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London Film and Comic Con Winter – October 2014

on November 2, 2014

Apologies for the delay in this post! Life has been super, super manic!

Two years after my last successful convention (the summer version of this event was too manic and a disaster for me, personally), I made it to another one! With the thought in my head that it will be another two years before I can attend the next one (I’m avoiding the summer one forever and wouldn’t be able to go with a 6 month old, the conventions in Milton Keynes are at the wrong time of year really — one falls on my son’s birthday weekend), I was determined to enjoy this one and gave no regards to my usual budget! I guess I should explain the primary basic element of the conventions I go to; essentially I go to signing events. They are held over a day or weekend and have a variety of guests from across different fandoms and you pay to meet individual guests. For example, if you’re into Doctor Who you meet all of the DW guests, but ignore the Harry Potter. Or vice versa. On weekend conventions where it’s all about the one show (or small linked group of), meeting and getting an autograph with all of the guests tend to be included on your ticket price, but that’s why the ticket prices for a one day entry to a signing event are £8 (or free) and for a weekend convention they can be nearer the £100 mark.

I haven’t been to a weekend event in years and I don’t think I would now. I prefer the organisation, flexibility and randomness of signing events.

After I meet the list of guests that I want to meet, that’s when I hit the dealer tables to catch up on the collectable trading cards and maybe buy some random stuff. At this convention, I had a list of about 7 guests that I wanted to meet (I met them all) and only one TV show that I knew for definite I had trading cards to catch up on (2 years of Game of Thrones, but then I started Under the Dome and Grimm, too!) Surprisingly I stuck to within budget, even including travel costs and bought a few geek pieces of clothing for Elvis and Robin (a Gryffindor t-shirt and Star Trek Onesie).

I was very impressed with the amount of people who had young children with them — to the point that I am seriously trying to convince my husband to agree to us all attending next year! And I also loved how much extra seating there was around the place this time. I had two fears about the event – queuing for entry and needing to sit down inside. I worried that, even though I had pre-bought tickets for entry from 11am, the queue could be massive or I could get there too early (I got there at 1030, was in by 1105) and it wasn’t brilliant on my back. I also worried that once inside, there would be few seating areas and I would end up needing to sit on the floor which is not the most comfortable or lady like place for me to currently attempt to sit. Especially doing it multiple times. However, there was loads of seating around and as soon as I ever approached an empty seat, someone always said it’s free before I could really ask (perks of the bump). There was also loads of empty space around where I saw families having picnics on blankets (perks of a quieter event) and Sundays are usually even quieter so hopefully I can use that to my advantage when getting hubby to agree to go.

The seating was a definite major advantage with the fact that, even with short autograph queues, my back could not cope and I took at least 3 half hour rests (I was still home in time for dinner!) Next time, I would pre buy an early bird entry ticket but aim to get there for 10 or 11ish and just avoid that part of the queuing. But then, would I need to because I don’t plan on being pregnant in a year or two’s time!

~ P x

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