Last month’s Memorabilia Birmingham was a blast! We’re a bit late in getting up our report from the show but better late than never, as they say.
This past November’s show was the first November show to have Memorabilia Birmingham combined with MCM Birmingham Comic Con (this has been done previously for the March Memorabilia Birmingham and Comic Con). Both the Memorabilia and Comic Con halls were packed! Fans found it tough to navigate the aisles on Saturday afternoon. MCM Expo Group reported 26,500 fans attended the two-day event. Admission to either show got you into both.
Stars from British and American television series and movies could be found in the two NEC halls. Celebrities from Doctor Who, Haven, Game Of Thrones, Star Wars, Stargate, Primeval, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Quadrophenia, Red Dwarf, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show were on hand (mainly in the Memorabilia hall).
On the Comic Con side, fans could find comics and pop culture retailers and independent publishers mixed in with large exhibits for Despicable Me 2, Moshi Monsters: The Movie, Star Wars, and more. The Star Wars exhibit was especially large this year and included a full-size Landspeeder, Podracer, and the Jabba Dashery, selling all sorts of Star Wars related items.
We had another great year of sales for Non-Sport Update. In addition to our usual items – back issues, books, and subscription and renewal specials , we debuted two Downton Abbey related items. Our Memorabilia Convention Special edition of the Dec/Jan issue featuring the cast of Downton Abbey on the cover (and Cryptozoic Entertainment’s P1 promo card inside) could be found at the Non-Sport Update table as well as a special Downton Abbey metal card (number P2). The Downton Abbey variant cover is still available for purchase in the NSU Store.
Those who visited the Non-Sport Update table found a US invasion of sorts in the form of four Yanks behind the table. In addition to myself, fellow blogger Bob Hulsart returned to Memorabilia Birmingham for his second year. NSU Subscription Services Specialist Cliff Tooker also visited the show this year along with wife Carol. Carol wrote our Downton Abbey variant issue cover story.
We’d like to thank the UK collectors who came out to the show as well as Paul Hart and Cult Stuff, who have generously helped with show preparation and execution. Props to Paul Bines and “Wolfie” for their help as well. We’re already looking forward to the 2014 show!
See our exclusive gallery of photos from around the show floor below.
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