*Review* MCM Ireland Comic Con 2017 – RDS, Dublin 01/07/17

MCM Comic Con returned to Dublin on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017 with a stacked special guest lineup. I attended the event on the 1st and decided to spend most of my day enjoying the special guest panels that took place at the event.

Veronica Taylor, who is most well-known for being the original voice of Ash Ketchum in Pokemon, kicked off the day by taking questions from fans.

The second panel of the day featured Manu Bennett, who has had roles in both Spartacus and The Hobbit, but currently, he is known as Deathstroke in The CW’s Arrow. During the panel he let it slip that he had gotten a phone call the night before, at 3 in the morning, to discuss Deathstroke’s role in season 6 of the hit show. He also discussed a big difference between shooting Spartacus and Arrow, in Spartacus, he performed his own stunts, but in Arrow, he does not as they have a stunt team. Manu is incredibly charismatic which resulted in a truly enjoyable panel.

At just 17 years old Nell Tiger Free, who is best known for her role as Myrcella Baratheon in Game of Thrones, was the youngest guest present at the show. MCM Ireland Comic Con also happened to be only her second guest appearance at an event. She discussed being scouted at only 11 years old, her role in Game of Thrones and how happy she was that she got to meet the original Red Power Ranger (Austin St. John) earlier that day, as he was her favourite ranger. Her sister who was present in the crowd brought up how Nell once spent an entire Christmas dressed up as the Red Power Ranger.

Summer Glau, Firefly’s River Tam, spent a lot of her panel discussing how she got into acting and her early experiences as an actress: she originally wanted to be a dancer, she was a complete “newb” on the set of Firefly, and she had even snuck into a callback interview for a role in Joss Whedon’s Angel, which is how she first met the director, and she also mentioned that she almost got a role as a Power Ranger.

The fifth panel of the day was a big one: the Power Rangers panel, which featured; Walter Jones (Zach the original Black Power Ranger), Austin St. John (Jason the original Red Power Ranger), Karan Ashley (Aisha the second Yellow Power Ranger), David Yost (Billy the original Blue Power Ranger), and David J. Fielding (Zordon). They discussed the phenomenon that was the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show and how the diversity of the cast played a big part in its success. When asked if they owned anything that was used on the show David said that he ‘stole’ his Blue Ninja Outfit and some of the crystals fragments that were placed around Zordon after he was injured during the movie, and Walter said that he had one of the shirts he wore on set, the skateboard from the first episode of the show, his gold necklace and Ernies neon sign. They also discussed the upcoming film that they all feature in, along with a tonne of actors who previously portrayed Power Rangers, The Order, they even showed the crowd the trailer for it. The Rangers finished off the panel by morphing with the crowd, with David (Zordon) doing the introduction for it.

Voice actor Vic Mignogna spent one-half of his panel discussing Star Trek, focusing on his fan show Star Trek Continues, and the other discussing his roles in animes, including Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club and Edward Elric in both of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. Throughout his panel, he moved around the crowd, handing fans the mic to ask their questions, a fan asked him who his favourite character was, and he stated that it just had to be Edward Elric.

The final (and I would just like to mention that the room was packed) guest panel of the day featured three people known for being in the Uncharted series of video games; Nolan North, Emily Rose, and Troy Baker. The early half of the panel was plagued with sound issues but this did not take anything away from the fun that the guests and the crowd were clearly having. Troy discussed the pressure and expectations he had to deal with when he took over the role of the Joker, in the Arkham based series of Batman video games, from Mark Hamill. Nolan discussed the potential in a 5th Uncharted video game, saying that it wouldn’t be happening anytime soon. He also explained how he got into acting because his job as a news show anchorman was not fulfilling enough.

The final event of the day to take place in the panel hall was the Cosplay Masquerade where attendees could show off the costumes they had worn to the event, and if they were lucky they might have even left the event with some prizes for their effort.

Having attended MCM Ireland the last three years I was most impressed this year by the amazing guest lineup they had put together for the event. There was as usual plenty of things to do at the event, from giving people a chance to cosplay as their favourite characters, to a packed trade hall – including a massive Forbidden Planet International stall and my friends in Sub-City Comics Dublin and Galway, to displays that you could take photos in front of – including one of a life-size Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars, and they even had Main Stage Wrestling hosting live wrestling matches over the course of the day.

Simply put it was both a highly enjoyable and professional event, and I expected nothing less than that from the MCM team: 9/10.


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