July 2016~ London Film & Comic Con 2016

LFCC has not been great the past few years (see previous posts) and I was wary about attending but nevertheless volunteered to help on the USS Iceni stand to raise money for charity.

It seems Showmasters have finally listened! The layout this year was so much better than in previous years. They had actually hired the whole of the venue it seemed and whilst it took a while to get from A to B sometimes, it actually helped a lot.

I wasn’t really going to see celebs this year. Normally I see around 20. I had initially had 8 to see over a weekend but this quickly became 9 when the announced a young actress from a great new show called Stranger Things. I won’t go into what the show is about on here but I suggest you check it out for yourself. If you like the 1980s, ET, The Goonies, Stand By Me and Stephen King then this show is for you. All the kid actors were great but Millie Bobby Brown, who played Eleven stole the show. I’ve worked with kids for nearly 30 years and don’t normally get phased by them but her performance freaked me out. There has to be an award somewhere in her future and I really hope the show gets a second season. As for how she handled the convention itself well all I can say is that Millie did a better job at the event than some big, A-List celebs I could mention. She took time to interact and was doing awesome poses in the photoshoot. A lot of big names and regular con guests could learn a lot from her. I must meet the rest of the cast now. Hope they get invited!

There was some awesome cosplay on display as usual (pics below) and a really good exhibition of costumes from Suicide Squad.

Overall it was a great event. I ended up meeting Jack Gleeson (Joffrey in GoT), Fay Marsay (The Waif in GoT), Kae Alexander (Leaf in GoT),  Michael Emerson (Ben in LOST), Laurie Holden (Andrea in TWD), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal and Galen Erso in Star Wars: Rogue One), Harold Perrineau (Michael in LOST), Millie of course and finally, the biggest let down of the weekend, Famke Jansen. I heard many conflicting reason as to why she seemed so grumpy but her photoshoot was a waste of money. As an actress surely you can act happy!

Anyway, photos below!

 

 

 

February 2016~ London Film and Comic Con Spring

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.

July 2015- LFCC 2015

Well, where to begin! This looked to be a promising event with so many great names on offer including Sigourney Weaver, Michael J Fox, Bill Pullman, Hayley Atwell etc.

Whilst it was nice to meet them and see old friends, in all my 20+ years of attending cons I have never felt so unsafe in my whole life. It was way too crowded. Stairwells were blocked, lifts failed and it was too hot. At one point I was trapped for over an hour on the top floor due to lift failure and stairwells being blocked. This lead to inevitable delays in photoshoots etc. Crew did there best, although there are a few in need of a serious attitude adjustment. One in particular reminded me of a hobbit in need of a shave and a shower!

On the up side, the guests were amazing. Probably the only real reason to go to these particular events if I’m honest.

July 2014~ LFCC ’14

Showmasters hit the ground running earlier in the year by announcing a big guest….Stan Lee. Little did they realise the interest it would generate. Ticket sales shot up so much that different passes had to be created. Comic and regular. Leading up to the show itself, many more big names were added including Carrie Fisher and John Hurt. The final guest count was near 100 I think!

As always I went for the regular gold pass. It was helpful as always but not as helpful as it had been in the past due to the sheer number of people that turned up.

I attended the preview night on the Friday and collected my Gold Pass. This saves time on the Saturday. My plan was to get three or four of my autographs and photoshoots out of the way to save me rushing on the Saturday and Sunday. I did this with no problem and was able to meet Edward James Olmos and Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica and Robert Hays who was in Airplane, one of my all time favourite films.

I left feeling that everything was fine for the next two days…..boy was I wrong!

I turned up at 8.40am as I do normally with a Gold Pass to find the biggest queues I had ever seen! They seemed to stretch on forever! It didn’t help that all the Gold Passes (comic and standard) were in one line with the Silver Passes. Made getting in a bit more difficult.

The day began ok. I managed to see some friends, meet my cousins (who are big Firefly fans) and get most of my autographs done. But the crowds grew and grew to a point where I had to leave for a while, because I was either going to pass out or flatten someone. It didn’t help that it was the hottest day of the year so far!

