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London Film and Comic Con

Hello! Long time, no blog. So I thought I would launch myself back into the blogosphere with tales of my Saturday spent at London Comic Con.

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It was a blazing hot day and the place was completely packed, even though this year the con was spread across two halls. It seemed like there were more people there than there has been before. It was something of a difficult and dangerous quest to make it from one end of the con to another. But there was so much to look at along the way!

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Some of the set and props from the TV show Sherlock were making a guest appearance. I just love Sherlock’s taste in sofa cushions and wall art. XD

Because it was so crowded, I wasn’t able to indulge in my favourite con hobby of hunting down cosplayers and begging a photo of them. Although I did manage to take this one of Batman and Bane relaxing together over a pint.

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I also had three photo ops, so I was able to spend some time safely ensconced in a queue, watching people walk past. I saw some amazing cosplays.

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The main hall was were the merch and photo ops were going on. I made the trek across to the other hall, and found….

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Yes, Batmobiles! This hall seemed to be mainly for artists and video gaming stuff. A whole load of retro arcade games were set up, which I could have stared at for hours. It was also less crowded and nice and air conditioned in there. 🙂 

But back over to the main hall for my photo ops…

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I kind of thought the queuing for photos could have been better organised. The queues didn’t seem to be being looked after as much as they have been previously. Although, with people (like me!) turning up at least 15 minutes before the shoot is due to start, I understand that getting an organised line set up must be difficult. The Juliet Landau queue was a bit of a confused crush at first though. 😛 Juliet Landau herself was lovely. She’s like a tiny cartoon character. And so softly spoken! She was very sweet to everyone.

The Summer Glau shoot was even more hectic. I turned up late to that one – thanks to my poor sense of direction, haha. A line had formed where there wasn’t meant to be one, and of course that was the one I tagged onto the end of, but I managed to join the right queue in the end. It didn’t help that the Lena Headey photo op was taking place at the same time, almost right next to it, so people were getting quite confused! By the time I joined the right line, the shoot was really rushed. I practically didn’t have time to stop moving to get the photo taken, they were rushing it so much. I look absolutely awful in the picture, like a rabbit in the headlights, but Summer Glau looks radiant. She was such a sweetheart!

Curtis Armstrong was a more relaxed experience. It was towards the end of the day, so there were slightly less people around. One of the best moments of the day was thanks to a Castiel cosplayer having his photo taken with Curtis Armstrong – just before the photo was taken, he unfurled massive black wings! So impressive. ❤ Curtis Armstrong was lovely, shaking hands and talking with everyone. He seemed happy to be there. My photo with him is one of my favourites so far – we look like we’re conspiring against Heaven together. 🙂

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Overall, I had an awesome time and can’t wait for my next con!

 


Supernatural meet-up at London MCM

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Photo from the Supernatural Cosplay Facebook page

The Saturday that I was at MCM London Comic Con, my sister and I cosplayed as Sam and Bobby from Supernatural. We also went with a couple of friends who were dressed as Castiel and Dean. So when we heard there was a Supernatual meet up going on, we hightailed it on over there. It was great fun, and if you get the chance to go to a fandom meet up at a convention, I highly recommend it. Especially when everyone is in cosplay!

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(Picture not taken by me, I got it from the Facebook page)

The meetups are an awesome photo shoot opportunity, to recreate scenes from the show or to make up ones the fans would like to have seen! There were quite a few calls for ‘ship’ photos, such as Castiel and Dean together, or Castiel and Crowley.

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Dean and all the Castiels! (Taken from the Facebook page again)

I went to the meet-up not really knowing what to expect, apart from a lot of tan trench coats and plaid of course! What really surprised me was that the Bobby-love that I received. So many people were shouting ‘Bobby!’ at me and coming over to ask for hugs and pictures. A lot of them said they’d never seen a Bobby cosplay before, which is sad because he’s such an awesome character. I got a lot of compliments on my hand-knitted beard, which was nice. 🙂

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What I really wasn’t prepared for, was being involved in the photo shoots! I guess I should have seen it coming, but when the call went out for Bobby, it was scary. I’m not used to so much attention being on me and I froze up a  bit, any poses I might have idly thought of went straight of my mind and I think I looked awkward in a lot of the pictures. I kind of wish I could have been warned in advance and had time to mentally prepare myself, but I guess it will get easier with time! This was only the second time I’ve cosplayed. Even though it was scary and awkward, I still really enjoyed myself.

