The bearded boys of The Unheard Nerd made their annual trip to MCM Comic Con in London this weekend to get some sneak peaks, inside news and celebrity revelations whilst taking in all the big red carpet has to offer.
Here’s the first instalment of our MCM London Comic Con wrap up, we’ll be adding more throughout the week. Today we focus on some of the big news and celebrity quirks from panels and appearances.
Bigger and better in 2018
The biggest news dropped just ahead of this October’s MCM Comic Con in London as it was announced that the company had been bought by ReedPOP, part of the RELX Group.
Since their first event in 2006, the sold out New York Comic Con, ReedPOP have grown exponentially and now collaborate with some of the world’s most prestigious creators and publishers – including Lucasfilm (Star Wars Celebration) and Penny Arcade (PAX) – as well as bringing to fruition some of the largest cons around the world, such as Emerald City Comic Con, Comic Con Seoul, Paris, India and TwitchCon to name a few.
MCM are excited at the prospect of working with ReedPOP. Annie Byrne, MCM’s PR Manager spoke with us at the London event and enthused about the future for their events. ReedPOP will open the door for bigger stars, more prestigious collaborations and a better experience for con-goers in UK. And the benefits should be in evidence quickly too as 2018 looks to be the beginning of bigger and better things for MCM events and pop-culture fans who enjoy attending them.
We’re excited in particular to see the London event grow and challenge some of the biggest conventions around the world.
Marvel at MCM
MCM London 2017 saw the con’s first big collaboration with Marvel. The world’s biggest comic company and creators of blockbuster superhero movies took centre stage at this year’s October event with, amongst many other things, displays of of costumes from Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.
A couple of prominent Marvel actors made appearances too. Hayley Atwell, star of the ‘Agent Carter’ television series and ‘Captain America’, as Peggy Carter, proved a huge draw for fans, as did Anthony Mackie. The latter of which dropped a bombshell on the considerable crowd at the ‘MYM Buzz’ area.
Mackie, who plays Falcon in the ‘Avengers’ films, admitted that when he was cast for the role he didn’t know an awful lot about the character. For research he ventured out to a comic store and asked for every Falcon title they had. With good intentions he set about reading them and very quickly became… bored. Mackie is well known for his honesty, and confessed that he doesn’t like reading comics at all.
We’ll have a gallery packed with Marvel goodness later in the week.
Hitchhiking back on to BBC Radio 4
In 1978 Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on BBC Radio as a revolutionary Sci-Fi comedy. Since then numerous novels, television series and radio plays have be produced.
Following Douglas Adams’ death in 2001 a sixth novel was commissioned by his estate. The book titled ‘And Another Thing…’ was penned by Eoin Colfer. To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ being broadcast on the wireless, BBC Radio 4 have commissioned a new work based on Colfer’s novel.
A radio adaptation of ‘And Another Thing…’ will be written and directed by Dirk Maggs (who was charming when he met our very own John Abbitt at MCM London this weekend having quoted John’s review of Alien: Out of the Shadows on his own website).
The new series will feature the classic cast including Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beedlebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian.
Find out more about the return of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the BBC Media Site.
Speaking of Sci-Fi Comedy… Red Dwarf
A ‘behind closed doors’ press conference with the Red Dwarf cast proved just as silly, and funny, as an episode of the show – now in its twelfth season.
Hattie Hayridge (Holly), Danny John-Jules (The Cat), Chris Barrie (Rimmer) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) were in attendance. Sadly Craig Charles, who plays Dave Lister, wasn’t.
Whilst the press conference did little to throw light on anything coming up for the show, it did afford the cast the opportunity to reminisce. Hattie Hayridge explained that none of them were actors when cast all those years ago, they each came from the comedy circuit and were, in all honesty, completely unqualified to take on acting roles. It seems to have worked out well. Chris Barrie touched on how strange it had been that, briefly, Red Dwarf crossed over with Coronation Street and Robert Llewellyn proved adept at remembering and reciting fan favourite lines from episodes from throughout the years.
Meanwhile when asked if there would be any more Red Dwarf episodes featuring big musical numbers Danny John-Jules (after a prolonged period of battling with his phone) treated the room to a thrash metal backing track. He promised he was working on a metal version of ‘I’m gonna catch you little fishy’…
Our MCM London Comic Con 2017 wrap up continues tomorrow…