The Average Gamer

MCM is back in London

The MCM Expo is coming back to London’s Excel Centre in Docklands next month. Be afraid!

For the unintiated, MCM stands for Movies, Comics, Manga Memorabilia Media. It changes every time I look it up. You’ll find stalls, performances, panels, signings and all sorts of stuff. The show earlier this year even included live wrestling performances. This convention covers a huge range of geek hobbies and over the past few years, the gaming presence has grown steadily. Our highlight of May’s show was undoubtedly the Ubisoft-sponsored Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood cosplayers that roamed around the show floor.

Ezio’s costume was particularly beautiful and was designed and created by the wonderful Laura Sindall, Monster Maker.

Once again, Ubisoft will be out in force at the expo, this time showing Assassin’s Creed Revelations. The fourth game in the series will be set in Constantinople and allow you to play as the Assassin from the original game, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad.

Plenty of other games will be on show, including Saints Row: The Third, Batman: Arkham City and The Darkness II. They’ll also have as-yet-unconfirmed games from publishers Konami, Tecmo Koei, Nintendo, Namco Bandai and Capcom.

Another highlight of MCM is always the cosplayers, especially on Saturday, which hosts the Euro Cosplay Championships. This year’s show will also include a dedicated area called “Totally Cosplay” with its own panels, workshops and photography space. The Cosplay Desk will provide a storage area for props and have supplies for repairs available, should the worst happen as you try to navigate the crowds of “free huggers”. At the Eurogamer Expo last weekend we were lucky enough to meet Eileen Skopnik, winner of the May Expo’s Parade award with her incredible Midna costume from Twilight Princess.

If you’re interested in cosplay and want to perform, run an activity or present a panel at the upcoming expo, contact the MCM Cosplay Team.

This London MCM Expo runs over the Halloween weekend and will be at Excel in London.

Date: 28th to 30th October
Doors Open: 11am (9am for early entry)
Tickets: £10 general, £16 early entry.

Child and weekend tickets are also available. More info on the online booking site. Having seen the hour-long queues for MCM back in May, if you’re planning on attending for the whole day, I would very much advise booking your tickets in advance.

Of course there will be plenty of panels and signing for movies, comics, TV shows and manga as well. Want more details? Everything you need to know is on the official London MCM Expo site. See you at the show!

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