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MCM London Comic Con brings out the legends on day one 

MCM London Comic Con was back again for its 2017 Spring edition.

The convention, at ExCel London, started its three-day weekend celebrations with some of the biggest and most-loved names in pop culture as well as some new British-bred talents.

Included in the morning’s schedule was four of the Power Ranger‘s most familiar faces. Original rangers Austin St. John, Walter Jones and David Yost were joined by former Yellow Ranger Karan Ashley.

The four old friends discussed their times on the much-beloved television show, including reminiscing about favourite episodes and moments. Though the conversation veered more to the serious side when they began to talk about the difficulties of getting good contracts in Hollywood and what they view as unfair treatment by their bosses.

Though all four actors said that they will be appearing in the film The Order in the future with several other former Power Rangers. It’s a show that has quite a loyal and fanatical fan base, and sure to give The Order the attention it needs.

The convention’s big name of the day was kung fu icon Donnie Yen. The Chinese actor sat with The Modern School of Film’s Robert Milazzo to discuss the icons of the genre as well as Yen’s own upbringing in both China and the rough streets of Boston.

Up-and-coming English director Tom Paton took the time to promote his new film Redwood while sharing his experiences as a young, indie director. The film, which stars Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon, is Paton’s second feature-length film following the success of 2016’s Pandorica.

Closing the day out with both the best of indie success and iconic names was the panel with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma with Essex Spacebin director David Hollinsworth.

Essex Spacebin, which is distributed by Troma, premiered at Prince Charles Cinema back in February paired up with the Troma classic Tromeo and Juliet.  But while Essex Spacebin is certainly Troma-inspired (Hollinsworth named Combat Shock in particular), its certainly a British film.

It’s a strange (to put it lightly) story of a woman trying to access a stargate… or something. It’s almost utterly explainable but worth watching just for the spectacle. The film was mostly shot on 35mm film and stars an actress who largely had never done any acting before.

Troma picked up the film after the creators emailed Kaufman. But Troma always strives for the unique and basks in the anti-establishment. It certainly doesn’t win all the fans in the world, but there are barely any fans that are more fanatical.

Kaufman was recently at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the new Return to Return to Nuke ’em High Volume 2. And looking at the Troma twitter page it looks like they all had a fucking blast causing a scene.

And that’s what is so great about MCM London Comic Con. It offers both big names and established icons but also makes sure to celebrate British talent. Troma being at the con is going to be a personal highlight of the weekend. Always happy to see Lloyd when he comes to London. Nothing is more infectious than passion and investing what you believe in.

There have been a lot of changes to this weekend’s schedule, including both cancelled appearances and additional panels. Always keep up with MCM’s twitter page and check those signs! If you haven’t bought your tickets, tough. Saturday is now entirely sold out.

A merry goodbye to 2016

A happy New Year’s Eve from American in London (actually back in London and nearly over severe jet lag). It feels pretty damn good to say farewell to the shit show that was 2016.

Thanks for sticking around for another year. May your 2017 be filled with good memories and new adventures.

(Also, here’s hoping you’re not stuck watching New Year’s Evil – just don’t do it.)

The Man in the High Castle European premier (or the night I had “one glass” of wine)

If you’re a familiar hear, Virginia‘s name shouldn’t be new to you. My friend, former classmate, Comic Con partner-in-crime and co-worker now has a fab new job at loaded mag as a features writer.

And if you can’t live your own dream of becoming a journalist, make sure you have a friend that can.

Earlier this week, Virginia invited me to attend the European premier of the first episode of season two of The Man in the High Castle. This was one of the first press events I was able to go to that didn’t absolutely bore me to death. Plus free canapes, wine and bottles of fancy water.

Actor Rupert Evans, who plays Frank Frink in The Man in the High Castle at the show’s European premier

The show itself was one I was oh so hesitant about. Much of Philip K Dick’s original novel was covered in the first season. And really, few people have managed to surpass the man himself (the one exception being Blade Runner and they’re even attempting to ruin that).

But after watching episode one, I’m happy to report that I was wrong in my original hypothesis. This show has so much potential, and it’s pretty damn clear that the showrunners are ready to explore that.

While the first seasons tells the story of an alternate history, season two is taking a more decidedly sci-fi avenue. When the last episode of season one ended with the same way as Dick’s novel, it needed a way to explain that away while keeping true to the point of the story.

