Cosplay at the London MCM Expo

From Jedi’s to Ninja, the London MCM Expo has the lot thanks to the myriad of fans that flock each year suited and booted in the outfits of their heroes from film, television, video games and comic books, manga and anime.

This October’s expo presents more photo opportunities, more big hair, more weaponry, more flamboyant and outrageous costumes and more prizes for the best dressed.

For those looking to further their tailoring skills, swap fashion tips and get those last minute repairs taken care of there’s the Cosplay Point, run by friendly staff ready to handle all cosplay-related questions, check that weaponry is suitable and offer changing rooms and storage space for those not looking forward to tackling the streets of London as an Orc or Fairy Ninja Warrioress

There are a number of competitions with fab prizes scattered throughout the weekend as well as plenty of photo opportunities. There’s the SelfMadeHero cosplay competition, from the publishers of the innovative Manga Shakespeare series, with both cash and signed goodies up for grabs for the best costume and best performance, while Japanese video game publisher KOEI will also have prizes on offer for the best costume themed after one of its games, and the big cosplay event of the expo is the Cosplay Masquerade on the main stage of both days. Tickets are limited both for cosplayers and for those wishing to observe, so best get tickets (which are free) from the Cosplay Point at the start of each day to avoid disappointment.

Also new for October 2008 is the Cosplay Ball, a reserved party with live band entertainment, food and a strict dress code in the Novetel complex West of the Excel campus, with Project 37 and London’s only Japanese visual kei band SOMA– the Cosplay Ball sold out as quickly as it was announced.

For press enquiries, press pass requests or photo opportunities please contact

Tom Smith on 07905 515 966 or tom@ralph-uren.com

About the London MCM Expo:

Incorporating video games, movies, anime, manga and comic books the London MCM Expo is the UK’s largest entertainment based event and offers a wealth of great industry opportunities and consumer interaction.

Now part of the London Games Festival and with some of the biggest publishing names in the industry exhibiting, including UBISOFT, KOEI, CAPCOM, EA, ACTIVISION, MIDWAY and more, it’s clear to see why the MCM Expo is the place to been for Q4 releases

Full details of panels, guests, exhibitors and celebrities can be found on the website www.londonexpo.com– check back regularly for the latest exciting announcements.

Notes to Editors:

• 30,000 people are expected to attend the Expo, making it the biggest yet.

• Takes place on 25-26 October 2008.

• Confirmed special guests include actors Ken Lally and Jamie Hector (The German and Benjamin‘Knox’ Washington, respectively) from season 3 of Heroes, artist and writer Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), actors Brad Swaile (X-Men: Evolution, Death Note), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) actress Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY) and many more.

• Games playable at the event include: FarCry 2, Prince of Persia and Naruto: The Broken Bond from Ubisoft; Dead Space from EA; Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from Midway; Street Fighter IV from Capcom and Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 and Warriors Orochi 2 from KOEI.

• Ticket information can be found here: http://www.londonexpo.com/show_information/tickets.html

• Travel information is available here: http://www.londonexpo.com/travel_hotels/travel.html

• London MCM Expo is part of the MCM Expo Group hosting shows at Excel London, the International Centre Telford and the NEC Birmingham.

• For all exhibitor, marketing, brand or sponsorship enquiries please contact Byran Coney: bryanconey@aol.com or 01327 878 550.

• For press pass requests and enquires please contact Tom Smith: tom@ralph-uren.com or call 07905 515 966.

Links:

• SelfMadeHero’s homepage is http://www.selfmadehero.com

• KOEI’s UK homepage is http://www.koei.co.uk

• SOMA’s Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/somajapan

• Project 37’s Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/projectthirtyseven


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