Bar21 are hosting our After Con party!

bar21-manchester-newWhat Con would be complete without a massive after con party? Saturday 9th August we’ll be heading down to Bar21 bar at 6pm for fun times galore after a day of cosplay events and screenings. Bar21 have generously offered a 10% discount to anyone with an earlybird ticket which in our humble opinion, is a pretty good reason to get one!

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Call for Submissions

GameDeveloperPosterAttention Indie Game Developers of the North West!

If you’re a local game developer (or someone who’s willing to travel to Manchester for a weekend!), you might like to demo your work at MancsterCon 2014.

We really want to showcase the full range of sequential art in the North West and that includes indie games, which represent a whole new way of looking at immersive narratives. The MancsterCon is an opportunity for you to show your work, meet other gamers and developers and to talk more about it and what’s in store for the genre. Perhaps you’d like to lead a workshop? That’s tickety-boo by us!

If you’d be interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information. All genres and styles will be accepted.

A chat with Holly Cruise


Holly Cruise at MancsterCon 2013

A couple of months ago, Bad Ass Wimmin of History came out in our local Travelling Man comic book store, created by Holly Cruise who had taken part in last years’ MancsterCon convention where she gave a talk on . We caught up with her to find out a bit more about her latest project, a historical comic zine that focuses on, as she puts it, ‘the stories beyond the stories we all know’, i.e. the stories of remarkable women in history.

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The Rules of Cosplay

1010330_10201499410718099_1319754059_nHear ye, hear ye! Our very own Molly H has something she thinks bears repeating so listen up and pay attention!



When I went to my first anime convention in 2010 (Japanese Culture Con in Derby) with my friend, we decided to cosplay as the Thompson sisters from Soul Eater. Why? Because we had similar attributes. My friend was slightly taller than me and I had short blonde hair at the time and share *ahem* “two certain” features as Patti.

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An Interview with Holly Cruise on Bad Ass Wimmin of History Comics

It’s always a pleasure to see new comics and zines spring up in Manchester, but it’s even better to hear more about them from the makers themselves. This time we caught up with Holly Cruise, local zine maker and a speaker at the 2013 MancsterCon for a chat about her latest comics zine, Bad Ass Wimmin Of History.



MancsterCon: How did you get started in comics?


Holly Cruise: You know when you’ve been doing something so long you’re not even sure how it really started? That. I know I must have been drawing constantly from a very young age because I indirectly contributed to my brother getting glasses at the very young age of four – my mother was apparently perplexed that he wasn’t drawing all the time as a child unlike Big Sister, so she took him to opticians and it turned out he had bad eyesight. However, even after he got glasses, he still didn’t spend all his time drawing like I did.

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