Though I won’t be writing about The Man in the High Castle. Virginia will be, though. I won’t keep my jealousy a secret, especially after living through yet another insane week at my office job that I’m rather unenthusiastic about. But nothing pleases me as much as seeing truly talented friends achieve their dreams – especially when bottomless free wine and a great show is included.

You can check out Virginia’s review here. Keep an eye on her, kids. She’s certainly someone to watch.

The Man in the High Castle season two is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

How to nurse a Halloween hangover


What? What’s that? Halloween is over?

No it isn’t. Of course it’s not. I mean technically Halloween occurs on the 31st of every October, but I’m not willing to admit to myself it’s over.

I love Halloween season for many reasons. I love that people get dressed in costume. I love that children get to trick-or-treat and share in that excitement. I really love that this is the one time of the year where people allow themselves to get a bit spooky; shops are done up in (fake) spiderwebs, normally weak-kneed people watch horror films, and shops sell bat socks.

BAT. SOCKS.

And it’s really a damn shame when it’s all over.

But this year, I’m not letting it die. Instead, I’m going to fill my life with the bits that allows me to relive Halloween every day. Since the UK doesn’t have Thanksgiving, there isn’t a buffer time between Halloween and Christmas (though not many people in the States believe in Thanksgiving anymore either, apparently). I’ll gladly cling on to the fact that Autumn is still here and Christmas is very, very far away.

How to help get through the post-Halloween season:

  1. Read something really good

I read a lot for my job. I read a lot in my real life. Unfortunately, I suffered a rather prolonged reading slump after readingimg_2119 an excellent string of novels in September. Though there were many plans to read some novels that fed into the Halloween spirit, it simply didn’t happen.

But that doesn’t mean that ghost stories aren’t great year-round. And I even think that November may be a better time. While October is beautiful and crisp, it’s really the month of November where things get cold, and things, well, die. The trees stop being gorgeous, vibrant warm colours, but become brown and soggy because there’s no such thing as crisp leaves in England.

This year, Penguin Classics have released a new series of books called Penguin Orange Classics. These books look like the original Penguin Classics with the iconic orange covers, but they’re a bit more detailed with drawings inspired by the book. I’m digging into We Have Always Lived in the Castle by America author Shirely Jackson. I read The Haunting of Hill House back in January. So good.

Also, I just finished the sixth and final volume of Locke & Key by Joe Hill illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. So good. If you haven’t read this graphic novel series yet, stop everything and do it now.

2. Buy everything horror-themed and do it now.

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One of the best things at MCM Comic Con last weekend was this excellent stand that sold some horror movie related gifts. They were one of the very few stands that did, and they certainly did it in style.

Alleycat Graphics do a load of excellent horror movie themed items from posters to pins to a Ghoulies sticker for your toilet. Everything you need to fill the small parts of your life with everything horror.

I picked up a couple cards from their stand at Comic Con. One is a They Live! birthday card and the other is a Basket Case birthday card for a loving brother.

Do I have a brother? No. Does it matter? No it doesn’t.

Another company I have discovered over the course of the last month is Creepy Co, a collectibles-based brand out of Chicago. I did have to pay a bit for international shipping, but look at these two babies. How could anyone resist? The pins are really high quality. And while the pumpkin has been retired for the season, my Final Girl pin remains on my jacket opposite to my Jason Voorhees hockey mask pin. Subtle, but it makes the point.

img_01173. Reminisce the fuck out of the past Halloween

After the hectic weekend of Comic Con, I was not willing to go anywhere if I didn’t have to. Plus I had a week-long of horrendous headaches that made me useless to writing, reading or watching anything. So my husband and I had an incredibly low-key holidaimg_2112y.

But if there’s anything that helps you get over the Halloween-blues, it’s remembering the Halloween you had. We had to miss the Prince Charles Cinema’s viewing of Halloween, but we did watch Insidious for the first time. I’m a big fan of James Wan’s Conjuring films, this was one of my less-favourite of his films I’ve seen. Though it did cause my husband to have nightmares that night. So that’s pretty great.

Oh and we made bat-themed cupcakes and blew up ghost and pumpkin balloons. There may not have been any trick-or-treaters, but we did live it up on Halloween. And though the day itself might be over with, I can at least eat the cupcakes.

 

Day three at MCM Comic Con London brings Smeg Heads, Actives and (not) Cylons

Red Dwarf panel

Red Dwarf panel

Day three was a massive day for MCM Comic Con in London with several of the guests appearing in some of television’s biggest names like Game of Thrones, the DC universe, Agent Carter and for some thing a little closer to the UK – iconic science fiction television show Red Dwarf.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones panel was longer and filled with more guests than Fridays short Q&A. Joining Friday’s guests Ian Gelder and Ian Beatter were yet another Ian, Ian McElhinney and Eugene Simon. The four actors revisited their time on set as well as further explaining some of their favourite fan theories.

