MCM October, the last big convention of the year, has now come and gone.
For those unfamiliar MCM Comicon London is an event that is held over 3 days, held in the Excel Centre in the docklands, drawing fans and cosplayers alike to the country’s capital.
As we slowly creep further away from the lockdowns and pandemic, this iteration of the event is like it slowly crawling back close to its root, the energy, an increase in guests, and droves of fans.
This October hosted a fantastic lineup of guests including:
Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Underworld) and The Sandman’s Tom Sturridge were the biggest name guests, drawing in lots of fans.
Not forgetting to mention the other wealth of talent who would also be appearing over the 3 day weekend including Troy Baker (Joel in The Last of Us), Megan Shipman (the English VA for Anya Forger in Spy X Family), John Rhys-Davis (Gimli in Lord of the Rings) and former Doctors including Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, and Peter Davison. All of the above is available for booking for signings and autographs, with many fans expressing their joy that MCM was now back to booking amazing guests after a post-pandemic dip.
The halls were full of roaring trade. Fewer larger named brands left space for new and smaller brands to shine, with packed with crowds bustling around every booth. The MCM-branded stand also seemed to have boomed in the last few years, though unfortunately due to production issues, this show’s exclusive cat pin had not made it to the event in time.
The game section this year had a great selection of offline old-school console games, from GameCubes and older. Sega boasted a huge stand to market these latest games and the tabletop area was never short of players.
This October also hosted the finale for the Cosplay Central Crown Championships, with cosplayers coming from all over the world to come and participate in the prestigious cosplay event. Amazingly and well deserved, English representative Amazonian cosplay took the crown and first prize in her stunning Sansa Stark gown, with real steel breastplate and hundreds of hours of embroidery on the breathtaking gown.
There is an insane amount of panels with amazing interviews and goings on, though my own personal gripe was recording of panels and the cosplay contest. Reedpop has begun selling virtual tickets for panels, sometimes a guest it felt physically impossible to visit every panel, so now having to pay to watch these things in post felt like a cash grab.
MCM is truly one of the UK’s best events, with something for every kind of fan, geek or nerd out there. I’d highly recommend it if you’ve ever had thoughts of going.