Every year I try and get to the London MCM Expo, but unfortunately I couldnâ€™t make it this year. I always like these events , because itâ€™s a good chance to have a brief look at the latest manga comics, new toys and the various array of people dressed up as their favourite video game character.
One year I want to dress up and take part in the cosplay event that is always held in the afternoons. Cosplay is a display of different people dressed up and if you good enough they sometimes award prizes in the cosplay competition. Each year Iâ€™ve found this eventÂ gets bigger and bigger by the number of people who assemble at this event.
Itâ€™s-a Mario! Not to mention Solid Snake, Chun-Li, Lara Croft, Master Chief and hundreds of other videogame stars. Yes, Saturday 23 May saw 376 fans converge on the Excel Centre for the London MCM Expoâ€™s attempt to break the world record for the number of people dressed as videogame characters. Officials from the Guinness World Records team were on hand to witness history being made as the crowd of dedicated cosplayers smashed the same world record that they set at the last Expo in October.
Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Video Games Record Manager says;
â€œOnce again the dedicated cosplayers of the London MCM Expo have demonstrated their commitment to breaking records. This achievement will be considered for inclusion in the next Guinness World Records Gamerâ€™s Edition and Iâ€™d like to congratulate everyone involved for their fantastic costumes as well as their patience while we counted all 376 of them!â€
Hats off to everyone involved, and we hope to see you all at the next show in October!
STARS SHINE AT EXPO!
Of course, the record-breaking cosplayers werenâ€™t the only gaming highlights at the Expo â€“ visitors were treated to a number of video game exclusives, including the first UK plays of Eidosâ€™ Batman Arkham Asylum, KOEIâ€™s Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 and Rising Star Gamesâ€™ Mura Massa, plus the first UK screening of Ju-on, the video game adaptation of Asian horror classic The Grudge. Not to mention many more hands on experiences from the latest games from Namco Bandai, Atari, Capcom, Activision and more. Plus the chance to meet a galaxy of film and TV talent, such as Hollywood legend Tony Curtis; The Terminatorâ€™s Linda Hamilton; The Bionic Womanâ€™s Lindsay Wagner, Donnie Darkoâ€™s James Duval; Red Dwarfâ€™s Craig Charles; and the casts of Eureka and Merlin and more.
The luminaries of the comic world were also on hand to chat to fans, with special guests including a rare appearance from famed author Warren Ellis and Eisner Award winner Nick Abazdis.
CROWDS FLOCK TO EXCEL!
With visitors treated to such a line-up of activities, a vast array of anime and sci-fi merchandise and our ever-popular Cosplay Masquerade, itâ€™s hardly surprising that attendance at this Mayâ€™s MCM Expo also hit a record high. Defying the credit crunch, over 23,500 people poured through Excelâ€™s doors on Saturday alone â€“ confirming the showâ€™s status as the UKâ€™s flagship event for movies, videogames, comics, sci-fi, manga and anime.
EXPO RETURNS IN OCTOBER!
24-25 October 2009 sees the return of the London MCM Expo at Excel, and this time it will be bigger than ever with the event expanding its way into an extra hall amounting in another 2,000 square meters of movie, comic and media mayhem.
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