Sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I’m back! And yes, it’s that time of year again – time for Comic Con in London. The MCM-sponsored event is a star-studded, all-out geektacular three days of fun, food, celebrities, and costumes, costumes, and more costumes.
I saw old friends and new ones. My oldest friend in the UK, Kris, and part of his family from the 501st (he’s on the far right):
My new friends Sam and Grace in costumes of their own making:
Wonder Woman was a big thing this year:
And we can’t forget about Superman:
Anime is big:
Just to give you an idea of the scope of this event, here’s the layout for the Excel Centre for comic con:
Some of the guests signing autographs:
And people find time to take a break and enjoy a round of Final Fantasy card game:
A Wookie takes time out to pose with some earthlings:
While recruiting for the 501st Star Wars group continues:
The very funny and talented Katherine Tate (Donna Noble from Doctor Who) was amazing. So funny, warm, and genuine.
I have to admit that, when it comes to some things, I have no idea what they’re talking about:
A damn, dirty ape!
Mr. Whippy inside and out!
The crowd grows:
Found him in the never-ending line for the ATM:
Spotted Captain Britain this year:
And a gaggle of Ricks followed by a modicum of Mortys:
And there are some strange pairings (The Mad Hatter with Mary Poppins):
Apparently old Supes has gone latex:
And The Flash has broken his leg:
As a minion keeps a watchful eye and shovel:
And the Justice League indoctrinates a few new members, one being my friend Robin as Constantine:
I’m already looking forward to the next con!
From the press release provided by MCM:
“This has been one of our best London events yet,” said Josh Denham, event manager for MCM London Comic Con. “From Deadpool cosplay to Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, fans turned out in full force and the buzz on the show floor was just incredible. The atmosphere and feedback we’ve had since, further cements the show’s status as Europe’s leading comic con and the third largest event of its kind in the world.”
Headlining the scorching pop-culture weekend was international action star and martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Hero), who recently starred on our screens as blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe in Star Wars: Rogue One, and Doctor Who companion Catherine Tate, who brought action to our screens with the world’s most famous time traveller. Star of popular new teen mystery drama Riverdale, KJ Apa drew in the masses, while Verne Troyer, most famous for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, had the crowds in laughter with his story-telling, and Firefly cast members Summer Glau and Sean Maher from Joss Whedon’s much-loved sci-fi western and its film follow-up Serenity entertained visitors.
British action star Scott Adkins, whose big screen credits include Doctor Strange, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Expendables 2, joined in alongside cast from a legion of sci-fi, superhero and fantasy franchises, from Game of Thrones, Arrow, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Adventure Time, as well as stars from NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Originals, Power Rangers and Red Dwarf.
From space operas to time travel, to battles beyond the stars, our Authors Corner featured an exciting line-up of best-selling and debut authors including screenwriter, novelist and comics writer M R Carey (The Girl With All The Gifts), Ed McDonald (Blackwing), Nicholas Eames (Kings of The Wyld), RJ Barker (Age of Assassins), Justina Robson (Keeping It Real), Sam Maggs (Wonder Women).
Other attractions included the bustling VidfestUK – the European event for fans of online video and web series, a packed roster of eSports tournaments; leading videogame publishers and anime distributors; an MCM Fringe Festival and, of course, hundreds of retailers and exhibitors. NEW for 2017, MCM teamed up with the world’s first ever cosplay carnival band Legion Mas for the first MCM Comic Carnaval on the Saturday night, which proved to be an MCM after-party unlike any other.
Fusing the world of Carnaval and Comic Con together in one spectacular blend, the party featured live performances, musical acts and a bevy of international street cuisine for all the revellers that worked up an appetite.
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