The wait is over, MCM Comic Con, the ultimate celebration of pop culture, is back with bang, rolling into London’s ExCeL on 27th – 29th May.
Whether you’re a serious gamer, comic book collector, highly-skilled cosplayer, or passionate film buff, there’s plenty to explore at this year’s shows. There’ll be a jam-packed programme of celebrity talent, unforgettable panels from the best in the business, exclusive previews, live performances, independent creators and more! This year’s tickets are sponsored by and feature artwork from the award-winning open-world action RPG Genshin Impact.
Hot off the press, the first guests on the much anticipated line-up have been announced as anime royalty Dante Basco from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Janet Varney from The Legend of Korra. Both incredible actors will at MCM Comic Con across all three days!
What’s more, the anime fun continues with the cast of My Hero Academia actors; Justin Briner, Clifford Chapin, Aaron Roberts, Trina Nishamura, Kirsten McGuire and Kyle Phillips all joining the stellar line-up. Grab the chance to meet your heroes with exclusive photograph and autograph opportunities with the anime legends.
Looking for more fun? Ultimate British Pro wrestling champions and stars Bullit, Alexander Roth, Simon Millar, Claudia Bradstone, Charlie Biggs and Clive Jackson will be letting guests in on all the top tips and tricks for becoming a wrestling superstar at their exciting panel. For all the bookworms out there, meet some of the most inspiring literary legends with authors Laura Sebastian, Lucy Holland, Rym Kechacha, T.L. Huchu, Will Carver, Eve Smith, Matt Wesolowski, J.M. Miro and Samantha Shannon all gracing the MCM floor with exclusive panels and book signings. If that wasn’t enough, YouTube sensation TomSka will also be joining the star studded line-up, ready to meet and greet fans at his very own booth.
Bringing the summer festival vibes, MCM Comic Con May will also see the return of the awesome MCM Fringe Stage, offering a smorgasbord of incredible live music, laugh out loud comedy and performing arts all in the great outdoors. Be transported back to the 19th Century with Old Time Sailors singing the very best Sea Shanties. If that wasn’t enough, talented MCM fans can showcase the star within by wowing the crowd in MCM’s very own Talent Show.
For K-pop fans, anime enthusiasts and manga masters, delve into the Pop Asia section. A world where you can become an Origami pro with paper-folding magic by London Origami Society, try your hand at the unsung art of Manga drawing, learn to dance like BTS, join Ms Kayono for a traditional dance lesson, learn how to wear a traditional Yukata, or discover the ancient sport of sumo wrestling with an appearance and live demonstration from the current British Sumo Champion!
Get your gaming fix and the become the best at the Side Quest zone. Whether your vice is modern consoles, retro gaming or tabletop favourites, enjoy a casual escape from reality with a free playing session or unleash your competitive side and battle it out in tournaments. For role-playing fans, OutsideXbox and DM Johnny Chiodini will return with another unforgettable live Oxventure D&D adventure. And for the budding artists among us, explore Artist Alley to find independent talented creators, get some tips and bring home some new favourite comics and artwork.
Live out your ultimate alter-ego fantasy at Cosplay Central, where the limits of outfit creation knows no bounds. The best of the best can show off their skills and take to the main stage for the Cosplay Central Crown Championships, or cosplayers of all experiences are welcome to enter the Cosplay Masquerade. For those of us still learning, there’ll be unbeatable panels offering the best tips and techniques for kick-ass costumes and the unique Cosplay Hospital to fix any unplanned outfit mishaps. Best of all, MCM Comic Con is full of like-minded fans who are just like you. So why not make new friends who share your passion at official MCM photo meets.
If all of that’s not enough, there’s time to do it all again with MCM Comic Con hitting up London’s ExCeL again on 28th – 30th October and NEC Birmingham on 12th – 13th November.
Jenny Martin, Event Director at MCM Comic Con said: “Welcome home, fans! We can’t wait to bring MCM Comic Con back to you next month. As our first show draws even closer, we’ll be announcing our line-up of celebrity guests, panels and never before seen surprises to the programme… grab your tickets and watch this space.”
For more information visit the website www.mcmcomiccon.com
By Cem Kaplan