Film, Cosplay, Gaming and Exhibition, so I defy you not to find an interest in that lot.
The Comic Zone will include an artist alley, comic dealers and a trade and swap area. Comic geeks you have the opportunity to not only mingle with your own, but get sketches drawn, comics signed and may be discover something new. The Sci-fi & Film arena brings the usual memorabilia and autograph purchasing opportunities but also the Studio Showcase where major studios will be promoting their new releases and the opportunity to see a few newcomers to the world of film at the Independent Film Festival taking place. With a bonus photo opportunity in the Props World exhibit.
Well it wouldn’t be a con without Cosplay and boy are they catering for this. Not only are they holding cosplay competitions; best anime, best game, best film icon an best superhero, with cash prizes; but there is also a coswalk, make up room and dedicated Steam Punk area. But what caught my eye is larp dedicated environment, I don’t larp but I’m very excited for people who do.
Gamers what have they got in store for you? Well how about Player Time, giving you the chance to play games in advance of their official release. But a big draw for gamers is going to be the tournaments, Call of Duty and Halo 4 Here is what they are proposing:
[box_light]This June you are invited to take part in an epic winner takes all Team Deathmatch Tournament. You and 5 other soldiers/spartans are needed to form a team – you will battle your way through 31 other teams to walk away with £2k prize money [/box_light]
The Exhibition arena is an exciting element to the day. With the promise of a Mos Eisley themed bar and many props from the likes of Star Wars, Star Trek, as well as screen cars, you would be a fool to miss it. As a Whovian I want to give a special mention to the dedicated Doctor Who area celebrating 50 years of the iconic Doctor.
Not only will attending this con offer you a guranteed good time but you may even walk away with a World Record. That’s right Heroes for Sale need you, Jedi or Sith, to take part in the biggest ever lightsaber battle. For the attempt to go ahead they need a whooping 5000 Jedi and 5000 Sith and your participation will be duly awarded with entry to the con, entry to the Jedi tournament and a certificate to celebrate your world record. Sign up here for this monumental attempt
The world record is not the only opportunity for Star Wars fans, there will also be a professionally refereed 100 Jedi vs 100 Sith tournament, with a cash prize for the winner. Click here for more details and to sign up.
In attendance at the overall event will be sculptors, photographers, tattooists and graffiti artists, however, no con would be complete without the obligatory guest stars. Amongst this years confirmed guests are Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Ghost busting Ernie Hudson, Star Wars favourites David Prowse and Kenny Baker as well as the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker and wrestling star Chris Masters. With more guests still to be announced it is clear there will be something for almost every fandom.
‘Wow’ I hear you say ‘what a jam packed geek fest Heroes For Sale have in store for us, but what is it going to cost?’ Well considering the amount of awesomeness packed into the two days, the price is extremely reasonable. A one day entry pass is £15 (10am-8pm), £20 for early entry (9am). A weekend pass for the Saturday and Sunday is a bargain at £25, but that is not all- ever considerate of us geek parents, kids under 12 go free! But there is more…you won’t need to park on the other side of the world because this venue has 3000 free car parking spaces! So grab your tickets here and we at Geek Pride look forward to meeting you, at what promises to be one of the best cons this year.