It was the October MCM London expo this weekend, and as usual there was a wide variety of events and activities to partake in. Personally I went to the Manga UK Live podcast, queued up to see some members of Roosterteeth, had art lessons at the Letraset stand, went to the Ni No Kuni and DMC demos and saw a couple of cosplay masquerades. I particularly enjoyed the live Manga UK podcast recording, not only because it was the first live podcast I have been to but also because I was impressed by how in touch the members of the panel were with their community. The members of the panel were prepared to take suggestions for new DVD releases and listen to people opinions concerning their previous releases.
I also got a chance to play on the WiiU. Whilst I wasn’t disappointed with what I saw I certainly wasn’t exited either. The demos I played didn’t really encourage me or give me a reason to purchase the console at release date. None of the games I played really used the second screen technology at all. The second screen also surprised me by how small it was (it’s about the size of a DVD case) therefor when playing a game one the controller rather than the TV the resolution felt significantly reduced. My other problem with the new controller was that when I picked it up for the first time it just felt like a new Wii add on.
However I’m still open to purchasing the console in the future, if Nintendo can significantly expand the console’s lineup in the future I may change my mind though.
I just bought my ticket to MCM October and now I just can’t control my excitement. Why you may ask? Well this is the first con which I’ve actually bought a weekend ticket for, this means that I won’t have to spend the whole day rushing around the dealing room trying to buy as much manga and anime as I can carry. This time I will actually be able to ‘pace’ myself and be able to think about purchases I want to make and go to panels (I don’t because the friends I normally go with find them dull). I am particularly looking forward to the Roosterteeth panel, this is mainly because the last time they came to MCM I turned around as soon as I caught sight of them – and yes I really am that bad when it comes to mildly famous people. I’m also quite exited for the comic village; I’ve kept myself isolated from the indie comic scene since many of my favorite artists went mainstream or got ‘real jobs’, however most of the artists are lovely people (hopefully) so they should be able to captivate me into buying something that isn’t Japanese. I’m going to be entering Letraset’s art competition too, my weekend ticket should allow me time to prepare a proper entry – usually I rush the night before, drawing something with hardly any relevance to the theme – if you’re planning on entering remember to use lots of color, the entrants who win tend to use loads.
If your going for the first time I’d suggest getting a list of titles that you want to buy rather than just buying aimlessly, always check what titles dealers are putting on offer as usually there’s a good reason they want to shift them, look for rarer titles too as a lot of the time dealers aren’t always aware of the value of their stock and look into what panels and shows are going to be on so you don’t miss them.
I’m planning on posting photos from the event I take and also writing another blog entry in the future about the indie comic scene in the UK.