An all-age event for anime fans, gamers, comic fans and cosplayers! Taking place at the Sugden Sports Centre (M1 7HL) & the Flour and Flagon (formerly the Zoo) next door from 10:30am each day! For anime fans, gamers, comic fans & cosplayers! Featuring Exhibitors, Performers, TCGing, Game Tournaments, Talks and many activities including the Cosplay Contests with nearly £1,000 worth of prizes, Smash and League of Legends with £100 cash prizes, Talent Show, Parties & more!

We’d like to thank our kind friends over at Crownroot, Coser X, MVM, Crunchyroll and 8bitplanet who help support this event.

This event is run by Animeleague, one of the world’s largest anime communities, run by fans for fans, who also run Anime & Gaming Cons in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Leicester, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Make sure to check out our full 2018 calender here.

Events List & Signups Link

[ All Signup Links for ALL events can be found here ]

While there will be signups on the day, we advise to signup beforehand to guarantee a place if you’re entering the Talent Show, Cosplay Masquerade or Cosplay Auction.

All other events you signup for on the day! Again read the link above for a comprehensive list!
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Highlights

With dozens of planned activities, the only problem you will experience is that there won’t be enough time to do everything you want to!

Cosplay Events & Activities

The Two Cosplay Contests will see a prize pool of up to £1,000 between them up for grabs with sponsors XCoser supporting which includes a £100 cash prize for Sunday’s winner. There will be the cosplay masquerade on both the Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (3pm). Interested in competing? You can read more HERE and signup via this form HERE. Pre-Signups online are open until one week before the event.

The top 3 placed winners from Saturday and Sunday’s Cosplay Masquerade will have the option of qualifying for the UK Cosplay Championship Finals at London Anime & Gaming Con and join over 30 of the UK’s best cosplayer who have qualified for the finals across the year (Full info on that you can read @ www.cosplaychampionship.com ). There will be a chance to win even bigger prizes there.

This is just a part of our exciting cosplay lineup which also includes –

– Cosplay Guests, Talks & Workshops We will have some of the most renowned cosplayers in the UK guest-starring at this year’s event. They will provide talks and workshops throughout the day. Talks vary but last time’s saw A begineers guide, Cosplay on a budget, Cosplay Props & Worbla, Mental Health in Cosplay, Plushie Making, Performing at cons, Steampunk and much more!

A Fun Time for Cosplayers, involving YOU! – It’s not all about contests and guests. We seek to include everyone, so we have many events to get involved with including the Cosplay Auction where you put yourself up for bid to raise money for Epilepsy Action, the Cosplay Blind-Date to make friends or maybe find your valentines sweetheart before the big day and much more. From the serious and professional to the fun and silly, our cosplay events have something for everyone.

Cosplay Chillout & Photography Area – In addition there will be areas put aside for cosplayers to chillout, to have their photos taken and much more. All in all we seek to give cosplayers an amazingly fun time with many activities and events to make new friends and awesome experiences at!

Anime & Manga Highlights


– Anime Viewing Area An area dedicated to anime viewing and chill-out where you can watch your favourite titles bought to you by MVM and Crunchyroll. As well as Anime there will be a variety of internet screenings from well known series such as DBZ abriged.
– Manga Artists; Will be present as part of our Artists Alley. This will also include an area where you can sit down, draw and learn new art-tricks.
– Anime/Geek Exhibitors; Expect a wide range of anime and gaming merchandise, DVDs, manga and more, as well as some of the UKs most well known manga and comic artists in attendance. A full list of exhibitors and artists in attendance will be released closer to the event.
– Live J-Pop/Anime themed Performers; There will be several live performers from J-Pop, Anime inspired singers, bands and performers throughout the day. For a full list check out our guests.
– Japanese Food Zone We have many tasty treats in store for you at our food court, everything from Japanese themed to cakes and more. We’ll also have standard food available too.

Video Gaming Highlights


The event will see many setups and 100s of gaming titles available to sit back and play with. Gaming shall take place in several main areas; the Tournaments Zone, the PC Gaming and Indies Zone, the Modern Gaming Zone, and the Retro Zone.