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And I got to re-enact the Crowley/Bobby kiss scene with a lovely Crowley cosplayer!

It was also awesome to see a few Welcome To Night Vale cosplayers. A few of them hung around on the fringes of the Supernatural meet up, and the couple I spoke to were so friendly and their cosplays were awesome. I did see one Cecil wearing what looked very much like a hand-knitted tank top with an amazing WTNV fair isle design, but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture.

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The day was everything I love about conventions – getting to geek out with fellow nerds who love the same stuff as you!

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Big Conventions vs Small Conventions

Last weekend I was at MCM London Comic Con, which was held in the Excel building. I’d been there before for a Star Trek Destination London con, but this time more people attended and more of the rooms were open. MCM was probably the biggest con (in terms of physical size) I’ve attended so far, and it got me thinking about big cons versus the smaller ones. So here are my thoughts… Enjoy!

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  • Small cons don’t attract well-known celebrities, but at big cons you can’t find the celebrities

I don’t know if it was just me being unobservant, but at MCM I didn’t see any signs or anything to show where the celebrities were being kept hidden. So many people and so much space to navigate meant that even if I knew I had to get to Autograph Room A, my lack of ever having been in Brownies or entry-level orienteering left me unable to find Autograph Room A.

It’s kind of a lie about small cons not attracting big names, by the way. My hometown con, held in the local leisure centre once boasted Chris Barrie and Danny John Jules from Red Dwarf. That was something of an exception, though.

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Part of the steampunk section display

  • Big cons have more stalls, but you can get more merch-buying done at small cons

MCM had at least two rooms selling merch that I could find, one of the rooms being bigger than my aforementioned hometown. The size of it meant that I couldn’t adopt my usual system of walking around the stalls, so I ended up wandering aimlessly. I saw some awesome merch, but most of the time I was too tightly packed in by the crowd to get in for a close look. At one point, it was just a solid non-moving human crush. At least it saved me a lot of money!

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  • You don’t necessarily have to buy a ticket to enjoy big cons, but small cons don’t cost that much to get into anyway

So much goes on outside at MCM that some people don’t bother to buy a ticket to get in. Fandom meet-ups, photo shoots, dancing and chase scenes took place outside. I probably spent more time out there than in. It was a really good opportunity to people watch and drool over all the amazing cosplays. I also felt that the atmosphere was friendlier and more party-like outside. Although you can get that atmosphere inside at smaller cons. Less chance of getting rained on, too. A storm was predicted for the day I was there, which would have looked great for the Supernatural meet-up photos, but we got no rain in the end.

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  • Cosplay!

Recently, cosplayers have become the highlight of my con experiences. They can be found at cons both big and small, although at small cons there’s usually less of them and the costumes aren’t as spectacular as some of the ones you see at big cons. MCM seemed to be almost all cosplayers, which was amazing to walk around.

The verdict: Can I wimp out of making any kind of decision and say that I prefer medium-sized cons? No? Then I’d choose the bigger ones. Although both have their good and bad points, there’s more going on and more to see and do at the big cons.


Sneak Preview

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Mine and The Sister’s not-quite-finished cosplays for MCM London this weekend.
Can you guess who we’re going as?


8 things I love about LFCC in pictures

1.The mixing of fandoms and sense of community

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 2. People’s amazing costumes

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It’s a human Impala! ❤

 3. How friendly everyone is 🙂

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 4. Unusual merchandise

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5. Memorabilia

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Not sure if this one is memorabilia or if one of the attendees made this. Either way, it’s awesome 🙂

6. The talks

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 7. Taking it all in from upstairs

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8. The celebrity guests

 

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Confessions of a first time cosplayer at LFCC

ImageI’ve been going to conventions for about three years now, but Sunday 7th July’s London Film and Comic Con was the first time I ever went in cosplay. It was my sister’s first time cosplaying too and she made our outfits. We had a great time and in honour of the event, we’ve put together a few things for fellow first-timers to consider.

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Spoiler alert

Spoiler alert

The sister and I as the Riddler and the Joker, respectively.


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