Once more unto the breach! Lollipop Geek ventured to the ExCel arena in east London to wander round MCM Comic Con last weekend. We attended on the Friday this time and managed to catch some amazing stalls, artists, cosplayers and fans. If you were lucky enough to get there this year, you’ll know what we’re talking about! If not, sit back and enjoy our photos and overview of the event. To see more from one of the artists or stalls featured, just click or tap on their name!
The Main Exhibition
We met some amazing artists in the Comic Village and had a little chat to some of them.
“I get inspired by manga and lots of Lord of the Rings stuff. I’m mainly a fantasy artist and I’ve started dabbling in digital colour. I’ve spent about 10 years drawing and about 5 years doing comic cons, but MCMs are the best!”
“When I’m drawing I go with whatever I feel like. At the moment I’m a bit addicted to jellyfish! This is my first London comic con.”
“I’ve been doing comics for about 10 years, I feel like I’m a bit of a latecomer to comics! I’ve been doing cons for about 8 years, I’ve been to MCM Manchester, London, Glasgow, Leeds and Bristol. Bright colours always inspire me; I watched a lot of cartoons when I was a kid. I still watch some now! I love Steven Universe and my favourite new cartoon is Harvey Beaks, check out an episode called King of Pranks.”
“I find inspiration in everything. I once read a famous story about how the dragons in Avatar were inspired by race cars, so I always try to find something different to inspire me. I do find quite a lot of inspiration in video games, I’m always saving cool screenshots I find when I’m playing. I’ve been selling my art since October 2010 and I try to go to every single show in London!”
“I’ve been making art since forever. I get my inspiration from comics, video games and the like.”
“I’m quite into European comics like Asterix. I love being here in the comic village, I’ve been coming about 3 years, maybe more. I collaborated with Luke Surl and other artists to create this pack of playing cards. I really like walking round and getting inspiration from the other artists here, it’s quite a family atmosphere here!”
“I’m starting to move away from the children’s book stuff now; I’m trying to do more dark fantasy stuff. I do like drawing fantasy creatures. I get inspiration from another artist called Shaun Tan. I’ve been coming to comic con for about 6 years now, I started when I was just 17.”
“The hardest one to make was definitely the Charizard or maybe some of the anime cakes; they’re just all so detailed!”
“The candle making started off as a hobby, but now I’m here!”
Yellow Power Ranger & Rita
“Power rangers was my life, we both watched it! I finally had the guts to do a costume and this is the result!”
“These dresses took me about 4 days and 3 months to make. We used them in a Disneyland we created for underprivileged children in our area in Bournemouth and thought we could reuse them here!”
“I wanted to test my sewing skills and I went Yoshi-themed! It took about a day to make the dress.”
Pikachu Battle Armour – La Geek Boutique
“This took me about 6 months to make. I hope to sell it at some point too!”
Teresa from Claymore; Melfice from Grandia 2
“The swords took the longest to make. We chose these characters because they’re anime style. I think it’s a fine line between looking like a dickhead and looking awesome sometimes, hopefully I’m on the right side!” (You guys were, your costumes were amazing!)
Alice In Wonderland – Alice’s Instagram
“It took us about 6 days to make. I was going for a more traditional Disney look. My other costumes tend to be armour, this is the first one I’ve hand made myself!”
Tangled – Klysm
“We did the first version of this last year, it took about 7 months on and off to make. The wig took 3 whole days on its own! Tangled is our favourite Disney film and people say we’re a lot like Flynn and Rapunzel…!”
I didn’t manage to grab a photo of her wig, but here’s one from their Facebook page…
You can also buy wigs made by Cait from her Etsy store. Psych!
We hope you enjoyed our whistle stop tour of MCM Comic Con! Hope you can join us at the next one in October! See you there!