Following was actor Enver Gjokaj from the popular Marvel TV show Agent Carter and cult-favourite Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse. 

Gjokaj shared some of his favourite back scene moments with the fans, including several of the pranks he was subjected to and the ones he had a hand in (poor Dominic Cooper).

According to Gjokaj, the biggest pranksters at Agent Carter were the writers. They had a particular love of getting unsuspecting people to run into tape strips.

When speaking about the short-lived show Dollhouse, Gjokaj said he loved having the challenge of playing so many types of characters, something that he was grateful to have the opportunity to work with some talented writers.

Agent Carter actor Enver Gjokaj

Agent Carter actor Enver Gjokaj

After Gjokaj, Battlestar Galactica star Jamie Bamber came on stage for his panel. Echoing what Gjokaj said, Bamber expressed how much he loved working with such great writers. Though despite much of his success coming from the small screen, the actor mentioned that he hoped to one day get back into stage acting, something that he considered his first love.

Like Edward James Olmos at the con last year, Bamber was really great with questions and fans. Although he said he didn’t want to recollect his time on set (he wants to be surprised when he revisits it with his children in the future), Bamber still gets a kick out of the word “fracking” despite the unfortunate contemporary meaning.

Following Bamber, two panels followed about three of televisions biggest shows. Flash actress Violett Beane was joined by surprise guest Michael Rowe, who played Deadshot in Arrow. But the big draw of the day was Red Dwarf, a panel that was only thirty minutes long. but was mostly photo-ops and an great excuse for actors Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Hattie Hayridge to mess about together on stage.

It was a rather full day on Sunday and it was all great quality. A way to end another fantastic (and tiring) con on a high note.

Slideshow from this weekend’s MCM Comic Con London 2016 in October:

 

The biggest names in indie comic publishing arrive at MCM London Comic Con 

VP of Marketing of Dark Horse Matt Parkinson was joined by his counterpart at IDW, Dirk Wood. The pair had plenty of annuncements to make as well as taking the time to answer con attendees questions.

The big announcement for fans was that the two indie publishers will be collaborating on the future cross-over project Star Trek and Aliens. But Aliens news doesn’t stop there as Dark Horse celebrates the films 30th anniversary with new collections of the long-running series are being released.

Dark Horse and IDW are both known for their licenses that they have. IDW has begun their work on what Wood dubbed the “Hasbroverse,” a series of comics that tie into many of Hasbro’s big titles, including Transformers and GI Joe. The book, called Revolution, is already in comic book shops.

Another great announcement from Wood (which made much of the audience quite happy) was saying that IDW is working on creating their own television shows, which already includes an Elijah Wood-fronted version of Dirk Gently. But also in the pipeline is an adaption of the Eisner award-winning series Locke & Key. After two failed attempts to get the show adapted, Wood said the company decided to keep all the rights in the company and do it right. Joe Hill has apparently already written some scripts.

Parkinson had plenty of news pertaining to the popular series Hell Boy, including a short series that will be a spin-off.

Also in attendance at the panel was the Deputy Executive Director of the Comic Book Defense Fund, Alex Cox. Cox spoke about the work the CBDF was doing in their 30th year, as well as their future projects in the UK, Raising a Reader.

Great to see people fighting the good fight for freedom of speech back in the US of A.

It’s always great to have these guys back. They’re friendly and clearly would take all the time they could to answer questions. Plus they had plenty of free goods. More comics at the comic con, please!

MCM Comic Con 16, Day 1: Two Ians, Iron Man in the hands of the Irish and an horrific Italian (almost)

This Friday was the first day of the Autumn MCM Comic Com in London. It was an unusually quiet day for the convention, but there were still some great names from the realm of DC Television to some of Britain’s best indie shows and films. 

But early on in the day were two familiar faces to MCM, Game of Thrones actors, Ian Gelder (Ser Kevan Lannister) and Ian Beattie (Ser Barristan Selmy).

The pair of actors reminisced about their time in set, but mostly spoke about their theories to the ending of the much-loved game-changing series. A bit like watching a pair of fans, but the most charismatic ones you could find.

Beattie noted that the only good thing about not being on the show was not knowing what was coming next for the story. 

