This weekend EXCEL London is once again hosting comic convention London MCM Expo. It’s a convention that I have a bit of personal history with, and somewhere on the internet I’m sure there exist photos of me as a grubby, excitable teenager, queueing for an hour to get Ray Park’s autograph.
I regret nothing. Ray Park is the boss.
Sadly Mr Park will not be in attendance this year, but Danny DeVito will be around on Sunday to promote the new animated adaptation of The Lorax. On Saturday there will also be a preview of the latest CG reimagining of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon, which will be rounded off by a Q&A session with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon’s Senior Vice President Rich Magallanes.
Among the other TV and film guests are Noel Clarke and Johannes Roberts, promoting next month’s release of survival horror film Storage 24, voice of C3PO Anthony Daniels, and Teen Wolf stars Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin. You can find a full list of all TV and film guest stars on the London MCM Expo website.
Most of the comic book attractions will be gathered under one roof in the Comic Village, which comprises both signing and event areas. Major comic guests in attendance include Marv Wolfman, creator of Blade and best known for his work on The Tomb of Dracula and The New Teen Titans, Skullkickers‘ Jim Zub and Billy Dogma creator Dean Haspiel. In total there will be over 100 creators, writers and artists in attendance, so check out the full list here to see if any of your favourites will be around.
For the gaming crowd, London MCM Expo will have the first UK playable previews of Lollipop Chainsaw, the new zomsploitation dismember-’em-up from Interactive Entertainment, and SEGA’s first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines. There will be a number of other demos and tournaments available, and Gamespot UK will be be hosting panels and presentations of upcoming titles. To find out more about which publishers will be in attendance, check out the official website.
If all that isn’t reason enough to attend, Bleeding Cool will also be represented at London MCM Expo in the form of myself, Hannah Shaw-Williams, and film editor Brendon Connelly. Brendon will be around on Friday evening for the Eagle Awards, and I’ll be at the convention all weekend. Mainly looking lost, overwhelmed and confused, I imagine.
Advance tickets are available via the MCM Expo store, and speedy action is recommended since advance booking closes on Thursday 24th at 7pm.