Comic book and pop culture fans will descend on Bowler’s Exhibition Centre next month when Comic Con, run by Monopoly Events, comes to Manchester for a weekend of autograph signing and fan-festing.
Following successful events in Scotland and Liverpool, the 80s and 90s will take over the centre on the 1st and 2nd June.
The 80s brought us family favourites in ET, Three Men and a Baby and Police Academy, while in the 90s Baywatch exploded onto our TV screens, convincing us we could run slo-mo on the beach at Blackpool.
The big attraction for Comic Con attendees are the signing sessions, and sticking to the 80s and 90s theme this year there is a bumper crop of stars to meet and greet.
Police Academy stars including Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow, Zach Galligan of Gremlins 1 and 2 and teen heartthrob Jason Patric head an array of stars on hand over the weekend to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about their careers.
Steve Guttenberg was one of the biggest comedy names in the 1980s, launching two massive movie franchises, one for adults and one for all the family. Police Academy starred Guttenberg in 1984 alongside a huge comedy cast attempting to graduate from police school and join the Los Angeles Police Department.
Stars Michael Winslow and Leslie Easterbrook are also attending Comic Con to talk all things Police Academy.
Steve Guttenberg built on the success of Police Academy starring in three sequels and in 1987 joined TV A-listers Ted Danson and Tom Selleck in the lovable and heartwarming Three Men and a Baby, which is exactly what the names suggests: three bachelors struggle to bring up a newborn baby fathered by one of the trio.
You can talk to Baywatch babes Erika Eleniak, Angelica Bridges and Brande Roderick about beach running, the famous red swimsuits and working with The Hoff.
And there is lots more to see at Comic Con after you’ve had your fill of celebrities.
Full-scale movie and TV set recreations include the couch scene from The Simpsons, The Blue Oyster bar from Police Academy and prop vehicles such as The Tardis, the Delorean from Back to the Future and GMC Vandura from The A Team.
There’s also the chance to see a dozen other sets and movie prop exhibitions across the halls.
Comic Con appeals to pop culture fans and geeks of all ages. The trading village and model displays will capture the imaginations (and wallets), with limited edition memorabilia available to buy over the weekend.
Professional and amateur cosplay artists will be out in force, their incredible and time-stakingly well crafted costumes bringing colour and fun to the whole weekend.
Who’ll be a popular costume this year? 80s figures such as He-Man or Transformers or more current characters in the Avengers or DragonBall Z stars?
Whether you go dressed in costume or not you’ll have plenty of chance to get involved in the whole weekend. There are attractions, live Q&As and live art to take part in if you have enough of seeing every 80s star you’ve ever dreamed of!
Comic Con: For The Love of The 80s & 90s is at Bowlers Exhibition Centre on 1st and 2nd June.