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MCM Comic Con 2013 opens at the London Excel

Once the preserve of withdrawn kids who just wanted to escape to new horizons without leaving the comfort of their own imaginations, comics have become big business. Here in the UK, it doesn’t get much bigger than MCM Comic Con 2013 at the London Excel centre. KitGuru hides in the shadows to see what’s what.

We managed to speak with the wonderful Gillian, one of the show’s organisers, and got the low down while touring several massive halls – filled with all things comic/cosplay.

Vader uses the force to gently vibrate a young lady at Comic Con 2013 while the Imperial Guard look on
Vader uses the force to gently vibrate a young lady at Comic Con 2013 while the Imperial Guard look on

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Here’s a quick overview of the event that might surprise you. We started off with the question that’s foremost on everyone’s mind: How big is it?

“Back in May, we had close to 77,000 people visit the show”, said Gillian. “This time round, we’re going to sail past that number – and there’s no sign of it stopping any time soon”.

Get near the London Excel and look out for this sign
Get near the London Excel and look out for this sign

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So what is it all about?

“It is a complete celebration of everything to do with comics, characters and costume play”, she explained. “People absolutely love it”.

While some folks were happy to put a box on their heads - cosplay can get very serious. We have to thank the lady Cats for these memories.
While some folks were happy to put a box on their heads – cosplay can get very serious. We have to thank the lady Cats for these memories – the costumes are amazing and the players drop easily into character.

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We have to ask Gillian about the vibe, which is completely unique.

“You will find a really warm,welcoming and accepting atmosphere here”, she explained. “It’s like no other show around, people are so relaxed. They literally pin this in their calendar and spend half the year building anticipation”.

The show is on at the London Excel show until the end of the weekend and you can now only buy tickets on the door.

The Lord of CastleVania was amazing - we were there almost 2 hours and the didn't blink once.
The Lord of Castlevania was amazing – we were there almost 2 hours and the didn’t blink once.

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KitGuru says: If you have any interest in comics, cosplay, reliving some of the best moments your imagination ever produced or you just fancy ‘something different’, we can recommend Comic Con 2013.

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