MCM London Comic Con 2017 Review

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Last weekend heralded yet another MCM London Comic Con at the Excel Centre.

Despite it being October and the forecasters predicting grey dreary weather, we were treated to a crisp, sunny and sometimes warm day, this immediately means the Con grows, as more and more people flooded outside to stretch their legs, enjoy the temperate weather and take advantage of some more space to take some pictures of the amazing Cosplay on show.   Which, takes us nicely on to my only niggle of the day, that is that had the weather not been wonderful for the time of year, I cannot imagine how the inside of the Excel would have felt.

As it was, there were a couple of bottlenecks during the day on Saturday, when simply walking was impossible, at times I found this rather uncomfortable, and cannot imagine what would have happened should someone have fallen or been in trouble.   MCM Comic Cons are getting bigger and more popular but there is a point where the level of tickets sold becomes higher than the level of individual enjoyment.   I really hope that the level of attendance in the Excel doesn’t keep rising (for the record Friday and Sunday are never as busy, and so therefore if you like me, sometimes find crowds overwhelming, perhaps considering one of these days is a good idea!!
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Mini grumble over, where to begin with all the good stuff!!!  The layout often changes for MCM Cons with some areas taking precedence over others and this year I thought that the Marvel and POP Asia areas were the stars of the show.

Being a big Marvel fan, I really did enjoy the Marvel Zone – it was one place, where it didn’t feel that the aim was to simply part me and my money.  Really well set out, it had a stylish look, and at times you could forget where you were almost, it had that much of an installation/exhibition feel to it.   I parted with some cash and bought a Spiderman night light for my son, which was met with great excitement and kudos to me.

For me Asia Pop was just too crowded and felt like a collection of stalls flogging goods!  However it was full and buzzing the whole time, I think it has become a really welcome addition in the past few years and is obviously enjoyed by many who love the genres it represent.

Artist’s Alley is one area that never fails to impress, regardless of where it is situated!  The array of independent artists and writers is always impressive, going for a quick wander and a chat ends up whiling away hours.  The talented folks behind their wooden tables are always happy to stop and have a chat, ask them the right questions and you will have a friend for life!!!

On the subject of artists, and authors! Comedian Joe Pasqale was a fixture all weekend long, selling his newly released book – Deadknobs and Broomsticks (is a collection of twelve illustrated short horror stories. Ranging from the darkly bizarre to the horrifically surreal, many of the stories are laced with a theme of bullying and bullies) – we stopped for a chat and what a friendly chap!  One of the nicest people have met at a Comic Con, happy to stop and chat, sign pictures and have his picture taken with people!
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And so onto guests, it is always great to see the line-up and this year didn’t disappoint, the main
attraction of course was Anthony Mackie – Falcoln in the Avengers!, along with Hayley Attwell, AKA Agent Carter.   However for me, as a massive fan of Sherlock, I was most excited to see Jim Moriarty himself!!!, the fabulous actor – Andrew Scott.  ComicCon regulars Warwick Davis, the cast of Red Dwarf and Peter Davison also looked like they were having a great time chatting to fans.

The catering areas have steadily grown over the last few years, with large portions of the Excel being given over to the sale of food and its consumption!  However, as a veteran, the best piece of advice I can give, is to leave all the overpriced (and often appalling) overcrowded eating places in the Excel, and take a break heading for one of the restaurants in spitting distance.  We always plump for the rather nice Italian, where a glass of Prosecco and a delicious fresh pizza or pasta dish will set you about the same as a meal purchased in the venue – but the surroundings are lovely and the hour of calmness away from the crazy is a great way to refuel and reenergise!

But back to the Con, the gorgeous weather meant that so much time was spent outside and that can only mean Cosplayers, who will all gather in the best places to have their photos taken, and despite the dodgy light at times, outside was without a doubt favourite, inside the Excel, it is almost impossible!   Cosplayers in my opinion make a Con, from the amateurs having a laugh, to those for whom it is almost a lifestyle!! Care is taken, looks are planned, others are scrutinised, but ultimately each achieves amazing looks.   We absolutely love taking photographs, and most Cosplayers are more than very happy to oblige!  For some of the more popular, and best dressed, it can become a bit of a bun fight with rather a lot of young men with cameras for Christmas vie for that Harley Quinn shot!!
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MCM London October 2017, ended like every con does for me – with exceptionally sore feet, and after a quick pint in the Fox next door, it’s the DLR back into the centre of London,  I enjoy this too, I love sitting watching those for whom the day has been great, I can see that mine are not the only sore feet, costumes are a little grubby and make up a bit smudged but such a good time was had that as each
slopes off to homes, trains, buses and planes, we are already thinking about May!!!

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