On the 14th, many of us not constraint by partners with bland and ordinary ideas on how to spend Valentines day together were in the Telford International Centre getting nerdy in our hundreds.
MCM is a huge market filled with games, memorabilia, art, replica swords, minis and action figures, and real Pocky (not this Mikado farce). There are stands to try demos of upcoming game releases, watch exclusive new film trailers, celebrity guests, and an arena for robots to bash the ever loving exhaust out of each other. This is the first MCM I’ve been to in a while, and it’s the first one I’ve seen where they’d opened two rooms for us. This was an absolute pleasure, the place was less cramped, flow was a little easier around stands, and I didn’t over heat within the first few minutes.
We arrived at around 11:30, by which point the queue was out of the building, over the road, and up to the far gate approaching the town centre. Oddly, in spite of the fact that it then took over an hour to get our tickets and get in, this wasn’t all that dull. I spent the time with Mike from Quotes from the Tabletop, and our friend and fellow ginger, James. We occupied ourselves collecting Mini-Avengers, and in spite of clocking better part of a Mini-Justice-League, I was disappointed to have not spotted a tiny Hulk.
Not pictured but also attending were Chris Barrie and Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf, and also Rob Maythorne, whose collected works can be found here, and whose own (far prettier) gallery of this years event can be found here.
Were you there? What did you see? Us? Surely not, else you would have said something. Come find us at conventions and expos. We want to meet you.