MCM London Comic Con October 2016

Just like in May, I attended the 2nd MCM comic con of the year last week. Let’s dive straight in and take a look at the various entertainment around the ExCel Centre.


Anime, Comic Books and Manga

As always, they had Comic Village – a designated area dedicated to up and rising comic book artists and their work. They range from their own original work and their take on others, such as Marvel and DC. They also had a small section for artists, such as Destiny Blue.

There was definitely more comic book stalls than manga stalls, but even then there was still quite a lot of manga. And there was also the Manga stage giving you glimpses of upcoming anime and an event where you could sing along to (English dub) openings of anime.

And let’s not forget the large display cabinets of anime figures and perverted body pillows.


TV and Films

Back in May, I feel like they had more things to do with TV and films, what with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie appending release, along with a green screen for some horror TV show that I can’t remember, along with a Walking Dead…’thingie’ (you basically had to complete challenges such as walking a tightrope without falling off to win prizes) and of course, a little Universal Studios booth that had a continuous roll of trailers for upcoming movies (Sing was still there, but they were also showing Loving and The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon). Outside of the ExCel, they were also showing trailers of the Assassin’s Creed movie and The Lego Batman Movie (which I found so hilarious).

This time around, they were promoting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the new Harry Potter spin off. There were posters everywhere for it, and they even had a booth where you could learn how to become a wizard (you had a real wand and everything).

The best thing for me was the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. I’m guessing it wasn’t the real one (I can’t confirm nor deny that) but the ticket was cheap to have around 6 photos taken on it and get them emailed to you afterwards. And for a bit of extra money, you could have it taken with a group of your friends, and even with the crown. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to knock Cersei off of it (SPOILERS).


Games

Sadly, this time around there weren’t many games. There were your typical eSport booths playing CS: Go, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, along with a small booth similar to EGX’s retro gaming for old games and a small booth for Super Smash Bros.

They did however have a playable demo for Koei Temco’s new game Berserk, played on the anime. I didn’t play, however I watched my friend do it and it’s everything you expect from a KT title – it’s slashy, bloody and whole lot of good fun. Maybe a bit too short and glitchy, but we have until February for all of it to be ironed out.But free poster – yay!


Celebrities

The usual faces popped up, just as Andrew Lee Potts and Warwick Davies, but I was very lucky to meet and have my photo taken with Nolan North (actor and voice actor for Nathan Drake of Uncharted) and the very talented Troy Baker (voice actor for InFAMOUS: Second Son, Tales from the Borderlands and the new Telltale’s Batman, along many other great roles). Both were lovely (I had to have my photo taken with Nolan 3 times because I kept blinking) and the queues were much better planned compared to May (when I had my photo taken with Eric and Daniella from NCIS: Las Angeles, I was in the queue for a near 2 hours).

Sadly, due to budget cuts, there was no YOGSCAST this time around. And I do feel like they had a lot of not-very-well-known YouTubers who mainly focus on Pokemon Go and things like that.


Cosplay

Man, the cosplays were so good this time! Understandably there were a lot of Harley Quinns and Jokers, along with Pokemon trainers and the usual anime suspects of One Punch Man, Naruto and One Piece.

However, I learnt that this time around, all the best cosplays are outside, mainly because they’re having their photos taken and/or just need a break from the main event.

Shoutout to my two friends for cosplaying as Final Fantasy characters and Jet Set Radio, along with the amazing Overwatch‘s Mercy Halloween Skin cosplay I saw but never got on film.


Compared to May, I think the October MCM was a bit bare, but with usual familiar booths like Gaming Legend and Namco, it was still enjoyable. But it was my friends, Nolan North and Troy Baker who really made my experience absolutely amazing.

Well, congratulations MCM – you’ve got a new veteran.

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