MCM London Comicon

UNITED KINGDOM

22 - 23 - 24 May 2015
ExCeL London

PICTURES OF THE CONVENTION

ARTIST'S REVIEWS

MATTEO ARTEMIS

ITALIAN COSPLAYER

This was my first time at MCM Comicon in London. The event takes place in the Newham neighborhood and it’s well-connected, thanks to the Underground it takes only about half an hour from the very downtown to get there. I wouldn’t suggest to reserve an hotel room in the immediate whereabouts as a night during the event period can easily cost up to over 200£.

The first thing you realize once you enter the building of the event, that is the Excel Exhibition, is how great this structure is, alongside with the pavilions, the walking paths for the guests, actually every space feels vast and spacious; even during rush hours it’s unlikely to get stuck in the crowd. The entry and exit queues can be long but they flow smoothly. I would suggest to buy tickets online before showing up on the event, you might even find some discount even though their price is adequately expensive. The main events take usually place on Friday and Saturday so take that into consideration when deciding which days to visit.

If you’re in costume, the building is really close to a Thames’ dock and it’s a great location to take some photos in, besides that the surroundings are not very suggestive for photosets. During May in London is very likely to find a quite chilly weather so be prepared by bringing an heavy vest, maybe a scarf and in any case consider wearing a covering cosplay if you want to spend time on the outside. The theatre in which you can assist or participate to the “cosplay masquerade” is situated on the top floor, that way any annoying throng is avoided.

From the main entrance, before entering the pavilions, it is possible to walk through a wide commercial arcade where you can surely find many kiosks to grab some food and drinks, but if you think that’s a bit pricey you can still temporarily leave the event to search for mini markets in the surroundings.

The event’s schedule is very varied, there are always international star guests that are previously announced from edition to edition, however take in mind that the queues to receive a stars’ autograph or selfie can pile up very quickly so be sure to reach the desired place well in advance!

Regarding the booths, you can maybe find something particular but the prices are slightly higher than the ones we’re used to see. Summing everything up, it’s a great experience I surely advise if you’re curious to visit the amazing city of London while matching your stay with a day or two of the event. You’ll have an overview of events unlike any national one both as standards and as organization but you will even feel a different cosplay spirit!

VALENTIN OFFNER

FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER

English conventions are really fun, mostly because of the english people. They are very fun to talk to and most of them are really kind and helpful, even if it’s your first time there. There are a lot of cosplayers to take pictures of, and most of them are really happy to spend some time gettint some good pictures ! One of the things to do ? Go to the Fox, just in front of the venue, for the evening. It’s the perfect place to meet a lot of people and relax after a long day of convention !

Being a photographer at MCM London can be difficult. New rules have been set up, banning any gear not used by the photographer itself (no off-camera flashes, but no reflectors either). There is no dedicated spaces to take pictures, and several photographers have been harassed by security on previous years.  There are a lot of cool guests to see along with great shops to get goodies from.

As usual, you can check and try recently released games, or take part in some activites in the convention. The ExCel is quite big, and even though there are a lot of people, it’s easy to navigate in the venue, but it’s also very easy to have a big crowd around a popular booth. There are a lot of places to buy food inside the venue as well as outside, where it’s possible to relax amongst other attendees and cosplayers.

The queue system is very slow. Each attendee has to get a bracelet in case they go out, which create a big chokepoint. It’s also impossible to enter by the front access, meaning a long walk in case you want to go back inside.  At 70€ for 3 days, the convention isn’t really cheap, but it’s mostly the really expensive hotels around that creates a black hole in your wallet. A simple Ibis room can cost up to 100€ per night per person !


Les conventions anglaises sont toujours très marrantes, surtout grâce à l'humour britannique. Ils sont très sympas pour discuter et la majorité sont très gentils et n'hésitent pas à aider, surtout si c'est votre première fois. Il y a beaucoup de cosplayers à photographier et la plupart sont très contents de poser afin d'avoir des photos qualitatives! L'une des meilleures choses à faire? Aller au Fox, juste en face de l'évènement, pour passer une soirée sympa. C'est le bar parfait pour rencontrer des gens et se détendre après une grosse journée de convention!

