MCM Comic Con was held over the 25th – 27th May, held at the Excel centre in London docklands. Which is a big enough venue to hold this massive event which brought in just under 60,000 attendees. The event brings a number of geek cultures together, from anime, manga, TV series, movies, video-games and of course cosplay. The convention had been recently sold to a US firm; ‘ReedPOP’ a part of Reed Exhibitions.
The Renegade team were out in full force over the entire weekend, taking in the event, taking photos and chatting/making friends with all the wonderful people who came and surviving the heat from Britons crazy summer weather.
Special guests ranged from names such as Letitia Wright from Marvels Black Panther, Tom Ellis from TVs Lucifer and Felicia Day from Supernatural. Not to mention a whole heap of others like Kevin Conroy, Tara Sands, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor and Chris Barrie, just to say a few. Giving fans the opportunity to meet, get an autograph and have photo sessions with them. An epic memento to take home indeed.
We always spend way too much money at the event. With the amount of stalls and vendors present, who could blame us really? As the number of them seem to get bigger each year and with extra hall space from the Excel centre the crowds got to see, ponder and spend to get collectable or gift they needed. Notable stalls we got to check out were Gundam mad, a place to pick up a Gundam kit or two. Fuzzballs, where cute meets funny, they sell notebooks to plushies. Build-a-bear attended this year, allowing guests to build a friend from pokemon bears to even a little Groot bear.
Funko pops booth was also something to behold as they hand their own line to get into it, which gave people a good chance to look around and even get a London Comic Con exclusive or two.
Video games is always a big attraction at the event. From Nintendo having their own stage as well as a play area for people to check out new and up and coming releases. Bandai Namco had an area with games and memorabilia. We got a chance to play the new BlazeBlue: Cross Tag Battle, a 2D fighting game developed by Arc System Works, featuring characters from the Blazblue, Persona, Under Night in-Birth and RWBY universes all in one game, its a smash…sorry couldn’t help myself.
One of our favourite parts of going to these events is seeing the amazing talent of the cosplayer’s who attend and with each convention we go to, we always seem to get bloom away with the level of detail and commitment, especially in Saturdays mini heatwave. All our team who attended grabbed as many photos of you guys as possible and we have put them up on your Facebook page for you all to see, make sure to tag yourself and we will put a link to the gallery at the bottom of the page.
But overall what did we think of the event? Well, we loved it of course. As someone who hasn’t missed an MCM London event, i’ve seen the good and the bad side of the convention. The changes made this year have been the best so far. The organisation was amazing, everyone we talked to about this said there was hardly any waiting or queuing with is a big plus with trying to see everything you want over the weekend. We also noticed a big crackdown on stolen and counterfeit merchandise with officials even closing down the offending stalls, which was great as its good to see that people are not being cheated.
We loved the weekend and will defiantly be going to the next one. But don’t worry if you missed the event as MCM Comic Con London October is just around the corner. Not much information at the moment on it but were sure it will get updated closer to the time.
MCM Comic Con home page – https://www.mcmcomiccon.com/
Renegade Revolution photo gallery – https://www.facebook.com/pg/RevolutionGeeks/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1846321902138446