Dust off your cape and stun the phasers – MCM Comic Con is back in London in May.
The three-day event takes over ExCel London for a celebration of comic, game and film characters, actors, writers, artists and more. Tent ? Read on for what you need to know about MCM Comic Con 2022.
What is MCM Comic Con?
Organizers describe the event as “the UK’s most exciting pop culture show”, spanning the games, comics and film industries. While he’s gained quite a reputation as a geek due to his portrayal on shows like The Big Bang Theory, he appeals to curious newcomers as well as die-hard fans.
What’s at MCM Comic Con?
Comic Con events vary from year to year, but you can expect a roster of special guests giving talks and meeting fans, as well as stage performances, screenings, tables rounds, cosplay contests and more. This year’s guests have yet to be announced, but keep checking here for more details (and Check here for stages and panels).
Already confirmed for May 2022: a replica of the Stranger Things set (right at the launch of season four); a chance to have a photo with Storm Troopers; become a Jedi Knight with the Silver Sabers combat academy; or try your hand at Quidditch.
Gaming fans can show off their skills at Side Quest play area, which offers free retro and modern consoles, available for individual play or tournaments. If you’re here for the comics, Alley of artists invites you to meet the people who make comics – get your collection signed, discover comics you’ve never heard of – or even commission a piece of art from your favorite creator.
comic-con’s Pop Asia celebrates East and Southeast Asia – think K-Pop dance lessons, origami and manga workshops, and local food and drink.
Additionally, fans of specific shows or games often host their own fan meetsso that they can share their passions.
Meanwhile, outside the room, MCM Fringe is a festival-style event featuring live music, performing arts and comedy – including strictly sea shanties – which take place on stage, as well as a talent show section for participants to display their own skills.
Children are also welcome. The tree house is a family-friendly section of the festival, with crafts, face painting, character appearances, and other activities to keep them happy. This could be a good way to kick off May’s midterm…
Should I wear a costume to Comic Con?
A costume isn’t required, but since that’s what the event is best known for, many choose to dress up (aka “cosplay”) when attending. If you go the costume route, be sure to read this first so you are aware of the rules regarding props, weapons, tightness and the like – and know that you are likely to be photographed. A lot.
(I once abseiled down Earl’s Court – another story for another day – as a Comic Con event was taking place inside the building, providing a mesmerizing bird’s-eye view of all sorts of characters entering the building. I would have only thought to put on a Spiderman disguise as I clung to the facade of the building).