Cartoon Network At MCM Comic Con London Autumn 2017
MCM Comic-Con London, the UK’s largest convention dedicated to pop-culture covering every from TV shows, comics and movies will be at the ExCeL convention centre in London from Friday 27th October to Sunday 29th October. The convention is a biannual event, held on the last weekend of May and October. As usual, Cartoon Network will be there with a stand featuring the channel’s most famous characters. The stand will feature a “The Powerpuff Girls Experience”, where convention-goers can “Powerpuff” themselves by creating a super-cute and super fierce version of themselves by using the avatar maker.
Cartoon Network fans at the convention will also be able to create a video with Adventure Time’s Finn and Jake, or Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear from We Bare Bears or even Steven Universe himself. Also, fans will be able to share their videos for a chance to win some amazing and exclusive prizes from Cartoon Network.
In addition, Cartoon Network UK will reveal some news about The Powerpuff Girls during the convention’s opening day on Friday 27th October. We’ll have to wait and see what its all about. 🙂
Also, kids go free with a paying adult ticket holder, follow the link below for further details and terms.
At the convention, Rick and Morty comics illustrator (and Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball comic cover artist) – Marc Ellerby will be in the Comic Village and there will be fan-meetups for Steven Universe, Teen Titans/Young Justice and Rick and Morty fans.
This week (Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th October) was the Brand Licensing Europe 2017 convention at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, UK. The convention is an opportunity for major brands across Europe to promote and license their properties to manufacturers so they can produce themed merchandise where fans of that particular brand would be interested in buying. As mentioned on the blog on Monday this week, Rick and Morty’s brand representatives in Europe, Middle East and Africa – Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered up with a group of clothing manufacturers to offer Rick and Morty themed clothing for the British and German markets.
Last week, Cartoon Network already announced some pre-BLE 2017 deals for its ever popular Ben 10 brand, which includes clothing, homeware and a video game. Playmates Toys hold the global master toy license to the Ben 10 brand, with Giochi Preziosi presiding over distribution in Europe.
Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA has also started a licensing programme for its Children’s BAFTA award winning animated series – We Bare Bears. BCI in the UK has signed up to launch a range of nightwear for kids and adults. Also Smyk in Poland will offer kidswear, footwear and fashion accessories. Both We Bare Bears product ranges are set to launch in Spring/Summer 2018. We Bare Bears is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular animated series and had reached an audience of 161 million people around the world in the second quarter of 2017.
In a statement regarding the We Bare Bears licensing deals, Johanne Broadfield, VP of Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA said:
“Beyond the target audience of kids 6-12, We Bare Bears has a strong teen and adult appeal too thanks to its relatable, social-media engaged characters, laugh-out-loud humour and smart storylines. The show is really resonating across our TV, digital and social platforms and we’re seeing the growing momentum with fans translating into demand for product.”
This year at the convention, Cartoon Network has been heavily promoting their Ben 10 brand, with large inflatables of two Omnitrix aliens – Heatblast and Four Arms hanging over their stand. Outside the convention there was a statue of Four Arms trapped in one of London’s iconic old fashioned telephone boxes attempting to break out. Cartoon Network’s stand featured its instantly recognisable 3D block design, with elements of its branding and cartoon characters covering all of it. Over on the Warner Bros. stand, both Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls were advertised as brands which are available for licensing, a DC Super Hero Girls toy range is already available in stores.
The Powerpuff Girls – Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were also at the convention greeting visitors and to also to promote the brand. The Powerpuff Girls’ merchandise range has expanded to include fashion and accessories to appeal to young adults who have watched the show while growing up.
This weekend (14/10/2017 – 15/10/2017), Cartoon Network USA will unlock all their episodes on their on-demand and live streaming mobile app for free. This will be an unique opportunity for non-subscribers and those without an account from their pay-TV provider to enjoy Cartoon Network’s shows to their heart’s content for no charge. Content includes critically acclaimed shows such as The Amazing World of Gumball and We Bare Bears, revived Cartoon Network originals such as The Powerpuff Girls or the ever popular Teen Titans Go!.
Also in the UK, national cable television provider – Virgin Media is offering Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito (along with Nickelodeon, Pop and Tiny Pop) for no additional charge to subscribers of all packages until Tuesday 31st October.