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What's going on, at London Comic Con?

by Jasdeep SahotaMay 3, 2012

London Comic Con is just under a month away and it looks like it’ll be host to a plethora of pop-culture entertainment.

Geeks and geekettes alike will get a chance to meet folks like Kevin Eastman (creator of Ninja Turtles), Michael Sinterniklaas (voice actor in One Piece and Naruto Shippuden), Pascale Hutton (who plays Abby Corrigan in sci-fi show Sanctuary) and Ali Hillis (the voice of Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII). They’ll also get the opportunity to play the hottest upcoming games including Lollipop Chainsaw, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Dead or Alive 5; all before strutting their stuff in a packed MCM Theatre for the huge Cosplay Masquerade.

The event is going to be held at the Excel Convention Centre in London on the 25th to 27th of May. Check out the full show breakdown in the press release below.

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What’s On At May’s Comic Con?

Britain’s biggest pop culture festival, MCM Expo London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25-27 May with an awesome line-up of movie, videogame, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay content ready to entertain the show’s 60,000 plus visitors. Here are some highlights from our first wave of announcements!

TITLE SPONSOR

•    MCM Expo London Comic Con’s title sponsor is Universal Pictures’ The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito. An animated comedy from the creators of Despicable Me, The Lorax is based on the much-loved children’s book by Dr. Seuss.

•    London Comic Con has also teamed up with Universal Pictures to give fans the chance to attend the world premiere of upcoming fantasy blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman at London’s Leicester Square, 14 May. The competition opens at noon on Friday 4 May on www.londonexpo.com

FILM AND TV GUESTS

•    Comic Con visitors will get a sneak peek at the next generation of turtles, as Nickelodeon previews its upcoming CG-reimagining of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animation with an exclusive presentation and Q&A. Taking place in the MCM Theatre from 11:30 am on Saturday 26 May, the special panel stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President, Current Animation Rich Magallanes.

•    Crystal Reed, who plays female lead Allison Argent on hit supernatural drama Teen Wolf, will be attending the show as a special guest.

•    Upcoming Universal Pictures sci-fi horror movie Storage 24 to host Q&A panel featuring director Johannes Roberts and writer Noel Clarke.

•    Falling Skies stars Seychelle Gabriel, who plays Lourdes, and Sarah Carter, who plays Margaret in the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi drama following a group of resistance fighters in the aftermath of an alien invasion will be guests.

•    Cult favourite horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will be signing autographs and promoting her upcoming DVD, Elvira’s Haunted Hills.

•    Pascale Hutton, who stars as Abby Corrigan in popular sci-fi show Sanctuary, will be meeting fans and answering questions about the series.

•    Top voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas (One Piece, Naruto Shippuden) and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, K-On!) will be hosting a Q&A to promote the worldwide exclusive of anime film Welcome To The Space Show, as well as signing for free on the Manga Entertainment stand.

•    Film, TV, anime and videogame voice actress Ali Hillis, who stars as main character Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2.

VIDEOGAMES

•    UK first playable of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s stylish new zombie-hunting Xbox 360 and PS3 actioner, Lollipop Chainsaw.

•    First UK playable of Aliens: Colonial Marines multiplayer, SEGA’s highly anticipated first person shooter coming out on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

•    First UK playable of three top Nintendo titles: action RPG Kingdom Hearts’ much anticipated 3DS debut; Wii music game Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise and 3DS ‘augmented reality’ horror title Spirit Camera. In addition, Nintendo will be bringing Mario Tennis Open and innovative action RPG Heroes of Ruin for the 3DS, as well as survival horror sequel Project Zero 2 on the Wii.

•    Capcom titles confirmed for MCM Expo include mech battler Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour and open world action RPG Dragon’s Dogma.

•    Tecmo Koei to show a playable demo of upcoming fighter Dead Or Alive 5, including a tournament in their booth on Saturday. Other titles show visitors can get hands-on with will include Warriors Orochi 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3.

•    Jagex to bring MMO RuneScape to MCM Expo for the first time with an exclusive voice acting panel, live concept art demos, event-exclusive t-shirts and a chance to try out the game. Jagex will also be bringing Transformers Universe, the as-yet-unreleased MMO based on the popular Hasbro brand.

•    Gamespot UK return with their dedicated games stage; hosting panels and presentations, and giving show visitors sneak peeks at the hottest new titles.

ANIME, MANGA, COMICS & COSPLAY

•    Namco Bandai is bringing its ShiftyLook artists and writers to Comic Con, including Matt Moylan (Bravoman), Dax Gordine (Bravoman), Jim Zub (Wonder Momo), Ben McCool (Dirk Davies), Dean Haspiel (Dirk Davies), Marv Wolfman (MCM-announced title), and Rob Pereyda (Editor-in-Chief).

•    Namco Bandai’s ShiftyLook will also be hosting an action-packed chat show for MCM visitors featuring stand-up comedy, thrilling guests and live music. The Saturday evening show will be held at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel.

•    In a worldwide exclusive, MCM Expo visitors will have a sneak peek of the English dub of anime movie Welcome To The Space Show, followed by a Q&A with two of the film’s voice talents, Michael Sinterniklaas & Stephanie Sheh.

•    Kazé UK and Manga Entertainment will present exclusive footage from exciting new anime movie Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Egg of the King, to be followed by a Q&A with Kaze UK’s Andrew Partridge and voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas, plus a free signing of Berserk posters at Manga’s booth.

•    Early bird visitors to the Manga Entertainment stand will get the chance to receive an exclusive, limited edition copy of the Manga Entertainment ‘Know Your Anime’ comic book along with a free DVD.

•    MCM Expo once again plays host to the prestigious Eagle Awards. Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards.

