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This is the UK’s biggest modern pop culture event and is even the third largest event of its kind in the world. This year marked their 31st show which is impressive and the event just seems to get bigger and better. It’s for that reason that 130,212 sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts attended the action-packed three-day pop culture fest. I arrived a bit later after the opening times but there was still a fair queue but fortunately it went down quickly and efficiently despite the extra security checks and measures in place, it was all very well run and the presence of police was reassuring, however at times to be honest it was hard to tell if they were real police or just part of the cosplay and costume extravaganza that you expect and get at these huge fun events. This was my second time attending the MCM comic con in London after first going last year. I have visited another convention similar in London, but nothing compares to the magnitude of this one. It literally takes you all day to look around at all the weird and wonderful stalls, which range from comics, signed TV and film memorabilia to board games and lots of interesting and varied food stalls. As well as retro games and indie games being played or screened you also get the chance to play new upcoming games yourself, and I was fortunate enough to have a go of the new Tekken 7 game on the Playstation 4 which was great fun. It was hectic with people playing games throughout the whole day as well as a live exhibition of fans battling it out in an arena style setting, with commentary which brought in a big crowd and provided some great entertainment. The event also hosts a great and exciting line-up of guests each year, and this year was no exception, pulling in some notable guests, with the main star being action star and martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Hero) who recently starred in Star Wars: Rogue One as Chirrut Îmwe. Other popular guests included Doctor Who companion and comedian Catherine Tate who had a big queue of eager fans and was happily greeting them throughout the day, as did the two Firefly cast members Summer Glau and Sean Maher from Joss Whedon’s much-loved cult western sci-fi and its film follow-up Serenity. They were joined by stars whose appearances included screenplay in Doctor Strange, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Expendables 2, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Adventure Time, as well as stars from NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Originals, Power Rangers and Red Dwarf. As well as taking autographs and photos with the stars, some also participated in talks and panels where fans would get a chance to ask them questions. The queues for meeting the guests seemed well organised and fans weren’t kept waiting too long, so everyone was happy. Of course, at this type of expo, you expect a range of interesting and bizarre costumes, and fans didn’t disappoint. Ranging from cosplay of Deadpool, Batman character’s, Mario brothers, anime characters and a whole load more. It’s one of the main attractions in itself and is what makes the event have such a fun and friendly atmosphere, with people admiring their efforts and bringing them together to discuss their favourite games, comics, TV shows, anime and films. For anyone who has never attended anything like this and who enjoys pop culture, this is definitely an event to make note of and go along too and immerse yourself in the crazy and wonderful vibes of this massive fun-filled and entertaining event. It gets bigger every year, bringing in dedicated regular fans as well as hordes of new ones and it is easy to see why. CL

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Issue 44 of Stencil Mag  

Rise Against, Evanescence, Bowling For Soup, Tonight Alive, Dropkick Murphys, Miss May I, Memphis May Fire, Goldfinger, CKY, Motionless In W...

Issue 44 of Stencil Mag  

Rise Against, Evanescence, Bowling For Soup, Tonight Alive, Dropkick Murphys, Miss May I, Memphis May Fire, Goldfinger, CKY, Motionless In W...

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