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London Film & Comic Con 2017 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen how’s it going? Well, today I’m doing another review, not of a film review (even though I really should have seen Dunkirk by now haha) but an event review as over the weekend I had the opportunity to revisit London Film & Comic Con for the first time in two years and I just had to talk about it on this blog. And while I was only at the convention for one day I have a fair amount to cover to so let’s get going!

Now for those unaware, this convention is to do with films, TV, comics and video games. But the big focus is primarily on the special guests who attend, most people who go are normally coming to meet the celebrities who are there for talks,Β photo sessions and autographs signings. Otherwise, you can buy a range of merchandise including, clothes, toys, anime and manga, DVDs, comics, artwork, posters and so on. In addition to that, you can play video games new and old, see writers and artists of comic books or take pictures of cosplayers. So now I shall talk about my experience.

Video Games

Firstly let me cover the games that I played which wasn’t much but it’s still worth mentioning. Can I just say that I was gutted to see how little representation the games side of things got at this convention, not to say that this convention has had a strong gaming presence, however, since 2014 it is like the people who have run the convention have made this element of the convention smaller with each passing year. And that sucks. I did appreciate the variety of games they had on display whether it was the Minecraft stuff, the retro side with stuff like Mario 3, Sonic 2, Mario Kart 64, Super Bomberman 2 and a few others, and they even had a section dedicated to virtual reality games which were cool too. I only played two games though, firstly there was Smash Bros for Wii U and you know I had to play it, so I got into a match with three exceptional players who all gave me a run for my money as we played on random stages with all the stage hazards which made for some proper tense and fun matches. I don’t get to play Smash in a competitive manner much since university so it was cool to do some local multiplayer and get that rush of excitement/adrenaline in my system again even if I won only one out of the four matches I played. So then there was the tournament which I signed up for just for jokes, and though there were only around 10 players, I somehow fought my way to the final and won. It was so surreal and wonderful to win a competition with a game I’m actually good at. πŸ˜› Other than that I played Super Mario World and realised how out of touch I am with the game mechanics and the feel of a Super Nintendo controller haha, I still really love that game but good gravy I suck at it these days. Oh and I have to give mention to the Bomberman tournament, that was so intense stuff man! I have never seen such speed and strategy applied to Bomberman before and it was awesome to watch.

The Cosplayers

Now I LOVE cosplayers mainly because they are dedicated fans who dress up and show their fandom in an upfront manner and if they are the hardcore types then they normally create their costumes themselves and they look so accurate to the source material that it boggles the mind. Since about 2015 I’ve stopped taking pictures of cosplayers because I’m too lazy, that being said, this time around I made a conscious effort to take pictures as some of the costumes were so elaborate, creative and accurate to the source material that it was mental. From all of the Rey and Kylo Ren people to the Rick and Morty’s, I also saw numerous women dressed as Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn. There were plenty of Spider-Men and Deadpools and so much more. The one person that I wish I’d taken a picture of was a guy dressed as Spidey from Spider-Man: Homecoming and his stark Spidey suit were so accurate to the film that it almost hurt my eyes! πŸ˜› Anyway check out my pictures below:

The People I Met

So yeah the main reason I came to this convention was to meet some famous people, like a lot of other people haha. But seriously some of these people are individuals I’ve hoped to see in the flesh for years. So firstly there were two people from the Power Rangers: Time Force series and they were Kevin Kleinberg and Michael Copon who played Trip and Lucas. They are two of my favourite rangers of any PR series and I got to meet them, get their autographs and talk to them too, and they were so nice and kind especially Kleinberg. But then right next door to them was Selwyn Ward who played T.J. in Power Rangers: Turbo and In Space, he’s one of my all-time favourites and getting to talk to him was the best!

Here’s me with Kevin Kleinberg and Selwyn Ward, such amazing dudes!

Next up I met Phil LaMarr and got his autograph and also got to gush about how much I loved his worth and also got to thank him for coming back for Samurai Jack season 5, and he was SO cool and nice and he even shouted “AKUUU!” for me as well which was the best. So much happiness. And later on after standing in many lines I got photos with not only Tricia Helfer but also the Benedict Cumberbatch!

