Less of a review and more a posting with Sketches attatched.
The Saturday at MCM London was packed which made the hottest day of the year even hotter.
Sunday not so busy.
Big thanks to all those that came to chat & get sketches.
Till next time! :D
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Summer time is upon us and so is the London Comic Con at MCM Expo. Which thank fully also completes my recent trilogy of weekly conventions. This may be the biggest & the best though. You will find me as a guest within the Comic Village based on stall E3. Here is a link to the Floor Plan
for all you crazy kids.
The show will be running inside the London Excel Centre situated in the heart of the docklands from the 25th - 27th May. It will feature everything from cosplay and comics the latest videogames, merchandise and autographs. There will be an MCM Fringe Festival with events taking place inside and outside the halls. While the special guests, include the likes from Elvira to Danny DeVito!
MCM Expo London Comic Con show opens on Friday 2 -7! With the main doors opening to the public from 9am - 6pm Saturday & 10am - 5pm Sunday.
For more on MCM EXPO LONDON COMIC CON visit:www.londonexpo.com
This was the second time I have attended Kapow. The first time I was on the guest list and just went along to enjoy the show. So let me start out by saying this time around I really didn't get to see much of the show. I arrived 20 minutes before the opening of Kapow with the queue for the event already snaking itself around the courtyard. I swiftly found my way to my table where I was squeezed between Adi Granov and Barry Kitson so I knew there was bound to quite the crush.
I was joined for the weekend on my stall by the fantastic John-Paul Bove who was there to digitally colour any sketches requested & to keep me supplied with Jaffa Cakes.
He had a nifty little set up where he was scanning, colouring and printing out finished art pieces for fans.
Of which Dark Judge Fire here is an example
From the start of the day I was sketching and didn't get the chance to stop. In fact I found this show so busy that for the first time at a convention I didn't head into the bar at the end of a long day. But back to the hotel room to continue with a backlog of sketches & sketch covers to finish.
The sunday came and went in similar fashion with my head down sketching. I actually had to turn away sketches from 1 o'clock just to make sure I could complete those already requested. Which was something I can honestly say I do not like doing. This was partly due to a rather strange closing time of 3.30pm. Which is very unusual for a convention of this sort. I literally finished my final sketch as the doors were shutting.
All in all I had a great, but busy weekend. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the people that came along to chat. Even the the cosplayers that I saw were great. The only thing I regret, is that because I was so busy, I didn't get to look around the show myself.
Megatron crushing Spider-Man Sketch Cover
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This years Bristol Expo started out very different for me. With an early start I caught the train and was on my way to Bristol from just after 6.00 and had booked a table seat so I could get on with sketches along the way. Out of quite an empty carrage three other travelers had decided to locate there. It turned out they were also on their way to the Bristol show, so there was no shortage of questions on my way there. What made the journey more unusual was the two rather drunk and slightly stoned women on their way to a festival of sorts. They kept me entertained if not disturbed for the rest of the journey. By the time we arrived at the station the one reveler' could barely stand. Which was quite amusing as she had been performing her Breast and Bum dance on the way into the station.
The Bristol Comic Expo itself has been moved back into the Engineers shed, which is directly attached to Bristol Train Station. Right back to where the Event originally began and a far better location than spreading the show over two hotels as has been done in previous years. Though curiously a few artists were still placed within the Ramada Hotel along with the Talks & The Draw the World Together charity. From what I saw within the main Hall there was plenty of room to accommodate all of these into where the main convention was. Though the footfall did not seem heavy on the day I have been reliably informed the attendance had gone up from the previous year. The space within the Engineers shed may simply have made it seem lesser attended than previously. Happily I found myself busy throughout the day with people that had specifically come out to see me but also plenty of new people in the mix.
One of the things I did notice that was missing from before was the lack of european visitors to the show. Always a big part of the crowd my only guess is they have decided to move on to the bigger shows such as Kapow. The other noticeable thing from the show was the lack of advertising. With no outward sign the show was going on at all, a huge market of people were missed out. With great transport links to compete with any other show, there could of been more effort to capitalize on this. Interestingly one of the passengers on the train I chatted to had a sister meeting her at the station that actually wants to break into comics. As it turns out even she was unaware the Brisol show was taking place. Which says a lot.
I had a great time catching up with people at the show even if it was ever so briefly. There has not been a year go by that I have not attended Bristol. So lets hope now the Event is back to its original home, it will grow from there. Fingers crossed I will be there too.