Sunday, 20 July 2014
LONDON COMIC CON WEEKEND
Today I'm here with another lifestyle post and yes it's once again a little Game of Thrones oriented but I still wanted to do a recap because last weekend was my first time ever attending London Comic Con!
I'd been to pop culture expos (previously in Australia) but nothing of this scale before, and I was already beyond excited because quite a few actors from Game of Thrones were going to be there and by now you all know how much I am obsessed with that series. On the Saturday we made our way to the venue, Earls Court Two, at 8.30am, and I almost fainted at the sight of hundreds of people already in a queue snaking its way around the building and into the carpark. Turns out it was the line to buy tickets so I highly recommend you pre-purchase them online prior to the date if you're thinking of going next time (the queue for this entry is smaller and moves much quicker).
Right at the entrance we were greeted by a life-sized dragon skull (much like if not the one from the GOT Season 4 New York premiere) before the huge space branches out into rows of stalls selling all types of fandom merchandise (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Attack on Titan - you name it, they had it). One of my favourite parts of going to these conventions is seeing everyone dress up and London definitely brought cosplaying to a whole nother level. I saw so many immaculate costumes (how much does the girl dressed as Margaery actually look like Natalie Dormer?!), but unfortunately due to the insane capacity inside it was rather difficult to take photos of everyone. That was one of the downsides I experienced, it was so crowded we could barely make our way across the room, let along walk around freely. Also the lighting was super yellow and difficult to work with, I've tried tweaking these photos slightly but there's only so much I can do before things start turning slightly blue so apologies for that. Just before midday I went to watch the Doctor Who talk, originally with Jenna Coleman but then Steven Moffat decided to crash it, what a nice surprise. For all you DW fans that are a little apprehensive about Peter Capaldi stepping into those shoes, Jenna had nothing but praise for the new Doctor and said that she couldn't wait for everyone to see him in this coming season. Soon after that there was a Game of Thrones panel with Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor). I was a bit disappointed that Lena Headey didn't attend it but the boys were absolutely hilarious all the same. If you guys have seen any of Finn's interview on Youtube or perhaps talked to him in person (ahh kudos if you have) you'll know what I mean, that man is the randomest person on this planet. In the afternoon I took photos with Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran), and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald in Doctor Who). Again, people who've been to Comic Con are probably used to this but they had about five different photo booths going on at the same time and some of the time slots clashed or overlapped so I found it a bit of a nightmare to get to them on time, especially since I had to fight my way through the throng of people milling about. It was all worth it in the end though and I think I definitely upped my organisation skills before the day was over. Also my bedraggled appearance in these photos is due to the stifling humidity inside the building... mmm body heat.
Here's my full outfit for Day 1: Black Milk t-shirt, American Apparel velvet skirt, Regal Rose choker, Vagabond sandals and Society6 Sansa Stark tote bag. My lip colour is Limecrime's Velvetine in Pink Velvet.
It was a lot quieter on the Sunday and when the doors opened at 9am we could actually see the floor (gasp)! I wore my Black Milk Thrones dress, a cropped cardigan from ASOS, Regal Rose necklace, plain white converse since my feet were killing me from standing the entirety of the previous day, and yet another Velvetine in the shade Wicked. We started the day off with browsing the stalls again, which was a whole lot more enjoyable when we didn't have to constantly crane our necks over people's shoulders. My friend was interested in the assortment of little Pop Vinyl figurines they had and ended up getting a Jon Snow one (I personally would collect them all if I had the space for them, they're so cute). I was also on the lookout for a Levi t-shirt (Attack on Titan not the denim variety) that I'd seen on the Saturday but they'd sold out of my size and hadn't restocked. I did come home with a massive Armin towel though. The Game of Thrones cast were already at their signing table when we wandered over and it's really nice to just watch them interact with the fans there since they're all so lovely. I mean can you imagine how weird it was to see Kate Dickie who played the psychotic Aunt Lysa, genuinely smiling and hugging everyone? Also check out the doodle that Finn did on his own poster, he is a true artist. Absolutely adore this cast. Afterwards we went to get photos with Sibel Kekilli (Shae) and she was tiny and even more gorgeous in person, when she saw me she exclaimed "Nice dress!" Lastly I had photos with Finn and Gethin and god bless the girl who gave them flower crowns because Finn kept his on his head for the rest of the day.
I left Comic Con earlier that day since I was already quite tired, but I can positively say that those two days along with the Warwick trip on Thursday has made it one of the best weekends of my life so far. I'm still on a post Game of Thrones madness high as I type this. For those of you who are thinking of attending a Comic Con in the future, I'd definitely recommend it, it's basically a gathering of all sorts of like-minded fans and it's a wonderful way to meet a whole bunch of lovely people whether it be your favourite actors and authors or new friends. It's not just for Game of Thrones fans too if you got that impression from this post, what I experienced was a small portion of the convention and it provides the biggest range of pop culture activities and merchandise aside from that. If you're not from London, they're also hosting Comic Cons in Sheffield, Cardiff, and Newcastle (all the info on this site). My biggest advice from this first experience is to look over the event timetable before the weekend and prepare your own with all the activities you want to partake in and what time and where they will be. If you're wanting to go and see many panels or take photos with lots of the guests, make sure you leave sufficient time between each one to get to the next place, and it will probably be easier to try to space your events evenly over the two days rather than trying to get everything done on one day and leave the other day for shopping (I learnt this the hard way). Also make sure you have a map in hand or on your phone, even though the staff are always willing to help, they are a little difficult to locate in the massive crowds. Once you've got all that organised it's an entire weekend of awesomeness ahead. Now I'm thinking I might go to the winter Comic Con in October too... perhaps if they announce a guest from Game of Thrones, I'm there!
Have you been to a Comic Con or a pop culture expo before?