I know I looked silly but I couldn’t help it, I was so happy. πŸ˜›

With Tricia Helfer, most people know of her fromΒ Battlestar Galactica, but I’ve come to love her from Lucifer and she was SO nice and kind, and I told her that I loved her work on Lucifer, ad she said they have a lot of fun on the show. Ahhhhh! I was so giddy. And then there’s Cumberbatch, my man, I’ve been such a big fan since 2012 when I watched Sherlock, then the second Hobbit film and obviously most recently Doctor Strange, he’s just amazing and getting to meet him in the flesh was a moment in time I’ll treasure forever. “Hey there buddy.” That’s what he said to me and I’ll never forget it. πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

My Overall Experience

My experience was solid, the lines to get into the building didn’t take nearly as long as they did in 2015, I was in line around 8.30am and was inside the main hall from around 9.15am and I was able to get a feel for the are, learn where certain people and stalls were set up. I also ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen for two years since the last convention we attended so that was great. I also had some cool conversation with some artists who were selling their comics and later on, I ran into two other friends later on who I had seen for ages, was such a nice surprise! For a lot of the day, I was just watching around trying to waste time until my photo sessions later on, whether I was playing games, talking to artists or taking pictures of cosplayers. I would say that the organisation ofΒ LFCC was far more efficient that the previous years that I went, lines and places for entry, autographs and photo sessions were much better than before. And the general placement of stuff was solid. That being said, like before I wish there was a better presence of video games with the variety of the games, consoles and bigger and better location for them. It also felt like the illustrators and authors got the short end of the stick as their location felt so separated from the action in the main halls both upstairs and downstairs, I wish there had been more people and a better location for them to stand out. And even though the lines were better than previous years, there was still some confusion and lack of organisation or help when it came to queues and knowing which batches you fell into.

 

In conclusion, London Film & Comic Con was pretty good. After two years it was good to be back in this convention, it has a different feel and vibe to it and thankfully there was so much more room to breathe and chill when compared to this year’s MCM London Expo. While there were certain things I would have changed, it was a solid convention for the one day that I attended, this is certainly a convention that needs a full weekend in order to experience everything on offer and I probably will be back next year hopefully. πŸ™‚

So if you attended London Film & Comic Con this year what did you think? Did you go for one day or the full weekend? And if you didn’t go would you consider going next year? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! πŸ˜€

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London Film & Comic Con 2015 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the London Film & Comic Con took place on the past weekend. I went last year and had a pretty good time (read my review here), so I decided I to go again because there was people at the convention this year I just had to see. Unlike last year I’ll only be talking about the one day that I experience rather than the three-day experience that I had before. There’s a lot to get through so let’s get started!

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Now for those unaware, this convention is to do with films, TV, comics and video games. But the big focus is primarily on the special guests who attend, most people who go are normally coming to meet the celebrities who are there for talks,Β photo sessions and autographs signings. Otherwise you can buy a range of merchandise including, clothes, toys, anime and manga, DVDs, comics, artwork, posters and so on. In addition to that you can play video games new and old, see writers and artists of comic books or take pictures of cosplyers. So now I shall talk about my experience.

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My experience started out fine, I got the venue okay (even though I got one wrong train beforehand) and when I stepped outside the building I lined up in a long queue around 08:45am and for the first 20-30 minutes it was fine, but then the line stopped moving and there was nothing, for AGES. There was also a line across the road that was moving and yet we stuck at a stand still for at least an hour. My legs weren’t too jolly and I was getting a bit irritable, but EVENTUALLY the line moved and I got into the building just after 10am. So what did I get up to? Well I cruised around, talked to some fellow attendees. Got to see some cool toys, t-shirts and art. I even got to meet up with an old friend at the convention who I’d met at last year’s convention too. And of course I got to take some pictures of cosplayers but I didn’t do nearly as many as I would have liked because it was too crowded and I constantly had to be somewhere.

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But I spent most of my day in queues, just moving from one to the other especially after 2pm. The only downtime I got was when I went upstairs and played in the video game section, while it was significantly smaller than last year’s it still had the one game that mattered and that was Super Smash Bros. Melee and you had to get stuck in. Just like last year I got into my groove real quick and started schooling some kids. I felt kind of bad because two of them weren’t that familiar with Melee’s game mechanics, one of them didn’t know how to do recovery attacks! I felt terrible and had to give them pointers. Out of the three there was one kid who was pretty good with Kirby. That being said I still kicked all of their asses on multiple occasions as Link, Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon to name a few. At one point the youngest kid got really pissed off and really wanted me dead shouting “I hate Donkey Kong!”, “Let’s all team up and kill him!” And when he did kill me on the odd occasion he got so happy like “Oh yeah, I killed you! I’m happy when I kill you!” I was like damn, this kid has issues. But it wasn’t like I was going to play badly, I’ll never pull my punches especially when it comes to Smash Bros. and even played with characters I’m bad with like Yoshi, Zelda/Sheik and Marth and I still laid waste to my enemies, besides one sudden death match which I won, every other match was a straight win. After around 30-40 minutes I pulled out to give other people a chance to play haha.

20150718_120702Once again I came to Smash Bros. Melee and just owned people.

