MCM Comic-Con are known for putting some of the largest and most popular Cons in the UK and, starting this Friday (25th October), its latest event – the MCM Comic-Con London – will be taking up residence at the Excel, on the Royal Victoria Dock in the capital.
The guest list for this year is especially impressive, an international collective, pulling from across the comic book, film / TV and pop culture industries.
Special Guests include Colin Ford and Mackenzie Lintz (Under The Dome), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl), Kelly Hu (X-Men 2, Arrow), Tetsuya Nakatake and Katsuhiko Kitada (Studio WIT: Attack On Titan), Emily Rose (Haven), Eddie McClintock and Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13), and many others. The roster of Memorabilia Guests is equally impressive: including the amazing James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones), Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf), Adrian Hall and Heather Ripley (the chirpy cherubs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – prepare yourself, they won’t look the same) and the legendary Ron Moody (Fagin, from Oliver Twist).
A personal highlight to the line-up for me is Special Guest Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome), simply because I fancied her in ‘Pump Up The Volume‘, back in the day. (What, just me? Pffft. Showing me age. Fine.)
Also featuring at the Con is a massive, dedicated stage, bringing together comic creators, publishers and fans, called the Comic Village. This space will be a celebration of sequential art, offering guidance and support for artists and writers, wanting to develop their skills in sequential art and get the word out about their mad skillz. (That’s right. I’m down wid da kidz.)
The Comic Village will have “…dedicated stage[s], hosting panels from some of the top names in the Comic World”, including… I was going to list some of the headliners but, frankly, the list is insane – best check out the website for this mammoth collective of international talent. They will be on hand to provide guidance and support for those driven to get into the business – anything that can help, right?
Official Press announcement:
• Red hot fantasy-noir show Lost Girl is coming to MCM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita).
• Stars from hit sci-fi series Warehouse 13: Kelly Hu (Arrow, X-Men 2, The Vampire Diaries); Eddie McClintock (Bones, Desperate Housewives) and actor/director Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm).
• The stars of new crime thriller By Any Means: Warren Brown (Luther, Hollyoaks); Andrew-Lee Potts (Primeval, Alice); Shelley Conn (Terra Nova, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Elliot Knight, who played the lead role in Sky series Sinbad.
• This year’s Anime Guests of Honour are Studio WIT (Attack On Titan, Hal) – producer George Wada; Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack On Titan); Tetsuya Nakatake (animation producer for Attack On Titan) and one of the studio’s rising stars, Hal director Ryotaro Makihara.
• Movie actor and comic book writer Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Boogie Nights, Bad Planet) and top cover artist Tim Bradstreet (Transmetropolitan; The Punisher; Hellblazer) are attending MCM London Comic Con to promote comic book company RAW Studios. Thomas Jane will also be presenting the movie short Punisher: Dirty Laundry.
• Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose, protagonists of sci-fi show Haven. Well known for her lead role in the critically-acclaimed Uncharted games, Emily will be making her first MCM appearance, while Lucas is already a fan favourite at the show.
• London Comic Con is bringing Batman and The Joker together! Roger Craig Smith, who plays Batman in much-anticipated videogame Batman: Arkham Origins, and Troy Baker, who plays his archenemy The Joker, are both special guests at the show.
• Samantha Mathis, Colin Ford and Mackenzie Lintz from new sci-fi drama Under The Dome. Samantha (American Psycho, Grey’s Anatomy) plays psychiatrist Alice Calvert, Colin (Supernatural, We Bought A Zoo) plays Joe McAlister, a teen whose parents are outside of the dome, while Mackenzie (The Hunger Games) plays his girlfriend Norrie Calvert-Hill.
• One of only two actors to appear in both Stargate and spin-off series Stargate SG-1, Alexis Cruz played Skaara, son of Abydonian leader Kasuf and Daniel Jackson’s brother-in-law.
• As well as presenting their biggest ever games line-up, Namco Bandai are bringing games producers Hideo Baba (Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles), Hiroshi Matsuyama (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle), Kunio Hashimoto (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z) and Ryo Mito (Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers) to the show, along with Andi Ewington, Rob Williams and Simon Coleby, creators of the Dark Souls II: Into The Light comic book.
• Primeval stars Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearitt. Andrew played palaeontology student Connor Temple in both Primeval and Primeval: New World, while Hannah joined the show as Abby Maitland in 2006, following a glittering pop career in S Club 7.
• Cast and crew from award-winning teen horror drama Young Dracula, including Sydney Rae White (Erin Noble); Simon Ludders (Renfield); Clare Thomas (Ingrid Dracula); Richard Southgate (Malik Dracula) and series producer Candida Julian-Jones.
• Elias Toufexis is best known to gamers for roles in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Splinter Cell: Conviction, I Am Alive and the Assassin’s Creed series. Elias has also appeared in TV shows such as Smallville, Supernatural, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis and Dead Like Me.
• Yuri Lowenthal’s many anime credits include Naruto, Tiger & Bunny and Gurren Lagann, while Western cartoon fans know him from Ben 10. Yuri has also starred in a host of games, including Persona 3; Soulcalibur V; Call of Duty: Black Ops and the Prince of Persia series.
• Tara Platt’s anime credits range from Temari in Naruto to Barasuishou in Rozen Maiden Träumend, Agnes Joubert in Tiger & Bunny to Akari in 5 Centimeters Per Second, by way of shows such as Oblivion Island, Nodame Cantabile and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
• Richard Epcar’s anime roles include Ghost in the Shell; Lupin III; Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo; Digimon; Macross Plus and The Castle of Cagliostro, while his anime credits range from Kingdom Hearts II to Mortal Combat to World of Warcraft.
• Perhaps best known for voicing Masaki Kurosaki in the hit anime series Bleach, Ellyn Stern has also appeared in shows such as Genma Wars; MÄR; Vampire Princess Miyu; Noein; Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
MCM Comic-Con London / The Comic Village runs from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October 2013 and is held at the Excel at the Royal Victoria Dock, London.