Expo aftermath and anime events this June
Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 3rd June 2010
Well one of the biggest event of the anime calendar - MCM London Expo - has been and gone and will be back in October. Many of you reading this were no doubt there and may agree with me in saying it was one of the best Expos yet. Bigger and more spacious then previous Expos, it also showcased a dazzling array of cosplay talent largely thanks to the Euro Cosplay qualifiers. Many congratulations to SephNoir for winning the qualifier in her Ectvarr cosplay, she will be representing the UK in the Euro Cosplay championships at October MCM London Expo. Well done to all the other cosplayers also, seeing your creations made for one great weekend!
If you did attend Expo and are craving more anime events, then read on for some great stuff coming up this June.
First up is Nemacon, a new convention held on 19th June to 20th June. It will be held in Middlesborough Town Hall, which will no doubt please those living up north who usually who have to travel to London or the Midlands to attend anime events. Cosplay-wise the usual events will feature - masquerade, workshop, skit performance and a cosplay ball. There will also be manga workshops by professional artists, anime screenings and an EGL (Elegant Gothic Lolita) fashion show amongst other events. For further information on prices and location you can visit the Nemacon website here:
Next up is the much more established event Q-Con, held in Belfast from 25th June to 27th June. Now in its seventeenth year, the event is held by Queen's University Belfast Gaming and Anime Society and features a host of anime and video, trading card & tabletop gaming. As always there will be a cosplay masquerade, as well as skit performances, workshops and a cosplay disco. The more techincal amongst you may wish to try your hand at the AMV contest, featuring which Q-Con will be running for the first time this year. There will also be a number of fun games such as mecha bingo, an anime treasure hunt and TV shows Jeopardy! and Whose Line Is It Anyway? given an anime twist. For further information visit the website here:
Okinawa Day, London
If you fancy something different to the usual convention scene then why not check out Okinawa Day on 26th June? Held at Spitalfields in London, the event will play host to a range of more traditional Japanese activities. Supported by the Japanese Embassy, the free event will include tradtional classical and folk music, karate demostrations and traditional food and drink stalls amongst other exhibitions. With its vibe of of tradition, why not go along sporting a kimono or something similar? It certainly sounds like a fun day out and a break from the norm of anime events. Find out more by visiting the website here:
Anime Leage Club, London
Also on 26th June Animeleague Club London will return for the third time, but in the bigger venue of The Rocket Complex on the grounds of London Metropolitan University. The event has recently been retitled London Anime Con (LAC for short unsurprisingly) and will feature a large amount of activities despite only being one day in length. Cosplay events include a masquerade, ball, group contest and skit performances. There will be a cosplayer auction, where the highest bidder winning a dance with the cosplayer at the evening's ball. There will also be anime screenings, an artist's alley, roleplaying/trading card gaming, manga workshops and an AMV contest amongst others. There will also be a live performance from the band Gargoyle in Virtue and a party hosted by WOTA London. For more information visit the website here:
All in all then June is a month with enough events to keep those post-Expo blues away for enough month at least. You will be pleased to hear the July is shaping up to be a great month also, but more on that later this month!