How the mighty have fallen. How did MCM Comic Con went from hosting what could possibly be the best MCM Comic Con Manchester convention thus far to this dumpster fire of a convention?
Be careful for what you wish for… because the things you wish for don’t end up exactly like you wanted and you’ll soon regret them. MCM Comic Con London 2018, MCM Comic Con Birmingham 2018/2019, MCM Comic Con London 2019 (October), Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Yooka-Laylee come to mind. Now I regret requesting my favourite voice actors for London (and Birmingham in Charles Martinet’s case) earlier when I reckon they should’ve come to Manchester instead.
Every time I attend a convention, it’s hard to decide whether I should be a cosplayer or be press. The main downside of attending as press is not being able to cosplay. I may not look like a freelance journalist but looks can be deceiving. I’m not just a cosplayer, I also double as a freelance journalist.
I had a feeling it’s a tall order and a long shot to attempt to try and top the almost outstanding efforts from MCM Comic Con Manchester 2018.
It’s imperative I should address the humongous herd of elephants in the room first. There are so many overly negative criticisms MCM Comic Con and MCM Comic Con Manchester is plagued with; I don’t know where to start.
First and foremost, I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I can’t stress this enough that MCM Comic Con needs to bear in mind that there is more to the UK than goddamn London (and frickin’ Birmingham). It’s not fair when other cities such as Manchester get the short end of the stick in terms of celebrity line-ups. For Pete’s sake, just because Manchester have a small venue in comparison to other cities doesn’t mean Manchester gets an abysmal celebrity line-up (which is equivalent to the celebrity line-up from MCM Comic Con Manchester 2016. There’s not a single well-known celebrity to speak of).
Want to know what else isn’t fair? Mainly London and Birmingham getting first dibs on the celebrities I desired to meet which is one of my life-long dreams. It becomes infuriating when celebrities I wanted to meet in person so badly come to MCM Comic Con London first before any city in the UK. MCM Comic Con must get their act together otherwise they’ll lose consumers in the long run.
The fact MCM Comic Con invites the celebrities to come to London (or Birmingham) isn’t fair to those that suffer from mental illness and are frightened to ask their parents (due to their nasty tempers) if they can travel to the convention with their friends or by themselves, people that can’t afford to travel to London or the convention itself, people that needs to go to work or the convention clashes with other people’s schedules. On that note, would it kill for MCM Comic Con to NOT HOST a MCM Comic Con convention in Birmingham on the same day as my birthday each year? It’s exasperating when some of my friends can’t make it to my birthday parties because MCM Comic Con Birmingham takes place on the same day as my birthday.
This in turn caused me to believe London is overrated, it’s also not fair when London and Birmingham MCM Comic Con conventions takes place twice every year. It’s unfair when London tends to get the good stuff, not just conventions and video game-related events but job opportunities too. This is one of the main reasons why I still wonder to this day why my family and I moved from London to Manchester all these years ago, despite my father already told me the answer. It doesn’t hurt for MCM Comic Con to move MCM Comic Con Manchester to a much larger venue to house more celebrities, food and merchandise stalls and so forth. It didn’t stop Replay Events to “upgrade” (the toilets are a definite upgrade from the unhygienic unisex toilets from Event City but in regards to how much space/rooms is used… not so much) from Event City to Manchester Central.
And don’t get me started on the celebrity line-up of MCM Comic Con Manchester 2019. No disrespect to the voice actors but I seriously don’t understand why Nolan North and Troy Baker are invited again. They attended MCM Comic Con Manchester 2018 so there’s no excuse for them to attend for the second time. It’s a waste of two slots in the celebrity roster.
Speaking of celebrities, here’s my wishlist for future MCM Comic Con Manchester conventions: James Arnold Taylor, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Charles Martinet, David Kaye, Cristina Vee, Jess Harnell, John DiMaggio, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Tong, Andy Price, Mercedes Rose, Kerri Kane and Laura Faye Smith.
Here’s my Top 5 celebrity wishlist for future MCM Comic Con Manchester conventions: 1) James Arnold Taylor, 2) Tara Strong, 3) Charles Martinet, 4) Tom Kenny and 5) David Kaye.
Now, it’s no secret ever since MCM Comic Con underwent new management, the conventions have gone to pot, most evidently following after MCM Comic Con Manchester 2016. Following after MCM Comic Con Manchester 2016, there’s been a sudden lack of outdoor line-dancing. Luckily, Animeleague still exists to fill in the void. This is when I realised the MCM Comic Con conventions have indeed went downhill. Back then during MCM Comic Con Manchester 2014, people are allowed to take photos with their favourite celebrities unprofessionally using a digital camera or a smartphone.
Due to my recent negative experience, it causes me to think twice about purchasing tickets in the future. I feel like I’ve been cheated out of my money in relation to buying tickets.
Unfortunately, I can’t help but reckon the negatives outweigh the positives. I hope MCM Comic Con won’t take these brutally honest criticisms as offense and improve upon their ghastly mistakes which tend to stick out like sore thumbs.
It isn’t until after MCM Comic Con Manchester 2016, I started to have mixed opinions for each convention I went to. The qualities vary from convention to convention. But next time, I’ll be more wary about every MCM Comic Con Manchester convention from now on in terms of whether I should buy a ticket straight away or not depending on the celebrity roster.