Image credit: Martin Link
[April Wilson | TV Director]
MCM London Comic Con has done nothing but grow in popularity in recent years, and this year was no exception, a reported record-breaking 133,156 people attended the three-day event celebrating pop culture. But what is it that is attracting so many people to the venue? The scrummy Japanese style cuisine that is on offer? The collectables? The answer is all of the above.
But what MCM London Comic Con is all about for a lot of people is the opportunity to cosplay. For those who have not stumbled across it by now, “cosplay” is an expressive art form in which people dress up to replicate a specific character. For many cosplayers, this is often a character that is close to their heart.
And you can truly see this when observing the people in cosplay at the event. Although they may be sweating under their wigs, or trying not to scream in agony from uncomfortable shoes, they’ll never let it show. Because for them, this is the place where they can dress up and feel like they belong.
So out of respect for those people who put themselves out there and cosplay the characters they love, I have picked for my selection of the best cosplays of MCM London Comic Con, the ones that are close to my heart.
Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde (Zootropolis/ Zootopia)
I had only just seen this film before I went to Comic Con but I instantly fell in love with it. A film that’s entirely set up to fight against prejudice? What’s not to love! However, it was the lead character, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin of Once Upon a Time fame) that resonated with me. And no, it’s not just because I’m small too. She’s constantly overlooked and undervalued, and I think a lot of us can feel that way until something goes right. I’m certainly one of those people. She doesn’t let other people’s opinions affect her; blow after blow, she doesn’t give up. She keeps fighting for what she wants. And if that is not a good role model for young children, and for me, I don’t know what is.
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Confession time: Belle was by far my favourite Disney princess growing up. She liked to read while the world passed her by. As someone who wasn’t trusted to walk home because they would try to stupidly read a book as they did so, I can relate. Belle, also, gave up her life to save her father, no questions asked. Stupid and misguided maybe, but still honourable in its way. Whatever anyone says, Belle will always be one of my favourite Disney princesses, just because I felt like she was just that little bit like me.
Kida (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
It’s time for another confession. I’ve only actually gone to MCM London Comic Con in cosplay twice. And both times I didn’t put as much effort in as I could have done because I was too scared of being noticed. My friend Holly has cosplayed many more times than me, often going to con in cosplay by herself. I think it’s pretty damn inspiring that she can let herself go like that and not care what people think. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to get over my insecurities and do the same.
Not going to lie, Supernatural got me through my first year at university. It was a distraction and a place to go while I was coping with all the anxiety first year can bring, and the show is, at its peak, beautiful crafted and written. I don’t watch Supernatural as much anymore; it started to wane as I got into the tenth season. But, it will always hold a special place in my memories. It will always make me think about my first year of university and all the experiences I had; the good and the bad.
How to Train Your Dragon Group Shot
Don’t get me wrong; I love How to Train Your Dragon, and my plushy, Toothless (that I embarrassingly got from Build a Bear Workshop) is much loved, but that is not why I’ve included this. For me, it is not about what these cosplayers are cosplaying as in this photograph, but their happiness due to the environment they are in. I have heard of many people who have made lifelong friends from people they have met at Comic Con, and when you are there, it’s not hard to believe. While not everyone is the best kind of person at con, the general atmosphere is one of happiness. Not just due to the excitement of being at con, but because they get to see the people they only get to see at con.
So there you have it, my pick of the best cosplays at MCM London Comic Con. They may not be the most elaborate and they may not have taken the longest amount of time, but that is not what con is about. Yes, the more impressive cosplays may be hounded for pictures all day, but that can feel just as good as someone nervously asking you for your picture because they recognise your obscure cosplay. It’s not just about being the best; it’s about having a good time with friends.