Friday, 24 July 2015
LIFESTYLE | LONDON FILM & COMIC CON - DAY 2
I set my alarm for some ridiculous hour on the morning of London Film & Comic Con Day 2 because I was adamant on doing as good a job on my hair and make-up for my cosplay as possible, so I would at least remotely resemble Sansa Stark. I had aimed to get to the Olympia venue at around 8.30am before the doors opened at 9am but on the way there I was starting to second guess my decision as I saw people tweeting that they had been there since 7am and that the queue was already shockingly long. My stomach sunk as I arrived and the reality was that the queue had snaked it's way from the entrance, all around three sides of the venue, into the carpark and in an 'S' shaped formation. It probably took me a good ten minutes just to walk to the end of the queue. Despite my initial despair, I spent my queueing time excitedly chattering with my friends and admiring all the amazing cosplayers that walked past us and as soon as doors opened the line moved relatively quickly and I found that we made it inside the building in around fifteen minutes.
I had all of my planned photoshoots before lunch time so I spent a good part of the morning running around (well as close to running as you can in a long gown amidst 100 000 people) trying to find the relevant photo booths I was meant to be at. It's definitely a good idea to have the floor plan of the venue on your phone before the day starts. My first photo was with Carice Van Houten who plays Melisandre the Red Woman in Game of Thrones. She's one of the few GoT cast members I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting before so I was looking forward to it. I later heard accounts that other LFCC attendees thought she was a bit rude but my own experience was fine and she was pleasant enough. I think she may have been a little under the weather though because apparently by the end of the day she was taking longer breaks and not personalising any autographs. That aside, I then headed to my next photoshoot which was with Luke Pasqualino of Skins (which was everything to me back in the day) and The Musketeers fame, and I can now vouch that he gives the best hugs ever. Afterwards I had a photo with Rose Leslie (Game of Throne's Ygritte) scheduled but a staff promptly explained that she had been delayed on an airplane and that they would change over our photoshoot times to Sunday instead.
This took me to around midday and then I regrouped with my friends where we decided to explore the second floor which was the Young Adult Literature Convention section mixed with a bit of gaming. One of my friends was working at this level so it was nice to see her for a bit. Also this floor and the one above are my favourite because they're really efficiently air conditioned which is always important when you have cosplayers dressed as the likes of Jon Snow. The top floor is where most of the stars sign throughout the day. I said hello to Reeve again and watched Carice meet fans for a bit (she had the most people lining up for an autograph out of anyone). Hayley Atwell came back from a break not long after and then everyone swarmed to her.
Near the end of the day we took a look at the Funko Pop stall and since they were doing a cheaper deal for three figurines, I came home with a Loki and Twelfth Doctor one while my friend picked up a Green Arrow one. My cosplay held up remarkably throughout the day and though I sometimes felt like a human slingshot when someone stepped on my train and then proceed to release it, nothing got damaged. This was also my first time wearing coloured contact lenses (mine were from Desio) and they weren't really uncomfortable though they do dry out a bit faster than my regular lenses, that wasn't an issue as I had eye drops on hand. It was a great second day of LFCC and I have to give kudos to the staff and crew for making it a much more well organised affair than last year. Day 3 will be up on Sunday.
All photographs were taken by me, please credit and link back to this blog if you use them.