Once the preserve of withdrawn kids who just wanted to escape to new horizons without leaving the comfort of their own imaginations, comics have become big business.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.
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”.
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”.
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.
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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