MCM London Comic Con was damn well organised
Please note: I don’t really have any photos to go with this article so please enjoy the random OKish ones from my day out at the con with friends and a little one.
Let me start off by copying a rant I posted on facebook into this article, it was prompted after I got back from a long last day at con and saw that some MCM pages were blowing up with people complaining about the convention and dragging the MCM organisers through the mud.
It was complete uncalled for, so many people I’ve met and spoken with felt that this May’s MCM London Comic Con was one of the most well put together comic con we’ve had in long time. I know it’s easy to pick out a few issues and the overcrowding can be irksome but anyone who has attended a Showmaster’s run LFCC in the last two or so years can tell you that THOSE conventions can be near enough hell on earth. In any case this was my immediate response on facebook:
“I’m pretty angry with the people taking to the MCM social pages to complain about how the convention was organised. This Comic Con was one of the smoothest run, best laid out and well organised MCMs I’ve been to in years. Admittedly there weren’t as many panels, Q&As and previews as usual but I think the show was mainly counting the Big Bang panel to be the main draw. People who think the East entrance being closed off to con goers is ANYTHING to with MCM as a company are totally misinformed. The crew arrived early on Friday morning with all the show’s gear to set up for the day and were TURNED AWAY by ExCel staff. MCM staff told us they knew nothing about the East entrance being closed until Friday morning, ExCel staff themselves told us that they didn’t know if it would be like that throughout the weekend. Stop blaming MCM for this issue, it caused them way more problems than it did for any standard attendees, those with mobility issues had it worse than some 15 year old who wanted to go back to their illegally over packed hotel room and get s**t faced before destroying some property. We bothered to speak to both MCM and ExCel staff about this on Friday, the MCM organisers were working around the clock to change meet locations and make alternative arrangements but their hands were tied by ExCel. Don’t complain about MCM organisation when attendees were causing criminal damage, I wouldn’t be surprised ExCel did this because of how much damage and mess con goers make, they probably booked the East of the building to another three day conference to try and recoup some of the money they lose to cleaning up after MCM”
The fenced off outside the West entrance was clean and broken glass free on Friday and I’ve been told it was still clear during the day on Saturday but as you can see from this post to the facebook group Sunday morning was a different matter. MCM and ExCel have always made sure there are plenty of places to properly get rid of rubbish; they even have different coloured bins for different kinds of rubbish so everything that CAN be recycled will be recycled.
The issue with the East entrance was nothing to do with the MCM staff; I spoke to several people from both MCM Comic Con and ExCel (who are NOT the same group or company. MCM hires the convention centre just like any other convention or conferences that happens there) and of the two it was the ExCel staff that had known about the East entrance being closed before Friday and the MCM people had turned up expecting to be able to use East – just like any other attendee arriving on the day.
Overall the MCM London Comic Con May was very well run – I was there all weekend and aside from the whole East entrance thing the only other problem I heard about from attendees was some disappointment over how many panels there were and the quality. Some I’ve spoken to thought that Game of Thrones could have been showcased more, especially as the new series is currently airing, and there weren’t as many panels for upcoming game releases or TV shows. As mentioned in my facebook post I feel like too much was riding on the draw of the Big Bang Theory cast, but two actors and some autograph slots with them do not a whole con make.
Other than a few complaints about the panels, previews and Q&As not being up to the expected par and the East entrance issue aside, MCM London Comic Con was very well run! It was an incredible weekend and there were so many different stalls, booths and independent vendors that even after three day I don’t think we saw everything. Plus having the convention split between the North and South halls meant that tables and stalls had isles double the size between them then they have had before and we managed the avoid that awkward `con shuffle` whilst going around the convention floor. Yes, there was crowding in the central hallways between the two but that’s because a lot of people were heading towards East without knowing it was closed off AND there’s a vast majority of cosplayers who spend the whole time in the hallway.
The layout was good, it felt far less crowded than it has done in years (anyone remember 2014’s MCMs?!) despite growing numbers of attendees. It was a really enjoyable weekend and I’m already looking forward to October, where hopefully my press skills will have kicked up a notch and I’ll actually get a question in during a round table interview!
Speaking of interviews, keep your eye on Geek Syndicate in the coming week for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D interview video and the ULTRA one to one with voice actor Jeremy Shada!
GS Blogger: Fia @madame_fifi