My First Convention Experience At The Film and TV Comic Con

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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.

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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.

August 2, 2017
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26 Comments

  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Woah there are so many people and how cool that you got to see Benedict Cumberbatch. Such a good idea to buy tickets in advance x

    August 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Chandni Patel

    I’ve never been to a Comic Con and this is such a great post to know what it’s like to go to one

    August 3, 2017 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Ana De Jesus

      I would definitely recommend going. Comic Con is a lot of fun, I have been quite a few times although the crowds can get intense!

      August 3, 2017 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Being Ashleigh

    I have never been to comic con before, but it looks so exciting!

    August 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply yukti agrawal

    I have never been to such event before. Looks like you had too much fun and it is over crowded. To avoid Q’s advance booking of tickets is really necessary.

    August 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Connor Silver

    Not something I’ve ever been to, it looks jammed packed!

    August 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Jhilmil Bhansali

    Seems you had a fab day and a great beginning for the convention experience. I have been to couple of them in last few years & every experience has boasted better than other. You get to know so much & interact on a great platform.

    August 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Mayuri Saxena

    This looks like an awesome experience. This is so crowded…I am sure you must have had an amazing time.

    August 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Laura Dove

    Oh that sounds like fun! It looks a little crazy with how busy it is, I’m not sure I would handle that level of crowds, but it sounds like you had an amazing time!

    August 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      For the most part my other half just held my hand and guided me around as he was worried about losing me x

      August 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Reply KGR

    It always looks like so much fun and I do like comic books but I’ve never been to one. Glad you had a nice time and I’m sure over time you’ll meet some great people x

    August 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Sysads

    Looks like a really busy day and experience for you at the Film and TV Comic convention. Never been to one before

    August 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply Claire Lee

    Ah! Hope you had fun! I haven’t been a lot to conventions and while there’s so much people in the photo, I bet there’s a lot to see. Love taking photos with well decorated costumes!

    August 4, 2017 at 5:04 am
  • Reply Healthy & Psyched

    WOW! It looks like a huge event. I wouldn’t say I am really into films and tv, but the talks sound really enjoyable. I did watch Sherlock, so it would be interesting to see what Benedict Cumberbatch has to say.

    August 4, 2017 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Kara

    I really enjoy visiting film and comic cons – sadly I missed out on seeing Peter Capaldi but we did get to meet Michelle Gomez (Missy)

    August 4, 2017 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Ania Ewelina

    Oh my goodness I can’t believe you went that long without ever going to a convention (I’m actually not that surprised, I just great up in Chicago wich we have one of the biggest centers in US) I do hope you enjoyed the hectiness and had a lot of fun.

    August 4, 2017 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Ami Rose

    This sounds like so much fun. I can’t believe how many people there are there. I’d love to go to one one day!

    Ami xxx

    August 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply kathryn Maher

    I loved Back To The Future and would loved to have heard that talk by Christopher LIoyd. It seems like a lot of fun despite the huge crowds evident from your photographs. Great that you got to see and hear Cumberbatch as I love him as an actor.

    August 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Gareth Torrance

    Aww man! I’ve wanted to go to a comic con for years… But I never got the chance… Although I did get to go to the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in London back in 2014…

    August 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I never knew they sold so many tickets! 25000 is massive. I would have loved to get autographs from the GoT cast.

    August 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Kim

    That’s a whole lot of people in one place! I’m jealous that you got to see Benedict Cumberbatch but I don’t think I could have brought myself to go to a convention that size for love nor money. I went to Comic Con in Dubai the first year it was on when it was really small and never been back, too many people too much stress!

    August 5, 2017 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    I would really love to take my daughter to this one day, I know she would really love it.

    August 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Jazmin Williams

    I’ve always wanted to go to one of these! It sounds like so much fun.

    August 7, 2017 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Hayley Warren

    This sounds like such a great day out! I’d love to do something like this, I’m going to keep my eye out for conventions near me!

    August 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Gee Villaruz

    That was a fun convention for sure, just like the toy con that was held in our country few weeks ago. I love expos and events such as this because they showcase a lot of unusual and new things and concept.

    August 7, 2017 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Rhewi Montemayor

    Sounds like you had an awesome experience there and I’m sure that convention was so fun.

    August 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm
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