It was time once again to prepare for a nice jolly out to MCM Comic Con at London’s Excel Centre.
It ran over 3 days (Fri-Sun) but this year we only managed to go on the Friday. The only downside to that is that it is the quietest of all 3 days.
MCM Comic Con is an event where people can go do meet & greets with their idols/celebs depending on who is turning up on certain days. It’s a place to experience new things, purchase niche products as well as any sort of merch you might be after, whether it’s for cosplay, clothing/fashion items, foreign food/drink, collectables, treats, gifts, experiences, unique items, handmade products, art etc. etc. etc. You name it, it’s most likely there. There are also a few games to try out (not of course the amount you’d find at other events such as Rezzed and EGX Eurogamer) and allocated stands promoting upcoming films (this years was Wonder Woman and Despicable Me 3) .
So basically a multi-genre fan convention. Let’s not forget a major aspect that I have discovered a love for thanks to my experiences at MCM Comic Con: COSPLAY! It’s such a brilliant community of people dressed up as absolutely whoever/whatever they want (there are a few rules and guidelines to follow of course). Whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced pro. Whether it’s purchased or self-made. It is a fun and fantastic experience that I highly recommend.
Now I’ve been the last 3 years and somehow this year was the first where I didn’t get that MCM buzz that I normally do. Possibly down to the Friday factor BUT, that being said, it was still a very enjoyable experience and one I definitely did not want to miss. Here’s why:
Food and Drink
A…MA…ZING! Just try it for yourself! If you know me by now you know I love food :P. There are plenty of options, oriental stalls, plus many other kinds of food options available provided by the venue/location itself. Oh and loads of places to grab yummy drinks and tasty coffees too to keep your energy levels up.
Plenty of it and all pretty awesome to be honest. Something for everyone and a good way to discover something new to fall in love with. Be financially prepared, that’s all I will say. It can become an expensive day depending on what tickles your fancy.
Yay! Super talented people with such unique approaches and styles. Be warned it can take a while walking through and taking it all in. Don’t forget you could end up buying a souvenir or two.
Sessions/Meet & Greet
Time management is key. Andy and I unfortunately missed a session of interest, but remember it isn’t a must on your visit. It’s an optional extra if you wish to add that to the to do list. I believe certain Meet & Greets cost extra too. Bare in mind how much time you might need doing these bits as well as fitting all the rest in around it. You may need more than one day, that’s entirely up to you. Plus don’t forget different people/sessions happen on different days so do your research before booking any tickets. Final heads up, Saturday sold out quick, so don’t leave it too last minute.
Possibly my favourite part and one of the main reasons for going. I LOVE seeing other people’s costumes as well as getting a chance to design, create and wear my own costumes. It’s only my third time cosplaying and out of that only my second time in which I’ve actually hand-made my own costume, so I am pretty new to this, but it is so much fun! It’s a great learning experience and obviously a lovely feeling getting positive feedback and reactions to the end result. I also definitely admire other cosplayers’ hard work, talent, passion and attention to detail.
Here’s just a small selection of photos from the day. As you can see I love any chance to get a cheeky pic with as many cosplayers as possible.
And how weird is this. Bumped into the same little girl from the previous year. What are the odds?! Nice costume choice by the way ;).
Final Breakdown (based on London location on the Friday)
- venue and facilities there
- accessibility to venue
- sessions/meet & greets
- can become expensive
- Friday was quietest day so not same buzz I got from previous years
- can become too much to squeeze in one day
- if you’re hoping for many games, not the right event (more a fan than a gaming convention)
My Top Highlights
As you can see there are plenty of reasons to try MCM Comic Con for yourself if you haven’t already. Now that I’ve started I don’t want to stop. You may become addicted too!
Don’t forget that it visits various locations in the UK throughout the year, and will be back in London at the end of October (27th-29th).
Definitely recommend and hope to see you at future events!! 😀