So, I attended MCM London Comic Con last week, so here’s my review of my 3 days there.
There’s one thing that MCM does, and does it really well, is a mass amount of stalls. And as previous years, London MCM has the Comic Village, which houses box after box of comics – old & new alike.
MCM also allows stalls of lesser known comic book writers and authors to show off their products and even their own drawing skills.
Comic Village also houses artists and some of the more famously known authors (sadly I didn’t recognise any this time around).
Anime and Manga
MCM is heavy on the anime and manga front – including stalls for books and DVDs, amongst other stuff (that’s for a different section).
Sadly, the MANGA stage was much smaller this year (compared to October when it was about half of one hall). Nor where there many posters advertising upcoming anime.
There were a few of those ‘photo opportunity’…things, i.e. a scene from an anime drawn as a backdrop for you to take a photo (or several) with, but again, I don’t think there were as many as last October.
There were a few more anime services similar to Crunchyroll this time and had a lot of advertisements on several screens dotted around, including the trailer for Your Name.
TV & Film
This hadn’t really changed compared to last year – there were plenty of posters, cardboard cut-outs and trailers been shown everywhere, including Universal Studios have their own little booth again.
The pending-release Wonder Woman movie was a big attraction this year (as they have every year, like Harry Potter/Magnificent Beasts and Power Rangers) with it’s stand combined with the freshly developed Injustice 2 showing off some of the character costumes and props, as well as being able to photoshop yourself as Wonder Woman and grab a free poster while you’re at it.
Annabelle – the spin off from The Conjuring universe – was there to have a photo taken with, along with the Throne of the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones (difference was you had to pay for the throne, whereas you didn’t with Annabelle).
Despicable Me 3 was another large focus point, but much more annoyingly then the rest, such as an inflatable Minion and a ‘tattoo parlor’ (they were fake, don’t worry).
The indie games had a much bigger display this time and showed off a lot of cool stuff – single and multiplayer games alike – but of course, Nintendo stole the show with playables such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (including having a photo with the Master Sword section), Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Sports Superstars.
Sony was there too with PlayStation VR, Farpoint and Horizon Zero Dawn. Tekken 7 was another large appearance (clever move seeing as it was there both times last year and it was a week until release day) along with the ESL Arena.
Other companies such as Rising Star and Bandai Namco made small appearance too.
The usual names of Warwick Davies and Andrew Lee Potts where there, along with Catherine Tate, Summer Glau and Eric Christian Oslen & Daniela Ruah.
The YOGSCAST attended, along with other YouTubers (none of whom I had heard of) and actors from big time TV and films who played small parts, such as Eugene Simon who plays Lancel Lannister from Game of Thrones. Oh, and for some reason Sean Kelly from Storage Hunters was there.
The reason why pretty much everyone comes to MCM – rare stuff.
There was merch for anything and everything – TV, cartoons, anime/manga, films, comics, video games. I especially love the small stalls in the anime section, and they more often than not have extremely rare stuff that you can only get overseas for extremely good prices and quality. Let’s just say this – everything I wanted in regards to anime and manga, I got AND more.
Again, cosplayers for MCM never fail to amaze me. Usually, you see all the good cosplays on Saturday (makes sense, it’s on the busiest day), however Sunday was a really good day, especially the steam punk themed Mercy from Overwatch and the Wind Waker Zelda, Medli, Link and the Red Lion Boat.
I’ll say what I always say for MCM – if you’re a geek who loves TV, film, comic books, anime, manga and/or video games, this is the place for you.
Check out my vlog for Day 1 if you’re still a little unsure.
And here’s my photo gallery:
I don’t need to give a rating – MCM is always amazing.