While people around the world were celebrating Halloween, in London, hundreds of thousands of fans gathered to celebrate the event of the season: London Comic Con.
Set in the ExCel Center from October 28th to October 30th, London Comic Con saw more than 131,000 fans walk along its alleys, one of the highest attendance rate so far. We were here the whole weekend and believe us, it was epic!
From people’s own sayings, this Comic Con was the biggest con ever organized in London. During 3 days, fans wondered around shops, attractions, actors, games and cosplayers. Surprisingly enough, despite the incredible number of people present on Saturday, the place didn’t feel crowded to the point no one could breathe. Getting a big enough space was a smart move from the organizers, who prevented any problem linked to over-crowded locations. There was enough space inside for people to walk, stop, sit, and outside for cosplayers to gather and take pictures in a friendly environment. This is the second point to be raised about London Comic Con: hundred of thousands of people gather, but there isn’t any problem, you don’t feel insecure, no one harasses you, judges you or bothers you. The atmosphere is relaxed and really friendly. Everybody is open to discussion and people are really there to have fun. As a friend of mine said: “the world would be a much better place with more cosplayers in it”. Indeed it would.
So, what was not to be missed during this Comic Con?
Cosplayers and Cosplay Contests
Well, what no one should ever miss during Comic Cons are the cosplayers who, once again, did a marvelous job at making us travel to our favorite fiction worlds. Two major contests happened at London Comic Con: the EuroCosplay Final and the Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup.
The winners of the EuroCosplay Finals are Germia from the Czech Rep. (1st), Gouky from Germany (2nd) and Alex Reiss from Russia (3rd). As for the Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup, the winners to represent Team UK at the Clara Cow Cosplay Cup at Animecon 2017 are Enja Cosplay and Aretsaya.
The Darkest Dawn
The premiere of The Darkest Dawn was also a one-of-a-kind event. Most of the actors as well as the director and producer were at London Comic Con to advertise the movie and exchange conversations with the fans. According to producer Jesse Cleverly, the whole crew was at Comic Con to build a community of fans. The aim of the microbuster is to create a story where audiences would really care about the characters while putting at the forefront new talents driven by passion.
The movie by itself is a quite interesting one. While you can see it is not a blockbuster, it is still a nice apocalypse film. The filming is generally fine, although there is just so much camerawork (blurring of the image to make it look home-made… etc.) one can appreciate. The cast, most of them Youtubers or young actors, does a pretty good job at depicting a group of youngsters during an Alien invasion. The scenario works fine, although one could regret the absence of more developments. It very much feels like an indie movie, at the intersection between The Walking Dead and The Fifth Wave. In a nutshell, The Darkest Dawn is not a perfect movie, but it provides good entertainment and is worth a look, at least to support the work of the young actors and director.
IBD Unmasked & Marvel’s The Unbeatables
MCM London Comic Con also saw the launch of Marvel’s new comic heroes, The Unbeatables. These superheroes, created by Marvel Custom Solutions for Takeda Pharmaceutical are part of an initiative named IBD Unmasked and aimed at highlighting the daily battles and strength of people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The new team of Super Heroes either has or is in touch with people who have IBD. As a matter of fact, they were all created with the input of a panel of IBD patients from all over the world.
Today, there are more than 5 million people in the world who live with IBD, which include the 2 most common types – ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. For these people, every day activities like getting together with friends and family or going to the cinema may be challenging. The condition affects people of all ages and diagnosis is most common in early adulthood. According to Dr. James Lindsay, consultant in Gastroenterology at Barts Heallth NHS Trust: “IBD Unmasked uses the medium of fantasy and fiction in an attempt to highlight the hidden reality and daily battles that people with IBD have to fight every day.” For Seb Tucknott, an IBD Unmasked patient panel member, “what makes IBD Unmasked unique is its power to inspire people actually living with the condition, and in an imaginative way. IBD can be scary, but this campaign replaces fear with inspiration, empathy and humor – helping real life IBD Super Heroes fight their own IBD battles every day.”
You can find the new opening chapter of the IBD Unmasked graphic novel series available online at www.IBDunmasked.com
Special guests at Comic Con included stars from brand new Doctor Who spin-off Class; the second series of hit sci-fi show Humans; Hooten And The Lady leads Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond; and UK rapper Akala, there with a world exclusive reading of his new graphic novel, but also The Flash’s Violett Beane; Agent Carter’s Enver Gjokaj; Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber; Star Wars’ Warwick Davis; Rooster Teeth founder Geoff Ramsey; Game of Thrones’ Ian McElhinney, Ian Gelder, Ian Beattie, Eugene Simon; Adventure Time head writer Kent Osborne; videogame legend Suda51; Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, and anime aces Takeshi Honda and Naoyoshi Shiotani, not to mention a host of hyper-talented YouTubers, comic artists, writers and voice actors.
London Comic Con is now the third largest comic con in the world! So, if you are living or travelling in Europe next May, don’t miss the next 3-day extravaganza that the organizers are already preparing for you: it will be unforgettable!