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MCM London Comic Con sees record attendance and will expand in October


MCM London Comic Con may already be Europe’s biggest convention, but the show will be even bigger when it returns to ExCeL London this October, organisers today revealed.

“MCM London Comic Con will be soaring from 25,000 m2 to 34,000 m2, spreading the event across both sides of ExCeL for the first time,” said MCM joint managing director Bryan Cooney.

He also added that “growing the show’s footprint will not only allow us to provide additional exhibitor space, but will also enable us to expand our Main Theatre so even more visitors get to enjoy the latest movies from the UK’s biggest distributors, as well as cast and crew presentations.”

The news comes after last month’s MCM London Comic Con set a new attendance record with over 76,000 movie, videogame, sci-fi, anime, cosplay and comics fans attending over the long weekend. Title sponsored by Kick Ass 2 and featuring Guests of Honour, such as top director Edgar Wright (Shaun of The Dead, The World’s End) and anime director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids On The Slope), the show featured five indoor stages, including a 1,000 seat Main Theatre, as well as an outdoor Fringe Festival stage.

“MCM London Comic Con just keeps getting bigger and better,” said Paul Miley, MCM’s joint managing director. “Recent shows have not only seen us host more great films, games, sci-fi shows and comic artists, but also launch exciting new zones such as VidFestUK, dedicated to online video; MCM eSports tournaments and JapanEx, giving visitors a taste of Asian culture; there really is something for everyone!”

MCM London Comic Con returns on 25-27 October 2013. Tickets are already available by clicking here.

Don’t forget to also check out our exclusive videos and photos from May’s event here and here



  1. Strawberry_Pocky_Moose says:

    I’m glad it’s expanding. It was so full back in May that there were times I could barely move around – between the people all squished together and the sunny weather I had to keep going out for breaks, otherwise I would’ve fainted.

    Also – more room = more exhibitors = more merchandise! Yay! 😀

    • ThalamusZen says:


      Very happy that you have a great attendance record. Shame we could barely move 🙁

      You should double the size of the Expo! Make it the best expo of it’s kind! 😀

  2. shin says:

    Glad to read about its size! Was so annoyed that couldn’t move, or get to the cosplay area ready for the cosplay masquerade… it was very hard to move from one of the entrances to the cosplay area! The entrance nearest the cosplay area was shut saturday afternoon, making the congestion worse >.<

  3. Shirley says:

    Crowding was positively dangerous on the Saturday, an accident waiting to happen, but they couldn’t have got a doctor or paramedic to anyone who needed them in there even if someone could have raised the alarm! Far too few staff visible or available.
    I really feel sorry for those who’d made the effort to dress up and got crushed in there with no-one able to stand back enough to appreciate the costumes or take photos of them. I had my camera ready as usual, but had to put it away for fear of damage to it, myself, or other visitors pushed against it,
    It was Impossible to see merchandise or even find out where the writers were who we’d promised we’d see there, (apart from the lovely Robert Rankin), staff at info had no idea who guests were even when we asked help to find them!
    Over 2 hours queuing to get in and be squashed into shuffling around where the crowd took us until nearly closing time,made us regret paying the fares to get there, let alone the entrance fees.
    If the site is massively expanded, and better laid out, it may be worth another visit. Previous years had been fun after all, But a repeat of this disaster and we’ll never, ever bother again.

    • Amber_Wolf says:

      Very true..but I was totally fine until about mid day and then it suddenly got cramped. I’m glad I got early entry. Personally I would go again, but only with early entry again.

  4. Al says:

    Will there be any upgrade of the ticketing facilities?

    It already takes well over two, sometimes three, hours just to get a ticket.

    Surely if they’re expecting more people then time spent queuing may even exceed four if it’s not looked into.

  5. HacksLemon says:

    Where is it?

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