You can probably sum up London MCM in one word- massive!
Me with Issue 25 artist Dan Butcher hard at work!
London MCM takes place every year in May and October.It consists of game demos, celebrity autograph signings and photo shoots, merchandise and (our section) the Comic Village, home to a wide array of independent comics. We were next to Anthony Del Col, the co-creator of Kill Shakespeare (Reading it at the moment, it’s awesome!)
Our team this time consisted of Rach “Arkyfox” Nobes (Award-winning cosplayer and merchandise designer), Rosie Neal (Another excellent merchandise designer and also our next issue artist) and Conor Thompson (A top chap and another cosplayer and designer in his own right). On the Saturday we were also happy to get a guest appearance from Dan Butcher, a regular artist on the team who has been with us since the start.
As you can see we had a number of goodies alongside the comics (including some fab jewellery from the Keelock collection) that got everyone’s attention and ensured we got a wide selection of people coming by and chatting (including some regulars we know from the Norfolk Furs who were keen to stop and chat as well as a dazzling range of cosplayers).
This was at the end of the weekend. We didn’t ramraid MCM, promise!
There were a number of highlights, including giving our top team member Gizzy a chance to speak with the original Red Ranger Austin St John as well as taking in the wide array of stalls (incidentally I will be looking out in Norwich for Smores Bars and Pocky, just saying!) We also had people chatting about promoting online and indie comics in general and it’s always fab to encourage people and help them get creating. It’s not easy but it’s very rewarding!
Rach and Conor hard at work
The big thing was that thanks to our sponsors and Kickstarter backers we were able to premier Issue 25 at the convention. And I’m happy to say that we got some good sales of it and the feedback we received thus far has been very positive (If you want to see the latest issue click here)
Finally I just want to say a big thank you to Dan, Rach, Conor and Rosie. While cons are great fun they do also require a lot of work and it’s not always easy to get everything done. But for me it’s always fantastic to see people working hard to promote something I love and even now it means a lot to have people put time and effort into pushing our project forward.