Etre photographe à la MCM London n'est cependant pas toujours facile. De nouvelles règles ont été imposées: tout matériel non utilisé par le photographe lui même est banni (flash, réflecteur...). Il n'y a pas d'endroit particulier pour prendre des photos et certains photographes ont été un peu bousculés par la sécurité les années précédentes. Il y a par contre des invités sympathiques et beaucoup de magasins où l'on pourra trouver des goodies.

Comme d'habitude, vous pouvez tester les jeux vidéos les plus récents, ou prendre part aux activités de la convention. L'ExCel est plutôt grand et bien qu'il y ait beaucoup de monde, il est simple de circuler de manière fluide. Par contre, il est bien plus dur d'accéder aux stands populaires à cause du monde. Il y a des endroits où acheter à manger tant à l'intérieur qu'à l'extérieur, où vous pourrez vous relaxer et manger avec les cosplayers.

Le système de queue est extrêmement lent. Chaque participant doit se munir d'un bracelet pour pouvoir sortir et re-rentrer, ce qui créé un ralentissement. Il est également impossible d'entrer par l'accès de devant, ce qui vous oblige à faire un grand détour pour rentrer. Pour 70 Euros pour 3 jours, cette convention n'est pas donnée, mais ce sont les hôtels aux alentours qui feront un trou dans votre porte-monnaie. Une simple nuit à l'IBIS vous coûtera bien 100 Euros par personne!

PHILIPPE LAUBY

FRENCH COSPLAYER

A well done organisation this year. Getting accreditations for professionals is not too difficult as long as it's justified. You always get fast replies to your emails. On the spot the staff is pro and kind. At the opposite of the security, who is repetively rough, sometimes even very rough. Guests of quality, many good shops, gaming areas and a lot of things to see. 

The excel center makes the expo pretty much confortable, there is a lot of space, place to buy food, and you can easily take a break outside, where the people can "normaly" make pictures. The bad point is devinitely the time for the people to get in and the crowd effect to visit the activities. The weekend, be ready to queue ! The place is really easy to access. But the tickets on the spot are expensive and limiting you almost to the afternoon only. The very excessive price of the closest hotels, are making your budget for the con a pain for your credit card...

As usual the strong points of this expo are the english people and the nights after the con'. The pub in front : Fox Excel is welcoming the people still in costumes or not. The only bad point is the early time it closed (around midnight). 


Une excellente organisation cette année. Recevoir des accréditations pour des professionnels n'est pas trop difficile du moment que c'est justifié. Vous recevez très rapidement des réponses de la part du staff par mail. De plus, le staff est très pro et sympa, ce qui change de la sécurité qui elle est très "brute". Il y a des invités de qualité, de bonnes boutiques, des zones de jeux et beaucoup de choses à découvrir.

Le centre Excel rend la visite agréable car il y a de l'espace, des endroits où manger et vous pouvez facilement aller dehors où les gens peuvent prendre des photos. Le point négatif est définitivement le temps passé à l'entrée et pour bénéficier des activités. Soyez prêts à faire la queue si vous y allez le weekend! Cet endroit est très facile d'accès. Mais les tichets sur place sont chers et limités. Il sera douloureux pour votre carte de crédit de vous loger sur place vu les prix des hôtels alentours.

Comme d'habitude, les points positifs de cette convention sont les anglais et les nuits suivant la convention. Le pub en face du lieu de l'événement est chaleureux et accueille les gens costumés ou non. Le point négatif est qu'il ferme un peu tôt (vers minuit). 

LEOBANE

FRENCH COSPLAYER

I went to the London MCM Comic con for the first time and it was for me the most friendly that I have been to. It was also my first con abroad, and the proximity of people between them was surprising. Even if inside was interesting, I have do admit that I spent most of my time outside, where there photographer were taking pictures. Staying next to the Tamise, with hundreds of cosplayers enjoying their day, also dancing with the background music of the concerts running in front of the con'.

And when the day is over, start the night, and the people are meeting to the FOX to share a drink, still in cosplay ! The only bad point for me about this strip stay with the hotel prices. But it's so convenient to stay just next to the con at night, and to not have to go far to change. You can even see the cosplayer in the street from your rooms.

I really suggest you to go to the MCM London comic con ! AHOU !

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