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MCM London Comic Con October 2019

MCM London Comic Con October 2019

Come and see us at MCM London Comic Con on 25-27 October 2019 at ExCel London.

It’ll be Cakes with Faces’ last event of the year (I’ve decided to do fewer shows, to give me more time to focus on other things). But if you can’t make it, you can still get everything here online!

MCM London Comic Con

MCM London is the UK’s largest comic con. It’s not just about comics – it’s about all kinds of “geek” culture: anime, manga, video games, tabletop board games, cosplay, Japanese kawaii, indie artists, cult TV and films.

If you’ve only been to smaller, regional cons, MCM London is HUGE. It takes up two large halls on both sides of ExCel. Over 130,000 people visit over the weekend. You’ll see loads of cosplayers and all sorts of interesting things. It’s definitely an escape from reality!

Stalls at MCM London

There are stalls selling all kinds of things: anime figures, Japanese sweets, t-shirts, cute plushies, comics, books, games and all kinds of merchandise you don’t usually see in high street shops.

What Else is There?

As well as the stalls, there are special guests signing autographs, stage panels, talks, film screenings and fan meet-ups.

Usually the special guests are announced quite late on – they can’t confirm until last minute due to filming schedules. Keep an eye on the MCM website and their Twitter feed to catch them as they’re announced.

You have to pay extra for autographs and photos with the guests, but the stage shows are included in your ticket.

Cakes with Faces at Comic Con

Come to our booth to see all my designs and say hello! You can get my t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, accessories, cushions and almost everything in the online shop (except some of the older designs – there isn’t room!). You can have a look at everything here online.

I’ll be there the whole weekend so feel free to come and have a chat about my designs, my videos or Japan! Sometimes it gets busy at the stall, so if it’s crowded just come back a bit later and you might find it’s a lot quieter.

If you’re coming along, take a note of where to find my stall. Every time there’s always at least one person who messages me afterwards saying they couldn’t find my stall. The show really is huge and it’s so easy to miss out whole sections, so make a note of where to find me!

Cakes with Faces Stall at MCM London Comic Con
Cakes with Faces’ stall

Venue

Comic con is at ExCel, a large exhibition centre in London. You can get there easily on the train. Take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Custom House or Prince Regent. Both are right by the ExCel. As soon as you get on the DLR you’ll see lots of cosplayers and other people going to the con, so just follow the crowds!

There’s also a large car park (expensive because it’s London!).

Floor Plan

This is based on the provisional floor plan – sometimes it changes slightly in the final version, but here’s where to find me! Cakes with Faces will be in the North Hall on BA4, near the Pop Asia section.

The official floor plan will be in the show guide, which is out a couple of days before the show. I’ll post a link here, and on Twitter, as soon as it’s out!

MCM London Comic Con Floor Plan October 2019
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Is there Food?

There are food stalls all along the centre of ExCel. Be warned, they are prety expensive (as you’d expect at a convention centre). There are also a couple of Japanese food stalls in the Pop Asia section.

You can bring food and snacks with you – it’s recommended to bring a drink to stay hydrated! There’s a Tesco Express outside near ExCel, but it can get pretty busy.

Do Stalls take Cards?

More and more stalls do take cards now, but not all of them. It’s best to bring cash with you just in case. There are cash machines but the queues can be long – and you don’t want to waste your day standing in line for the ATM!

Tickets

You can get tickets online from the MCM website. There are single day and weekend tickets. You can get general entry or priority entry, which gets you in an hour or two earlier, as well as a few other benefits like discounts on comic con merchandise.

Tickets often sell out, especially for Saturday, so get your tickets in advance – don’t wait to get them on the door.

Opening Times

Friday is always the quietest day, so come on Friday to avoid the crowds. Saturday is usually the busiest, especially around the middle of the day.

Friday 25th October 2019

  • Priority entry: 10am to 7pm
  • General entry: 11am to 7pm

Saturday 26th October 2019

  • Priority entry: 9am to 7pm
  • General entry: 11am to 7pm

Sunday 27th October 2019

  • Priority entry: 10am to 5pm
  • General entry: 12pm to 5pm

Comic Con Video

Last time it was our busiest show ever, and I didn’t have time to film a video, but here’s my vlog from October 2018 so you can see what it’s like:

How Expensive is Comic Con?

To show you how much things cost at comic con, to give you an idea of how much money you might want to bring, here’s a look around the show at prices:

Tips for MCM London

If it’s your first time going to MCM, you might find these tips helpful! This was made for a previous show but lots of it’s still relevant: