July '15 - The London Film And Comic Con 2015.
year's London Film And Comic Con was fairly
unusual in that it took place at Olympia
rather than its usual venue of Earl's Court.
I had been to Olympia before so I knew what
the venue looked like and how it had a
partial glass roof letting in natural light
giving a feeling that you're outside rather
than in a very large hall. But it was far
different to what I expected due to other
areas of the venue opened up. The show took
place on multiple floors and everything was
intermixed meaning that even if you only
intended to get one particular autograph you'd
still have to spend time searching each of
the four floors.
also packed, very packed in fact, with people
touching each other whilst walking. I must
have had my heel stepped upon at least three
times with my shoe practically coming off at
one moment. I also accidentally touched a
woman's bare leg when she leant against the
back of my hand when I held open the doors to
the stairwell. She never noticed, not
realising it was my hand she was leaning
against. On a plus side, even though it was
packed there was no large queue to get in, It
was pretty much show your ticket as you enter
with just a brief moment for someone to scan
the ticket's bar code.
It was a
wonderful show with lots and lots to see and
do, and we never had enough time in a single
day to see everything. We went on the Sunday
but the event lasted three days in total. I
imagine some people spent all three days at
the show and still never had time to
experience everything it had to offer.
the main highlights was an event the Syfy
channel was organising. They had a circular
row of cameras filming a Matrix style slow
motion effect. A cosplayer would stand in the
middle and be asked to do various poses then
a film of them would be created with them
doing the moves in a slow motion rotating
camera effect. There was a woman dressed as
an alien who was very popular. I was tempted
to have a go because I was also wearing
cosplay, but the line for that particular
event was long and with it taking about ten
minutes per person I didn't want to wait.
was also a Mr Spock cosplayer who not only
looked like Leonard Nimoy but sounded like
him too. He was charging for photos with the
money going to charity. I regretted not
cosplaying as Captain Picard when I saw him.
I actually spent a lot less this year than I
normally do. This was because of the large
crowds. It's difficult to have a good look on
a comic stall while a vast group of people
all around are doing the same thing.
Live long and prosper.
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