On Saturday the 28th of October, I was lucky enough to attend MCM Comic-Con in London which is normally something I would find myself doing anyway. This time, however, it was with my very first press pass and this added a completely new level to the experience for me.
If you are wondering what MCM is then let me explain, MCM is one of the UK’s largest Comic-Con events which started in London way back in 2002 and is now home to the biggest celebration of geek and pop culture. It focuses on its two main events in London with one in May and the other in October and you’ll find they have a wide range of Anime, Video Games, Cosplay and just general Pop, and Geek Culture goodness. They also have other events around the UK in locations such as Belfast, Northern Island, Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester and more. Recently in the last few years, the London event has had 100,000+ people attending over the weekend.
One of the best things MCM has to offer is the chance to meet and have photos with celebrities from film, TV and even video games. This years event had a pretty big name, in particular, Anthony Mackie who is currently playing Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other guests who attended included Stefan Kapicic who plays Colossus in the recent Deadpool movie, Hayley Atwell who played Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Manu Bennett (Arrow, Spartacus), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and loads more. With these guests, there is a chance for you to purchase a photoshoot with them, purchase an autograph from them and they also have talks and panels on which you could attend. During my day there I met Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Stefan Kapicic and Manu Bennett and they were all very friendly and great fun to talk too. Each event has a different number of guests from all sorts of areas so you never know you might be able to meet an idol of yours or actor from one of your favourite shows.
What makes MCM different from some of the other Comic Cons around the UK is that the meeting guests part of it isn’t all it has to offer. The event is huge and there are so many things there for you to take part in. There are lots of panels, they have gaming sections which this year featured a lot of Nintendo Switches to try out. There’s a massive amount of stalls selling all kinds of merchandise. I mean you could spend hours just looking around for the perfect geek related item for yourself. The Iron Throne was there so you could see what its like to be the ruler of Westeros and they even have the Bat-mobile from the Justice League movie there for you to see. For this event, in particular, MCM managed to go big on Marvel and give visitors the ability to explore the Marvel Universe with the latest superhero collectables, toys and apparel, exclusive artwork and thrilling content. One of my favourite parts about this was being able to see the costumes from the just-released Thor Ragnarok and the soon to be released Black Panther movie.
This event is perfect for everyone, not just the people who usually attend conventions. It’s family orientated, kids are able to attend for free and there is plenty to keep them entertained. Everyone at the event is friendly and the staff are very helpful. There’s a lot of cosplayers who are looking incredible. You can see the time that has gone into there costume and they are always happy to take pictures with people, as long as you ask them nicely of course. I witnessed people who attended this event for the first time have such a great day. I spoke to a few people at the end of the day to ask their thoughts and one described it as “a friendly and fun place to be.”
So if you’re looking for your fill of popular and geek culture then make sure you keep your eyes out for the next MCM event. As you might find it’s some of the most fun you’ll have during the year.
If you’re interested then check out this link – http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/