But the best part was meeting the celebrities. Firstly I got to meet Erin Cahill who played Jen in Power Rangers Time Force. Ever since 2001 she’s been my favourite Pink Ranger because she was tough, more fleshed out and was just as much of a main character as Wes (Red Ranger) was. And Cahill played the part so well and I’d been dying to get to meet her in the flesh, and on the weekend I got to and I was beyond happy. I was basically fangirling in front of her saying how nice it was to meet her and how I’ve waited so long, but she was so nice, warm and receptive to my admiration. Erin said she liked my smile and said that it was fans like me that make her like conventions like this. I felt so honoured to be in her presence and she hugged me twice. I was pretty much in the best mood ever and it wasn’t even midday yet. πŸ˜›

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Then after that I got to meet Jason David Frank, legendary Green and White Ranger from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (a good few other PR series’). Meeting him was a childhood dream, I’ve had a mad appreciated this guy for years and in the last few years where he’s appeared in Super Power Beat Down and at all these conventions through social media has only made me love him more, but seeing him, shaking his hand and getting actual photo with him has been the most surreal experience ever, possibly more so than Stan Lee (with Stan I mentally prepared for it, but this was different). He was so cool, enthusiastic and just genuine. πŸ˜€

me-and-JDFI got to meet one of my favourite actors from childhood. JDF is such a legend and is just as amazing in person! πŸ˜€

I also got a photo with the awesomeness that is Bill Paxton! I knew I had to see him in person after loving him in Twister, Aliens and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he was such gentlemen. So funny and kind, I went over to him and he asked me how I was, I said “I’m fine, haha hail Hydra.” He laughed, we took the picture and he said “Haha, hail Hydra indeed.” Don. That was singlehandedly my favourite photo session moment. πŸ™‚ But then I got to meet Sigourney Weaver, she was one of the main reason for attending the convention. I mean when else am I going to meet Ellen Ripley or Dana/Zuul in the flesh? Weaver’s an amazing actress and I was so giddy to meet her, after I took my picture she asked me “Are you having fun?” and I was like “Yeah!” So happy! πŸ˜€

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There were people I didn’t get to see/meet and stuff I never got around to doing. I never got to see Hayley Atwell (who I didn’t even know was attending until the morning I arrived, so gutted), I never got to see Michael J. Fox or Christopher Lloyd (super gutted especially about Lloyd) and Jason Faunt (Wes/red ranger from Time Force) even though I was right next to him on a few occasions I didn’t talk to him because I was short for time. I also didn’t get to talk to any of the artists at their stands and this time round I never got to sit down and see any talks at all. See, that’s how busy things got haha.

The thing about LFCC is that it is a pretty massive undertaking, the event is huge with A LOT to see and do, and if you’re not prepared you can be overwhelmed by the amount of chaos going on. There’s so many people, many places to go, so much to buy and SO MUCH SCHEDULING TO DO if you’re going after the celebrity signings and photo shoots. I had a lot of fun this year, but I was definitely done after my final photo shoot because all of the queuing I’d been doing. I’m not sure how I managed all three days last year, but I think that may have been because of the friends I was with and the fact that it was my first time. I will say that the venue was pretty big and cool but getting around proved to be quite troublesome and tedious because of the elevators that were always jam-packed and the stairwells that were full of constantly shifting people. And, just like last year, the organisation when it came to queueing not only to get inside the venue but also for the photo sessions was messy. While it was slighty better than last year, I still felt like the people who worked there just going with the flow and didn’t always have the situation under control.

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In conclusion my second year at London Film & Comic Con was frigging mint. Besides all the queuing, unorganised waiting areas and super sweaty movements while getting from point A to point B, I had a hell of a good time. I got to see so many famous faces, live out some of my childhood dreams and get my game on with Smash Bros. Melee. I left this event with such a good feeling and lovely memories. Something tells me I’ll probably be back again next year if I’m available.

So if you attended London Film & Comic Con this year what did you think? Did you go for one day or the full weekend? And if you didn’t go would you consider going next year? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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London Film & Comic Con 2014 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the London Film & Comic Con took place on the weekend just past. So yeah I’ve been travelling to and from London over the last three days going to convention and it has been one hell of an experience. There’s been a lot of stuff going down recently and now I have to try and recall everything that I saw. Here goes nothing. πŸ˜›

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Now for those not in the know, this convention was all about films, TV, comics and video games. But it was primarily about the special guests who attended, most people who were going were there to meet the celebrities who were there for talks,Β photo sessions and doing autographs too. Otherwise you could buy a range of merchandise including, clothes, toys, anime and manga, DVDs, comics, artwork, posters and so on. In addition to that you could also play video games new and old, see the writers and artists in the comic book area or took pictures of the many cosplyers hanging around. So Now I shall talk about my experience day by day.

