This October will see fans of anime, manga, comics, movies and games return to the ExCeL London for MCM London Comic Con.
It has been a year since the US-based company ReedPop took over what is arguably the UK’s biggest convention. Whilst changes were not seen as immediate as last October at MCM London Comic Con, they certainly were made more apparent at the last Comic Con show in May 2018. As per usual, Renegade Revolution had a team check out the event and all five of us that attended were thoroughly impressed. Indeed, the prices of tickets had increased – though that seems to have been the trend over the years – however, general organisation seemed to have improved and the event felt arguably more spacious, with a smoother flow into the actual event for visitors.
So what can be expected this October?
If you have not already done so, why not start off by reading about our report from MCM London Comic Con this May?
The article by Scott can be found here: http://www.renegade-revolution.com/2018/07/08/mcm-comic-con-may-2018-renegade-rundown/
And photos from the event by our photographers can also be found on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RevolutionGeeks/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1846321902138446
The guest line up for this October seems to have already caught the attention of many fans. WWE wrestler and actor Dave Bautista – known best for his role as Drax from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ / ‘Avengers’ movies – will be in attendance. Fans of ‘Shadowhunters’ can expect to see many cast members; including Alberto Rosende, Jade Hassouné, Emeraude Toubia and Chai Hansen over the weekend. Comic fans will be thrilled with the chance to meet Brian Azzarello, Amanda Conner, Frank Cho and many other artists and writers. For the gamers, ‘Overwatch’ guests Matthew Mercer and Charlet Chung will be in attendance – not to mention the rest of the crew from ‘Critical Role’ will be around over the weekend too. These are just a select few guests that will be present for London Comic Con this October – and we are pretty sure there will still be more announcements to be made in the run up to the start of the event.
Hardcore Frank Miller fans with £150.00 (plus a handling fee) to spare can purchase an additional special VIP pass on top of their entry ticket from the London Comic Con website. This exclusive pass includes three signed autographs (you can either bring your own memorabilia or choose from the images supplied on the day – subject to availability), an exclusive art print from his best-selling work ‘Dark Knight III: The Master Race’ and access to a special 45minute Q&A session followed by a personal meet and greet with the comic legend.
Fancy spending your hard-earned money elsewhere?
London Comic Con will be hosting a plethora of stalls – including trendy geek-ware and jewellery, DVDs, Blu-Ray, games and, of course, merchandise catered towards anime, gaming, comics and collectables. Be sure to look out for stalls with unique gifts and items too. We at Renegade Revolution do love dropping by the ‘Fuzzballs’ stands to see what new and exciting items they have to sell!
Avid gamers of console, PC and board game varieties can also enjoy browsing stalls from big name gaming companies. This October, expect to see companies such as Nintendo, Bandai Namco, Blizzard, GAME and Esdevium Games. Aside from the obvious (and aforementioned) merchandise, convention goers will be treated to hands on experiences and demonstrations of upcoming and newly released products. Do keep your eyes peeled for competitions that may be run by some of these big companies over the weekend too.
Need a break from all of the action?
In the past, MCM London Comic Con have allocated specific areas that are available for sitting down, chilling out and taking a break from things. These can be found dotted around the event. There are also numerous food and drink stalls located close to these areas. If none of that takes your fancy, the ExCeL London also has a wide range of in-house food and refreshments, as well as a few select places not too far away from the venue. We at Renegade HQ highly recommend bringing some snacks and a bottle of water with you prior to arriving at the event to help keep yourselves hydrated and topped up throughout the day as the event itself can get rather crowded and subsequently, very warm – especially on the Saturday, which, as always, is anticipated to be the busiest of the three days at Comic Con (see the picture above, which was taken on the Saturday of May 2018).
All a bit too much information to take in? Why not download the MCM Comic Con app?
Available on both the Apple and Android (Google Play) stores, this handy app was debuted for Comic Con back in May 2018. The app features handy information such as guest appearances and times, panel times and locations, a list of exhibitors and a very useful map should you get lost.
Do be sure to check out our report of the app here: http://www.renegade-revolution.com/2018/05/20/mcm-london-comic-con-2018-app/
Last but certainly not least: The cosplayers.
Ever fancied meeting your real life heroes, heroines and villains? Keep your eyes peeled over the weekend for fantastic and stunning costumes roaming around. Cosplayers bring a variety of character and visuals to every event so be sure to have your cameras charged and ready to take photos. Please do be aware that a lot of the cosplayers are also paying convention goers as well, so be sure to respect this and be polite when asking for their photo. Equally, cosplayers, please do make sure that your costumes, props and weapons adhere to the MCM London Comic Con / ExCeL London props and weapons guidelines and do be mindful of your surroundings.
As per usual, Renegade Revolution will have a dedicated team of our members attending this October throughout the entire long weekend. Look forward to seeing our photos, videos and our report of the event on our social media sites.
MCM London Comic Con runs from Friday 26th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018 at the ExCeL London.
For more information, and to purchase your tickets, do visit their website here: https://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/
Photography © Jojo Yap-Sanderson and Scott Sanderson, 2018.