Tournaments – Get ready for our biggest ever tournament lineup at Anime & Gaming Con ( All tournaments are free to enter when you buy your entry. Tournaments include; Smash 4 Doubles, Tekken 7, Mario Kart 8, Smash 4 Singles, Street Fighter V, FIFA18, Rocket League and Call of Duty WW2. You can read full information on what tournaments are happening, the prizes available and the rules on our Tournaments FAQ Page. (Being added shortly)

Challenges – For the first time we will be running challenges across the weekend! For the more casual gamer, challenges allow you to pick up and play at anytime – the objective being to beat the fastest time, the highest score etc. Challenges include; Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania, Mario Kart, DDR and Red Faction Guerilla. You can read full information on challenges, the rules and prizes available for them on our Video Game Challenges Page. (Being added shortly)

The Retro & Modern Zones – Grab a game from our extensive library, sit down with your friends and have fun! A casual chillout area for gamers by gamers. Also a great place to make friends and become a part of our gaming community. We have everything, consoles include NES, SNES, Megadrive, Master System, Mega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast, right up to the latest consoles such as Switch, Wii U, Xbox1 and PS4s. There’ll be tonnes of setups to sit down and have some fun with your friends!

PC Gaming & Indies Zone – Featuring the latest games to check out from a variety of developers. We shall be providing some top-end PCs and running top titles. We’ll also be running more retro-pc gaming as well as well known indie games for some good old LAN Gaming! Make sure to come along.

Stage Highlights

Stage will feature events, talks and performances from 11am through to 8pm on each day.

– Talks (Non Cosplay); As well as cosplay talks mentioned above, there will also be wide range of talks on acting, RPGs and gaming, Comics and anime.
– Dub That Anime; The aim of this event for those who have never seen it before is to dub a 30 second clip of our choice live on stage. The funnier the better. In fact..think Abridging! This can be done as an individual or group.
– The Talent Show; Do you have a hidden talent, be it singing, dancing, stand-up performing or pretty much anything? Come enter the Talent Show, show it off and win a £50 cash prize and the opportunity to develop your act with us and star on stage at our future events! Signup for it HERE
– Big Geek Quiz; Various rounds on both anime and other more general subjects over five rounds. Get some friends together, make your own quiz team, and join in the fun. We guarantee a good time and much randomness! £50 cash prize to the winning team!
– Many more events to be confirmed! Make sure to check out the timetable one month before the event when it is released.

RPG, TCGing and Board Gaming!

We will have a massive lineup of RPGs and Board Gaming for you.

– RPG Scheduled Adventures – Roughly two-hour scheduled adventures (see timetable for details); come along and sign up on the day for any of our games – to be confirmed at a later time.

– Indie RPGs – Almost a dozen quick and simple drop-in Indie RPGs you can just turn up and play including Microscope, Dogs in the Vineyard, Parsely, Narrative Cage Match, Doctor Magnethands, PreHysteria, Not The Bees!

– Board Games include – Bang!, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Carcassonne, Cards Against Humanity, Channel A, Concept, Coup, Dixit, Dungeon Roll, Flame War, Fluxx, Forbidden Island, Hanabi, Love Letter, Munchkin, Pandemic, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Shadow Hunters, Snake Oil, Takenoko, The Resistance and more.

– TCGing; There will be tournaments with prizes provided throughout the Saturday including Yu Gi Oh, Weiss Schultz and MTG.

A full timetable and lineup will be released one month before the event with the timetable.

Comics Highlights

– Top Manga & Comic Artists – Our manga and comics room will feature some of the UK’s best artists in attendance where you can buy their artwork from.
– Art & Comic Portfolio Session – Hosted by comic and manga publisher and event sponsor Crownroot Publications who will not only give advice, but will pick the best artists to be recognised and published in their upcoming comics
– Comic Talks – On the main stage we will have a number of comics-orientated talks which we will confirm when the timetable is released.

Party Highlights

We ARE the party convention! Your ticket includes, free of charge, access to all the parties and late-night events up until midnight on Saturday and Sunday (Same venue). The parties shall feature Free Glowsticks, Free lollipops, Dance-Off Contests with Dancers and Variety Acts through to past midnight. Parties include karaoke earlier on followed by the Glowstick Rave, PopAsia Party, RockOut! and Chiptune Gaming Party.

Even MORE!

– Karaoke Mini-Stage; There will be an entire mini-stage dedicated to Karaoke across the day. Come along and sing to your heart’s content!
– Activities and Demos; We will have a variety of activities and demos in martial arts etc taking place across the event as well. Make sure not to miss out.

