The MCM London Comic Con packed out the ExCeL Exhibition Centre this past weekend, with tonnes of guests, panels and exhibitors to get through. With attendance estimated at around 80,000 over the two and a half days, perhaps the most fun element are the fans, turning up in all manner of detailed and fun cosplay. Panels with Edgar Wright and the cast of Teen Wolf were amongst the most popular elements of the weekend, but the cosplayers always give the Con great character.
It adds a lot of color to the event, with iconic figures everywhere you turn. From Marvel heroes to anime characters, videogame villains to musical protagonists, there’s always plenty to see, and we were on hand to capture the best of the bunch on camera, with the cosplayers being naturally keen to show off their craft. The sheer scale of some of these costumes is impressive, and there are some real feats of engineering in here – moving jaws, flapping wings and articulated weaponry all add to the illusion. Hit the jump for over 160 high-res pictures.
The cast and producer of Teen Wolf visited London as guests of the MCM Expo Comic-Con this weekend, and took to the stage for a fan Q&A ahead of the show’s third season, set to premiere on June 3rd. As Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale), Crystal Reed (Alison Argent), Holland Roden (Lydia Martin), Daniel Sharman (Isaac Lahey) and Executive Producer Christian Taylor took to the stage, the crowd reaction was ear-splitting before the ever-loyal fanbase were given their chance to quiz the panel. Hit the jump for our recap of the panel as well as a full transcription of the Q&A.
The guest of honor at this weekend’s MCM London Comic-Con was filmmaker Edgar Wright, in town to talk about his new film The World’s End. Closing off his unofficial ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz, The World’s End tells the story of a group of friends determined to recreate a failed pub crawl from their teenage years. Of course, there is more to the adventure than meets the eye, as the locals are just a little unfriendly, leading the heroes on a rather more dangerous quest than they expected.
With nothing new available, we were shown the trailer before Wright took to the stage to answer questions from the packed-out crowd at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. There may not have been anything too illuminating to share, but the panel certainly set the scene for the film, released August 23rd. Hit the jump for the highlights.
One of my favorite things about Comic-Con are all the people that cosplay. Since I’d never been to a convention outside the United States, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to London Comic-Con yesterday afternoon. Would anyone dress up? Are fans in London the same as the rest of the world? After spending hours walking around the convention, I’m happy to report geeks and nerds are the same no matter where you live.
However, while many at London Comic-Con cosplay, I found more people dressed up as their favorite anime/manga/video game character instead of a movie/TV show character. Since I only attended London Comic-Con yesterday, it’s possible that over the weekend, the percentage would be the same. Either way, some of the costumes were pretty great, so hit the jump to check out about 100 pictures including Doctor Who, The Last Airbender, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Thor, Portal, Batman, Zelda, Mortal Kombat, and a lot more.
If you happen to be in London this weekend, I recommend heading over to London Comic-Con (also known as MCM Expo). Located at ExCeL London, the convention is really easy to get to and it’s loaded with a ton of independent dealers selling a wide variety of merchandise. While smaller than San Diego and New York Comic-Con, London’s version of the event is starting to make a name for itself and the more people that turn out this weekend, the bigger it’ll be next year. For info on how to get tickets and a list of guests, click here.
Since I happened to be in London this week (will explain why next year), I headed over to the con yesterday to interview Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and take photos of the convention floor. As you’ll see in the pics, the con has an independent vibe while still featuring big companies like Nintendo and a few of the movie studios. Hit the jump to check out a ton of Doctor Who merchandise (and a cool display of Daleks), Star Trek, Star Wars (including a life-size landspeeder), movie posters, limited hand painted sneakers, and a lot more.