The event wouldn’t be possible without the fans, the organiser and especially members of the public service who made sure we were in safe hands. This is a shout-out to the organiser, Transport for London (TfL) and charity organisation Gaming the Mind for contributing to a wonderful experience at MCM Comic Con.

Heroes return

Elizabeth Line has its moment. Still, we’re grateful to staff of Transport for London (TfL) for their efficiency in crowd control. One staff on loud speaker repeatedly said “This is the way” whilst shepherding visitors safely towards the entrance. We also saw first-hand how the volunteers of Gaming the Mind took care of visitors under duress in their Recess room. Thank you for your good work.

Advice to gamers: be present

Who would have thought we’d receive sound advice on mindfulness from a session called It’s dangerous to go alone: Collaborative storytelling in TTRPGs. In summary, speakers Richard Kimber-Bell, Taylor van Biljon and Travis Vengroff told us to be present when in the game, take time to find out about your fellow players and learn to do things for others.

Lest we forget

We’re so fortunate to get acquainted with artist Tony Moy at the show. We learned about his latest comic book, The 4Forty2nd: The Lost Battalion, which tells the story of the most decorated battalion in the US military to have fought in Europe in World War 2: the Japanese-American infantry regiment. The 442nd fought and died to save their fellow soldiers. The web comic will be out in September but we can’t wait to read the print book.

More comic books to read

As usual, we bought comic books, on top of other merchandise. Our creative director is really impressed with Alison Sampson‘s illustrations. Winnebago Graveyard looks so good. We then discovered Matt Hardy and acquired Thunder Child: Issue One. Apparently, it’s one of three. We hope to read the rest of the series.

There’s a hero, if you look inside yourself

That’s not a line cheesy from a song, that’s a fact. We’ve been told that “light sabres are cool, but to own one isn’t cool”. Well, that may be true in a self-referencing universe called ‘normality’ where fitting in is a priority, but this isn’t a convention to collect cool points. This is a convention for fans to realise the heroes they’ve been dreaming of, who they fancy themselves to be, not what others tell them to be. Well done, you all, for your costumes and light sabres.

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