Somehow I have gone 27 years without experiencing any form of a convention which considering there’s so many about I don’t know how I’ve done this. I’ve been meaning to go to the MCM Comic Con for a few years after seeing loads of people on my social media timelines Cosplaying and having the time of their lives so I know this is something I’ll hit up in October. But as soon as I saw the Film and TV Comic Convention I knew I needed to go. With so many guest speakers, the chance for photographs and autographs and the idea of that much memorabilia it seemed like the best choice.
Considering it was my first convention I had no idea of the scale of the event and didn’t realize quite how big it was, there were hundreds of stalls and so much to see, and considering that it sold out with 25,000 people there Saturday no wonder that I felt a little overwhelmed. We had booked some tickets to talks in advance and I am glad we did and each one was well worth the money (more on those later).
My day started at 10am when we arrived at Kensington Olympia, it took about 25 minutes or so of queuing to get inside the building and then we were away doing a quick once over of the site to work out where things were. At 11.15am we had our very first talk which was with Alan Tudyk who was in Firefly, K2S0 in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story but also a whole host of other things including Hei Hei the chicken in Moana and Noah in E4 comedy Suburgatory. The talk was funny and really insightful into his work. We had about 45 minutes to kill so we had a wander downstairs through some of the stalls where I may or may not have bought 5 new Pop Vinyl for my never ending collection.
Next up we queued for our Benedict Cumberbatch talk which was the only completely sold out talk of the day which was understandable really as he’s a huge star. Again it was an interesting insight into how Benedict looks at the characters he plays and it really made me wish I’d seen Sherlock (it’s on my to watch list). Straight after this, we had our final talk of the day which was a Back to the Future one with Christopher Lloyd (Doc) and Tom Wilson (Biff) and hearing stories and snippets surrounding one of my favourite movies was amazing, although it did make me realize how old Christopher Lloyd is getting.
After this we had a few hours to kill so we walked around the whole of the event marveling at costumes, buying clothing and other items from the stalls and just enjoying the atmosphere (alongside a cookie monster cupcake, yum). The event had a Big Bang Theory Set you could have a photo taken with, Some original Back to the Future props, the opportunity to get autographs from hundreds of stars from the film, tv and comic world with quite a few from Game of Thrones including Hodor and Euron Greyjoy. At just after 5pm though I headed over the car area ready to have a photo with Christopher Lloyd and the Delorean. The opportunity was fleeting but it was still incredible.
By 6pm when the convention itself closed we were knackered so treated ourselves to a Pizza Express before going back in for a special live recording of Smodcast which is a podcast with Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. I hadn’t heard of the podcast before but it was really funny and the guys are super interesting so it was a great end to the day.