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11 May 2014 - 17:01113345
Opinions on LFCC
Hello everyone! This summer I'm hopping to go to the London Film and Comic Con but science I've never been before I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it's any good or not. Con-wise I've been to other conventions such as london mcm ect
I'd like to know: what are the shops like, what are the exhibions like and what the cosplay scene is like. Any other ideas are welcome.
Thank you! C:

11 May 2014 - 17:05113346
I've never been before either, but this year the inaugural Young Adult Literature Convention is also included so I might well have to get myself a ticket!

11 May 2014 - 17:52113347
Its good for guest they get a lot of good guest but you have to pay to most of them, most guest do free talks which is cool, as for shoping there is a lot of stalls but last time there was one anime stall with nothink but bootleg stuff but there was lot of other cool stalls so that made up for it, there a gaming part but it was very small also the anime part for very poor due to been run by AL. There is a lot of cosplayers there but the masquerade is no where near as big or well run as mcm one, I say to give it go it not mcm but LFCC is still a good con.

11 May 2014 - 19:01113351
Personally I prefer LFCC to MCM, it's a smaller area but that makes it so you don't miss much. If you are an autograph hunter then it's great, I believe it's 70 plus guests this time. The cosplay scene is very happening, there are a few groups but I would say it's about one in four people there are cosplaying and it's high quality costumes I.e. No cardboard armour or pound shop dragons

11 May 2014 - 20:42113356
I’ve been to two LFCC events but have decided not to go this year as I have not enjoyed them as much as MCM. I left early both times as I ran out of things to do.

It’s clearly focused on the guests, autographs and photos with the guests while everything else is a secondary consideration. The stalls are mainly memorabilia type stalls selling photos, posters, autograph holders, etc as well as comics and action figures. It tends to be focused more on western media and the anime section was almost non-existent, as was the gaming section. Cosplay wise I would say that there is a lower proportion of cosplayers than you get at MCM and while they do have a masquerade it is not sectioned off like the one at MCM so it can be very difficult to hear what the announcer is saying about each entry due to all of the background noise. The stage is also quite low so it can be hard to get a good view of the cosplayers (especially if a photographer decides to stand up right at the front and centre of the stage for the whole event). Also, Earls Court 2, where it is normally held, is not great for photography due to the lighting which always seems to give your photos a yellow/orange colour cast.

This is just my opinion as someone that mainly goes to these events for the cosplay, photography and gaming. If autograph collecting and meeting guests is your thing though this will be an ideal event for you. Personally I prefer the broader range of MCM events.

11 May 2014 - 22:00113362
Thank you everyone. I like the idea of the cosplay section but I've never been that fussed about the guests at cons (they're so exspencive) I do like mcm but I can't go to May and to be honest they're just so busy now it seriously stresses me out xp

12 May 2014 - 13:45113371
I have to say I'm not much of a fan. I feel like anything that's not to do with autographs is a bit of afterthought. there doesn't seem to be much on there. It seems worse on the "Giant dealers' room" criticism that gets thrown MCM's way. I also feel that as I'm not massively into American comics or Sci-Fi as I am other things a little less welcome. The layout kind of bugs me. The times I've been there is a huge bottleneck next the the stage entrance because it's next to the toilets (note that the stage is on entrance and one exit).

12 May 2014 - 14:57113373
Personally I've always found the event itself to be better organised than MCM and not as crowded. If you ever want to wear a large or delicate cosplay and have to choose between MCM or LFCC, I'd say there's much less chance of it getting crushed at LFCC. The only thing I can add to what's already been said about the cosplay scene is that despite it being a film and comic convention there are still plenty of videogame and anime cosplays. I went as Godot from the Ace Attorney series last year and got recognised just as much there as I did at MCM, if not more so. The anime section isn't huge but LFCC isn't really about anime or Japanese media - that's more MCM and Hyper Japan's thing. I wouldn't say there's more to do there than at MCM but there's not less to do either. At both cons you pay to get in and spend most of your day walking around looking at overpriced merchandise. LFCC just has more of a western influence to it.

12 May 2014 - 20:01113381
Quote supremeoutcast:
I did at MCM, if not more so. The anime section isn't huge but LFCC isn't really about anime or Japanese media - that's more MCM and Hyper Japan's thing.

Playing devil's advocate here; I feel I have to bring this up. While Hyper Japan is Japan focused (it was started initially as a food show) I think the whole 'MCM has gone to the weebs' thing is bit stupid. While it uses larger amount of the show to Japanese stuff than LFCC most of the stage programming and other stuff really isn't. I'd say about 3rd to each thing. I know they but I think they've been trying to keep the right balance.

I honestly feel Showmasters really just pay a shallow lip service to what they see as a fad (and I include cosplay in a broad sense in that too).

13 May 2014 - 01:16113387
Quote Ice-climber:

I honestly feel Showmasters really just pay a shallow lip service to what they see as a fad (and I include cosplay in a broad sense in that too).

Honestly, I feel it's the other way around.
For one, Showmasters seem to know what they're doing a lot more than Expo organisers. The organisation is far better, and staff are far more helpful. Whenever I've asked for help at Expo nobody has had a clue what was going on - a staff member once even asked us to keep him informed on the stuff we'd asked about because he had been told nothing.
Expo just seems to be that they want as many people through the doors as possible. I've spent more time chatting to friends or sitting on steps being harassed by staff than I have doing anything else at Expos. Showmasters seem to care more about running a quality event.

Expo's cosplay side is much better than LFCC's, but in terms of quality of event, I think LFCC is better value for money.

Ultimately, they focus on different markets so you can either simply compare how the event is run or you can't compare them at all.
LFCC has a better guest/movie/TV side with a lot more panels and prop stuff. Expo has a better cosplay side, with a larger volume of cosplayers, photographers and a larger and better masquerade. Expo is more appealing to anime fans, LFCC is more geared towards Sci-Fi and Western media fans.
LFCC has more in common with Memorabilia than with Expo.


26 May 2014 - 17:31113697
Thank you everyone for you're replies, some excellent information, you all have different opinions on the event which is great! I think I'll just have to try lfcc and see what I think. I love these sorts of threads because they give really good reviews of cons which I think are rare

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