Sunday, 14 November 2010

London MCM Expo 2010.

I previously mentioned the London MCM Expo, which happened on the last weekend of October. I attended the event on the Saturday (with my little sister and my mother) and it has to be one of my highlights this year...I wanted to post my photos immediately but never got round to it until now! I mainly wanted to go to see costumes, check out any new art to add to my collection and to see what new computer games were out...and it was so much more exciting than I thought it would be. I actually felt like I was 10 years old again - and possibly acted it at some point of the day...which I will reveal later on.I was very curious to see how many people would be dressed up or shied away like myself (although I did wear a Star Wars t-shirt!!) but I was absolutely shocked at the amount of people who arrived in full costume, and shocked at how amazing they were!! The first characters we saw were from Star Wars which I later realised was most probably organised by the event as I saw Storm Troopers everywhere after that! I then came across Alien which looked excellent!I had a list of characters in my head that I desperately wanted to see and the Dragonball Z fighters was definitely one of the many! I saw a group of them within 10 minutes of leaving the station and as I shyly asked if I could take their photo, they were all so lovely and immediately got into their character stances which I was not expecting at all! I was so impressed and almost giddy about it!!Inside the venue, there were many gaming booths and I came across Dragonball: Raging Blast 2 which looked amazing!! I used to play a lot of games when I was younger, but working in Fashion as a full-time job completely takes over your life! But I am hoping to make some time for gaming soon as I really miss it!! If the queue wasn't so long, I would have waited to play Dragonball, it looked like the actual Anime, just in game form! I think that was probably the most negative thing about the event, there were not enough gaming booths and groups of people (teenage boys) were really hogging them! I'm pretty certain that they only came to play unreleased games for the entire day!This next person is dressed up as Noctis from Final Fantasy Versus XIII and I thought it was a great interpretation!I first saw these Victoriana girls hours before I took this photo of them but I was too shy to ask! I didn't want to miss the chance again when I saw them a second time, so asked for their photo which they seemed happy about and I thought they looked adorable together!Next is a guy from Portugal who won the Euro Cosplay competition! I didn't stay long enough to watch the competition which consisted of actual performances (I won't miss this next time!) but I had taken this photo of him before it started and I was sure he would win. There was a lot of work put into his costume as Cain Nightroad from Trinity Blood so he completely deserved it!You can't go wrong dressed as Domo, period.Next was another fantastic costume but I don't recognise the character, so if anyone knows, please enlighten me! I got frustrated with the guy hovering beside her but while I was preparing my photos for this blog entry, I think he was actually acting as a prop-holder for her!As I made my way through the venue, I spotted a booth that didn't have a crowd, so I had a proper look to see what the lack of fuss was about, and there was John de Lancie who I recognised as 'Q' from Star Trek! This was quite exciting as my boyfriend and I have been making our way through all the Star Trek series, so his character is still quite prominent to me...although it seemed like hardly anyone knew who he was, hence the empty booth! However, there were a few older people (possibly journalists) taking photos of him from a distance but I decided to ask him if I could take his photo as I thought it was quite rude to just take a photo while he is simply sitting there!Now this is the bit where I thought I behaved like a 10 year old because I asked if I could take a photo and he was very lovely and said I could...he then leant forward (I assume because when people ask for photos, they want to be in it as well...and to get an autograph?!), prompting me to step back (otherwise I wouldn't be able to get him in the frame), took two snaps, said thank you and ran off! Judging by the look on his face, I think he thought I was very strange and it must have been the fastest 'fan' meeting he has ever had! My 14 year old sister then told me off for being 'rubbish' and that I should have made conversation...which is completely true of course! The thing is, I wasn't starstruck at all, I've never been starstruck...but I guess this is because I live in London and I see celebrities all the time. I think it was simply because I wanted to be polite and get a photo of an actor who is in a program that I have been watching, end of!! Another actor who was sat next to John de Lancie was Tony Todd who I recognised but could not figure out where he was from. I later found out that he was also in Star Trek (as an older Jake Sisko and Worf's brother, Kurn) and several other films! Anyway, I felt so foolish with my meeting with John de Lancie, I wouldn't have dared go back to the booth!There were a couple of stalls selling Manga and this one had an abundance of them! My sister was in her element and we spent ages browsing! We finally left after about 15 minutes with some new books to read! Below was a delightful costume which again I don't recognise, so if anybody knows, please tell me as I'd love to see how accurate her costume was! She may have been one of the best as she literally looked like she jumped straight out of an anime!My sister spotted 'Joker' and started snapping away and I didn't realise (I can be very slow) that this 'Joker' character was playing Batman on the Wii! I thought this was hilarious and proceeded having a fit of giggles again. The guy seemed a bit embarrassed and stopped playing his game to pose for us, but my sister instructed him to continue with his game...and I get told that I'm bossy!Next are characters from Assassin's Creed which were stood in a triangle (there was a third character stood next to me) and moved very slowly as if they were about to attack each other, very dramatic!I think the Assassin's Creed gaming booth also had the longest queue, so there was no chance of me getting a go although it looked like fun!This Queen Amidala costume had to be one of my favourites! I spotted her from a distance and there was no room for me to be shy so I immediately asked for a photo to which she was delighted about and instantly got into her pose which was perfect!Ryuk from Death Note was another character who I really wanted to see and I saw plenty! However, I wasn't impressed enough to ask for a photo until I saw this guy as I was leaving the venue. He could easily portray Ryuk in a film and his pose was so spot on!! Ryuk is a death god who likes eating apples...I've probably made the anime sound incredibly rubbish but it is just amazing! Well, I actually haven't read the manga, but I've watched the film and it has to be one of the most unpredictable films I have ever watched!
Overall, I had a wonderful time at the event and will continue to attend every time it is on now! I have also learnt that I must buy tickets beforehand as we were waiting for an hour and a half in the queue! I would also interact a bit more, such as queuing to test a game out, attending the costume competition (I've seen videos of this and they looked amazing) and spending more time in the Comic part of the event. This was where artists were seated and I definitely rushed through it. There were also several artists offering to do a portrait of visitors which was something I really wanted to get done!!! I also did a bit of shopping which I will leave for another blog entry! I hope my photos make you want to attend the event in the future because you will be thoroughly surprised at how much you will enjoy yourself!
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