The crew were getting stressed, and I had a run in with one at a photoshoot which really made me mad. Looking back though, the guy was stressed so I don’t blame him. I spent the rest of the day chatting with friends or wandering around buying merchandise and looking at Cosplayers.

I was hoping that Sunday would be quiet as normal! Yeah, right!!

Although it was quieter than the previous day, Sunday seemed a lot busier than normal. I met the few guests I needed to meet that were only there on Sunday and managed to leave by mid-afternoon. There were a lot of stressed, unhappy people. Mainly because of the sheer number of people trying to meet Stan Lee. I’m glad I chose not to now!

Even though it was manic, I believe Showmasters have learned from the experience and I’m already looking forward to the next event!

Guests I met: Edward James Olmos and Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica, Robert Hays from Airplane, Summer Glau from Firefly and Kate Dickie, Sibel Kekilli, Ian Beattie, Finn Jones and Kristian Nairn (again) all from Game of Thrones.

October 2013~ Winter LFCC

This wasn’t really a new event, just an old event with a new name! In previous years it had been called The Entertainment Media Show but the name I think was a bit confusing.

It was a quiet event in comparison to the summer con. Nevertheless, it was a good event. It was also the first event that I properly helped out on the USS Iceni fundraising table.

Guest-wise I met the legend, Brian Blessed, Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Garrett Wang, Joanna Cassidy and Nicole DeBoer (all from Star Trek), Hannah Spearitt (Primeval), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Lexa Doig (Andromeda/SG1). Again, all wonderful people (I very rarely meet a horrible one!)

There were some amazing cosplays on show. She-Ra was in attendance, various Trek uniforms plus many others.

Hopefully it will become a regular event!

July 2013~ LFCC ’13

The Whopper of all Showmasters events! So many guests, so little time.

As in the past two previous years this event started on a Friday with a preview night.

It was also the first big event where many of us who had met the previous year at DSTL were in attendance.

The USS Iceni fundraising table was also in attendance.

Guests~ where to begin! Sarah Wayne Callies and Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, Kristian Nairn, Lena Heady, Peter Dinklage, Joe Dempsie, Clive Russell and Richard Dormer from Game of Thrones, Bruce Gray and Armin Shimmerman from Star Trek and Danny Glover from the Lethal Weapon films. What an expensive weekend!

Again, some amazing cosplay from a variety of genres. My brother, sister-in-law and the kids came too. Jess and Charlie even dressed up!

To top it all of, a few of us went to the TexMex on the Saturday evening for a meal and some “soft” drinks!

July 2012~ LFCC 2012

Wow! What an event. Massive does not come close. It took place at Olympia this year, which has much better lighting!

The guest list was equally as massive. Karl Urban, Gillian Anderson, John Simm, Charles Dance, Freema Agyeman, Bernard Cribbins, Alex Winter, Hayden Panettiere, Jeri Ryan, Christopher Judge, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Arthur Cox, Craig Parker, Gates McFadden, Michael Winslow, Zach Galligan, Anthony Head, Michael Socha, Kate Bracken, Gwendoline Christie, Amrita Acharia, Rose Leslie, Ross Mullan, Eugene Simon, Iain Glen, John Bradley, Nonso Anozie, Ralph Ineson, Mickie James, Virgil, Brutus Magnus, Carole Ann Ford, Mitch Pileggi, Martin Kove, Ben Browder, Thomas Dekker, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Ben Mansfield, Ciaran McMenamin, Tom Skerritt, Nicolas Lee, Ke Huy Quan, Danielle Harris, Al Leong, Maryam d’Abo, Burt Kwouk, Jane Badler, Elizabeth Dennehy, Serena Delacruz, Robert Maschio, Janet Fielding, Barbara Coles, Tracee Cocco, Kevin Sorbo, Terry Richards, Hallie Todd, William Russell, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Seán Schemmel, Kieron Jecchinis, Anthony Smee, William Hoyland, Bai Ling.

My main focus was Game of Thrones, plus Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager), Gillian Anderson (of The X Files), Hollie Marie Combs (of Charmed) and Karl Urban (of nuTrek and Dredd). The was a definite Game of Thrones/Trek/X-Files theme this year.

The event was insanely busy, especially the preview night on the Friday which had been quiet the past few years. Not this year!