May 2005- Collectormania 7

Hot on the heels of LFCC 2 I saw an ad for Collectormania 7. Same company, bigger guest list.

It took place in the concrete jungle that is Milton Keynes.

There was no way I could see all the guests so I had to pick and choose.

There were a couple of Trek guests, but the big draw for me was Uhura herself, Ms Nichelle Nichols. She was the first of the main 7 cast I had ever met. Was I nervous? Hell yeh! Spoke briefly about her work with Nasa, got a quick pic then off. She was very busy, but very friendly.

 

Other noteworthy mentions are Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck in the new-at-the-time Battlestar Galactica), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) and a last minute surprise guest and someone I knew personally.

 

Earlier in the year Doctor Who had been revived by the BBC. Noel Clarke was cast in the role of Mickey Smith (and in 2013 the role of Lt. Thomas Harewood in Star Trek Into Darkness). He was also from West London. He was also a pupil in the class in which I worked, so it was a surprise for both of us! We had a quick chat and a couple of pictures. We’d see each other again a couple of years later when he came back to the school to help direct the Christmas Nativity for SKY TV….my ugly mug got broadcast too.

Sky Christmas Nativity Link

 

Finally was Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2D2) and Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) from Star Wars. Both Dave and Peter were very up themselves, thought they were the most important people, Dave especially so! Kenny on the other hand was a delight! Very friendly!

 

November 2004- LFCC 2

Shortly after mum died I started reading geeky mags again. In one I saw an advert for a company called Showmasters and an event called London Film and Comic Con. Well, that immediately caught my eye, and as it was in Wembley I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve not looked back since…

The guest list wasn’t bad. Simon Pegg, Burt Reynolds, Jonathan Frakes, Linda Blair, Rob Van Dam, Carl Weathers, Michael Ironside, Ray Park, Michael Biehn, Mark Metcalf, D. B. Woodside, Veronica Cartwright, Chris Judge, Dan Shea, David Hewlett.

Now, I really didn’t know what to expect having been out of the UK con circuit for a bit so I went but with not enough funds.

Burt Reynolds was swamped by young girls (which he seemed to enjoy!) so couldn’t get near him. I settled for meeting Ray Park from Star Wars, and Dan Shea from Stargate SG1 both were great guests.

I then wandered for a while and promised never to make the same mistake again.

May 2004- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban European Premiere

Another Harry Potter premiere. Another chance for photos…

This was held on a fairly sunny Sunday afternoon on May. Again, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were there as were many others. The Knight Bus also put in an appearance. Only downside was the young girl stood next to me who suffered from narcolepsy and kept hitting the floor (or the metal barrier) at random intervals!

December 2002- Star Trek: The Adventure~ Hyde Park

I managed to have a couple of days off from looking after my mum when Star Trek: The Adventure came to London.

 

Star Trek: The Adventure was a traveling museum exhibit  that showcased over $30 million worth of Star Trek memorabilia, props, models, costumes and set mock-ups, including the USS Enterprise bridge and the Enterprise NX-01 armory.

The exhibition opened in Hyde Park, London on 18 December 2002, to coincide with the British premiere of Star Trek Nemesis. The attraction hosted the after-show party, attended by the cast. The exhibition closed in April 2003, having received over 100,000 visitors. It was then moved to Singapore.

I went once with my dad (who was living in Brixton and I hadn’t seen for a while) and the second time with my brother and future sister-in-law.

 

I really enjoyed it and liked seeing all the props etc. but was disappointed at the fact that you couldn’t take pictures.

 

November 2002- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets European Premiere

It had only been a year since the last film was released. Warner Bros. were pushing full steam ahead with their film versions of JK Rowlings best sellers involving Harry Potter.

The setup in Leicester Square was nowhere near as grand but Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and all the supporting cast were in attendance. Again, no real autograph chances but plenty of photos.

November 2001- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone World Premiere

It was a cold, wet Sunday in November.

Leicester Square had been turned into the grounds of Hogwarts. Access to the front of the cinema was by wristband only. Luckily, I got one.

We were ushered to bleacher seating, right up close to where the actors would be. I was about 3 rows back. Close enough for photos but not close enough for autographs. Still, managed to get a few good snaps! Most of the main cast was present, as was JK Rowling herself.

It would be a year til the next film was released…