After a six-month wait, MCM Comic Con is back and will run for three days next weekend. There’s plenty to do, including game rooms, workshops, celebrity guests, kids’ activities, dance performances and more. Here’s our pick of what’s happening at this big London convention.
When and where does it happen?
MCM Comic Con takes place October 28-30 at the ExCeL Center London, located in East London. It’s easy to get to on the DLR and Elizabeth line – just get off at Custom House and you’re there.
What can you expect?
The list of events includes celebrity guests and a cosplay room, board games, a family activity space, manga drawing lessons, to a first look at some of this year’s major TV and film releases. A detailed breakdown of each event can be found here.
Fans will be delighted to hear that Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Underworld) and Tom Sturridge (The Sandman) will be attending the convention. The exact time they will meet fans has yet to be announced, but they certainly bring star power.
Other beloved actors and entertainers also in attendance include Mason Alexander Park (The Sandman), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), David Bradley (Harry Potter), Anthony Daniels (who played C-3PO in 10 Star Wars), Tom Welling (who plays Marcus Pierce in Lucifer), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Conor Leslie (Titans) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock).
In addition, four doctors from Doctor Who will be present: Peter Davidson (the fifth doctor), Colin Baker (the sixth), Sylvester McCoy (the seventh) and the eighth doctor Paul McGann.
It is possible to book photo ops and autographs with some of the special guests, and you can book your slot here.
There will also be panels: executive producer Andy Serkis as well as the cast of The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, will talk about the upcoming fantasy drama series. The cast (including Joe Thomas and Amanda Abbingdon) of Dave’s new alien invasion comedy series, We Are Not Alone, will also participate in a live panel and Q&A.
central stage cosplay
Cosplay is one of the best parts of Comic Con – not only is it fun to dress up, but it’s also great to see everyone’s costumes.
In October, Comic Con will have a special changing area and a team of volunteers from their “Cosplay Hospital” who will re-glue your costume, free of charge, should the worst happen. There will also be panels, cosplay showcases, and talks offering cosplay-related tips, such as how to enter competitions.
The tree house
There is a room specially dedicated to family fun: face painting, drag queen story time, story time sessions, a song with Laura Cameron, a coloring and drawing section with worksheets for creation comics, decorating mugs, making masks, and there will be a scavenger hunt also taking place around the MCM floor.
Then there will also be a space dedicated to all things East and Southeast Asian pop culture.
There are manga drawing sessions hosted by A Thousand Cranes, origami workshops led by members of the British Origami Society, learning Japanese letters (with help from Hai!Japanese), presentations by martial arts and a live sumo demonstration by current British sumo champion, Mandeep Singh Kundi.
Additionally, there will be traditional and non-traditional dance sessions, including Kpop dance group New Vision Dance UK, anime soundtracks performed by City String Ensemble, and East and Asian dishes. Southeast such as Onigiri, Lumpia and Udon noodles, Bao Buns and Bubble. Tea will be available for purchase.
There are also two areas dedicated to games. First, there’s the Console Games Corner, where there will be plenty of games (including classics The Legend of Zelda, Mario Party, Final Fantasy, Spyro, Jak and Daxter, and Burnout) available to play.
There is a family games zone, a game library (where there will be Xboxes, Nintendo Gamecubes and Playstation 2 and 3), a games championship and a multi-player lounge where there will be both “classic games and family favorites”.
Melanin Gamers will lead a Smash Bros and a Mario Kart! area too, plus there will be old school game consoles, from Sega Mega Drive, N64, Atari, Amstrad, Vectrex, to Intellivision to try.
MCM Comic Con also has a space for board game enthusiasts.
There will be a card corner with demos and tournaments, a free table game area where games will include Invasion of the Cow Snatchers, City of Zombies, Katamino and Tumble Tree and there will be the opportunity to participate in games for beginners Game Dungeons and Dragons.
Imagination Gaming, which works in schools across the country to bridge games and learning, will also host a tabletop area, where games from around the world will be available to play.
There are also dozens of official MCM photo encounters, more details of which can be found here.
So whether you’re a fan of Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things, or Marvel and Disney (to name a few), a meetup of like-minded enthusiasts is happening this weekend. .
Meet the MCM community
Finally, there will be many MCM Universe groups at the convention, so you will have the opportunity to meet some members of the UK MCM community.
You can meet the Silver Sabers Combat Academy (an LED saber school), Quidditch UK, Gaming the Mind (a gaming mental health charity), Star Wars Imperial Outlanders costume club and The 501st UK Garrison (a Star Wars charity costumer community).
Additionally, there will be a Lip Sync battle, an opportunity to learn traditional Tai Ji, and the chance to practice the art of swordsmanship (and group lessons are available).
Can I still buy tickets?
Yes. Day tickets with Saturday priority are £32.50 and Sunday priority tickets are £29.50. General admission Friday tickets are £20.00 (Friday priority tickets are sold out) and general admission Sunday tickets are £22.00.
Unfortunately, tickets for the weekend are now sold out.
MCM Comic Con will take place October 28-30 at the ExCeL Center in London. More information can be found here