This past weekend Adam & Ian headed off to Comic Con. Here’s what they thought!
Despite actually living in London, it still somehow takes me over an hour to actually get over to ExCel at Custom House and to Comic Con every time. However, once you hit the DLR stations (sometimes even before) you slowly start to see more and more people in cosplay or general geek finery, puzzling commuters in business suits but allowing me the biannual feeling of once again being among my people. Each year the show gets bigger, with seemingly thousands more people attending and sprawling out over ExCel and the surrounding area.
London Comic Con is always rammed full of a huge variety of vendors selling a huge range of film and video game memorabilia, retro video games, beautiful and expensive figures, board games, replica weaponry, anime body pillows and comic books and manga. You could spend all weekend just wandering around the stalls and still wouldn’t see everything. You would also end up broke. As I always do.
There is always a tonne of cool props, vehicles and other interesting pop culture bits and pieces kicking around, like the excellent xenomorph pictured here and the tiny metal xenos around it. We also checked out the various games demoing there, a big showing for JRPGs and anime-related games this year like Berserk and Dragonball Z Xenoverse 2, and some retro games. We both sucked at Diddy Kong Racing on the N64, with Ian being slightly less terrible but certainly not doing anything quite as prosaic as ‘winning’.
One of the main draws of Comic Con, and for me the most important section, is always the Comics Village, where a host of independent comic creators, writers and artists show off their wares. I always come away with a few of the comics that have caught my eye, and while I may not have been able to afford quite as many as I would have liked, I still picked up a couple. If you haven’t spent some time there before, I heartily recommend checking it out next time Comic Con rolls around.
As I’ve said, there were a lot of folk showing off their cosplays all over the place. This year there were a lot of Pokémon GO trainers, Overwatch characters, Harley Quinns of every conceivable flavour (though mostly the ‘Daddy’s Lil’ Monster’ variety) and unfortunately, quite a few Jared Leto Jokers, though I prefer to call that particular incarnation ‘The Junker’ (after one of the precious children from an episode of the fantastic Monster Factory). Here are some of my favourites though:
On top of all of that there was even more focus on eSports than the previous times I’ve attended, as well some excellent guests and panels this year, in particular the wonderful Nolan North and Troy Baker. If you’ve never checked out London Comic Con, it rolls back around in May so be sure to check it out!