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Leap into a fantasy world at ExCel’s Comic Con

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 May 2015

London's MCM 2014 Comic Con

London's MCM 2014 Comic Con

© 2014 Juliette Crawford & MCM EXPO Group

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a bloke dressed up like Superman.

MCM London Comic Con returns to the ExCeL this weekend as more than 60,000 fans indulge in all things pop culture.

And if it’s anything like last year’s event, there will be no end of incredible costumes on show.

Batman fans will want to buckle up their utility belts as the Batmobile from the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight will make its UK debut at the WB Games stand.

As both the Dark Knight and Superman prepare to share the screen next year, there’s a chance for fans of the Man of Steel to see what might have been with a documentary exploring the making of Superman Lives.

The Tim Burton film never got off the ground, but would have starred Nicolas Cage as the titular hero in a Gothic take on the classic tale.

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? will have its European premiere at the London convention and director Jon Schnepp will screen the film, meet fans and sign autographs.

For those who like to see their heroes in the flesh, a number of actors from popular shows will be making an appearance.

The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson and writer and director Jon Wright will be promoting their new sci-fi adventure film Robot Overlords in a panel discussion.

A spokesman for London Comic Con said: “Robot Overlords is homage to the action adventure films of the ’80s, packed with incredible special effects and rebellious excitement for all ages.”

A must-see for comic book lovers is the Comic Village with more than 200 comic book artists, writers and publishers appearing.

They include cartoonist Henry Davies, famed for his work on The Beano and The Dandy, and Emma Vieceli, who has worked on the Alex Rider series and Marvel’s Young Avengers.

Emma helped to build up the Comic Village when she was part of Sweatbox, an independent publisher and comic collaborative.

“When I began 16 years ago there were just 10 tables, but when I stepped back a couple of years ago there were 200,” said Emma.

“The energy, enthusiasm and talent in the village is amazing, I’m proud to have been part of it.”

Emma has been a professional comic book artist for 10 years but made comics for six years before she landed her big break.

“It’s so exciting to work on comics that I’ve been a fan of and to be able to draw charactwers that I love,” she said.

And her top advice for people visiting Comic Con?

“Immerse yourself. It’s literally like leaping into another world.”

Tickets cost from £15 to £50.

Visit mcmcomiccon.com to book or for more information.

To see Emma Vieceli’s latest project, visit breakscomic.com


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