Apologies that it's taken me this long to get this post up as admittedly Wales Comic Con happened a while ago and now we're actually probably closer to the next one happening *facepalm*. My friends and I decided to make a mini weekend getaway out of attending since I'd never been to Wales before and we all love going to Comic Cons. I decided to take my dog along despite never having travelled with him before so it was going to be an all new experience and more than slightly nerve-wracking, I'm not going to lie. We hopped on the train early Saturday morning, armed with coffees and cornish pasties along with our luggages and my pup Fischer in tow. The journey took a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes with a single change of trains in between and I spent most of it catching up on that morning's sleep. I was quite relieved that Fischer was calm throughout the entire ride, perhaps it was too early for him too as he napped for most of it. He usually gets motion sickness on long bus rides but was perfectly fine on the train. As soon as we touched down in Wrexham, Wales, it was straight to the Comic Con venue at Glyndwr university which was conveniently only about a 5 minute walk from the station.
It was a beautiful, sunny day so it was such a welcome change from the London weather at the time and standing in the entry queue was a considerably more pleasant experience than usual. As you can imagine a university campus, Wales Comic Con had quite an open layout so that each section was in a different building and required you to venture outdoors to get to the place you wanted. With so many people in attendance, it was great to be able to get some fresh air and also meant that Fischer was free to roam about as he pleased. I was definitely most excited to meet some of the Game of Thrones cast members that I hadn't previously met before (and you might know there aren't many by now hehe) and a huge draw for me was Jason Momoa's appearance. I totally miss him as Khal Drogo but am looking forward to seeing him in Justice League. Everyone in line for a photo op with him that morning were all similarly in high spirits and he was so lovely to all the fans which made him a lot less intimidating than he might initially seem.
The main hall was where most of the action took place, it housed all the merchandise stalls and signing tables. Some of the other actors I saw that day were Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon in GoT), Elizabeth Webster (Walda Bolton in GoT) who was especially fascinated by my Black Milk dress which had the map of Westeros on it and ended up writing the website down, Esme Bianco (Ros in GoT), Jerome Flynn (Bronn in GoT), Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout in Harry Potter), Billy Boyd (Pippin in Lord of the Rings), Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon in GoT), Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), and Luke Newberry and Emily Bevan (In The Flesh). I was absolutely shocked that Luke greeted me with a "We've met before!" and actually remembered me from the time when I went to see him perform in a play last year, which I thought was super impressive. "Your hair's cooler now though." he also said before we parted ways, oh the cheek.
I spent most of the Saturday queueing up for photos ops or in the line to pick up the prints which I have to say was extremely disorganised (you might have seen my little rant on snapchat about it). Unlike London Comic Con where you instantly receive your photos as there are printers on site, I think with Wales Comic Con they had to send over their images to a separate printing shop which I can understand, but the problem was they had asked us to come back to collect in 2 hours and when we did, were informed that most of them wouldn't be ready till after 6pm or even the next day, which was totally unacceptable to those who had to catch trains home or didn't have tickets to attend the following day. It was a complete mess really and there were a lot of upset fans. I do hope they sort out this issue for their next con.
Other than the printer situation, I can say I much prefer the laid-back atmosphere of Wales to London Comic Con, although it probably had a lot to do with the fact that the sun shone the entire weekend. The open air layout also meant that I could take breathers throughout the day, check on Fischer and sit outside with a cone of soft serve (which was probably the best I've ever tasted might I add, well done WCC ice-cream truck man). In between the Saturday and the Sunday, I stayed overnight at the dog-friendly Grosvenor Hotel Pulford, where I had such a lovely experience, I think I'll do a separate blog post talking more in-depth about it. On the Sunday, after my last photo op at 12.30pm, I immediately legged it back to the station to catch a train back to London in time for The Complete Walk event they were holding in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and managed to catch it just before it ended so I felt quite lucky indeed. All in all, it was a super fun, jam-packed weekend and I definitely wouldn't mind travelling back to Wales in the future. Along with Fischer of course!
Have you ever been to a Wales Comic Con? Or have you ever travelled out of your hometown to attend a con?