MCM Liverpool Comic Con has signed a four-year deal with Exhibition Centre Liverpool, with the cult show set to return to the venue until 2020.

Around 23,000 fans attended Liverpool’s first MCM Comic Con earlier this year.

“This was the first outing for MCM Comic Con in Liverpool and the reaction from visitors was phenomenal,” said Gary Burns, European PR and content development for MCM. “If it wasn’t for Exhibition Centre Liverpool we wouldn’t have been able to host the city’s first ever Comic Con; therefore, we were never in any doubt that we would bring the event back.”

Film and comic book fans attended in droves to the event, which featured stage appearances by celebrities and a world of cosplay, as well as stalls, interactive exhibits and video games.

MCM Comic Cons are held around the world, including Hannover, Stockholm, Brussels, Dublin and London.

“MCM Liverpool Comic Con was the largest consumer exhibition we have held since we opened in September last year, the likes of which had never been seen in the city before,” said Amy King, senior exhibition sales manager at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

“Visitors flocked to be part of this unique event, and we are thrilled that the organisers are bringing it back to us for four years, proving their confidence that it will be a great success here for many years to come.”