The MCM Story

2001 – MCM’s odyssey began with the plan of a large-scale collector’s show in London

2002 – London Expo opened its doors at the new ExCeL Centre in London and over the years, it grew and flourished

2003 – London Expo expanded to be twice yearly, taking place in May and October, and remains our flagship event

2004 – The event rebranded as London MCM Expo (‘MCM’ standing for ‘Movies, Comics, Media’)

2005 – We took the first steps that would transform it from a collectors’ and autograph event into a US-style comic con, with the addition of dedicated comics, anime and videogame areas plus film and TV content

2007 – MCM Midlands Expo launched in Telford

2008 – We further expanded into the Midlands market by acquiring NEC Birmingham’s Memorabilia show from Expo Management

2010 – The flagship London show not only ran over three days for the first time and hosted the inaugural EuroCosplay Championships, but also rebranded as ‘Comic Con’ – the culmination of our plan to create a UK event in the mould of San Diego and New York

2011-2012 – MCM launched MCM Manchester Comic Con. We also co-located MCM Birmingham Comic Con with Memorabilia and moved into publishing with the acquisition of entertainment magazine MyM

2013-2014 – MCM launched MCM Scotland Comic Con, whose 20,000 visitors made it the largest comic convention the country had ever seen, and then across the Irish Sea, we launched MCM Ireland Comic Con in Dublin and then MCM Belfast Comic Con

2014 – We also teamed up with Artexis to create Comic Con Stockholm. Meanwhile, attendance at MCM London Comic Con soared ever upwards, with visitor numbers at the May and October shows each topping 100,000 for the first time

2015 – MCM London Comic Con’s meteoric rise saw more than 130,000 sci-fi fans, gamers and cosplayers attend the event – cementing its position as Britain’s leading pop culture festival and making it the third largest comic con in the world. We also teamed up with Game Stop to launch a second Swedish show, Comic Con Malmö

2016 – MCM launched MCM Liverpool Comic Con, MCM Hannover Comic Con and another collaboration with Game Stop – Comic Con Copenhagen. MCM also acquired Summer in the City, the UK’s leading YouTube festival as well as invested in Kidtropolis, the UK’s top event for kids and families, featuring toys, games and your favourite childhood brands

2017 – MCM Comic Con joins the ReedPOP family as it continues rapid growth as #1 producer of pop culture conventions across the globe

2018 Gamer Network, home of EGX and Eurogamer joins the ReedPOP family