Roman Aleksandravicus takes us through the weird and wonderful world of the multi-genre fan convention
If you are interested in anything from Sci-Fi to Indie comics, then attending the MCM London Comic Con is a must. With the event hitting over 100,000 attendees last May, MCM is the biggest convention of its type in London, and one of the biggest in Europe. The Con is bi-annual, taking place in both May and October.
Attendance of MCM is a major event for the Queen Mary Anime Society, with the members attending both May and October Conventions every year, and this year was no different. Around fifty members of the Anime Society set out this year. After I led my little flock into the convention, I set about enjoying it for myself, making a beeline for one area in particular – the autograph section.
On my way there I saw what is arguably MCM’s biggest attraction: Cosplay. The art of dressing as one of your favourite characters from any form of media is incredibly popular, with attendees pouring their time and effort into their costumes, with many putting their own twist on characters, with people arriving as anyone ranging from a (long overdue) female Doctor Who, to a father and son turning up as Batman and Robin.
After I had made it to the autograph section I had to wade through the hundreds of people waiting in line for their chance to meet actors such as Arden Cho who plays ‘Kira Yukimura’ in TV Show Teen Wolf, and some of the original actors from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series – that’s right, even the original Power Rangers were there. After finally making it through the crowds I arrived at the autograph segment for one of my all-time heroes, Shinichirō Watanabe – legendary Anime director, with classic titles such as Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids on the Slope under his belt. I had arrived an hour before the official time designated to Watanabe for signatures, but I was already close to the fortieth person in the queue, and after about an hour and a half I finally got to meet my hero and was able to hand him a Blu-Ray to sign, as well as getting the chance to grab a (very nervous) picture.
With my goal for the day accomplished I set about finding some of my society members and checking out the rest of the convention. I found some of them in the Comic village section checking out some indie comics, while others spent their day in the video gaming section testing out playable demos for the newest games. Despite the long queues for MCM our members weren’t discouraged, with one of them posting to our Facebook wall to tell us: ‘‘The queues didn’t stop me from having a great day though! First time and absolutely loved it. Thank you QM Anime society for today!’’
If you are looking for a truly unique experience then you won’t find any better than the MCM London Comic Con, where entertainment culture reaches a fever pitch like nowhere else in London. For a taste of this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to attend one of our events!