Last weekend I took a break from normality and went to London for Comic Con with my boyfriend. We booked a full weekend in the Premier Inn right next to the convention (minus Lenny Henry, unfortunately), and did the full three days. Being Northerners, we’d never been to the London con before, so were very excited to go and see what it had to offer. When we got there we were very impressed with the size of it, so many stalls!
We chose to have a different cosplay for each day, so we could get as many cool pictures as possible. Admittedly, this was only possible because of my Dad being an absolute star and driving us down, we wouldn’t have survived four hours on a packed train with all the costumes and props we had to carry! On the first day I went as Suigintou from Rozen Maiden, and Andy went as Marvel’s Kingpin (the version from the new Daredevil Netflix series). He got stopped for pictures a lot, and a few people actually knew what character I was (at the Birmingham con I didn’t run into any Rozen Maiden fans).
We spent most of the Friday looking at all the stalls and buying a few things, or, in my case, a lot of things. There was so much to buy, and I ended up going a little bit mad and buying loads of T-Shirts, graphic novels, comics and Japanese sweets (so much Mochi). One of my favourite con buys, though, has to be this:
To end our first day, we went to the Yogscast Q&A, where the Yogscast answered audience questions, including one that Andy asked himself. He’s a huge fan so it was a great experience, even though I didn’t really know much about them before Comic Con, I found the evening very entertaining. My favourite part was when Sips had to describe his understanding of the phrase ‘cheeky Nando’s’, which he said involves going to Nando’s with a guy called Callum who is a “lad” and also a “ledge”. A lovely way to end the first day.
On Saturday we went as Team Rocket grunts, bringing with us a Pokeball and a Pokemon each. This was the most stressful day in terms of getting around anywhere; it was packed! But, these were the most comfortable costumes for walking around in, which saved some sanity when we were stuck in a slow-moving crowd. We got a few pictures with Pokemon cosplayers, including one of us catching some people dressed as Pokemon.
After spending the first three days living on sandwiches, we rewarded ourselves with red bean ice cream and filled pancakes for dessert. If you ever go to a con, get the pancakes. They are the best pancakes in the world and you will not regret it. Eat them. Now.
We also visited the police vehicle display, which we made the most of by getting ourselves arrested in costume:
Sunday was the debut of the costume I was the most excited about. After over 10 hours slaving away with a needle (this, from a person who never sews, ever), I couldn’t be happier to test out my Poison Ivy costume. Andy went as Bane, making for some awesome pictures and fun throughout the day.
We got asked for pictures a lot on the Sunday, especially when we stood in front of the Batman section. It was so much fun. We even took part in a massive DC vs. Marvel photo-shoot outside – so many brilliant costumes!
One of the coolest moments, though, has to be when Andy went to meet the Yogcast at their stand and got this picture with Lewis:
He also arm wrestled Hercules and won a cupcake for doing so. Apparently I’m meant to show him off for this. So here I am, showing him off. All the showing off. All of it.
Overall, I had a great weekend, and would love to do it again sometime. One of my favourite things to do over the weekend has to be the Syfy FanCam, where you got to have your photo taken from every angle, creating a video that give a 360 angle view of you. We did it twice, on both the Saturday and Sunday, and the videos look really cool. And, to make it even better, we got a free goody bag for taking part!
I’d definitely recommend going to London’s con. It’s so big and there’s so much to do there. If you do plan to stay for the weekend, and you’re not from London, like me, make sure to book into one of the hotels next to the Excel centre. I was initially going to stay in central London, as this was slightly cheaper, but I’m really glad I didn’t, as this would have involved lots of travel. Plus, staying nearby meant we could drop off our buys at the hotel whenever we needed to.
For anyone who’s thinking of doing just the one day, Friday’s definitely the one to go for if you want to get a proper look round. It was pretty quiet in comparison to the other days, which made it way easier to see everything. Saturday was an absolute nightmare for this, we actually went back to the hotel for a couple of hours mid-day because we got tired of trying to move through the massive crowds.
To finish off, here’s a picture of me and Baymax. I wish he was real…