MCM London returned for its biannual event at the end of May, but this time there was a difference. ReedPop – the organisers of New York Comic Con – purchased MCM at the end of last year, and this was the first official ReedPop-run MCM London event.
The guest area was much larger and more varied than ever before, and the smiley system of old was no more. Photos with the stars still had to be purchased at the usual booth, but autographs were paid at the guest’s desk. This was a great improvement on previous events, as it eliminated the huge queue where all autographs had to be purchased beforehand. Improving the autograph system meant that fans could go straight to the desk of the guest they were interested in and have more time afterwards to enjoy the show.
There was also a better variety of guests available for attendees, ranging from voice actors from TV shows and video games, through to stars from shows such as The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, Lucky Man, Lucifer and Luke Cage, as well as Avengers star Letitia Wright (Shuri in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War) and cast members from the Deadpool franchise Stefan Kapičić (Collosus) and Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead).
Once again, all panels were included as part of the main MCM ticket price, and this time fans got to see exclusive previews of never before seen episodes of new and current TV shows. Attendees got to see the first ever episode of the new Marvel show Cloak and Dagger before it aired, followed by a Q&A with the show’s creator Joe Pokaski. The first episode of season three of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man was also shown, along with a Q&A with the cast members James Nesbitt, Sienna Guillory and Stephen Hagan.
Other highlights included not just the panels on the main stages, but also those hosted on the new MCM Live stage. The MCM Live stage replaced the previous MyM Buzz area, and stars chatted happily away to the hosts and interacted with fans in the crowd. Lucifer’s Tom Ellis even got out a guitar and sung to the fans as part of the #SaveLucifer campaign.
There was more of a focus on the Comic Village this year, which not only saw the regular indie creators showcasing their work, but also saw well-known names Cullen Bunn (Dark Ark), Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman) and Ken Lashley appear as guests. As well as having their own tables to meet the fans, the comic creators discussed their work in panels in the new Comic Stage area.
Also new this year was the introduction of CreatorScape, which is MCM’s new creator zone. CreatorScape replaced the previous VidFest, and there were a range of bloggers, vloggers, artists and makers available to meet fans and discuss projects old and new.
As well as guest stars, panels and creators, ticket holders had plenty more ways to pass their time. There was the usual gaming tournaments and stages from companies such as Nintendo, and the Silver Sabers were back to teach everyone how to wield a lightsaber. Other highlights included the colourful and ever inventive cosplayers, as well many geeky stalls with exclusive merchandise for the convention.
Overall, everyone that attended the show could easily see the improvements that ReedPop were trying to make, and the general buzz was one of excitement with attendees eager to see what else is in store for MCM when it returns to London in October.