MCM Comic Con London is one of the biggest fandom conventions in the UK and takes place at the Excel Centre. It’s back in town next weekend (26-28 May) and I’ll be lucky enough to be covering it for SCK, so let’s take a look at what you can expect to find over the weekend if you’re interested in joining in on the fun.
MCM is always filled with stalls, panels and creators that cover the worlds of superheroes, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, kawaii and so much more. Not everything has been completely confirmed for this year yet, but there’s an awful lot that has been so I’ve picked out some of the things that really grabbed my attention.
My favourite part is always Artist Alley where lots of talented artists have the opportunity to showcase their skills and sell their artwork. In the past, I’ve been able to pick up so many lovely pieces featuring my favourite shows, cute animals and even stunning travel destinations. Check out my artist post from last year’s MCM to see some of the art that caught my eye.
I think I’m most excited for the spotlight on Pokémon this year, as they have the original voice actors from the first Pokémon film reuniting for a panel and they’ll also be screening a rewatch of the iconic movie beforehand. The Pokémon movie is not the only screening they’ll be doing, however, as on Friday you’ll also be able to attend a sing-along showing of the Disney classic ‘Mulan’, which sounds like a lot of fun.
The Pop Asia area will be hosting singers, dancers and martial artists on their performance stage and as always they’ll have origami sessions and manga drawing too. They’ll also have Sweatdrop Studios teaching you how to draw characters in traditional Chinese hanfu, which looks super interesting.
If you’re more into the shopping, then the show floor will have a huge selection of collectibles available for you, like toys, figures, cards, and comics to name a few. You’ll also be able to pick up art, cosplay pieces, homeware, and clothing, and even kawaii products from stores like ARTBOX and Tofu Cute too.
As always, there will be a heavy focus on cosplay, and you’ll be able to find casual cosplay shows on the Cosplay Central stage and then more competitive ones on the Main Stage. Cosplay Central is also home to creators sharing tips and tricks, cosplay displays and also a ‘cosplay hospital’! This is available to help cosplayers with any costume crises that might have arisen during the day. There are also many fan organised cosplay meet ups going on over the weekend and you can find a schedule of all the registered ones on the MCM website. Hopefully you’ll be able to find one that fits your cosplay!
A new area for this year is the Creator Pavilion, where you can meet and buy merchandise from some of your favourite creators in the podcast, streaming, and influencer arenas. Not much has been announced for this so far, so keep your eyes peeled.
(MCM Comic Con have provided SCK with a press pass for the event in return for promotion but all words and opinions are my own.)
Emma is an English teacher who travels a lot. Adventuring around the world is her passion, with Japan being one of her favourite destinations. She loves baking, photography, sweet treats, and all things Disney. If Emma was a Pokémon, she’d definitely be a Pikachu.