Posted on October 18 2016
The most recent edition of MCM Comic Con 2016 took place at ExCel London from 24-26 May, which boasted over 133,156 people from across the UK and Europe according to the official website. Whether you’re into comic books, movies and sci-fi, video games, anime or cosplay, there was something for everyone at the UK’s biggest modern pop culture event.
One of this year’s highlight was the appearance of special guest stars Jesse Eisenberg who plays Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch who plays Raj and Bernadette on comedy sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Other big names from the pop culture world that graced the stage at MCM Comic Con included Adventure Time’s Jeremy Shada, Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin III’s director Michael Arias, and English actor Warwick Davis who plays Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies.
During their interviews and Q&A sessions, Kunal and Jesse discussed their new comedy play The Spoils, a 5 man cast which includes Games of Thrones star Alfie Allen, Olivier award winner Katie Brayben, and American actress Annapurna Sriram. Kunal talks about his friendship with Alfie and his fandom for the Games of Thrones series, and how Alfie regularly teases him with fake spoilers, saying, “You would not believe what I just did on set!” From the interview, those looking to watch the play will witness a completely different side of both Alfie and Kunal as actors to their currently known roles. One fan in the crowd accidentally stumbled onto a personal subject for Jesse, asking about the rubber band he wears on his wrist in the play, which he answers “I read that people who often feel repression wear a rubber band on their wrists to snap it into forgetting bad thoughts. Wearing this is a very private thing to me, and I didn’t think people would notice, so thank you for noticing this in the play… I thought there would be more Lex Luthor questions (LOL)”.
Davis & Depp
Warwick’s Q&A filled listeners with plenty of laughter as he shares some interesting moments with Johnny Depp during a hotel room scene, his travels to India and China, Harry Potter versus Star Wars (which he answered very diplomatically by pointing out that Star Wars is the reason he is what he is today, yet Harry Potter is amazing, and he enjoys working on both), his love for the Marvel series and Iron Man, and his selfie moments with fans “We're in the age of the selfie - people don't want signatures anymore…If I can use this a measure of my success, I can say I'm doing pretty well.”
In the Comic Village, over 200 creators including Dave Gibbons, Bob Layton, John McCrea, Gary Erskine, Yishan Li, Lee Townsend and John-Paul Bove showcased their creations and meeting with fans. The exhibitor hall that stretched over half of ExCel London saw hundreds of stands and setups of all shapes and sizes selling merchandise or food from companies like Numskull, GAMETEE, The Steampunk Crew, and Rice Digital.
The Future of MCM?
There were also plenty of opportunities for attendees to demo some of the latest games including Square Enix’s soon-to-be released Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, Bandai Namco’s newest Tekken 7 game, Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan game, Rising Star Games’ DJMAX on Nintendo 3DS, Failbetter Games’ Fallen London, and Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment to name a few. Sanrio set up a dedicated area with a life size Hello Kitty mascot roaming the Secret Garden, offering people the chance to win an exclusive Afternoon Tea Party at the show.
MCM Comic Con also hosted The EuroCosplay Championships, The Clara Cow Cosplay Cup, as well as the UK qualifiers for The World Cosplay Summit, a long running international cosplay contest, which sent two cosplayers to the Finals in Japan - Lex and Laura as Rosa and Rydia from Final Fantasy IV.
The event has grown phenomenally over the years, a bigger crowd, a stronger star line-up than ever before, and more exciting onsite events and sellers than ever before. It will be exciting to see what has to come for future editions of this event.