The headlines for San Diego Comic-Con dies off now a little bit until a little closer to July, as schedules are arranged and panels planned – however, here in the U.K., we’re still in the throws of our own convention season and the next big event on the calendar is MCM Comic-Con London (or, MCM Expo London, whichever it’s deciding to call itself this week). Held at the Excel exhibition space at the Royal Victoria Dock in London, next weekend – 23rd to 25th May 2014 – the event promises to be quite the draw, especially of fans of pop culture, films, anime and comics, with all of these getting their own dedicated spaces.
As well as featuring plenty of other attractions throughout the weekend – see the bottom of this article for more on those – the Con will also be welcoming a whole host of American television talent, showing off their shiny, new shows and shiny, white teeth.
Lyndsy Fonseca may be most recognisable in this country for being plonked on a couch and forced to endure Ted Mosby’s endless tales of misspent adventures in How I Met Your Mother each week – however, Lyndsy will also be on hand to spin her own yarns on her time on the sets of Nikita (playing Alexandra ‘Alex’ Udinov), Desperate Housewives and the Kick-Ass movies, in which she played love interest Katie Deauxma opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Dave Lizewski. (Lyndsy will be appearing at MCM Expo London on Saturday & Sunday.)
Dylan Bruce‘s star is certainly on the ascendance. What with his current gig on BBC America’s Orphan Black, and his guest starring on hit CW series Arrow, Dylan certainly has his precious time mapped out for him so it’s a big coup for MCM Expo to get him to appear. Orphan Black features Dylan as Paul Dierden, “a mercenary torn between his affection for Sarah and the Dyad Institute’s blackmail threats”, and the award-winning series continues to garner massive attention on both sides of the pond, with the cloning drama in its second season, soon to air here on BBC Three. (Dylan will be appearing at MCM Expo London on Saturday & Sunday.)
Falling Skies stars Drew Roy and Connor Jessop have also been announced to make their appearance at this years MCM Expo. Playing brothers Hal and Ben Mason in Steven Spielberg’s executive produced sci-fi actioner, starring Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, the chaps will be appearing on U.K screens when the highly anticipated fourth season premieres later this year. Wonder if any questions will come up about Drew’s thoughts on his previous role as love interest in the final season of Hannah Montana? Just don’t ask him to twerk, I imagine… (Both Drew and Connor will be appearing at MCM Expo London on Saturday & Sunday.)
Meghan Ory has both things to celebrate and commiserate at MCM Expo London: as a reoccurring guest star on Once Upon A Time as Red Riding Hood – a twist on the classic fairy tale character as it’s revealed she’s a werewolf herself – she will continue to appear on screens as long as this hit fantasy series airs (and her character survives, of course!). However, Meghan will also be shedding a tear or two for her starring turn on recently cancelled Intelligence, starring alongside CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger and Lost‘s Josh Holloway. A damn shame as AEISD saw the first season and, aside from its high concept premise, this high-tech spy thriller shaped up rather nicely – Ory, in particular, as Holloway’s partner Riley Neal. You can judge for yourselves as the show is currently airing on Sky1. (Meghan will be appearing at MCM Expo London on Saturday & Sunday.)
Also on hand throughout the con will be other stars of stage and (mostly) screen, especially in the star-filled Memorabilia signing area, including Henry Winkler, Robert Llewellyn, Shane Richie and Julian Glover, amongst many others – find out the full listing of distinguished autographees, here.
Taking over the massive space which is the Excel, situated at the Royal Victoria Docks in the Capital, MCM Comic-Con London itself takes on many diverse elements, such as: the Comic Village, showcasing artists, writers and creators of comic art from across the globe; Japan EX, a celebration of Asian culture, including martial arts, anime & Manga; and also Vidfest UK, bringing together bloggers, animators, YouTubers and web series creators for an exciting conference of digital content.
This multi-headed behemoth, running from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May, is going to be an event you won’t want to miss – tickets are still available for the Friday and Sunday but the Saturday and Weekend tickets are close to being all snapped up, with just under two weeks to go. You can buy tickets at the door (Saturday & Sunday only: Child 11-14 £8, Adult 15+ £12, Under 10’s FREE – entry at 11am) or get Priority Entry tickets online to beat the queues (Friday £15 – entry at 2pm, Sat & Sun £17.50 – entry at 9am). You can still purchase them, and get full details, here.