My Comic Con Experience
By George Ellsworth
I recently enjoyed a weekend in London full of culture. Pop culture that is. The bi-annual MCM London Comic Con took place between the 23rd - 25th October at the ExCel Centre, London. For those of you not in the know, the convention is a host and celebration of almost every aspect of pop culture. You name it, they have it; movies, TV shows, video games, cartoons, comic books, manga, anime and more. They even host a large number of celebrities, from show writers and directors, to actors and many internet personalities.
This October wasn't my first time at a comic convention (nor will it be my last) but it was certainly one of my most memorable. The organisation of the convention was very well done. Buying and receiving pre-ordered priority entrance wristbands for each day was started an hour before the vendor and event halls opened, allowing queueing to be short and efficient. Whilst I didn't attend any panels and talks, all that I saw seemed to run smoothly and on time with no technical issues. The vendor hall itself had a huge variety of merchandise for everyone of all interests. I left the ExCel on Friday with a quite a few posters and figures stuffed in my bag.
"This October wasn't my first time at a comic convention (nor will it be my last) but it was certainly one of my most memorable."
However, one of the biggest aspects for me this year was the cosplay. Cosplay (a combination of the words 'costume' and 'play') is a hobby that involves creating and wearing a costume resembling that of a character from some form of media, such as a protagonist from a film or video game. At first, the concept of dressing up can seem a little childish. Believe me, when I heard about it several years ago, I was a little skeptical as well. What I came to realise is that many cosplayers create their outfits, props and makeup from scratch. The amount of time, skill and effort put into certain cosplays is amazing, and the effort always shows.
This October particularly, I found there was an incredible variety of cosplays over all three days. I took part and dressed up as the Lone Wanderer from the video game Fall out 3
and Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty
. I had several people ask for photographs, and it's great to see them enjoying your cosplay. Not to mention, it's an easy way to make new friends.
The community surrounding a convention such as MCM London are always welcoming, I took part in a large group meet up for fans of the Fallout franchise, even a couple of employees fro Bethesda, the game's developer, attended. I also met up with plenty of friends, some by planning and some who I happened to bump into. Overall, MCM was a blast! It's a place for those who are passionate to get together and enjoy the weekend.
"It's a place for those who are passionate to get together and enjoy the weekend."
If you haven't been, I highly recommend it to anyone. I might even see you there!
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