BIRMINGHAM COMICS FESTIVAL celebrates Heavy Metal magazine’s 40th anniversary with a very special cinematic screening of the 1981 science fiction & fantasy adult animated movie  at the MAC Birmingham on Sunday 18th June.

Heavy Metal was heavily influenced by the French publication Metal Hurlant, a more adult-orientated comic anthology magazine than the US mainstream had previously been exposed to. It also featured the work of American creators whose work had an international following, and slowly would evolve gathering its own unique identity; one that would be copied by others but never equalled.

The movie is faithful to the magazine in that it uses a framing story to link and indeed adapts in condensed form some of the most popular serials from Heavy Metal’s early days. Richard Corben’s Den, the late Bernie Wrightson’s Captain Sternn, and British creator Angus McKie’s So Beautiful and So Dangerous are adapted, alongside instalments inspired by Moebius’ Arzach.

Taking its cue from the magazine’s title, the soundtrack features music by Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth & Journey, among others.

Heavy Metal is a great film for comic book fans, those who love science fiction & fantasy, and it will be followed by a stage presentation by Alix Bergeret discussing its European influences… All in all a great way to spend Father’s Day!

For more information and to get your tickets click here.


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BCF 2017 Event 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is being screened at The Mockingbird Cinema& Kitchen.

Starting time is 8pm.

For more information on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 click here.

To book tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  today click here.

And don’t forget: “We are Groot!”



BCF 2017 Event 3: THE HUNT EMERSON & The Walsall Silver Threads Exhibition continues its run at the MAC Birmingham today.

For more information on this free exhibition click here.

Walsall Silver Threads