The celebration of comics, cosplay, games and all things nerdy made its way to London this weekend. The big studios mixed with the indies, elves stood alongside Starfleet captains, consoles cohabited with card games and cosplayers contemplated the complexities of where to keep their cash.
Stars were out in force for fan signings. This year included Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Warwick Davis (Willow, also Star Wars), Billie Piper and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Summer Glau and Sean Maher (Firefly), Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: LA) and Karan Ashley, Austin St John, David Yost and Walter Jones (Power Rangers), Fady Elsayed, Greg Austin and Sophie Hopkins from new BBC Doctor Who spin-off Class, plus many more.
Whenever I’m at a Con I like to see if I can spot the current trends in the fans. Six months ago, Harley Quinn dominated the cosplay but things were much more mixed this time. Anime and Steampunk had a strong following, but I imagine the upcoming appearance of Wonder Woman will have a big influence for the next Con. Funko Pop! made a debut appearance at MCM Comic Con and was very popular, leaving me wondering if anyone could Cosplay something with such a large head.
Cars, the movie and cars in general were popular this year.
I’m always a fan of an innovative display so was pleased to see the film set recreation for the new Annabelle horror film. You could have you photo taken with her but I declined as I’m fairly sure that’s how she’ll steal your soul.
One thing that sets London apart from the other MCM Comic Cons is the dedicated PopAsia zone. At some point someone must have asked if you could ever have too much pink, fluff, tails and other cuteness. The answer is, I’m very pleased to say, a resounding “No”. Being at a Comic Con feels like another world, and PopAsia is another little world within that alternative world. After extensive research I came to the conclusion that they had the best food too.
As is always the way, Saturday was the busiest day. It has a great atmosphere but it can take you a while to get around. If you want to see more of the stalls and displays, I’d recommend Friday for the relative quietness and full stock levels. It’s one of my favourite things to arrive early on a Friday and try to see as much as possible in the first 30 minutes. It’s a long walk but you’ve got to build up the appetite for all that Onigiri somehow.