If you had the good fortune of being in London over the May Bank holiday, you might have had the fortune of seeing a flurry of Elsa’s, Deadpool’s and Ash Ketchum’s descending onto the streets en masse.
For 16 years, the London Expo has grown year by year and is easily at more than 100,000 visitors. Drawing in bigger names and fabulous guests, MCM London 2018 will go down in geek history as an epic shenaniganry (not a word) of major proportions.
Friday is the best day to get a lay of the land and is much easier to navigate the crowds, have prams and increasing your chances of getting a close peek at some famous faces.
The guest line-up over the weekend was varied and had voice actors such as Kevin Conroy (Batman) and April Stewart (south park), authors such as Kathryn Webber (Wing Jones), badass cosplayers, and the big boy names such as Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) who charmed attendees on the main stage during their panels.
The unexpected popularity of Marvel’s Black Panther has created an explosion of Wakandian fans who showed both their appreciation of the film and the fantastic Letitia Wright with detailed on-point costumes celebrating Wakanda!
One of the most entertaining panels on Friday was the GTA V panel with the hilarious Steven Ogg, Ned Luke and Shawn “Solo” Fonteno who voice Trevor, Michael and Franklin respectively.
Disappointingly the panel was named ‘Crime Pays’ which did not give the con-goers any idea of who was on the stage; I interviewed a few people, and they literally had no clue that it was the GTA V crew, the guys were less than impressed by this.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few panels like this and I would hope that the organisers take note of this to ensure that they maintain positive relations with the guests as the GTA crew were fantastic but didn’t hold back with the censure.
The popularity of GTA V hasn’t really waned since its release 5 years ago. Obviously, we were hoping for some news and we asked them about what current projects they have in the pipeline.
Apparently, the cerebral mind fudge that is Westworld is one of the top shows now, but away from that and The Walking Dead (No spoilers). Steven shared he was currently walking on film The Short History of The Long Road out in 2019.
Solo amusingly told us he has ‘dibble-dabbled’ into some Marijuana goodness and has two dispensaries now. Ned has retired, but we have a strong feeling that if they ever come through with the DLC, the team will be back together again.
One of the great things about MCM is that they also cover tech, I had a sit down with tech company Blade who were showcasing their cloud-based computer Shadow; there is so. Added to the streamers connect area, there were lots of places for the tech lovers to get stuck into.
We checked out the prominent exhibitors such as Nintendo who had a massive area where they were hosting tournaments and handing out some goodies. As always Saturday was shockingly busy and heaving with people and the most creative cosplays in preparation of the cosplay masquerade in the latter part of the afternoon.
The green becomes some sort of Hyrule haven where all the cosplayers and photographers chill out with the DJ’s Playing, and I don’t think I will ever get over Hermione living her best RuPaul drag life on the green.
Although party tunes and sweating out Worbla to Mario Synth songs. Personally, one step outside in the heat of The Eye of Mordor and I ran back inside like a cockroach and decided to check out some panels.
MCM was exceptionally creative with relevant panels that addressed real issues for young adults. One of the panels we visited was the Talking Tough – Tackling Difficult Themes in Young Adult Fiction which confronted issues in young adult fiction. Authors Katherine Webber (Wing Jones) and Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands) joined other authors on stage to discuss how they wrestle this in their books.
I ended up fanboying over the Witcher Panel which was Andrzej Sapkowski creator and Author of the Witcher Series (thank you Oh great one!) He spoke about the creation of the worlds and the passion that pushed The Witcher to the top.
The masquerade cosplay ball showcased the best of the best. There was so much content, from interviews with April Stewart and Kevin Conroy to trying to #SaveLucifer with Tom Ellis. I literally couldn’t cover it all.
I have saved the best for last, the highlight of the weekend was the session with Rosario Dawson who was personable, relation and charming. Prolific in her works from Jane the Virgin, Sin city and of course Daredevil.
Ms. Dawson (put some respect on her name) has a genuine passion for all things geekery, and it showed. Also, she hugged me and called me cute so now I don’t answer to my government name, I am now just Khaleesi.
What a way to finish a weekend. Mic Drop. MCM
By Cassandra Marcus-Hughes
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