If you’re seeking something cool to do in 2019 then look no further than our extensive event guide. From the best comic cons the world has to offer to screenings that’ll shock and entertain, we’ve got you covered.
MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, Black Widow and Iron Man. You’ll interactively assemble case files on each of the characters and move on to become qualified members of the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. If you think you have what it takes, if you think you can be something more… enlist now and start your mission!
Venue: The Brunei Gallery, School of African and Oriental Studies, The University of London, Bloomsbury, London
Book tickets: Free admission (opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30-5pm, Thur 10.30-8pm)
Runs from: Now until Saturday 23 March 2019
Karun Thakar and Stephen Ellcock present a groundbreaking exhibition of Ghanaian Film Posters from the collection of Karun Thakar and the late Mark Shivas.
JAPAN FOUNDATION TOURING FILM PROGRAMME
The 2019 tour gathers selected works focusing on the theme of love in one way or another, aiming to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships – from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion and transgressive attractions to the devastation felt at the loss of love.
DC EXHIBITION: DAWN OF SUPER HEROES
This exhibition features more than 200 original comic pages, around 300 preparatory sketches and concept artworks for the cinema, together with 45 original costumes, models and props used in the iconic films, as it celebrates DC’s rich history, unique mythology and iconic superheroes and supervillains such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.
It’s full scream ahead as FrightFest returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 14th fearful year, with this year’s film line-up including The Dead Centre, Here Comes Hell!, Black Circle, Dead Ant, The Rusalka, Automata, Finale, The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion, Freaks and The Hoard. Lords of Chaos also screens on Thursday 28 February as part of FrightFest and tickets go on sale 24 January (GFF members) and 28 January (general release).
SHEXTREME FILM TOUR
Venue: Multiple venues
Book tickets: On sale now: Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay (28th Feb); Exeter: Phoenix (5th March); The Poly in Falmouth (6th March)
Runs from: Thursday 28th February to Wednesday 6th March 2019
The uplifting cinematic celebration of women in adventure – positively transforming the way real, diverse inspiring women are portrayed on screen and behind the lens in extreme sports and adventure – returns with its highlights programme tour of the South West. Surf Girls Jamaica is showing (including Q&A with the film’s talented makers, Lucy Jane and Joya Berrow) and the event also showcases the UK’s first women of colour longboarding crew: Hey Girl Dreamer.
This friendly and inclusive analog gaming festival is great fun whether you’ve come alone or with a massive group. As part of a partnership with Travelling Man it offers a library of over 350 games that can be borrowed from free throughout the event. Buzz was there in 2018 and can also highly recommend getting your nosh on at Burger & More, which is just a short walk from the event.
EMERALD CITY COMIC CON
Built on a fan-first mentality, Emerald City Comic Con has established itself as one of North America’s largest and most respected shows and the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest!
CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
Paul Rudd – Ant Man himself! – joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg and Ming Na Wen, Clueless star Alicia Silverstone and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and John Barrowman.
MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON – SPRING
The UK’s second city kicks off the first MCM Comic Con of 2019. Join Outside Xbox as they play Dungeons & Dragons in a special Live show and follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
The BCEC plays host to the second Penny Arcade event of the year as gamers of all genres come together to celebrate the culture of gaming in a festival atmosphere.
Enjoy hundreds of screens featuring the very best console and PC titles weeks (or months!) before they’re released, presentations by world famous game designers and a feast of other game-related features.
STAR WARS CELEBRATION
There has never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan and you can join the worldwide family as they head to Chicago to celebrate this space opera in all its forms.
GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION
Experience the artistry of Game of Thrones as The Touring Exhibition gives fans the opportunity to step inside the world of Westeros and the lands beyond.
MCM LONDON COMIC CON – SPRING
Prepare for three days of cosplay madness as the world’s third largest pop culture convention takes over London’s ExCel arena. Hellboy and Stranger Things star David Harbour is already confirmed and you can follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
UK GAMES EXPO 2019
Now in its 12th Year, UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest hobby games convention in the UK, appealing to families and the general public as well as tabletop enthusiasts. It’s held in the NEC with extra capacity in Hilton Hotels, Birmingham.
The picture below is a tiny fraction of the gaming opportunities at this massive event but we’ve included it because editor-in-chief Matt Chapman is hidden away in there someone. Happy editor spotting!
Taking place in Novi Sad, Serbia thi is where where hedonism meets activism. The first confirmed acts for this music festival include The Cure, Carl Cox (doing a special three-hour set), Greta Van Fleet, Dimitri Vegas&Like Mike, Phil Anselmo&The Illegals, Sofi Tukker, Tarja, The Selecter, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Tom Walker, Lost Frequencies, Amelie Lens, Boris Brejcha, Charlotte de Witte, Dax DJ, Jeff Mills, Maceo Plex, Paul Kalkbrenner and Peggy Gou, with more yet to be announced.
MCM MANCHESTER COMIC CON
Forget The Happy Mondays, you’ll be having an ecstatic Saturday and Sunday when MCM Comic Con takes over Manchester Central. Follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
COMIC CON SEOUL
Venue: Terra Tower II, 201 Songpa-daero, Songpa-gu
Book tickets: Available here at a later date
Runs from: 2-4 August 2019
ReedPOP expanded its global presence in 2018 by bringing its highly-reputed pop culture shows to South Korea and Comic Con Seoul returns in August 2019!
KEYSTONE COMIC CON
This Philadelphia show brings together legendary comic talent, publishers, small press, entertainment guests and anime, with a local twist that represents the best of pop culture in the Keystone State.
COMIC CON AFRICA
Located in Midrand, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, Comic Con Africa’s second outing will once again focus on all elements of pop culture, including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, other creatives, film & series, games (including video and esports) and books/authors.
MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!
Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands.
MCM SCOTLAND COMIC CON
MCM heads north to bring its unique blend of pop culture goodies to Glasgow. Follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
NEW YORK COMIC CON
The East Coast’s biggest popular culture convention returns to play host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.
AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT
The world’s largest club-based festival and conference for electronic music returns to cover every conceivable aspect of its culture.
The UK’s biggest gaming show returns to London!
MCM LONDON COMIC CON – FALL
Prepare for three days of cosplay madness as the world’s third largest pop culture convention takes over London’s ExCel arena. Follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON – FALL
MCM’s second trip to Birmingham in 2019 rounds out the year for the powerhouse festival of all things geek. Follow MCM on Facebook and Twitter or check out the dedicated MyMBuzz.com news channel to be among the first to see new guest and event announcements.
DOKI DOKI: THE MANCHESTER JAPANESE FESTIVAL
VIENNA COMIC CON
Central Europe’s ultimate pop culture experience returns to Austria, with its vibrant exhibit hall, entertainment and panels, and the opportunity for fans to meet their favourite pop culture celebrities.
GAME OF THRONES LOCATIONS
Venue: Northern Ireland
Book tickets: TBC
Runs from: TBC 2019
Game of Thrones spent a decade filming in Northern Ireland and locations from the hit HBO series are to open as tourist attractions in 2019! More details as soon as we have them.
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