Friday

On day one I meet up with my friends, we queued for just around an hours around the back of the building before we got inside and I scoped the area to see where everything was. There was a lot of stalls with merchandise, many areas for actors doing autograph signings and loads of people in cosplay walking all over the place. So Friday was just a short session, the convention started at 6.30pm and only lasted for a few hours and was pretty much a taster of things to come over the next two days. It was primarily a day two get your stuff signed or do your photo sessions with celebs or just buy your tickets for events you couldn’t get online beforehand. There was a lot of lines and it was pretty crazy how far they stretched even though it was Friday, not one of the main weekend days. But then at the same time considering who was attending and how big the event has become over the years I am not surprised about people and their commitment to coming so early and in their massive numbers.

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But the highlight of my day was when I met and got a picture with the legend that is Stan Lee, yes THE Stan Lee. I waited in line to have my picture with him for around I think an hour and a half, but then I finally got to take the picture with him and I can say it was one of the most surreal moments ever.

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This was pretty much the highlight of the day and my life. I unfortunately didn’t get to talk to him because we were being hurried along by the staff, but in all honesty I could say anything because I was awe-struck. My heart couldn’t stop racing after I got my picture with Stan. To meet him has been one of my life goals since I was around 7 or 8 years old, but never did I think I would ever get to live my dream so early in my life.

Saturday

Enter day two of my time at the LFCC and since I had couldn’t my photo with Stan Lee the day before and didn’t have any money for autographs, photo sessions or to buy any merchandise, it was my day to relax, take pictures and explore. I entered the main building and there really wasn’t much for me to do so I was kind of bored, but then I remembered that there were some talks going on, I then went to one of the stage areas, but I got told that the stage area I was looking for was in another building. So then I went next door to the other building and found a whole other section of the convention that I didn’t even know was there. Here in Earl’s Court 1 was the comic book area, the ‘Super Stage’ and the video game section too, the stuff I had heard about online, but was poorly advertised at the convention itself. Had I not asked about this second stage area from the staff, I don’t think I would have found this place at all.

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Anyway I had the best time ever in this second building. I got to watch two talks, the first was a fun and insightful talk on the Power Rangers series which featured David Yost (Mighty Morphin’ Blue Ranger), Bulk and Skull (Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy) and Cerina Vincent (Lost Galaxy Yellow Ranger). Then there was the talk on Sherlock which featured Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue talking about the creative process behind the show, its popularity and success and how they should ‘Watch Season 4’ for all their answers relating to the future of the show and characters. And after that there was the cosplay masquerade where there were a lot of fancy cosplayers showing off their costumes, but the most surprising part was when one cosplay couple came as Finn and Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time and the guy actually proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone and she totally said yes! It was the most surprising and wonderful thing I had ever seen. πŸ™‚ I also got to talk to some great comic book artists and illustrators who were really cool, gave me some awesome advice and had just had a general chin-wag with.

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Outside of that I was just playing video games all day! I had a go at all the retro arcade machines I could get a hold of which included Pac-Man, Tron, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Defender, Frogger, Mario Bros. and some Sega driving game. I think it is fair to say that I pretty much sucked at a lot of those games as I lost a lot, that being said I wasn’t bad at Dig Dug, Tron and Defender. Another gripe I do have with those machines is that the arcade sticks or buttons were definitely old as some were stiff and unresponsive which made precision a tough thing to pull off. I tried out Super Mario Kart which was a lot harder and slippery than I remember and play Star Wars Episode V: Return of the Jedi on Super Nintendo and it was frigging hard as hell. But where I found my jam was with Super Smash Bros. Melee. Man that was such a good time, I got to play a little more competitively and while I did get my ass handed to my twice by this really good guy, I pretty much murdered people in my other two matches which felt great. I was doing so well that people who came over were commenting on how good I was and the other players formed a temporary alliance to take me out, but they still failed! I was so beast! XD

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Sunday

So on the final day I came down a little later in the day and just hanged around in the comic book and video game sections again because there was nothing for me in the other place, that and it was super packed and sweaty lol. Again I got some really cool advice from artists and illustrators and then went back to the gaming section for some fun. I played some Tron and Dig Dug again, also tried this super hard Star Wars game on NES and it was pretty much impossible. Once again I was totally in the thick of it when it came to Smash Bros and besides one match when I went up against some really hardcore guy who played as Mario, I pretty much murdered everyone as Captain Falcon all over again. Spectators loved me and the other players once again hated me and wanted me dead, but I still killed them. I felt so badass. πŸ˜€

I pretty much left around 5pm as I had another event to attend to later on but I ended the day with a great level of satisfaction knowing that my time had been well spent at this convention. πŸ™‚

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In conclusion London Film & Comic Con was one of the best three-day weekends I’ve experienced in a while. While it was a tad unorganized and over-crowded at times, I can’t deny that I had a kick ass time. I met some wonderful artists, played loads of video games, saw a good few famous people and met Stan Lee, I’d say it was a pretty awesome convention and I’m definitely interested in returning and trying out a few others across the UK in the future.

So what do you think of London Film & Comic Con? If you went what did you think and if you didn’t go would you consider going next year? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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