We’ll be returning to London MCM Comic Con once again on 26th – 28th May in the ExCel!

You’ll be able to find us behind  table CL1 in the Comic Village with stacks of queer comics, art prints, and more!

London MCM is our biggest show of the year and it’s packed with things to do for attendees whether it’s indie and big name comic creators in the Comic Village (I’m biased, but it’s my favourite part), artists and official merchandise in the huge dealer halls, an entire area filled with YouTube stars, the latest video game demos, awesome booths filled with art and gaming tech (including Wacom who I will continue to torment myself by gazing longingly at their latest hardware), international cosplay tournaments, crowded halls for eSports contests, and celebrity guests! There was even a bunch of fairground rides last year… not sure if they’ll be there this year sadly.

This years show has an impressive list of celebrity guests doing talks and signings; Donnie Yen (Rogue One), Billie Piper (Doctor Who … great now I have Honey To The Bee stuck in my head, thanks MCM), Summer Glau & Sean Maher (Firefly), Echo Kellum (Arrow), Luke Mitchell (Agents of SHIELD), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers), Rebecca Breed (The Originals/Pretty Little Liars), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), the Red/Blue/Black/Yellow Power Rangers from the 90s, Veronica Taylor (Pokemon), Hynden Walch (Adventure Time/Teen Titans), and Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time/Voltron).

Check out the map below for a handy guide on how to find us! Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as I’ll be posting updates on both of those during the run up to the show and during Comic Con itself including cosplayer photos, tweeting about silly con happenings, recommendations on stalls to visit, geeking out over the bits of the show we get to see from behind our table, and perhaps some convention exclusive deals for our followers!

For those who can’t make it to the show, we’ll (hopefully) be recording some videos of the weekend for our new YouTube channel to share with you too.

In the run up to the show I am taking commission pre-orders to be picked up at Comic Con with a discount available – check out the images below for more info (click for larger images). The cut off point for these will be Sunday 21st May, after that I can’t guarantee that the art will be ready in time before the show. This is simply because the week of the convention itself Mon-Wed is a mad dash of last minute preparations, and stressing over whether we’ve forgotten anything, Thursday onwards is travelling to the other end of the country and setting up at the ExCel.

For those attending London MCM Comic Con for the first time, here are some of our best tips to make the most out of your weekend!

  • First and most important: make sure that you take breaks to get at least 2 proper meals per day and get enough sleep each night – your body will thank you for it and it’ll help you avoid the dreaded con-flu.
  • Second and just as important: keep a bottle of water with you as you wander the halls. It may not feel like it but convention halls are busy, warm, and cramped places at times so staying hydrated is a good idea.
  • Take cash with you – there are ATM’s in the building but they often run out of cash early in the weekend due to massive demand, we can take card at our table but a) not all sellers at the show can and b) 4G internet connections in venues like the ExCel aren’t reliable enough to say with 100% confidence that they’ll always work.
  • Make sure that your cash and valuables are stored securely. In a hall filled with 130k+ people, sadly there’s always the chance of someone with sticky fingers being around, or in more innocent situations it’s very easy to get distracted and leave your valuables behind (the amount of people I’ve had to chase after with wallets, phones, cameras, etc. after they’ve left them on my table is scary). So always make sure that you know where your stuff is.
  • MCM do have a cloakroom where they store things securely for cosplayers and attendees – I’m not 100% sure on details but if you have something you’d rather not lug around, it doesn’t hurt to enquire at the official MCM Info booths!
  • There is always plenty of food around at the ExCel, whether it’s the food hall stands or the franchises on the concourse – but they do come with their own problems e.g. huge queues, and equally huge prices. So, if you’re on a budget and would rather save some time it’s a good idea to either bring a packed lunch from home/your hotel, or grab food from a local shop on your way in.
  • Another suggestion with food: there are some really nice restaurants right outside the ExCel but if you’re on a budget they’re still pretty pricey. It may sound silly but we’ve found that having takeaway apps on our phone like Just Eat means you can get tasty food for a fraction of the cost. Some places even have “healthy-ish” take out these days!
  • Before you set off, consider downloading the show guide from the MCM website to your preferred device! There will be free printed versions available at the con itself (at the official Info booth usually) and they contain maps, schedules, and tons of useful info. Not only is it handy to have to finding your way around and planning out your weekend, but some people even get artists and guests to sign the book next to their names.
  • If you’re attending with friends/family – make sure that you all have each others phone numbers, fully charged phones, and when you arrive agree on a meeting spot should you get separated. MCM is a busy show and it’s easy to get split up so it’s always best to prepare for that possibility.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “Hello” – whether it be to stall holders, cosplayers, other attendees, or even us artists – for the most part we don’t bite and we’re all just big geeks anyway.
  • That said – cosplay is not consent. It shouldn’t have to be said but whether someone is in cosplay or not a) don’t touch people without their consent b) don’t take photos of cosplayers without their consent – especially when they’re eating or relaxing. It may seem harmless but it’s generally considered to be bad manners and doesn’t get you a good photo anyway.
  • Take some time to check out the Comic Village – like I said I’m biased but of all the things at Comic Con it’s the area with the most unique things that you probably won’t find anywhere else. And you even get to see me, which is less terrible than it sounds!
  • The best advice I can give, however, is be safe and have fun. That’s really what Comic Con is all about – geeking out with new and old friends and perhaps getting some new art and comics to bring back home!

As always, if you’re attending London MCM Comic Con I hope to see you there – be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram – and enjoy the show!

Until next time…