May 2018~ Heroes & Villains Fan Fest

This was the second HVFF event put on by FanFest in London. It’s a far better organised event than its sister show, WalkerStalker Con which had some problems this year. For me though the big difference is the fan base. The fans that attend HVFF are far friendlier than those who attend WSC- they seem to really believe they are in a zombie apocalypse and can act like arseholes!

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Like last year the event wasn’t oversold which meant you could move around without too much hassle. I’d rather pay more for that to be honest than pay a cheap entry/autograph price and be packed in like sardines.

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Over the last  year I have really gotten into Arrow- I already watch most of the other Arrrowverse show including Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow but quickly caught up with Oliver Queen and co. Just The Flash to do now. All of the guests I was interested in meeting were from one of those shows. They were Caity Lotz (Sara Lance- LoT/Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance- Arrow), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak-Arrow), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow- Arrow), David Ramsey (John Diggle- Arrow) and Juliana Harkavy (Dinah Drake/Black Canary- Arrow).

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All of the guests were lovely to meet and its especially nice when a guest actually remembers you and your name. They do pay attention! (Thanks Caity Lotz!)

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I also attended a number of panels, including John Barrowman Unleashed which was absolutely hilarious. John came on in a Wonder Woman costume!

The Torchwood Panel, again with John and the rest of the cast which was equally as funny. Eve Myles paid a touching tribute to JB at the end, telling everyone how selfless he is and how giving.

The Arrow villains panel with Josh Segarra, Kirk Acevedo and Katie Cassidy gave a good insight as to what it is like to play a villain on the show and how intense it can be.

Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow panel was equally as interesting and was hilariously moderated by Aisha Tyler (of Archer fame). It saw Stephen’s young daughter come on stage and tell everyone about his secret identity. Stephen also came down into the audience to comfort a young child who was trying to ask him a question but was too overcome with it all to ask the question. A truly lovely guy!

Finally, I sat in on the Gotham panel. I’ve never watched the show but after hearing the actors talk I may just have to.

The photo op section was run like a well-oiled machine and I had my prints and FREE digital download within a minute. The print quality is awesome.

As usual, there were lots of people in cosplay. Some amazing, others not so but at least they tried!

A big thanks to my friend Fudge for giving me one of her BOGOF VIP tickets and letting me share a couple of her photo ops! Roll on HVFF 2019!

May 2018~ Starfury Ultimates

This event was announced shortly after the previous years’ event (it may even have been at the event itself) and last year had got some very mixed reviews. It had been a number of years since I attended a Starfury event so I kept a close eye on the guest list.

A number of guests were announced, mainly from the DC shows Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Gotham plus a number of guest from Agents on SHIELD and Jessica Jones. This was enough to get me interested so I purchased a weekend ticket as all the gold had sold out. The one good thing I like about the weekend or gold tickets is that all the autographs for regular guests are included. Any bonus or extra guests that are added you have to pay for but are still cheap as are the photo shoots of which I purchased eleven in the end.

As the event drew nearer a number of guests cancelled. It’s unfortunate but happens if the working actor gets offered a new role. My photo-ops were refunded at the event via a credit note which enabled me to buy a few more.

The event venue was the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool. A fairly run-down venue but large enough to handle the sheer number of attendees. Luckily I wasn’t staying at the hotel but somewhere nearer the centre of Blackpool. I arrived midday Friday and went to collect my pass and photo-op tickets. I then went back to my accommodation for the night to chill out.

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I arrived the next morning bright and early as I had photo shoots with a number of guests. 6 on Saturday to be precise. I must admit that apart from the big signing events like WalkerStalker and Heroes & Villains, these were by far the smoothest photo-ops ever. Very long, yes, but well run. Both Floriana Lima and Chyler Leigh were beyond amazing. Friendly and beautiful both insde and out! Elizabeth Henstridge took one look at my matching cap, shirt and lanyard and proceeded to call me a SHIELD nerd which she though was funny! Too cute!

I then proceeded to watch a few panels by various actors including the SHIELD panels, Supergirl and Jessica Jones panels. They were both insightful and hilarious and gave a great sneak peek into what goes on behind the cameras.

After that, it was autograph time. We were called by badge number and yes, once again it was busy but fun.¬†Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward- SHIELD) did deface my badge with some Hydra propoganda! He’s well known for it and very funny-cool dude!

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It was then I collected all my photos from earlier in the day. All professionally printed on glossy 10×8. Very nice!

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I then hung around for the costume contest and as usual there were some awesome entries. Thanks to those people on the Facebook Ultimates group for letting me steal some photos as I had an issue with my phone and didn’t get any!

I then headed back to chill about before doing it all again the next day.

More photo-ops….

More panels….

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More autographs….

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and lots more costumes.

A big thank you must go to all of the stewards, staff and the organiser, Sean Harry for an amazing event.

Hopefully I get to do it all again next year when the event moves to Birmingham

Most of all a HUGE thank you must go to all the guests. Without them doing what they do and being the fun people they are, the event would have been nowhere near as good!

Thanks to:

Krysten Ritter & Carrie-Ann Moss (Jessica Jones)

Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton, Mallory Jansen, BJ Britt & Max Osinski (Agents of SHIELD)

Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, Floriana Lima & Briana Venskus (Supergirl)

Willa Holland & Paul Blackthorne (Arrow)

Violett Beane (The Flash)

Maggie Geha (Gotham)