After seemingly knocking their Milton Keynes show on the head, Showmasters have attempted to build on the “success” of their flagship summer event.
Although (for once) the event was quite quiet, and (downstairs at least) you could move around without wanting to punch people, there were still issues around seating etc. which did not help my back!
This was something that at previous week, Walker Stalker got right. They had manned seating areas for people with mobility issues and a dedicated quiet area. This meant that seating in cafes was freed up for others.
Also, busy guests placed near each other leading to bottlenecks!! This lead to lots of overcrowding at certain areas.
The guests I met were great. Billy Dee Williams, Denis Lawson, Greg Grunberg and Jessica Henwick, all from various Star Wars films (among other things).
SM get awesome guests. The best in the country to be honest, but if they don’t consider their client base a bit more they will eventually lose custom which will be a shame for fans.
First con of the year and its solely aimed at The Walking Dead fandom!
I must admit that I was very apprehensive about attending this event. Mostly because of the autograph and photo shoot prices. Walker Stalker Con was started by the fans that run the podcast of the same name. It was an event by the fans for the fans.
I was wrong to be worried. As it turns out, unlike some UK con organisers, this company cap their attendee numbers. This would explain why the costs were higher and it actually doesn’t bother me.
Yes, there were a few teething issues. Mostly over queuing. Also, a lot of new con goers expected too much for the ticket they had purchased but on the whole it was a good event.
The guests were awesome and the panels good. You could even hear them which shows what a decent sound system and engineer can do. There were enough stall holders to keep you occupied and the cosplayers were awesome!
My only gripe is aimed at the Zombie Apocalypse Experience. It was fun, don’t get me wrong but for the price it was nowhere near long enough. It needed more zombies, more rooms to explore and a roof to make it darker. Then it would have been awesome.
My stand out guest had to be Alanna Masterson who plays Tara in TWD. It’s always a worry when you meet your favourite characters as the actors can sometimes be a disappointment. Yes, they are paid to be there but they don’t have to be as fun and receptive as Alanna (Here’s looking a you Frakes). She was awesome and hopefully she’ll be back next year as the 2017 event is already being planned.
I’m also a bit of a musicals geek. I have a few firm favourites (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, West Side Story etc) but my all time favourite is Les Miserables.
I haven’t seen it in a few years, since it moved to the Queens Theatre in fact. When my brother and sister-in-law said they wanted to go it was too good an opportunity to pass up!
It is still as awesome and emotional as ever. No one will ever beat the original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, but Peter Lockyer did a damn fine job and Danielle Hope was awesome as Eponine. The sets were as amazing as I remember.
With this being my 26th will I go again? Damn right I will!
Edit: A few days later I received an early birthday present, courtesy of my brother and his family. Something he had arranged through the theatre. Very awesome!