On a scorching May bank holiday, the ExCeL London was taken over by thousands of pop culture fans, with plenty dressed up in fantastic cosplay, to meet their favourite film, gaming and TV stars! The two day convention gives fans an opportunity to meet their favourite stars with photo ops and signing booths available for each guest, a packed schedule of panels to attend and plenty of stalls to visit and buy merch from. There were also plenty of exclusives happening at the event including a number of London Comic Con Funko POPs! to buy and never before seen screening of the first episode of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man season three.
Annoyingly, this was the second year that this comic con clashed with another of my other favourites, Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, so I had to split my time between the two conventions.
Headlining 2018’s first London comic con were Lucifer’s Tom Ellis, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, The Defenders’ Rosario Dawson and Deadpool 2 stars Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić. Also in attendance were The Walking Dead’s Khary Payton and Cooper Andrews, Orange is the New Black stars Taryn Manning and Jackie Cruz, Batman superstar Kevin Conroy and ‘Geek Queen’ Felicia Day.
For all the gamers out there, Grand Theft Auto V’s Ned Luke, Shawn Fonteno and Steven Ogg were in attendance, as well as Overwatch heroes Lucie Pohl and Gaku.
The weekend was absolutely packed full of fantastic panels split across the MCM Live Stage and Main Stage, but the highlight had to be Tom Ellis’ absolutely packed panel at the Live Stage, where he sang a couple of songs and spoke about the overwhelming response to the #SaveLucifer campaign. As a huge Marvel fan, Letitia Wright’s Black Panther panel was also amazing and again completely packed out. Another highlight was the lovely Rosario Dawson talking about her time in the Marvel Netflix shows, promoting the upcoming second season of Luke Cage. Also entertaining was the Orange is the New Black panel as well as the guys from Grand Theft Auto V!
Things to Do
The halls of the excel were absolutely packed full of plenty of things to do, ranging from Build-a-Bear with their Pokemon and Marvel exclusive ranges, becoming an agent in Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan stand, having your photo taken in the giant The Meg stand or with Blue in Universal’s Jurassic World stand. Also in attendance were Funko Europe with their amazing stand featuring a number of London comic con exclusives and a really cute Pusheen stand.
Gaming fan? Well Nintendo took over a significant majority of one of the halls with plenty of games to play including Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis as well as live gaming tournaments.
Thanks to the team at MCM I managed to gain access to the Tom Ellis Lucifer panel, the Rosario Dawson panel and the Orange is the New Black panel, check out the videos below!
MCM Comic Cons are always jammed packed with great guest lineups, plenty of screenings and talks, as well as lots of things to do and the first of this years London comic con was no different. I was so impressed with the guest lineup this year, particularly with the Marvel additions and Lucifer’s Tom Ellis! The amount of talks and exclusive screenings was definitely an improvement too, as well as the amazing Nintendo stands – I do have a soft spot for the amount of things to do at MCM Comic Cons! Another plus is the amount of press roundtable interviews they have on offer, compared to other comic conventions. Overall, a fantastic convention that’s definitely one of my favourites!
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