Dust Off Your Cape: MCM Comic Con is back in London in May

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Dust off your cape and stun the phasers – MCM Comic Con is back in London in May.

The three-day event takes over ExCel London for a celebration of comic, game and film characters, actors, writers, artists and more. Tent ? Read on for what you need to know about MCM Comic Con 2022.

What is MCM Comic Con?

Organizers describe the event as “the UK’s most exciting pop culture show”, spanning the games, comics and film industries. While he’s gained quite a reputation as a geek due to his portrayal on shows like The Big Bang Theory, he appeals to curious newcomers as well as die-hard fans.

What’s at MCM Comic Con?

Four people in hooded cape costumes pose next to giant MCM letters

Events at Comic Con vary from year to year, but you can expect a roster of special guests giving talks and meeting fans, as well as stage performances, screenings, tables rounds, cosplay contests and more. This year’s guests have yet to be announced, but check back here for details (and check here for stages and panels).

Already confirmed for May 2022: a replica of the Stranger Things set (right at the launch of season four); a chance to have a photo with Storm Troopers; become a Jedi Knight with the Silver Sabers combat academy; or try your hand at Quidditch.

People dressed as an assortment of characters pose for a group photo

Gaming fans can show off their skills in the Side Quest gaming area, which features free retro and modern consoles available for individual play or tournaments. If you’re here for the comics, Artist Alley invites you to meet the comic book creators – get your collection signed, discover comics you’ve never heard of – or even commission a work from your favorite creator.

Comic Con’s Pop Asia section celebrates East and Southeast Asia – think K-Pop dance lessons, origami and manga workshops, and food and drink from the region.

Additionally, fans of specific shows or games often host their own fan meetups, so they can share their passions.

Child dressed as Spiderman poses with Ninja Warrior Turtle characters

Meanwhile, outside the venue, MCM Fringe is a festival-style event featuring live music, performing arts and comedy – including strictly sea ​​shanties – which take place on stage, as well as a talent show section for participants to display their own skills.

Children are also welcome. The Treehouse is a family-friendly section of the festival, with crafts, face painting, character appearances and other activities to keep them happy. This could be a good way to kick off May’s midterm…

Should I wear a costume to Comic Con?

Someone in an Ironman costume poses for a photo

A costume isn’t required, but since that’s what the event is best known for, many choose to dress up (aka “cosplay”) when attending. If you’re going the costume route, be sure to read this first so you know the rules around props, weapons, tightness, and more — and know that you’re likely to be photographed. A lot.

(I once abseiled down Earl’s Court – another story for another day – as a Comic Con event was taking place inside the building, providing a mesmerizing bird’s-eye view of all sorts of characters entering the building. I would have only thought to put on a Spiderman disguise as I clung to the facade of the building).

MCM Comic Con takes place at ExCel London, 27-29 May 2022. Tickets start at £17.50 and must be booked in advance.

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