Showmasters, organisers of Film & Comic Con’s in the UK and Europe, including the London Film & Comic Con, today announced a stellar line-up of stars for Collectormania 24. Taking place for the very first time at the NEC, Birmingham, on 3rd and 4th June, the two-day event will be home to some of the most legendary names in TV, Film and Sport.
Stars from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow and The Flash head up a stellar line up of TV & Film stars confirmed to attend. Guests include John Barrowman, star of Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Torchwood; Dean Cain, Superman in the popular Lois & Clarke TV series; David Prowse, famed for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy; Ming-Na Wen, who plays Melinda May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Helen Slater, the original Supergirl.
Also in attendance alongside this line-up is a ‘who’s who’ of sporting royalty with football legend and three-time World Cup winner, Pele, making a rare UK appearance. Other confirmed guests include English footballing legends Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Trevor Brooking, Paul Gascoigne and Ian Wright. From the world of boxing Frank Bruno, Carl Froch, Ricky Hatton and Nigel Benn will be in attendance while snooker legends Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White will also make an appearance.
Drawing on more than 15 years’ experience in organising Film & Comic Cons, Showmasters has added several exciting feature elements to the new show at the NEC:
-The Gaming Zone: gaming fans can enjoy and play a mix of modern and retro gaming including some of the latest PS4, Xbox One and virtual reality titles next to retro games like Pong. The gaming zone will also feature a specific Minecraft zone running custom maps in creative and survival modes and a LAN gaming zone with titles such as Quake, Command and Conquer and Counter Strike to play.
-The Cosplay Masquerade: a staple of every Showmasters’ event, the masquerade offers fans the opportunity to be in the spotlight and the chance to win a grand prize of £500 on Saturday and £200 on Sunday.
-The Comic Zone: an event within an event, the Comic Zone is a vast wonderland where fans and newcomers can explore the myriad worlds of comic books.
Collectormania is one of the UK’s leading gatherings for TV, film and sport collectors. Alongside the star appearances more than 200 memorabilia and merchandising stalls will be on display showcasing a range of collectable items including comics, trading cards, funko pop, clothing, jewellery, artwork, books, board games, posters, autographs, retro games and more.
“We are delighted to be able to bring this new event to Birmingham’s NEC for the first time,” commented Jason Joiner, managing director of Showmasters. “Whether you are a fanatical Star Wars fan, a sports nut, looking for a fun a vibrant environment for cosplay, looking to add to your collection or just want an excuse to catch up with friends and meet the stars of your childhood, Collectormania has something for you.”