@marshallexi – London Film & Comic Con Summer 2016

MOAR NERDING! At the end of last month it was one of my favourite events of the year: London Film and Comic Con.

I can only start with positivity and praise, as the layout at Olympia was much better than the previous year by a country mile. I knew last year was going to be full of teething problems as it was the first year in Olympia since moving from Earl’s Court, so I did give it some leeway, however this year Showmasters really got their act together and created a spacious event. The event took over both of the main halls; downstairs being used solely for stalls, shopping and the cosplay stage, the upper decks used for signings, photos and panels.
Friday was so peaceful, Saturday was a lot busier (but still nothing as chaotic as last year) and Sunday was another peaceful day. It felt really stress-free. The downside of this being that I spent much longer in the arena walking around, and was therefore completely knackered by Sunday night but at least I wasn’t ready to kill anyone.
Here’s how I filled my days:
  • I stuck to autographs this year, no posed photos. Simply because some of my best photos over the years have been spur of the moment ones over the signing desks – and those are free. This meant I was less time constrained, as all I had to do was collect virtual queue tickets and wait my turn – and it meant I got more time to talk to the people who were signing things for me. Paul McGann almost launched himself over the desk to manhandle my flower crown (not a euphemism) and Mads Mikkelsen was so happy to have photos with everyone (on the Friday at least).
  • I spent a lot more time up in YALC. I love YALC! It’s the ultimate chill out room, filled with books and comfy places, people love giving you sweet things (at one point there was free Nutella ice cream being passed around) and everyone wants to talk books. Oh it’s great. I met Simon Mayo when Emma was getting her book signed and if you’re a Radio 2 fangirl like me, that’s a very cool thing.
  • I talked to as many guests as I could, even the ones I wasn’t getting anything signed by. This translates as ‘I spent a lot of time attempting to flirt with Daniel Portman’. My friend told me Colt Cabana is doing an Edinburgh Fringe show, so I asked him about it and committed to go see it when I’m up there. “You better f*cking come and see me, now!” was his response. Alright, mate 😉
  • As it was better laid out, I saw almost all of my friends for chats. HOORAY! It can be near impossible to see everyone, but this time we managed it. It was lovely to go to the pub on Saturday night and see even more people – I think at one point we were a good 35 strong.
  • I cosplayed, which is always ace, mostly because anyone else dressed in a similar way came up to say hi (there were a lot more female Ghostbusters than I’d ever seen). Plus, I got to wear interpretive Twin Peaks style costume, which was comfy and stylish. Everyone was very polite and asked before taking photos.

  • I went to a panel, which was Mads Mikkelsen, so it was mostly about Hannibal and Casino Royale (as he’s under a shushing order about Rogue One and Doctor Strange) but that was right up my street as I loved Hannibal.
  • I shopped. But I was restrained with my shopping as I’m very minimal. I bought myself a couple of Pop Vinyls, some jewellery, button badges from Little Miss Delicious and a book from YALC. I kept within my budget and didn’t spend a penny more than I’d allocated.

I can’t express how much better it was than last year, the space made it. One of my friends came along on Friday (her first time at one of these things) and she seemed to really enjoy herself – but then who wouldn’t enjoy meeting Mads?

Sadly, there are no other Showmasters events based in London until Summer next year now, but I’ve already got those dates in my calendar. If the event improves as much again as it did this year, then I really cannot wait to go back.

See you next year, my beautiful nerds.

Be Sure to check out Lexi’s Blog!!

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