Guests

We have internet celebs, cosplayers, performers, singers and speakers lined up! We will be revealing this early next year, so make sure to check back.
Are you a band, panelist or performer and wish to be involved? We’re taking performer applications HERE.

Quinton Flynn’s voice has been burning up the voice over industry since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland, Ohio. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as: Jonny Quest, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Elmer Fudd, Timon & Snowbell, just to name a few. His animated television appearances include: Robot Chicken, The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Avengers and many more.
His best known roles in Video Game franchises have been his work providing the English voices of Raiden (Metal Gear Series), Axel (Kingdom Hearts Series), Kolyat Krios (Mass Effect), Henry (No More Heroes), Arlon & Rexus Ragespear (Guild Wars 2) and Reno in (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) the motion picture. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the Video Game world in which Quinton’s also portrayed:
SPIDERMAN, VENOM, BANSHEE, ABYSS, MERRY, GOLLUM, CROIX & ORPHEN.

If you’re hip to the Anime scene you’ll know him as: Kon in Bleach, Iruka-sensei and Deidara in Naruto, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, Carl/Phantom in Blood+, Shingo Shouji in Initial D, Dr. Riddles & Victoreem in Zach Bell to name a few.

He is well known in the industry for his skills as an impressionist and improvisationalist, having played the role of Paul McCartney and tested for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Comedy Network’s The Daily Show. Quinton is always happy to do the animated and anime characters he is known for when he performs “Live” and rolls out his favorite impressions and yours!

Exhibitors

A full list of exhibitors shall be released next year. You can expect a wide variety of dealers and artists to be present.

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor tables cost £135 per 6ft table for standard tables or £80 for artist tables. Note Exhibitor tables can get power on request – artists tables can not. If you wish to apply to become an exhibitor, then please ensure you:

1. Read the exhibitor FAQ located HERE first and foremost.
2. Complete the Booking Form Online Here
3. We will then invoice you and give you details on how to pay. We can offer BACS, paypal, cheque and cash as payment methods.
4. 4. If you have any questions or problems, please mail us ops@animeleague.com

 

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Travel

Opening Times Are: 10:30am (for prepaid), 11am for on the door. Tickets are available on the door.

Venue Address (The event is based in two Buildings beside one another)
Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL

Pub Zoo, 126 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL
(0161 306 4026)

Car-Parking –

Train Travel – Click HERE to view Walking Directions from Manchester Piccadilly Station. To help get the cheapest ticket possible, we recommend that you search through the National Rail website 12 weeks prior to the event. This will help you find the cheapest advance ticket.

Coach/Bus Travel – Click HERE to View Walking Directions from the coach stage. This is served by numerous companies including National Express. These offer regular national and local services. To help get the cheapest ticket possible, we recommend you search through the nationalexpress and megabus websites 12 weeks prior

Helpout

– To Signup to Crew for the event, please fill in this form HERE. If you have any questions then email crew@animeleague.com
– To Signup to Help Promote/Flyer/PR Team, please fill in this form HERE
– Performer/Guest Applications HERE


Signup to Crew

The Manchester Anime Con crew are the people that help to make this convention a reality and to make it enjoyable for all our members. If you’re interesting in volunteering to help out, please read this page and then volunteer using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Why Crew? Well, you get free entry and one free-meal a day. And of course you get the satisifaction of having helped the convention out. We’re always happy to provide references to people who work for us, so it’s something extra which you can add to your CV afterward. Crewing is also a very easy way to get to know other members of the con, and there is usually a lot of camaraderie between fellow crew members over the course of the event!

What Kind of Work is it? Usually a crew member will help to manage queues, serve attendees, act as a runner to move equipment/items around and so forth. When you join crew, you are placed on to a team. Each team has a team-leader who you will report in to and who will look after you over the event. Each shift you are given is usually four hours long. At times crewing is far from easy, and it can be a lot of hard work but it is usually a very rewarding experience.

How many hours does a full-crew member do? Each full-crew member does 7 hours a day working. This entitles them to free entry in addition to free meal each day.

How many hours does a part-time crew member do? Some teams will allow for part-time crew. These are crew who work for only 1 day. Part-Time Crew will get a meal and free entry on the days which they are working.

What Teams are there? Video Gaming, Registrations, Operations, Stage or specialist (ask).

