Last year, I threw a literal tantrum at work when I found out that I would have to work on the the day of the Expo. I spent the day in a sulk and wasnt particularly helpful to customers who wanted my help. I swore there and then that I would book the time off especially next time. Thats exactly what I did, and to say that I wasnt disappointed would be a understatement.
Expo will explain why I havent gotten any comic work dont in the past month, while the event was only for 3 days, the build up took out alot of my time. You see, this year, I was gonna make my very first cosplay. I was gonna dress as Snorlax. The plan was to make a giant Snorlax head out of paper mache. I started it early cause I didnt know how long it would take me to make this thing. All was going well until one evening, after leaving it outside to dry, I came home from work to find that it had collapsed in on itself. Yea I was pissed, very pissed. But dont you worry, next time
That wasnt to stop my lovely ladyfriend Esther from cosplaying though, who after weeks of sewing and panicking, made an amazing Golduck cosplay. To think, she asked me on regular occasion if I thought that people who actually recognize what she was meant to be. This was answered by several people asking for photos with her and several Pokemon trainers trying to capture her. Silly trainers, she already had a trainer
So we were there for the full 3 day weekend, staying in a hotel in the area. It was funny at breakfast, where we would be eating and ask each other if anyone else in the hotel would be going to the expo, only for someone to come out of the elevator dressed as Spiderman XD.
While we were there for 3 days, it was the Saturday that was the most notable. Friday and Sunday were just as fun, but it was the Saturday where we saw the most stuff. Our hotel was right near the train station, which was only two stops away from the event. As we walked over there and saw the platform, it was obvious to see where people were heading. I feel sorry for the regular commuters on the train that saw all this XD. Then we finally arrived, and even before you entered the building, you could see a garden plaza overflowing with costumes of every colour of the spectrum, the unofficial welcome to London Comic Con.
Thank christ Esther and I had bought weekend tickets. I would have hated to have queued up to that day, it was bloody huge. We checked in on the Friday to get our wristbands for entry. So with great smugness, we walked past the queue and headed inside. But really, even if you werent inside the actual Expo itself, you could get a huge vibe from just the amount of people dressed up. It was definitely Homestuck's show, there were hundreds of troll characters, as well as the main four characters. Second being Doctor Who cosplays, this is really an annual thing but I am always surprised by how many awesome looking Tennant's and Smith's there were, as well as a dam good looking Captain Jack Harkness. The fun though, was seeing all the cosplays you really would not expect. Everyone expects Doctor Who, Deadpool, Pikachu, Loki (so many bloody Lokis) but we saw some hidden cosplay gems like Japanese singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu [link]
, WWE wrestling Mankind and my favourite, which caused me to laugh for ages, a girl dressed up as James from Team Rocket in this outfit [link]
Esther and I would regularly sit in the foyer area for drinks and just watch all the different cosplayers walk past and try and identify them. Also if anyone would like to tell me why the musical Cats is popular again, that would be great, cause there were TONS of Cats as well.
Inside the actual expo itself, there was just so much stuff to really write about, especially as booths changed each day we were there. But where ever we went, it would only be a matter of time before my arm was yanked out of its socket by Esther who has just spotted a import sweet shop XD.
I will recommend though that if you are going to go to any anime convention of any kind, its great to actually have some spending money on you. Last time I went, I wasnt working so was looking at all this cool stuff like a poor Victorian kid looking at the window of a sweet store. This time however, I bought;
- Some googles
- Import cds from Japan
- A sonic screwdriver
- A Stupid Fox book, signed
- A Fresh Epics comic book (it wasnt that good)
- A Weebl Mug (which I left in the hotel, balls!)
- A Eddsworld Poster
- A cuddly Bender from Futurama
- A cuddly Snorlax (who kept being taken away by my mum, MINE!!!)
- and a model Gundam which I've always wanted, I know it was £60 but I love model kits
I could list all the other stuff we did at the Expo as well, but I think this story will some up how much I love the event. When walking around, I saw the parents of a disabled child, pushing him around in his chair. He was dressed up as Darth Vader, but his wheelchair was decorated to be a Tie Fighter.............thats just beautiful
. This sums up the atmosphere, everyone was there to let loose, not take themselves seriously and have a good time. In a record shop that has plenty of people that are too uptight about stuff around them, its more then a breath of fresh air.
But if there is one thing that I have gotten out of this whole Expo, it's inspired me to keep on with my comics and build my fanbase. Not just to get a comic table and sell stuff, not just to have people recognize me (actually that did happen, it was pretty cool) but to also have people possibly dressed up, cosplaying as my characters one day. I will know that I made it if I ever see that.
London Comic Con was amazing, it was even spending it with my lovely ladyfriend Esther, who it is safe to say that I am greatly in love with
. Hopefully one day I will be writing my recap of Expo from being there on an artists table.
Till next time