Well I finally went to an MCM Comic Con!
I have been wanting to attend one of these events for a while now. I just happened to be going straight past the NEC last Sunday (22nd) on a work related trip, so I had no excuse not to go!
I thought the advanced ticket price was very reasonable at £10. I recommend this option; it makes getting in a doddle. I literally walked straight in, right passed a very long queue to purchase tickets on the day.
So did it live up to my expectations?.. ..largely, yes. I should make it clear that I am not really interested in meeting the stars, getting autographs etc., so this was certainly not a reason I attended. But they were there if you wanted to see them and I recognised most of the names.
The cosplay was really interesting to see and I was impressed to see how many people were involved in this. The UK Star Wars garrison was a particularly impressive sight; it felt like you were taking part in the film!
As you might have guessed by the nature of my blog I was far more interested in examining the collectibles and to my surprise and delight.. ..video games. I would not say I was overwhelmed by what was on offer, but I did manage to get a few items I had been looking for. I have an particular interest in horror film collectibles and there really wasn’t masses on offer. In addition, a lot of the Dr Who collectibles on offer were the more recent and easy to find ones.. ..I would say that was, for me, the most disappointing aspect of the event. There was lots there for sale, but only a small percentage was actually of interest to me, or could not be easily found cheaper elsewhere. I suppose this is the nature of these events, they cater more for the current trends and releases, so maybe I was expecting a bit too much. As one could imagine, there was a lot of focus on super heroes, Star Wars, Manga and Anime but not so much on the horror side of things.
Would I go again? Well, I doubt I would make a special trip.. ..but I did find the event enjoyable and as such I am keen to attend DEV CON, a local event which is taking place in the summer.
What collectibles did I actually purchase at Comic Con? Maybe more on that later…