Kieran went on a trip to Comic Con in London, both for himself and for the benifit of Dragon Radio. here is what he experienced.
Those of you who tuned into Dragon Radio last year will be aware that I have an incredible love and passion for comics, and for geek culture in general. And so it was a huge pleasure to be able to attend Britains biggest comic convention, MCM Comic Con in London.
(MCM Comic Con)
A record 130,560 people attended the Excel Centre for MCM London this year, leaving it behind just San Diego, and this years highest attended Comic Con New York (~151,000) in terms of attendance. Whilst London can't boast the same in terms of panels and big reveals that happen every year at San Diego and New York, it did have a rather impressive guest list this year, with stars coming from all over the world, from a vast range of backgrounds graced the show floor, signing autographs, taking pictures and generally meeting with their adoring fans. A personal highlight for myself and my companion for the 3 day event, Ellie, was getting to talk with former Doctor Who stars Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker (who both kindly took pictures with us, seen below) and Stargate, and more recently Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star Edward James Olmos. Other guests that attended MCM included Candice Patton (The Flash), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow), the teams at both Yogscast and the Hillywood show, Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Nolan North (Uncharted), panels for Doctor Who and Sherlock featuring head writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and many many more!
(full guest list can be found here: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/attractions/special-guests/ )
Of course, it wouldn't be a Comic Con without the Cosplayers. For those of you who don't know what Cosplay is, a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific fictional character. And so of course, as an attendee of the event and as a fan of all things comics, I got my Cosplay on too!
Whilst my rather simplistic version of the Joker only stood out during the trip through London's Underground system before being washed away in a see of much better Joker costumes, some cosplayers managed to produce some truly fantastic costume pieces that arguably wouldn't have looked out of place if they had been used in the fandom they were taken from. You can find a few pictures of some of the best cosplays I saw at MCM London at the end of the article.
Whilst for someone like myself a seemingly endless hall of geek culture stuff on display and for sale is like a dream come true, that doesn't mean that the event catered only to self proclaimed nerds. The conventions featured sections with incredible international foods, a gaming area, an anime section, including the opportunity to be drawn in more styles than you might think possible, and more!
All in all, MCM London Comic Con did what you would expect; brought together a mountain of nerds in fantastic costumes for one big convention of awesome. The London portion of MCM Comic Con will return next year in May and again in October, however if you can't wait that long to get your Con on, MCM will be hitting the NEC in Birmingham on November 21st and 22nd, and you can still get your hands on tickets here: http://www.mcmexpostore.com/collections/birmingham-comic-con-memorabilia