MCM Expo comes but once a year! Well, twice a year. Well, actually, there's a whole load of MCM Comic Con events now, dotted around the country - but the biggie is the London one, which happens twice, and the biggiest of them all is the London October one.
And it was big.
MCM has had issues with crowding and queuing in the past, but from what I could tell they really managed to resolve it this time 'round. This was the first time MCM actually made full use of the entire building, with both halls spread out and filled to the brim with fun things to see and do. There was also a much larger gaming presence this time around, with plenty of sit-down-n'-play consoles and setups. Sadly, it looks like we've seen the end of the DDR-UK setup with Rock Band, Smash Bros and Street Fighter etc., which is a pity, but can safely say I really liked the direction the whole con is going in.
From a Comic Village point of view, where I had my little table, it was a quiet one for me again. I say this fully aware that I think I do as well, if not better than a lot of the folks in Comic Village, simply for the sheer bulk of stuff I sell, but this year sales have been less than half what I've taken in the past. I'm not sure why, though I've got a few theories. One think I'm tempted to try out is shelling out towards a dealer's table. It'd position me away from other artists and right in the fray amongst the merchants and wholesalers. I'm thinking about this as a good thing - so much of my art is popculture and I think it might appeal to those not necessarily in the market for prints. The dealers area gets so much extra footfall from people who aren't necessarily interested in comics and artwork, and I'm wondering if a table there might just catch more people's eye. Who knows!
When not at the actual convention, my friends and I spent the evenings at the local pub and wine bar, playing Belle of the Ball, a really fun little game I kickstarted a while back, Loveletter, Coup and Magic the Gathering. Oh, and Smash. There was a lot of Smash Bros. played this weekend.
As usual, I didn't take many photos. I rarely get chance to when I'm behind the table so long, and when I do escape I spend so long running around trying to do everything instead! But, here's a few. Mainly League of Legends cosplayers again.
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