So just back from the very first MCM Scotland Comic Con! MCM is held down in England, in places like Birmingham, Manchester, Midlands and the ever popular London.
To say the people of Scotland were excited is putting it rather lightly; although it should be mentioned those who were excited were the one’s who love comics, sci fi and anime. Most of the people I have known always went down to the event in London, where it is held twice a year at London’s ExCel at Victoria Docklands so you can tell that it’s popular, not just by having the event twice a year, but also by having it as a full weekend event! Of course with this being the first one in Scotland, they were taking it easy, so for us we get one day.
Booking is simple, you go onto their website, create an account and then pay for your ticket. Then as the event comes closer you print out your ticket and take it with you on the day. The tickets for the early entry was £10, which is meant to let you through the gates and into the Hall first before the General entry ticket holders come in! General entry tickets cost £6 for adults which are those who are 15 years old and up, £3 for kids 11 to 14 years old and finally those kids who are under 10 years old go in for free! The major down side for those who are going to buy tickets on the day is the queue, the best thing to do if you are going to just buy on the day is to get there early. It’s not going to get quieter if you go later, if anything it will get busier because everyone has thought of the same idea! The queue when myself and my sister finally left the SECC was huge, it went all the way around the front and doubled over itself twice, that was when we left at 3pm.
So book the earlier ticket, it’s more expensive but it means that you will get in early so less chances of being squished at certain areas of the con; looking at you Tokyo Toy’s! And if you wanted to have your photo taken with the Doctor’s TARDIS you can get in before the queue’s start!
We arrived at 8.30 in the morning, an hour before we were meant to go in, so we wandered in to the Hall waiting area; the security guards were very helpful and full of good banter too, must have been the first thing in the morning thing though because it got really busy later on! So we got our tickets scanned, got a hand stamp so that we could go in and out of the main Hall how ever many times we wanted.
Well we waited, saw a few cosplayers and there was general good banter all round, we were rather surprised to be moved on and into the SECC hall ways to wait out the remainer of our time before the offical Hall opened for us. To distract us from the time passing, we were entertained by Darth Vader – I kid you not- and of course a Dalek, both roamed the general corridor of the Convention for most of the day.
We were all so taken by this lovely surprise, and yes it was a surprise we all thought we would just wait it out for another forty odd minutes looking at the white walls and a few movie posters; we got another surprise though. We were let into the Hall early, not just a few minutes early, half an hour early!
It was brilliant and being one of the first people to get inside the Hall my sister grabbed her chance at getting her photo taken with the TARDIS… And Davros… And K9, all of them in one picture for £5! (per picture)
It obviously got busier as time went on, but for the start we got to wander around the stalls without too much hassle and went by Tokyo Pop’s larger stall without feeling like sardines.
The guest’s were pretty good for a first time MCM convention, there was Hannah Spearritt (Primeval), Kai Owen (Torchwood), Mira Furland (Babylon 5 and Lost), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron and Babylon 5), Rupert Young (Merlin), Warwick Davis (Star Wars and Life’s Too Short) as well as voice actor Vic Mignogna (Full Metal Alchemist). The queues for all of them were amazing as well, with Vic Mignogna almost going out of the door!
It was amazing and those who came in costume were always getting photographed, so if there was a sudden stop while you are walking, chances are that either someone is chatting to their friends and not realised there was people behind them – this happened a lot – or someone was getting a photograph taken and people didn’t want to get in the way of the shot.
Of course although there was things to do, it was only if you wanted to do them or were interested in them. If you weren’t interested in seeing the actors talk later in the afternoon or you aren’t a big fan of video games you are probably there for the stalls, the dealers, the art that appears in artist alley and there is a lot to look at there too!
There is so much to see at the stalls, although it can be hard if there is a crowd, but don’t stress, because people will move on and you will get a space to look at the shiny things properly. It’s also a good thing to note that not everyone who sells things are sell 100% official merchandise, which means that your money doesn’t go to the official people who took the time and effort to make what you love come to life. It happens at every convention and is unlikely to go away because people keep buying from them, but it’s good to be aware and even check out more information on certain sellers who could be there and see what the reviews are like for them.
Like I have said if you are a person who wants to see everything, be part of the talks that the actors are giving and play video games, chances are you will be there for a long time. If you are on your own though you might find your visit being rather short, the best thing to do is come in a group, or have friends that you know will be there, that way you can bump into each other at certain times during the convention and have a little chat – out of the way of the people wanting by of course – or even go with a group of them to lunch, settle down in the former entry Hall and munch on some french fries while you catch up or even just wait for the rest of the group to appear.
My sister and I went into the Hall about 3 times and we left at 3pm, having arrived at about 8.30am. The atmosphere was amazing, it’s always good to go with people you know too, they make the event that much better.
The good news, if you weren’t able to come to this one, is that next year there is going to be a two day event! So you can pick a day that you are able to go on; because am sure some folk work mainly on a Saturday.
We shall be sure to book our tickets again next year for one of the day’s, it’s an amazing event that really shouldn’t be missed!
For more information about MCM Comic Con Scotland visit the website:
Also thank you to Blueberrytale on Instagram for letting me use a few of her pictures.