I’ve already paid my entry, can I get it back if I crew? Provided you do the shifts which are allocated to you, then you will receive the entry money back on the Sunday.

– To Signup to Crew for the event, please fill in this form HERE. If you have any questions then email crew@animeleague.com

 

Help Promote

We encourage those who want to help the event to first and foremost help spread the word. Without massive budgets to spend on mainstream advertising, we rely heavily on our attendees to help with this! You can help promote by –

1. Facebook & Twitter: Help by inviting your friends to our facebook event HERE, and posting short updates along the lines of “Is anyone going to Manchester Anime Con this 8-9 April? You can grab discount tickets online at www.manchesteranimecon.com”
2. Posters/Flyers: By dropping flyers/posters in to shops, groups, societies and handing to friends it can massively raise awareness. We can send out flyers if you request for some in this topic HERE, and you can download a full resolution copy to print out as posters HERE.
3. Word of Mouth: One of the most effective ways, make sure to personally speak to your friends and encourage them to check the event out!
4. Promote or link to us on your website/forum/blog: Download a copy of the Manchester Anime Con press-kit HERE which contains images, buttons, press-releases and further information to use, making it as easy as copy and pasting to write about or link to manchester Anime Con on your website, forum or blog!
5. Banner/Link Exchange and Cross-Promotion: If you’re interested in cross-promoting and gaining traffic, email us on info@animeleague.com and we can explore possibilities. Those who partner up with manchester Anime Con, will also be added as a partner on the animeleague website, a community of almost 30,000 members, making it very worthwhile!

Press

Event Press-Kit (Artwork, Photos and Logos)- Access HERE or if that link does not work then you can download it as a zip file Download HERE..

Exclusive Content such as interviews we can make available on request to pr@animeleague.com

Applying for a Press Pass

Do you write for a website or publication? Please apply for a press pass via this form here. Email us on pr@animeleague.com if you have any questions.

Benefits
1. Free Entry
2. Access to guests and performers on the day (subject to their availability)
3. Interview access to the organisers before and after the event
4. We want to engage and work with you! If you want to do something with us that might benefit us both then please have a chat.

Requirements
1. Your website, publication or blog must have a substantial following or readership associated with it. If it doesn’t, we may still be able to provide you with a press-pass, but you would need to pay for it as if you were a standard attendee.
2. You agree to promote the event beforehand and afterward on your website and social media (ie: twitter, facebook etc, please state the dates and website link to the event in all promotion). Please download a copy of the press-kit here.
3. You agree to adhere to the terms and conditions of being a member of press at the event as laid out here.

Apply now to pr@animeleague.com with the name of your publication/blog/website and any requests.

Buy Tickets

– It’s always cheaper to book online! Tickets purchased online cost £16 (limited availability for £16 tickets) for both days or £9 for one day. You can also buy tickets on the door at £12 for Saturday and £10 for Sunday.
– Buying online is recommended as it guarantees you entry.
– All ages welcome, under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. 18+ only for the parties (these are included in the ticket). To get 18+ access you MUST bring a proof of ID.
– Ages 6 and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult. All other ages are the same price.
– Once you pay you’ll be emailed a ticket. Print this out or show this on your phone to us at the event to collect your wristband which will allow you to enter and re-enter.

– You can view the full FAQ on tickets HERE and view the T&Cs HERE

Buy a Ticket without a Forum Account 

Buy or Manage Tickets with a Forum Account
To register for manchester Anime Con, it is recommended that you login first via your Animeleague forum account. You can use this account to post on the forums, keep track of your registrations, make payments at a later date, make edits and buy multiple tickets.

If you do not have an AnimeLeague forum account, you can register by clicking here.

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– If you have any questions or concerns then please email us on info@animeleague.com thanks.
– Upon paying for your ticket, your name will be added to our guest-list, whereupon you may either bring a proof of ID or a printed copy of your paypal receipt to collect your wristband upon entry at the event.
– You can view the full FAQ on tickets HERE and view the T&Cs HERE

Contact

General Enquiries - info@animeleague.com
Registrations & Ticket Help - registrations@animeleague.com
Trader, Dealer & Artist Enquiries - ops@animeleague.com
Press & Photography - pr@animeleague.com
Stage Events & Cosplay Questions - events@animeleague.com
Crew & Volunteer Information - crew@animeleague.com