London Comic Con 2022 celebrates pop culture, video games and indie art

MCM London Comic Con has taken over ExCel London, bringing fans and performers together for a weekend of spectacular fun and self-expression.

The convention welcomes thousands of people from around the world who celebrate pop culture and dress up or “cosplay” as their favorite characters, while providing a platform for independent artists to showcase their work and grow their audience.

Attendee Sophia Thomas highlighted the joys of cosplay and how it enhances the experience, urging new Comic Con fans to dress up and express themselves fully by creating their own costumes, as she did this year.

Thomas, cosplay as No Face from the 2001 Studio Ghibli movie Taken away as if by magicsaid, “Comic Con isn’t just about different fandoms, it’s also a safe space and a beautiful expression of identity.

“There is a wide range of art, from cartoons to extreme realism and supporting the artists who work so hard is very important.”

GET YOUR FIT ON: Comic Con took over ExCel London for the whole weekend

In addition to jaw-dropping art, Comic Con celebrates a wide array of current and upcoming video games.

A must this year was Persona 5 Royal, a 2020 role-playing game developed by Atlus and distributed by Sega, released for Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Switch earlier this week, having been a PlayStation 4 exclusive until now.

A large number of cosplayers wearing the outfit of the silent protagonist of the Joker game.

Exclusive demos for unreleased games were also available to players.

LOOKING COOL JOKER: Persona 5 Royal cosplayers were out in force due to the game’s recent ports on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. CREDIT: Ivaylo Statelov

James Moriarty, as Goro Majima from Yakuza video game series, was excited to play the newest entry in the franchise which will be released in February.

He said, “This is my seventh time at Comic Con and it’s always been a great day.

“I love previewing new games that come out, walking around and admiring all the art and cosplays.”

He pleaded for newcomers to try their hand at cosplay and left a relatively simple message: don’t be afraid to get weird.

Adjusting his eye patch to see better, Moriarty said: “There are people with every conceivable interest here, whether it’s big names like Marvel or Star Wars or 90s B movies, or the darkest anime.

“Don’t be afraid to dress up in your craziest cosplay and just take the opportunity to express yourself.”

Despite their enthusiasm, Moriarty and Thomas agreed that the convention was getting more expensive every year.

DRESSED TO EXPRESS: Sophia Thomas as No Face in Taken away as if by magic and James Moriarty as Goro Majima, aka Joe Yakuza from Yakuza series of video games. CREDIT: Ivaylo Statelov

The autograph section reflects this trend.

An autograph with dubbing legend Troy Baker (The last of us, Bioshock Infinite) would cost you £30 while a selfie would cost you £50.

London MCM Comic Con will return to ExCel London the weekend of May 26-28 for another weekend of celebrations of cosplay, art and beautiful expression.

Featured image credit: Ivaylo Statelov

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