A report from London MCM Expo Comic Con

Comic-Cons aren’t just for nerds, ok? Well, they might be, I did see a group of boys gathered around a table playing with Yu-Gi-Oh cards, but they are also very very cool. This was my first comic-con. I have no idea why because it was kind of like everything I love in one giant building – super cool costumes, celebrities and pop culture related merchandise. But if being a nerd simply means you’re passionate about something, then I guess I’m definitely a nerd.

The costumes were amazing. People had put so much effort into them, and it was worth going just to see them alone. I actually spent a really fun 40 minutes waiting for friends on the steps outside the Excel Center watching everyone arrive. I saw the most amazing Daenerys Targareyn from Game of Thrones, complete with three fake dragons, and a Matt Smith Doctor Who, who looked so similar to the REAL Matt Smith, that every time he walked past a group of children they would start screaming their heads off, thinking he was ACTUALLY Doctor Who. I saw a Spider-Man screaming that his spider strength was failing him because he couldn’t carry a tripod up the stairs, and behind me two guys dressed as Avengers debated whether it was wrong they found Chloe Mortez in Kick-Ass so hot. Seriously, where else does this happen?

I got to sit through some amazing panels. First up was the NCIS: LA panel with cast members Barret Foa (Eric Beale) and Renee Felice Smith (Nell Jones). They urged fans to write into the show if they loved their characters onscreen relationship as they loved to hear positive feedback on the ‘Neric’ pairing. Renee got up to give a tap dancing demonstration and the actors also admitted that they can get lost with the connecting storylines on the show and enjoy watching it back. “It’s funny because there’s a different set of bad guys every week,” said Barrett. “So the day before you could be ending episode X, but the next day you’re shooting episode Y and there’s a completely different set of characters that we’re supposed to be incredibly knowledgeable about.” They were both sad when the panel came to an end. “That’s it?” screamed Barrett. “We were just getting started.” Then they both tap danced their way offstage.

Next up was Falling Skies with cast members Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Sarah Carter (Margaret), Jessy Schram (Karen Nadler), Remy Aubuchon (Executive Producer). The panel kicked off with an exclusive clip of the sci-fi show before talking about how we will see a lot more of Hal’s darker side this season and the cast talking about the hardest scenes to pull off. Jessy mentioned Karen coming back in ‘Homecoming’ as she had to figure out how far Karen was being controlled and how much of her was still the old Karen while Sarah went for finding Karen lying in the leaves outside the hospital. The night they shot it, it was freezing and Jessy was naked and shivering really badly. Every time Sarah had to roll her over, her reaction was always genuine because she felt so bad for Jessy lying there.

Third panel was Once Upon A Time with cast members Raphael Sbarge (Archie/Jiminy Cricket), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy), Jessy Schram (Cinderella), Jane Espenson (Executive Producer). They talked about their favourite twists on the show (Red Riding Hood also being the wolf was a popular choice), the shout-out to Buffy Jane Espenson left in Mr.Gold’s shop and their love for the intricate costumes they wear on the show, that were recently nominated for an Emmy. (‘Damn you Game of Thrones!’ yelled Keegan Connor Tracy). Next up was Merlin with Tom Hopper (Percival) and Alexander Vlahos (Mordred). Yeah, sorry Merlin fans, but Merlin definitely isn’t coming back at any point. (Although, the guys did cough very loudly and mutter ‘KICKSTARTER!’ so you never know). The highlight of the panel consisted of a nine year old standing up to ask whether they would prefer to sleep with the dragon or Gaius. ‘Is your Mum there?!’ asked Tom. ‘Mum just ducked,’ replied the announcer. ‘Maybe that was Mum’s idea,’ said Tom. ‘Yeah,’ replied Alex ‘“Go on, say that, it’ll be great!”.’

Finally there was the Teen Wolf panel with Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale), Crystal Reed (Allison Argent), Daniel Sharman (Issac Lahey), Holland Roden (Lydia Martin) and Christian Taylor (Co-Executive Producer and Writer). After watching an extended trailer for the upcoming Season Three and a scene in which a group of birds attack Stiles, Lydia, Scott and Allison’s English class a la Hitchcock, the cast talked about the pranks pulled on set.  Crystal Reed, who plays Allison Argent on the show said “This is really embarrassing and for those of you who don’t know, as an actor, it’s one of the biggest sins you can commit, so Christian was directing me in a scene where I have to say a very long line in French…and I don’t speak French! At all. But I couldn’t recall it because it didn’t mean anything to me and it was long and in between lines. So, I had to have a cue card and it was horrible, really horrible and it was with JR, who plays my dad, so everytime- oh god, now when you watch the scene you’re going to know! Every time I look down and I’m meant to be thinking of the line and it’s a really serious moment but I’m actually reading it and so now the crew doesn’t let me down for that and JR will walk in with my lines written on cardboard and taped to his chest because he makes him laugh. But that was really funny.” The cast also talked about what supernatural creatures they would like to have on the show – Tyler Hoechlin got super excited over Game Of Thrones (doesn’t everyone?) and declared it would be cool to feature Direwolves on Teen Wolf.

So, if you ever get the chance to go to a Comic Con, go! It’s cool to be a nerd.

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