Verge Attends: MCM London 2018

Credit: Antony Byrne

Being able to attend conventions with a press pass is honestly one of my new favourite things to do. Not only because I love attending them anyway, but because I can now sit here and explain to you all the amazing reasons you should attend events such as MCM Comic Con in London.

I previously wrote about the winter version of this convention but it also runs in the summertime as well. In this instance, it ran from the 25th-27th of May and I attended on the Friday and Sunday. I wish I could of attend for the whole weekend as there is enough there for that experience to be worthwhile but I had another convention to attend on Saturday. It’s getting really hard being a geek when there are all these different shows and conventions to love.

As usual with MCM, it’s a celebration of geek and pop culture. With a general focus on a range of anime, video games, cosplay, comics, film, tv and even then there are still things I’ve probably missed out. I’ve attended MCM for a couple of years now and it is probably one of my favourite conventions due to the many reasons that people attend this event. What I mean is, people attend MCM to see friends, to hang out, to cosplay, to see all the other magical things it has to offer each year, not just to meet the guests. Now I’m not saying that doesn’t happen at other events but it just seems more common at MCM and I love that. It just shows that there’s plenty of ways that this event can provide a good time. I’d almost go as far to say it is the closest we have to SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) due to how much is on offer.

Credit: Paul Boyling

My experience attending on a Friday was new to me, as I’ve never attended an event on a Friday before. I wasn’t sure what it would be like. First off I’d start by saying it is a very chilled day compared to previous experiences of attending on Saturday or Sunday. It’s not as busy as those two days but MCM seems to always draw in the bigger crowds. Either way that isn’t an issue as the event is spaced out, there’s plenty of room for you to roam around. So in my instance, attending on Friday was great and really effective. I managed to explore the event and all it had to offer such as pictures with the gyro sphere and dinosaurs from Jurassic world, I watched some of the gaming challenges they had going on of Fornite and Rocket League and even browse many of the stalls. These are only a very small part of what MCM has to offer, there is a lot more you can do at the event itself. 

I will admit, there are two other main and exciting reasons I attended this event on Friday. Number one was for the Funko stall they had this year. This was also at the winter event but this time MCM has there own exclusive Funko’s which even included their own sticker. If you aren’t sure what the heck a Funko is then let me quickly explain. Funko is an American company that makes pop culture collectables such as vinyl figurines and bobbleheads. As someone who collects them, this was a huge deal and an amazing move by the company. The exclusive Funko’s on offer at this event were Unmasked Iron Spider from Avengers: Infinity War, Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Chewbacca from Solo: A Star Wars Story, Alien Rick from Rick and Morty and King Groot from Marvel: Contest of Champions. Each of these included there own MCM sticker on the box and I feel it is a great piece of merchandise to own, as I love the figures anyway and now it holds a memory of the event as well.

The other reason was that a very last minute guest announcement was made. They announced Letitia Wright who stars as Shuri in Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War. Being a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I couldn’t miss this opportunity. I can also happily say that she did not disappoint in the slightest, she was super sweet and funny in both the photo area and the autograph area. Letitia made such an effort to interact with her fans and make the experience worthwhile which is exactly what you want when you meet a guest and I am so thankful for that.

Credit: Paul Boyling

On Sunday, I met two stars from the tv series The Flash who were Danielle Nicolet and Jessica Parker Kennedy. These were another two guests who were both super friendly, asking who I was and if I was having a good day. They seemed to be really enjoying it themselves which is always lovely to see. I always went up to see Cooper Andrews who plays Jerry in The Walking Dead and soon to be Victor Vasquez in Shazam at his table for some fun selfies. I saw he had a t-shirt from The US Office and we ended up chatting about how much we both love it and the event said him and Khary Payton who plays Ezekiel in The Walking Dead, quote it to each other while filming which is hilarious.

As you can see from the experiences I’ve described, I am sure you can tell that I had a wonderful time attending MCM and I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested. My last article on the winter event goes into a bit more detail about some of this event, this time around I wanted to talk more about my actual experience. This way I felt you’d be able to know what it can actually be like attending this event. I can’t wait for the next event to come back around as I am sure I’ll be there again celebrating the joys of being a geek so I hope I’ll catch some of you attending as well.

If I haven’t convinced you, let me try by saying just one more point. A moment you’ll never be able to forget is seeing cosplayers on the commute to the convention. There is just something so wonderfully magical about seeing Link from The Legend of Zelda sat on a train.

If you’re interested then check out this link – http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/