This was the 31st show and there were a total of 130,212 people who attended the convention. All in all I had great time there, and I genuinely felt safe, even with the higher threat level being raised due to Manchester’s unfortunate events on the Monday. Bags were searched at the beginning, before you queued for your wristband, and there were possible random spot checks during the day. It was a pretty busy one with Friday being quite chilled out and so was Sunday, but like any other con, Saturday is always the busiest time and I think both Saturday priority and general entry sold out a week before.
I found that a lot of people found that as the only entrance was via the West Entrance, going round and in through this entrance and only being allowed to exit through the East Entrance was a major chore, especially with the heat and cosplay, it really did not help things, if anything it made things worse.
The con itself was quite eventful with a wide range of stalls to shop from and a variety of activities to participate in or to watch. As you know, my main coverage is typically working with cosplayers and after taking some time out, this was probably the best con that I have had in a while despite the 25 degrees heat. I still managed to have such a great time with myself, my team and my friends. It is always so nice to work with friendly cosplayers both old and new who span a wide spectrum of different cosplays from various video games, fandoms, animes and such like.
I never really got a chance to really capture photos indoors and did around 97% of my shoots outdoors, making the most of the summer sun. I was based mainly around the tree line and the green area where most people would find it easiest to meet. If you haven’t actually been to many conventions or any for that matter, you should definitely check out MCM London Comic when it returns in October 2017. It’s the most popular pop culture convention that takes place in the UK. I’m pretty pleased to say that I have been attending since 2012 and have been doing since then.
I must say though, it is quite tiring especially to attend the full three days. If you want to go, you should definitely go with friends, plan your days, attend your favourite fandom meet up groups and always stay hydrated and have some form of food with you, especially if you want to save money as eating out all three days can end up costing a lot of money.
Joining groups and meetups mean that you can easily make new friends and have photos with a variety of people. Everyone that attends this convention always seem to be very friendly, and it’s very easy to make new friends within group meet ups, or even just chatting to cosplayers around the con. Even after the con, another great place to meet friends is at the Fox bar that is located just over the railings and down the stairs from the East Entrance.
Joining groups and meetups means that you can easily make new friends and have photos with a variety of people. Everyone that attends this convention always seem to be very friendly, and it’s very easy to make new friends within group meet ups, or even just chatting to cosplayers around the con. Even after the con, another great place to meet friends is at the Fox bar that is located just over the railings and down the stairs from the East Entrance.
Edited by Amelia Evans.
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