Yes, you read that right! Thursday is now the unofficial first day of MCM London Comic Con.
Today is the day many of us have used to journey to our hotels, friend’s house, hostel or for those lucky ones – that cool hotel boat right next to ExCel.
Like many others I left my home today I packed up my cosplays, make up and a whole bunch of food which can only be made using a kettle. Unfortunately, for the first time ever, I have forgotten my contact lenses – but what con is complete without someone in your group forgetting an essential item?
With the official first day of MCM London Comic Con looming I’m sure I’m not the only one with butterflies in their tummies – bot of excitement and apprehension, but I’ll be with you all for each day of the con and I’ll be bringing you a round up of what and who I’ve seen. I’ll be speaking to other cosplayers and the sellers in artists ally and bringing you photos of all the awesome things you can see at Comic Con this weekend.
MCM London Comic Con October 2015 promises to be a massive event on the convention calendar, especially with a Sherlock Panel featuring Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Amanda Abbington and the anime guest of honour being designer of Big Hero 6’s Baymax – Shigeto Koyama.
Some good tips for starting you con off right are:
- Eat a decent breakfast – I know that’s a no brainer but as someone who has refused to eat breakfast for most of her life I ALWAYS make sure I have some porridge or cereal bars before leaving the hotel. You can get some pretty nice porridge pots from super markets for about 70p each that you make with hot water. That will set you up for the day and keep you going for a good few hours.
- Drink water – Yes, another no brainer. But note how I didn’t say `make sure you drink` or `stay hydrated` because water is the most important drink you can have. Don’t just chug down bottles of fizzy drink or endless cups or tea and coffee, you’ll end up feeling worse. If you can’t carry a bottle with you for whatever reason, make sure you scheduled in stops throughout your day to drink some delicious H2O.
- Have your costume ready to go TONIGHT – That way you’ll just have to get up (eat Brekkie) get ready and go. Don’t put off any last minute sewing or repairs till the morning, you will regret it.
- Get your cosplay repair kit ready tonight – if you take a long a repair kit for your cosplay please go check it now, make sure it has everything you need in it.
- If you don’t have a repair kit go find the cosplay SOS table – there is a table with some helpful people behind it in MCM, it’s usually near the area where the EuroCosplay entrants get ready, they also have a little changing area there as well. This table has all manner of handy things to help when a seam rips or some worbla breaks, remember to so thank you for any help or items you get given!
- Get your MCM booklet early and plan your day/weekend – these booklets have schedules for all photo shoots, panels, autograph times and plenty of other useful information. Grab one and take a look at the floor map too so you can see where you want to go and cut out a lot of time being lost.
- If something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world – Yes, ok it IS horrible when your cosplay goes wrong or you lose something of the artist you were hoping to meet has sold out of that one awesome thing you had your heart set on. But, unfortunately this is life, and stuff doesn’t always go to plan. Remember how I mentioned I forgot my contacts? Yes, I was fuming at myself when I realised but then I rationalised that I could get away with wearing glasses for at least one of my cosplays and that no one will care for another, and for the one where it really matters? I’m trying not to stress about it – my friend has offered to hold my glasses and I’ve googled where my nearest opticians is to see if I can get an emergency pair. If something happens and you’re getting upset, try and go to a nice quite area, talk things through with someone and make a new plan. You can do it, I know you can.
I’ll also try tweeting through out the weekend, but as any MCM London Comic Con veteran can tell you – the WiFi there isn’t always all that great at ExCel 😉
GS Blogger: Fia @madame_fifi