As a large fan of the show and the “genius storytelling” that goes on, Beattie mentioned how he had never read the books, which he says he won’t read until series author George R.R. Martin publishes the 6th series or gets near to publishing the series. “I’m not doing Harry Potter again,” said the Northern Irish actor.

But like many of the fans anxious for the next instalment of the series, both Ians agreed that they hoped the book would diverge from the television series, but all ending at the same place with whoever ends up on the Iron Throne. 

Through apologise to Gelder, your dreams of seeing Bron on the throne may be a distant one.

Also at the con was popular Irish author Eoin Colfer talking about his upcoming Marvel novel Iron Man: Gauntlet

Instead of doing a lot of research, Colfer set his YA novel in his familiar setting of Dublin. It was also his way of usurping many of Marvel’s strict rules about what a writer can do with their universe.

The 1980s-fuelled novel serves as a way to look at the iconic Tony Stark character in a way that comics and films can’t. 

Colfer took the time to fill the book with references for 40-year-old dads and small details that fans may not have considered before.

The Artemis Fowl author, whose first love was graphic novels, made sure to include the Mandarin, a character he feels didn’t get justice in the film series.

Iron Man: Gauntlet is now out.

An interesting choice of guest was Italian composer Fabio Frizzi, who unfortunately had delayed flight, was unable to make his panel. 

It was great to get a horror legend at a  London con, even if I was unable to see him. Frizzi is best known for his scores for iconic horror films from Italian horror director Lucio Fulci including Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond. 

Frizzi will playing liveat the Union Chapel on Sautrday the 29th.

A big disappointment was that the convention booklets were printed with the wrong times. Thankfully there were handouts with the correct schedules, but me and my partner in crime, Virginia, we’re not informed – even at the press room. Really shoddy as it completely messed up our schedules. But alas, on to brighter days tomorrow with a (hopefully) correct schedule.

And as Virginia said, “It wouldn’t be MCM if it wasn’t confusing and weird.” 

MCM Comic Con 2016: A geek, a villain and an adventurer

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The screams of a boy in puberty 

Jeremy Shada may have a voice more recognisable than his boyish face.

The 19-year-old voice actor already has seven seasons under his belt with the award-winning and much-loved Adventure Time cartoon.

Known for the squeals and odd noises his character makes, Shada explained how he eventually found the voice of Finn the Human. His older brother Zack had performed the voice of the character (then named Pen) in the 2007 pilot that eventually wasn’t picked up by the Nicktoons Network. After following the advice how his agent suggested he try for his brother’s part in 2009, when the show was going to Cartoon Network.

While Shada followed in hid brother’s footsteps, the young actor tried to emulate him when beginning with the character. Though throughout the entire first season, Shada said he was going through puberty, which helped him to find the style of Finn’s voice.

Shada’s band, Make Out Monday, also performed this weekend on the Fringe stage.

A geek and a villain walk into a panel… 

Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar both graced the MCM Gold Stage on Sunday to promote the West End premier of their play The Spoils.

By far the most popular panel of the weekend, the two actors discussed their roles in their current show, and their futures on film and television. Big Bang Theory actor Nayyar stated that he was happy for the minority role that Eisenberg had written. Nayyar’s character is a Nepalese immigrant who is roommates with Eisenberg’s wealthy, manipulative character.  Finding the character came easily to Nayyar, who said that he while he was growing up in New Delhi, he had friends who were from Nepal.

Eisenberg said he enjoys playing characters that other people don’t like. He wants to make others sympathise with people who are seemingly evil, and he’s interested in what drives them.

The Spoils, while a comedy, explores what drives these people. The rich and poor juxtaposition is something well-known to those who live in a city. English actor Alfie Allen joins the London cast, playing a character much different to what fans recognise him as in Game of Thrones. Eisenberg said that he was immediately impressed watching Allen’s audition tape, and after googling him was shocked to see the actor could play such different characters so well.

Nayyar and Eisenberg both acknowledged that theatre has long been a pastime for the wealthy, but they hope that their familiar names and the projects they are attached to (such as Eisenberg’s turn as the villain Lex Luther) will help bring young people to the theatre.

Eisenberg said that while he thought that performing live was more exhilarating and nerve-wracking than movies, he still has a love for acting on the stage, espcially when being able to humanise the dehumanised, like his character Lex Luther – who is on the surface a bad person.

As far as his future with the DC universe after Batman vs Superman,  Eisenberg says, “They just started filming Justice League, so I’m kind of like waiting for my crack at it.”

