MCM Comic Con 2015 came to Dublin this weekend and with it a little bit of sunshine even in the rain!
Now if you have never been to one of these before, it’s not so much a pure comic con per se but more a mix of POP Cultures, giving you the chance to chance to view and experience a wide range of genres and tastes, all under one roof.
Held at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) which is a great choice for these such events with a bus stop right outside and plenty of taxis if need be! The event itself was divided between three rooms with the main one housing traders and the comic village; all of which were well laid out for easy access, and by this I mean there was plenty of space to walk in and out of the isles without standing on someone!
The hall directly to the right of this was kept purely for guest panels, while the other to the left was divided up in to a number of attractions which included wrestling, cosplay centre, robots, esports (which looked to be a big hit). Also drawing a large crowd was the card game tables which were all in full swing playing Yu-Gi-Oh, there was not a free place in sight.
Next along was The Kids Zone, what a great idea and one that’s a real plus in my book! Offering face painting and more, plus a great little competition where kids had to collect three stamps to win a mini super hero cape!
With the photo booth for getting your picture taken with guest stars and not forgetting the DeLorean or Chiity Chitty Bang Bang cars on show this hall was in constant use as people flowed back and forth.
Taking a closer look at the main hall you were almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of traders offering everything from Anime to Zombies and everything in between!
Right at the top of this Hall were the areas where you could queue to meet your favourite star, the list of attendees by the way was Eugene Simon (Game Of Thrones), Ian Beattie (Game of Thrones), Kristin Bauer (Once Upon a Time), Victoria Smurfit ( Once Upon a Time), Katrina Law (Arrow), Karl Yune (Arrow), Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Sam Huntington (Warehouse 13), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval), Simon Fisher-Becker (Harry Potter), Virginia Hey (Farscape), Sean Kelly (Storage Hunters), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Tara Platt ( Shelf Life), Sandy Fox (Maleficent), Lex Lang (Power Rangers) and Ali Hillis (Mass Effect). It has to be said all were very approachable and friendly.
Now we come to an area which is very close to my heart The Comic Village, where there was a good selection of artists and comic publishers in attendance, this is also the place I like to spend a lot of time, searching out new artists or comics to add to my collection, and this time I stumbled across two very cool and interesting titles – Skies Of Fire and Far From Faith, both of which we hope to have reviews on soon, also while rummaging around here I came across artists Yishan li, jenika ioffreda and Destiny Blue Art whose work is just superb and hopefully we can bring you one or two features from these fabulous artists in the near future.
Another thing that really caught my eye in this area was the art competition where you could take pencil to paper and win some cool prizes, what a great idea and one that must be applauded just like the Kid Zone these are great ways to get the audience involved and make for a really fun day out.
If I have one gripe and it really is a small one, it would be that I would love to see The Comic Village grow; at the moment it covers just a small area of such a large event and if this could be expanded to add a few more artists and comics it would be the icing on the cake, but as we all know these things are never easy to plan!
Overall though for me it’s been a great event I love the way MCM are thinking about families having something for the kids and trying to get people involved, yes I know it’s not strictly a comic con but you know what I don’t really care I want something fun interesting and entertaining and that’s what I got and for €10 for general entry and €16 for advanced that’s pretty good value in my eyes and I will definitely be back next year
Entertainment Rating 8/10