Superheroes and Villains descend on London for MCM!

MCM Comic Con 2018 CosplayBritain’s leading cosplayers arrived in the capital ahead of MCM Comic Con this weekend, with Iron Man, Spider Woman, Aquaman, Bane and Harley Quinn spotted out and about in London this morning.

The characters paid visits to commuter hotspots, dazzling Londoners on their way to work, ahead of MCM London Comic Con’s launch this Friday.

The event’s special guest line-up includes Paul Bettany, Doctor Who stars Colin Baker, David Bradley, Bernard Cribbins and Paul McGann and the cast from Shadowhunters, plus an international comic artist line-up that includes Frank Miller, Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr and Amanda Conner.

There will also be a screening and cast panel Q&A of the new puppet TV series Firestorm , produced by James Anderson, son  of Gerry Anderson, co-creator of Thunderbirds.

MCM Comic Con 2018 Cosplay

MCM Comic Con 2018 Cosplay

Commuters were stunned to see the five cosplayers – Iron Man, Spider Woman, Bane, Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn and Aquaman – as they made their way to work.

Dressed in full hair, makeup and costume, the troupe featuring Britain’s leading cosplayers were in London to celebrate the launch of MCM London Comic Con – the UK’s largest pop culture festival which returns to the capital from 26-28 October at ExCeL London.

MCM Comic Con draws in thousands of cosplayers, movie buffs, comic fans, families, gamers, collectors and anime enthusiasts, with the chance to meet movie cast members, authors and directors.

MCM Comic Con 2018 Cosplay

Cosplayers aplenty are expected at the event, dressed as their favourite characters from movies, comics and games.

Fans can enjoy free panels and exclusive screenings at the event with cast members, authors and directors; meet top UK influencers in CreatorScape, play the latest games in the GamingZone and compete in or watch the UK Championships of Cosplay.

Other guests include the stars of popular Geek & Sundry web series Critical Role, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien, Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe and Brian Foster, who will be going behind the scenes of their epic Dungeons & Dragons role-playing campaigns.

With Halloween fast approaching, fans can experience some horror with MCM’s spooky guests Tony Todd (Candyman), Kane Hodder (horror icon Jason Voorhees), Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) and Ray Santiago (Ash vs. Evil Dead).

They will also get the chance to meet talented voice actors Vic Mignogna (Full Metal Alchemist), Veronica Taylor (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!) and Zach Callison (Steven Universe).

Writers and artists behind the world’s biggest superheroes, including Batman, The X-Men, Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, The Hulk and Daredevil will also be shining the spotlight over the weekend.

Josh Denham, MCM London Event Manager, said “This morning’s cosplayers certainly turned heads, and that’s just a taster of what’s in store for this weekend. We are thrilled to open the doors of MCM Comic Con London and play host to the best of pop culture for our fans. We are bringing amazing talent, incredible panels and exclusive content for our fans to enjoy across the weekend.”

• Day tickets to MCM London Comic Con are still available but weekend passes have sold out

Panels at MCM London

  • Slaughterhouse Rulez – director and cast members discuss the new movie
  • The Last Kingdom – lead cast members join series writer for a Q&A
  • Outlander – exclusive UK premiere screening of first episode of season 4
  • Firestorm – screening and cast panel Q&A of the new puppet TV series from James Anderson, son of the co-creator of Thunderbirds
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – screening and cast panel Q&A
  • Mortal Engines – Exclusive footage shown throughout the weekend
  • Mandy – screening of Panos Cosmatos’ new gore filled horror, starring Nicolas Cage

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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