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Photo by Leila Murseljevic

Overall, this was another great weekend at MCM Comic Con London. There were some truly great panels in the past few days, some among the best I’ve ever been able to attend. It has all gone by super fast, but I’m sure October version will be here in no time.

Saturday at MCM Comic Con London summer 2016: A laureate, a preacher and a few demons to boot.

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Saturday was a sold-out day for MCM Comic Con London. The day boasted some of the biggest names of the weekend while being filled with people enjoying their Bank Holiday weekend. There was some pretty outstanding panels this week, some of my favourites ever in fact. And it all started first thing in the morning.

Three phases of Dave Gibbons

Dave Gibbons is one of the most highly-regarded artists in the world of comics. The man has had a long and respected career working on iconic books such as Watchmen with fellow Brit Alan Moore, The Originals and The Secret Service – Kingsman. And he was the first comic laureate in the UK, being appointed in 2014. The man hardly needs an introduction, but a reminder of his achievements was key when revisiting his life and work during Saturday morning’s panel.

Joining Gibbons on stage was Robert Milazzo from the Modern School of Film in New York. The school set Gibbons with the task of naming three films that were influential in his life. The first from his childhood, was the Dinsey symphonic classic, Fantastia. 

The artist recalled his time going to see the movie alone when he was about 8 or 9 years old and crying during the film. He was inspired by the technical ability of it all and the film’s ability to create something that was a total experience (if perhaps not a constant narrative). The particular section he admired, was “Death of the Dinosaurs,” particularly the fusion of art and science. But a theme that Gibbons and Milazzo touched on was the unconscious and unregulated imagination both film and comics had early on, lending to some of the greatest creativity in the genres.

That ignorance of success is what Gibbons said allowed him to reach his greatest opus with Watchmen. He talked about how he and Moore really had no idea what their book was to become, but only focused on making what they believed would be the greatest comic they could make. This brought the conversation on to the second film, Nicolas Roeg’s 1985 film Insignificance, which Gibbons said influenced Watchmen in several ways. There was even a personal message from Roeg to Gibbons, remarking on how there is no such thing as a right or wrong way to do something, only the right and “another.”

When choosing his contemporary film, Gibbon’s choice was Guardians of the Galaxy, stating that Marvel had kept their act together and didn’t lose their nerve when taking the time to create small stories from within a single movie. His love of comics really showed through when discussing James Gunn’s film. His wide-eyed enthusiasm for the film brought the conversation full circle, with both men emphasising the way we love things when we are children.

It’s certainly a trait worth holding on to.

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Outcast cast and the best of Michael Cain impressions 

Outcast is one of several comic-book adapted shows that are heading to television this spring. The show, based on the Image comic book of the same name by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, follows a man who lives in a town filled with people battling demons – both literally and figuratively.

Several of the show’s stars were in attendance: Patrick Fugit, English actor Philip Glenister (of the excellent Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars), Wrenn Schmidt, Kate Lyn Sheil and everyone’s favourite rib shack owner Reg E. Cathey.

Fugit plays Kyle Barnes, a character the blames himself for the strange going-ons in Rome, West Virginia. There is an element of him being haunted by these demons, but the show also explores his relationships (or lack thereof) with his family and others in the town he’s been hiding himself away from. It’s a slow, Southern thriller. Each actor reiterated the differences with Kirkman’s other show, The Walking Dead, saying that there was more horror than gore, and Fugit said while reading the script that he saw the scares were more unsettling than anything.

The cast also talked about their interactions off screen. Fugit learned to speak Northern from Glenister. Glenister also taught the Americans how to make “a props cuppa.” Though, strangely, he said that they always wanted to serve him cheese.

Fugit and Glenister also took a moment to show the audience their Tom Cruise and Michael Caine impressions, which was both amusing and impressive.

Both Sheil and Schmidt agreed that their characters were complex, and it was a sure sign of things improving for role options for females. Schmidt said that she particularly enjoyed her role as Megan because her plot wasn’t solely reliant on a male character’s, but was instead interwoven with one.

But when Cathey sells the show with, “It will interrupt your sleep,” it only solidifies that Outcast‘s future is going to be bright.

Outcast will premier on Cinemax and on Fox’s international channels abroad on June 3rd. It was also aired on Facebook Live in Europe on May 20th.

Though if you were lucky enough to be at MCM that weekend, there was showing of the pilot episode. From the first hour shown, the show makes a firm statement of its intentions. It’s a haunting, psychological show with an incredible cast of characters. While it has moments of violence and just plain horror, there are some moments that guarantee to make a viewer’s skin crawl.

