This last weekend I attended my eleventh London MCM Expo, it was my tenth as an exhibitor. Initially I attended with Markosia, as one of their creators, but it wasn’t long before I had my own table in the newly founded Comic Village to promote my own publishing endeavour, Orang…
Everyone should read this. And keep in mind that they actually said they don’t care if people have to queue for four hours. And recognise that they don’t give a shit about their customers, or their exhibitors, or the quality of the event, or anything except how much money the event makes them. Hell, the way they treat people who have (not even complaints) questions for them- insulting them over the phone, banning people from the forums if they ask about buying tickets- speaks for itself. And: unless people spread this sort of article around, they will still be making enough money that they can afford to not give a shit.
A year or so ago, I called MCM Expo up to inquire about how Fringe events would be handled. Within seconds, I was promptly accused of never paying for tickets, insulted, and harrassed. I say harrassed because when I had enough and hung up, they called me back to shout at me more.
I used to buy tickets at every expo.
I used to queue to buy tickets.
I used to buy tickets online.
I have never bought a ticket again.
I’m sorry, but MCM Expo does not give shits about any of us. They are out to exploit people and make money. I occasionally hang around outside to say hello to people, but I take part in cosplay groups and meet new people less frequently. I missed out on May altogether, because it just wasn’t worth it.
I think it’s sad, really, because I don’t have the time or money to attend any events in the UK other than the ones in London. Still, I hope you guys remember this. Please spread the word and understand, and hopefully messages like this will make a difference and get the message across that we can’t be bullied.
Reblogging to share some of the commentary that this post has been receiving.