October '12 - The Entertainment Media Show.
I visited the Entertainment Media Show at
Olympia in London. I've been to many
conventions such as this but this particular
one was slightly different than the others.
pouring down with rain during the night and
early morning, and I wasn't sure whether to
take a large coat or a small one that can
easily be removed then tucked into my bag. I
was also worried that my trousers could get
wet. But luckily the rain stopped before I
left and later that day it was sunny.
Olympia venue itself is a little smaller than
the other ones I've been to but it does have
a huge glass roof that lets in natural
daylight giving the feel that you're actually
at an outside venue.
were less stalls than over events I've been
to. Most sold the usual sci-fi items such as
pictures, DVDs and statuettes but there were
a lot more comic and artist stalls this time.
A lot of the artists signed their comics/artwork
and in some cases drew a picture especially
for me. It's amazing to see how some people
have the talent to draw something of such
high quality before your eyes in a fairly
short space of time. I've got a beautiful
hand drawn (not a print) of Lara Croft drawn
were quite a few cosplayers, although not any
dressed in Star Trek uniform as is quite
common in other shows. Instead most were
dressed as Dr Who. There were two women
dressed as Lara Croft, and I think there were
two Darth Vaders walking around. I did
however miss the Cosplay Masquerade because
the timing of the photoshoots meant it
clashed with the Red Dwarf session which was
extremely busy. By the time I had my photo
taken the Cosplay Masquerade had ended.
John-Jules from Red Dwarf couldn't make it so
it did spoil the photoshoot a little but I
did get a £10 refund on the ticket. Craig
Charles said he loved my shirt making a
comment that he would like to wear something
like that on stage.
saw a woman walking around wearing an old
style dress, with chopsticks in her hair and
a necklace containing a watch pendent. She
had lots of piercings too. I was intending to
ask her for a photo but realised she may not
have been in cosplay at all, it may be her
usual clothing. She may have been a lolita
goth or something similar.
the crew at the show, the man that made sure
people queued properly, kind of reminded me
of someone I know. He even sounded a bit like
him too even though I know it clearly wasn't
him. It's amazing how some people can look
alike, he was even bald like the man I know.
was a table that was full of Neo magazines
and a sign saying they were for free, but
there was no person there handing them out. I
noticed there were two editions of the
magazine so I took one of each, but later I
realised it was really the same magazine
edition, the back cover was an alternative
disappointment was the Dr Who/Torchwood
Cosplay session that was listed as part of
the events. I assumed it would be similar to
the Cosplay Masquerade but specific to Dr Who
and Torchwood, but instead it appeared to be
a disorganised mess with so specific event
taking place. Telling people to feel free to
take photos of each other on stage then
wandering off isn't really an organised event.
Basically nothing happened and the people
that were in costume left again.
One of the many talented artists at the event.
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