The first MCM London of the year has been and gone, but it was a much smaller affair than the convention back in October last year. Although the usual layout was roughly the same, there was a lot of empty space and some of the usual big names missing. However, despite the spaces and missing faces, MCM still had some the biggest guests they have ever had and plenty on show for regular and new convention goers alike.
Names such as Sebastian Stan (Avengers), David Harbour (Hellboy), Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Misha Collins (Supernatural) had fans flocking to the convention for the chance to meet their favourite stars. Other names present included Clerks cast members Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran, The Walking Dead’s siblings Madison, Matt and Macsen Lintz and a vast array of voice actors including Nolan North, Troy Baker, Elizabeth Maxwell, Aaron Dismuke, Jason Liebrecht, Lindsay Seidel and Ricco Fajardo.
One big issue that had been fixed was the decision by MCM to clear the main panel hall between each panel. In October, fans were left frustrated as they couldn’t get anywhere near the guests they wanted to see due to Critical Roll fans not moving from panel rooms all day. Special VIP passes for Sebastian Stan also helped fans get priority seats to see the super popular Avengers star.
The overall caliber of comic book guests was much lower than the October show, but there were still some big names attending such as Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Mark Texeira and Howard Mackie. The well-known creators were interspersed amongst the indie creators in the Comic Village similar to previous conventions, but this time there was no separate space or queues for a select few top names like in the preceding October convention.
Marvel had previously had various costumes and displays, as well as props for fans to pose with, but this time they were nowhere to be seen. Also noticeable in its absence was the giant Hasbro area that previously held the Infinity Gauntlet and other toys for convention goers to pose with. That said, one company that did have a big presence at the show was 20th Century Fox. Fox had a big stall themed around their latest release, Dark Phoenix, where fans could interact with a green screen and pose with various cosplayers dressed as X-Men characters. Funko also had their usual giant queue-fest for the convention exclusive and regular Funko Pop toys available.
Another part of the convention that showed a vast improvement was the cosplay area. Previously there had been various competitions and a cosplay repair station, as well as stands such as Coscraft and Polyprops that specialise in selling to cosplayers scattered around the ExCel, but this time cosplayers had an entire zone to check out. As well as stalls and special guests, there was an entire stage and area that hosted various cosplay related panels throughout the weekend.
The regular gaming and Pop-Asia areas were still there for ticket holders to enjoy, as well as fan favourites such as the Silver Sabers being present. The Vid-Fest area had been renamed as The Studio, but it still focused on YouTube stars. Despite the spaces, missing names and a lack of major comic book guests, there was still plenty on offer for ticket holders to amuse themselves with over the three days.
MCM runs multiple events throughout the year all over the UK, and they will return to London again on the 25th – 27th of October 2019.