This past weekend saw one of the biggest conventions in the UK take place at Earl’s Court in London.
The London Film and Comic Con, to give the event its full name, promised to be a spectacular event. The LFCC brought together cosplayers, collectors, sellers and of course a huge amount of special guests.
In among the stands full of merchandise and memorabilia were a bunch of TNA wrestlers, film stars, artists, authors and the mighty Stan Lee. Attendees had the chance to meet all of these guests as the event lasted all weekend. There was a preview of things to come on Friday night between 6pm-9pm, while the main event ran in Earl’s Court 1 and Earl’s Court 2 between 11am and 5pm.
There were a huge amount of events taking place too, with the LFCC clearly attempting to become the UK’s answer to the San Diego Comic Con. There were various stages throughout the hall which housed talks from Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Starship Troopers and Aliens very own Michael Biehn.
The sheer scale of the event was something I had not come across before. I have made the short journey to Birmingham for the MCM event on several occasions, and while those shows are always fun, they don’t compare in size or guest appeal in the way LFCC does.
While I didn’t actually pay to meet any of the guests at the show, I got close enough to see a few of them and it remains very surreal for me to see these people up close, let alone talk to them. Seeing the likes of George Romero, Anthony Head, Summer Glau and Sharni Vinson is something I will always remember fondly.
Again, whilst I didn’t pay to meet any guests I still had the chance to see and talk to a few of them. As my girlfriend has recently been reading DC’s New 52 comic book line, she was desperate to meet Batgirl author Gail Simone, who seemed like a genuinely nice person and even went as far as to apologise for the awful queues that had been plaguing many who attended the event on Saturday.
I also had the chance to talk to Simon Furman who has been a writer on various Transformers comic books since the 1980’s. His work includes some excellent story lines such as the Matrix Quest, Target 2006 and The War Within. Like Simone, Furman seemed like a genuinely nice guy and talked passionately about a series he has been involved with for the best part of 30 years now. My one regret is not getting his autograph.
As for Stan Lee, no I did not pay to see the great man himself, but I did manage to sneak into the back of his signing area to get a glimpse of him before I was told to move along quickly or face getting kicked out.
The only downside to the event, I went on Saturday so can’t comment for the other days, was the serious lack of organisation outside. Upon arriving we were told to get into one queue which snaked round the building and back up to the entrance, but when we arrived at the entrance we were informed that we had to join the end of another line which had formed on the car park, things got ridiculous when we were then told to queue again in the line we had started off in. A lack of paid and voluntary help, along with a lack of signs was the clear problem here and hopefully the organisers will be looking into this issue for next years event.
Apart from the morning queues, which went on for most of the day for anyone who hadn’t pre-booked tickets, I found the LFCC to be an excellent event. There was so much to see and do that I am contemplating buying weekend tickets for next year.
If comic conventions are your thing and if you haven’t done so already, then you should really be looking into visiting the LFCC in 2015.