From cosplay reunions to games, to family activities, here’s everything that’s going on

Cosplayers dressed as characters Joker (left) and Harlequin (right) during MCM Comic Con in London in 2021. (PA)

After a six month wait, MCM Comic Con is back, running for three days this coming weekend. There is plenty to do, including arcades, workshops, celebrity guests, children’s activities, dance performances, and more. Here is our selection of what’s happening at this important London convention.

When and where is it happening?

MCM Comic Con will take place October 28-30 at the ExCeL Center in London, located in East London. It’s easy to get to by DLR and Elizabeth Line – get off at the Custom House and you’re there.

What can you expect?

The list of events ranges from famous guests and a cosplay room, to board games, a space for family activities, manga drawing lessons, to a first look at some of this year’s major television and movie releases. You can find a detailed breakdown of each event here.

Famous guests

Fans will be thrilled to know that both Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Underworld) and Tom Sturridge (The Sandman) will attend the convention. The exact time they will meet fans has yet to be announced, but they are sure to bring the power of the stars.

Other beloved actors and artists who will also participate include Mason Alexander Park (The Sandman), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), David Bradley (Harry Potter), Anthony Daniels (who played C-3PO in 10 Star Wars films) , Tom Welling (who plays Marcus Pierce in Lucifer), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Conor Leslie (Titans) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock).

In addition, there will be four doctors from Doctor Who: Peter Davidson (the fifth doctor), Colin Baker (the sixth), Sylvester McCoy (the seventh) and the eighth doctor Paul McGann.

There is the option to book photo shoots and autographs with some of the special guests and you can reserve your seat here.

There will also be panels: executive producer Andy Serkis, along with the cast of The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, will talk about the upcoming fantasy-drama series. The cast (including Joe Thomas and Amanda Abbingdon) of Dave’s new comedy series about the alien invasion, We Are Not Alone, will also take part in a live Q&A panel.

Cosplay Central Stage

Cosplay is one of the best parts of Comic Con – not only is it fun to dress up, but it’s also great to see everyone else’s costumes.

This October, Comic Con will have a special dressing room area plus a team of volunteers at their “Cosplay Hospital” who will put your costume back together, for free, should the worst happen. There will also be panels, cosplay showcases and debates offering cosplay-related advice, such as how to enter competitions.

The tree house

There is a room specially dedicated to family fun: face painting, drag queen story hour, storytime sessions, a singing together with Laura Cameron, a coloring and drawing section with worksheets for creating comics, decorating cups, making masks and there will be a street sweeper also chasing around the MCM floor.

Pop Asia

Then there will also be an area dedicated to everything that has to do with the pop culture of East and Southeast Asia.

There are Manga drawing sessions hosted by A Thousand Cranes, Origami workshops run by members of the British Origami Society, learning Japanese letters (with the help of Hai! Japanese), martial arts presentations and a live Sumo demonstration from current British Sumo Champion, Mandeep Singh Kundi.

In addition there will be traditional and non-traditional dance sessions, including those by the Kpop New Vision Dance UK dance group, anime soundtracks played by the City String Ensemble and East and South East Asian foods such as Onigiri, Lumpia and Udon noodles, Bao Buns and Bubble Tea will be available for purchase.

Marginal research

There are also two areas dedicated to the game. First, there is the console game corner, where there will be many games (including the classic The Legend of Zelda, Mario Party, Final Fantasy, Spyro, Jak and Daxter and Burnout) available to play.

There is a family play area, a game library area (where there will be Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube and Playstation 2s and 3s), a gaming league and a multiplayer lounge where there will be both “classic and favorite games of family”.

Melanin Gamers will be running Smash Bros and Mario Kart! Also in the area, there will also be some old-school game consoles, from Sega Mega Drive, N64, Atari, Amstrad, Vectrex, to Intellivision to try.

Table games

MCM Comic Con also has an area for board game lovers.

There will be a card corner with demos and tournaments, a free-to-play board game area where games will include Invasion of the Cow Snatchers, City of Zombies, Katamino and Tumble Tree and there will be an opportunity to participate in Beginners Dungeons and Dragons Games.

Imagination Gaming, which operates in schools across the country to connect games and learning, will also host a table area, where games from around the world will be available.

Fans meet

There are also dozens of official MCM photo meetings taking place, of which more details can be found here.

So, whether you are a fan of Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things or a Marvel and Disney (to name a few), there is a gathering of like-minded enthusiasts to be held over the weekend. .

Meet the MCM community

Finally, there will be numerous MCM Universe groups at the convention, so you will have the opportunity to meet some members of the UK MCM community.

You can meet the Silver Sabers Combat Academy (an LED saber school), Quidditch UK, Gaming the Mind (a mental health charity in the video game community), the Star Wars Imperial Outlanders costume club and The 501st UK Garrison (a Star Wars-focused charity costume community).

In addition there will be a lip sync battle, an opportunity to learn traditional Tai Ji and a chance to practice the art of the sword (and group lessons are available).

Can I still buy tickets?

Yes. Saturday priority day tickets cost £ 32.50 and Sunday priority day tickets cost £ 29.50. Friday tickets with general admission cost £ 20.00 (priority tickets for Friday are sold out) and Sunday tickets with general admission cost £ 22.00.

Unfortunately, the weekend tickets are now sold out.

MCM Comic Con will take place October 28-30 at the ExCeL Center in London. More information can be found here

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