•    Our Comic Village shows off the talents of some of the UK’s top comic creators, including Rufus Dayglo, Emma Vieceli, Tony Lee, Marc Ellerby and many others – for the full list, see www.londonexpo.com/comicvillage

•    Letraset is hosting a Manga Alley Art Competition, giving artistically-inclined visitors of all ages the chance to win over £120 worth of Letraset products.

•    London Comic Con is easily the UK’s largest cosplay event and the centrepiece is the Masquerade, held in front of a packed MCM Theatre audience. This May’s Cosplay Masquerade will see the selection of Britain’s entrant for the EuroCosplay Championship, a competition spanning more than 20 countries.

•    The MCM Expo also boasts the Totally Cosplay zone, hosting workshops, a photography area and its own stage for panels and performances.

To buy tickets to the MCM London Comic Con at Excel London on 25-27 May, please visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

You can find more about the MCM Expo at www.londonexpo.com

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About The Author
Jasdeep Sahota
  • Roslyn Pasley

    I truly desired to attend this summer, but I just do not have the time or money.

    How shortly in advance do they generally commence promoting the passes?

    Any other Comic Con suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Many Thanks in advance!!!

  • Margery Degarmo

    I am planning on going to comic con this 12 months and I have heard that badges go actually fast. I have set up an account that will notify me when they go on sale but I want to have the money all set when it happens so I can make certain me and my close friends a place. How prolonged ahead of the con do badges generally go on sale?

  • Cecilia Osburn

    I want to go to comic con in 2012 but i don’t know significantly it costs. I’ve never ever been prior to simply because i’ve heard it is expensive and i’m conserving up dollars for it. But how significantly does it cost?? I Am 15.

  • Roslyn Pasley

    I want to go to the 2012 comic con at the San Diego Convetion Center.

    How significantly does a 4-DAY Move cost?!

    Do they charge by age?!

    I’m planning to go with 4 youngsters below the age of 7 a long time aged and 2 adults and I.

    How considerably would that cost? I just want the price tag ranges for a 4-DAY PASS

  • Annette Cutter

    I’ve usually been wanting to go to Comic Con, but Ive never truly gotten close to to researching ticket charges and I never know how much in advance to commence planning. Ive made the decision that I Am lastly going to go subsequent year. Does any individual know where I could get the tickets, how considerably they will cost, and when they would commence promoting them for 2011? How considerably ended up they this yr and will expense change?

  • Kathleen Frias

    I actually desired to enroll in this summer, but I just do not have the time or money.

    How soon in advance do they generally start promoting the passes?

    Any other Comic Con guidelines are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!

  • Anne Felton

    What is the distinction in between Comic Con and Wondercon?

  • Harriett Legler

    I am arranging to enroll in Comic-Con this 12 months and I will have to use a Junior pass (Me being 15) and I would like to know if there are any added constraints added with a Junior Pass.

    Ex. Panels I will not have entry too.

    P.S. I will be without having a parent.

  • Cecilia Osburn

    I just desired to know how significantly Comic Con will cost me for a booth dimensions place to promote merchandise, not artist location or anything but the true promoting merchandise area. Also, is it for each day or all 4 days? Thanks a lot!

  • Louisa Ellman

    I’ve constantly been seeking to go to Comic Con, but Ive never ever actually gotten around to investigating ticket rates and I never know how much forward to begin planning. Ive made a decision that I’m eventually likely to go following year. Does any person know in which I could get the tickets, how a lot they will cost, and when they would commence promoting them for 2011? How significantly were they this yr and will expense change?

  • Sonia Gourley

    I just wanted to know how significantly Comic Con will charge me for a booth size location to offer merchandise, not artist region or something but the real offering merchandise area. Also, is it for each day or all 4 days? Many Thanks a lot!

  • Patsy Herring

    I am planning on going to comic con this year and I have heard that badges go really fast. I have set up an account that will tell me when they go on sale but I want to have the money ready once it happens so I can ensure me and my friends a place. How long before the con do badges typically go on sale?

  • Patty Guest

    I want to go to the 2012 comic con at the San Diego Convetion Center.

    How much does a 4-DAY PASS cost?!

    Do they charge by age?!

    I’m planning to go with 4 kids under the age of 7 years old and 2 adults and I.

    How much would that cost? I just want the price ranges for a 4-DAY PASS

  • Hayden

    I just wanted to know how much Comic Con will charge me for a booth size area to sell merchandise, not artist area or anything but the actual selling merchandise area. Also, is it per day or all four days? Thanks a lot!

  • Taylor G

    I really wanted to attend this summer, but I just don’t have the time or money.

    How soon in advance do they generally start selling the passes?

    Any other Comic Con tips are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!

  • Squall Leonhart

    I’ll be attending Comic-Con in San Diego for the first time this year. Is there anything I should know about getting the most out of my experience, seeing the panels, that I want to see, etc.?

  • Denali

    Just curious 😀

  • Anny

    I am very excited for Aliens: Colonial Marines, but it would be awesome if they made more games based on the Alien Films; example, a survival horror similar to that of Resident Evil. So why haven’t they made as many Alien games for current consoles? Should they make those particular games?

  • slipknot0129

    i was thinking of going to the london film and comic con event this year and i never been before so i was wondering if can get the autographs and photos with the guests for free if you bring your own items to the event or you still got to pay for them to get them signed

  • Taylor2k

    Do they still have squads like the one in Aliens or is it just people with guns?

  • Squall Leonhart

    My question is will there be an open beta or a demo for aliens colonial marines?, on PC or Xbox, and if so when will it be released?

  • Melanie

    I need this game so badly… iv’e seen multiple release dates so Im getting confused.

  • Joe M

    Is there an alien campain or is it just a multiplayer thing maybe