I have juuuuuust about recovered from the latest MCM Comic Con in London, one of Team Footloose‘s regular events, so it seemed the right time to post a round-up of everything that went on. Since these conventions always end up as a little bit of a blur, said round-up will be in order of memory, rather than in order of…any kind of actual order.
The three-day challenge
This MCM was the first one that ran for three full days, instead of two and a half. You might think that extra half-day wouldn’t make much of a difference. You would be wrong. By closing time on Sunday, I was feeling that kind of tiredness that goes right down to the bone.
Still, I’ll get used to it, because a three-day con is pretty damn exciting. MCM London has been getting steadily bigger every year, but this was on a whole different level. It was like a citadel of geekery had manifested in the middle of the city and was drawing in the comic readers, film buffs, anime fans and video game enthusiasts with a siren call (mix those metaphors and similes, Ally, mix them good). Plus, a longer con meant more time in the Comic Village, which meant…
Tiring as conventions are, I absolutely adore them, because I get to spend time with some of my favourite people – the indie comic creators I’ve got to know over the years. They’re an immensely friendly bunch.
This one in particular
Three days of selling, especially when it doesn’t come naturally to you, can be a bit of a slog. Mucking around with other comics people is very refreshing.
Like a chilled plastic cup of beer
This convention, we met up with old friends and new. The “new” included a bloke we ended up having breakfast with, whom we thought was a long-term friend of our pal Eamon Standing, but who turned out to be a random person Eamon had met on the Tube on the way into MCM. Turns out Eamon is just immensely friendly.
You had to be there
Every convention has its weird and wonderful moments. This May’s included:
Finding the world’s laziest moth on the DLR. Em tried to move it out of the train on her Oyster card. It landed on a man’s leg as he was getting onto the train, and refused to get off. After coaxing it back onto her card, Em carried it for the rest of our journey, and then tried to put it over a fence, where it would be out of harm’s way. Mothra the Idle did not budge. In the end, I had to get him onto a piece of paper and then drop it over the fence. I felt bad for littering, but it was that or have a moth attached to Em forever.
On the theme of laziness, I saw one of the most beautifully “meh” couple’s costumes ever this year. Some people spend months planning and creating their perfect cosplay…
The hippest cats in creation
…and some just tie towels around their shoulders and label themselves “Shit Hero 1” and “Shit Hero 2”. There was something truly wonderful about it.
And while we’re talking cosplay, Footloose gained the most VIP of VIP readers this weekend – Lego Tony Stark.
I think he liked what he read. It was difficult to tell, because the acoustics of his head made it sound like he was speaking from inside a toilet.
This May’s MCM Comic Con was as huge and dizzying and fun as ever. Next stop, Manchester in July!
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