Last weekend, MCM Comic-Con returned to London to put on another epic display of geekiness at the ExCeL Centre, drawing comic fans, cosplayers, and people from all across the country to the capital.
If you’ve never been to MCM Comic-Con London before, the three-day celebration takes place at London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre and is filled with everything a geek could wish for. There are guests from tv, film and comic book, alongside piles of geeky merchandise, video games, comic books, and lots of stunning cosplay.
The allure of MCM for many lies not in the guests, but in the event itself. This is evident from the fact that tickets often sell out even before any popular celebrities are announced. Attendees are drawn to the opportunity of mingling with individuals who share similar interests, whether it’s cosplay, anime, indie comics, or games. MCM gatherings are renowned for their welcoming atmosphere, offering a space where people can freely express themselves. It’s challenging to find a more accepting, diverse, and inclusive community to be a part of.
To give you some idea of the size and scope of MCM London, here is a walkthrough video from our friends over at Comic-Con News, to give you just a taste of the show.
MCM runs two events in London every year. There seems to have been a conscious decision to switch up the type of guests between the May and October events, with May focusing more on voice actors, anime, and cult tv shows, all of which were well covered. As always with MCM, we’re never entirely sure what we’re going to get when arrive to cover the Comic-Con. Not every guest has time to be interviewed due to panels, photoshoots and meeting fans. This time, we only had one exclusive interview, and that was with lovely Veronica Taylor, best known as the voice of Ash In Pokemon. However, we did get some great footage from the Main Stage panels.
On a side note, we aren’t allowed to upload the panels in full, due to MCM’s owners, Reedpop, selling virtual tickets to various panels across all their Comic-Cons (which is actually a pretty sweet deal!). However, you can view clips from the various panel in the YouTube playlists below.
Star Trek: Strange New World Holographic Panel – Main Stage – MCM Comic Con (8 Clips)
We kicked things off on Friday at MCM Comic Con London with a panel which literally boldly went where no one had gone before… The cast of the fantastic ‘Star Trek: Strange New World‘, including Rebecca Romijn (Number One), Ethan Peck (Spock), Celia Rose Gooding (Uhura) and Melissa Navia (Ortegas) were holographically “beamed” onto the Main Stage to talk about the show and their characters. It was an impressive feat of technical engineering by the folk at ARHT, who put it together and worked just like a normal panel. Host, Alex Zane, asked questions and they answered, then did a Q&A with the audience too. With the exception of them being a little see-through, it looked and felt like any other panel, despite the fact two of the guests were in New York and two were in Los Angeles! All very “on brand” for ‘Star Trek’!
Pokémon 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel – Main Stage – MCM Comic Con (10 Clips)
This wonderful panel featured Veronica Taylor (Ash) Rachael Lillis (Misty, Jessie), Jay Goede (Mewtwo), and Eric Stuart (Brock, James) together on the Main Stage at MCM Comic Con London, reflecting on their 25-year journey with the iconic anime series ‘Pokémon’. This is the first time EVER the cast of the hit anime series have been united together on stage, as they reminisce about their time on the show, and discuss the legacy of the series. There are ten clips in total in this playlist.
Veronica Taylor Interview – The Voice Of Ash In Pokemon
In addition to the Main Stage panel, we also caught some time to chat directly with Veronica Taylor, the voice of “Ash” in Pokemon, who talks about her work on the show, the legacy of the character, and lots more! Veronica is a hugely respected voice actress, who is best known for her work bringing to life Ash Ketchum, his mother Delia, and May in the English dub of the Pokémon anime series. She also voiced April O’Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sailor Pluto in the English dub of Sailor Moon, Nico Robin in the English dub of One Piece, and so much more.
Our Flag Means Death Panel – Main Stage – MCM Comic Con (7 Clips)
The next set of clips comes from the Our Flag Means Death panel from the Main Stage at MCM Comic Con London featuring Con O’Neill, who plays “Izzy” Hands, Nathan Foad who plays Lucius, and Kristian Nairn who plays Wee John Feeney. They were glorious, telling behind-the-scenes stories, discussing how the “found family” of pirates connected with the LGBTQ+ community, and a spectacular impassioned speech from Con O’Neill at the end. Funny, thoughtful, and really entertaining.
What We Do in the Shadows Panel – Main Stage – MCM Comic Con (11 Clips)
This last panel was brilliant, as it became something more than advertised. The panel was billed as a chat with Harvey Guillén and did begin with him solo, discussing his upcoming role as Dr. Sanchez in the DC Blue Beetle movie, voicing Perrito in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and the heartbreakingly beautiful story which he covered in an article for Esquire. However, halfway through, Kayvan Novak, who plays Nandor the Relentless in What We Do in the Shadows, master to Guillén’s character Guillermo, joined him on stage to chat about their show. The duo cover topics such as filming the “Cloak Of Duplication” episode, how (they think) Guillermo & Nandor met, and that Familiar fight scene!
No Comic-Con would be complete without the cosplayers, and they were out in full force with some spectacular creations! Below you’ll find all of our cosplay photos from MCM Comic-Con London May 2023, along with a video, again from our friends over at Comic-Con News, which covers some of the Cosplay Meetups on Saturday, along with the rest of the event.
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