Outcast has already been renewed for a second season, but with a first episode like that – it’s not at all surprising.

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Preacher: The Good, The Surprise and The Butthole. 

Also on Saturday was the ability to watch the entire first episode of AMC’s adaption of the Vertigo comic Preacher. After watching Outcast, it was clear that while the two shows had their similarities, no two shows could be more different.

Developed by Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin, Preacher follows the story of preacher Jesse Custer (the always-gorgeous Dominic Cooper) in Texas, who has unusual powers after being possessed by an unknown entity. Like Outcast, both shows deal with religion and both are based on comic books. But the similarities stop there.

While Outcast thrives on its slow burn, Preacher throws all subtlety out the window. The story is bonkers, the actors are wacky as fun, but it is certainly one hell of a ride. The highly-stylised show acts as a prequel to the original Vertigo comic.

Not that anyone will have to choose between the two, but if you enjoy humour in the vein of the Evil Dead movies and cartoon violence is more your thing, Preacher will definitely be to your taste. It’s gross and absolutely hilarious.

Preacher airs in the UK on Amazon Prime each week. Episode 2 will air in June.

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As the episode finished, a worker from MCM dashed to the stage to promise a surprise, and that surprise was none other than Preacher star Dominic Cooper.

The English actor talked about the pressures of being in such a highly-anticipated and long-awaited adaption of the comic. While he remembers many of his friends reading the comics when he was younger, the interest passed him by. Cooper said after reading the comics and the script, he was drawn into the show’s ability to jump from genre to genre while also being a debate about religion. An actor’s dream, according to him. It also reminded him of work that he loves dearly, such as early Twin Peaks. Though he also admitted that finding his character was a true challenge, but after reading about Jesse’s background in the script, he was able to understand the son of a preacher man more fully.

In a world that is in the golden age of television, Cooper says its fantastic that Preacher has come to life in this time. He believes that the characters and comic have hours worth of story worth telling. And in a place where there are many superheroes and comic book adaptions, Cooper believes that Preacher‘s distinctiveness will set it apart.

Preacher was another show with a really solid pilot. Hopefully the show continues on the path, and gets to see the light.
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And that’s day two in the books! Sunday at MCM brings the biggest panel yet, which includes Jesse Eisenberg, whose West End play The Spoils begins its run Saturday night. There is still plenty to see, and many actors are are having repeat panels, including Warwick Davis who is also promoting a show he is a part of called Eugenius. If anything, just go and spend time with some of the excellent interactive booths that are available. I know my friends and I particularly enjoyed the Preacher photobooth.

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Special shout out to Leila for being a real queen and sorting out my camera today and taking some great photos.

MCM Comic Con London – May 2016 preview

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Is there anything better than convention season? Summer cons in London are always at the top of their game, and MCM Comic Con London doesn’t disappoint with a wide variety of guests and panels that is sure to tickle the fancy of any visitor.

For comic book lovers, there is plenty to see. The great British Eisner-award winning comic book writer and artist Dave Gibbons will be at the convention and will have signings on Saturday. The Watchmen co-creator will also be giving a talk at a panel on Saturday.

And for those more interested in the screen adaptions of comics, there is plenty of offerings. Two upcoming shows, Preacher and Outcast, will have a presence at the convention as well. A special screening of Preacher will be on Saturday, and the cast of Outcast will also be in attendance at a special Fox panel.

The biggest name of the event comes from a visit from actor Jesse Eisenberg off the back of his performance in Batman vs Superman. Eisenberg will be appearing on Sunday. But if you’re still interested in more television, there are more panels that range from the superheroes of DC and Marvel shows like Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as Game of Thrones, BBC Three’s Being Human and the Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries.

Special guests include icons of British television shows like Robery Llewellyn from Red Dwarf and the fifth doctor, Peter Davison. There is also countless other areas to explore including Vidfest UK, plenty of Japanese and Korean culture in the PopAsia section, Comic Village and a cosplay section – though there is plenty throughout the entire con.

So there’s certainly a lot of see, enough to make a person force to choose, but I for one am really looking forward to attending MCM again. It’s always exhausting, but great (and there’s plenty of sweaty convention-goers, which is always a plus, right?).  Here’s to another successful weekend ahead!

MCM Comic Con London is May 27-29. Tickets are sold out for priority entry for the weekend and Saturday, but general admission tickets for individual days are still available (if limited). You can buy tickets from MCM’s website here.