Record-Breaking: 88,000 Attend MCM London Comic Con October 2013

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It’s been revealed that an incredible 88,000 people attended last weekend’s MCM London Comic Con, smashing the previous record of 76,000 set at the May event earlier this year.

For the first time ever, stalls and events were spread across both sides of the ExCel London building, making for a huge expansion from 25,000 to 34,000 square metres. Despite this, as any attendee will tell you, MCM organisers managed to fill the building fit to bursting with exciting activities, diverse shows and stalls.

What little space remained was occupied by visitors, who ranged from wide-eyed first-time con-goers to the more experienced, colourfully costumed enthusiasts. It seems that not even DLR closures could keep the crowds away, with those who didn’t make it onto the replacement shuttle bus showing their dedication by trekking across on foot from Canning Town, many in heavy cosplay get-ups.

Running from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October, the convention featured Europe’s largest Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, the biggest gathering of comic book creators in the UK, and a whole range of special guests from films and TV shows including Lost Girl, Game of Thrones, Primeval, Haven, Warehouse 13, By Any Means, Under The Dome, Young Dracula, Torchwood, Red Dwarf and anime studio WIT. Saturday night also rounded off with the finals of the EuroCosplay Championship 2013, featuring over 40 cosplayers from 26 different countries.

Based on the rapid expansion we’ve seen so far, next year’s events promise to be bigger still. Said MCM co-organiser Brian Cooney:

“It is wonderful to have so many attendees and companies like Nintendo, E4, Warner Bros., Syfy, Namco Bandai, Manga Entertainment and Konami supporting our show. London Comic Con continues to grow year-on-year in terms of attendance, floor space and content, making the show an ever more attractive prospect for fans and exhibitors alike, and we’ll be returning in May with an even bigger event.”

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If you missed out on the event, or are simply looking for your next fix, MCM will be taking over Birmingham’s NEC from 23rd – 24th November, and will be back at ExCel London on 23rd – 25th May 2014. See you there!

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