When you think of a Bank Holiday weekend in London, you can think of a hellaofweekend : everything is open late, everyone is out to party hard, everyone wants to enjoy it because it’s always shorter than what we except.
Well this year, even if I actually had some beers on Friday/Saturday/Sunday night, I did something new: I went to my first Comic Con!!
What is a Comic Con ?
Comic Con, for Comic Covention, is a convention held annually in different places around the world. Originally, the aim of this convention was to showcasing comic books and Science Fiction/Fantasy related film. The oldest one is the Comic Con in San Diego (organised in March 1970, thanks Wiki!!) and since then, the Comic Con is more about the pop culture in the whole : there are still comics and films, but it’s also about cosplay, animes, mangas, videogames, toys, collectible card games, or boardgames.
The Comic Con London 2017 (or MCM London Comic Con) was on the 26th, 27th and 28th May and located in Excel Exhibition Center London. It was really easy to go there (only 45 min by tube, and for London I can tell that it’s nothing!) and maybe because I came on Sunday at 1pm, but it was as well easy to go inside (no queue, thanks God!).
Few minutes there, and I was totally immerged. I guess so many people was waiting this event to see friends, to find their rare anime and comic books, to buy their goodies or to show their sick cosplays ! I was so amazed by the creativity and the hard work put on the customized wigs, costumes and make up ! (Maybe I will try next time ?)
So the convention was massive and was divided in two sections: in those 2 sections you will find different kind of stands, from independent comics to video games (the biggest and major one was obviously the PlayStation one) and even some Japanese fast food and kawaii/socute/sojapanese clothing stores.
I spent the first hour walking around, buying some goodies (yes I am weak), looking at all this comic indies with some really good ideas and comic books.
Then was time for me to head to the Gaming area to try the new Tekken 7. The PlayStation stand was huge with on one hand the VR section where you can try Farpoint (but you had to pre-book before, less cool) and on the other hand the Tekken 7 section. They set a ring with huge TVs and a speaker and people can play in front of everyone in a real fight atmosphere. That was really cool and funny to watch. Also if you weren’t that brave to kick (or to be kicked) in front of everyone, you could try Tekken 8 on smaller TV on multiplayer mode. I tried it and because for me Tekken>Street Fighter> Mortal Kombat, I wasn’t disappointed. The game is beautiful, the gameplay still easy to get use to and also accessible to everyone (actually I lost against a 10 YO little girl and it was her first time…) and if you played the first episodes of this legendary game, you will find your favourite characters and the same atmosphere.
Still on the Playstation section, I tried another game and I felt in Love : The White Day. It’s a Japanese highschool/horror/creepy game launching in Europe in August 2017 and the game looks amazing . Straight on my wishlist!
I have a really good time there and I will go back next year for sure. The only thing that disappointed me a little bit is the price of the goodies : I guess because it’s really difficult to find some of them in Europe generally, they put the price very high. But you can find some really nice original stuff there and I found framed posters for my room that I really Like, the brand is Laser Moon UK .
Here was my day at MCM London Comic Con 2017, Next Event : Hyper Japan 2017!