I'll start this post off with a fact:
Moviepilot are awesome. Got that? Great. It's a good thing to realize.
Over the past weekend, the MCM London Comic Convention has been opening its doors to astounding cosplayers and budding fans alike. It's the biggest pop culture event in the whole of the UK, and one of the most coveted anime and comic-related events in the whole of Europe.
And thanks to Moviepilot, I got to go.
That's right, I started writing for this site maybe six months ago, and a few days ago I had the astounding opportunity to attend London Comic-Con as press - an experience I'll never forget and would certainly never have been offered if I wasn't writing for these guys.
Here, on this blog (one of many I'll be doing about my experience and what I learned), I'm going to tell you all about what I got up to.
And hey, what I got up to was pretty freakinggggg awesome.
A Cool Press Badge!
This whole thing was my first time turning up as press to, well, anything really - so I freaking cherished this thing. I don't think there's really a feeling quite like walking around with press tag pinned onto your lapel, knowing you can talk to anybody in the room without question.
Except the feeling of being Iron Man. I imagine that that's a pretty cool feeling too.
Speaking of talking to anyone, and speaking of Iron Man...
This was probably one of the more awesome parts of my journey to London. As you can clearly see, I got to meet the likes of Stark himself, and had a great chat with the cosplayer responsible for this amazing piece of artwork. I'll post in the future about what the costumed citizens had to say about themselves (some of it is pretty heart-wrenching stuff), but for now check out a few of the talents I got to kick it with:
This guy caught my eye off the bat - a die-hard fan of Weapon X for 26 years!
This guy both scared and amazed me. Yasee, I didn't know if he was planning on shooting me or the camera-man first...
The first question I asked of this costumed dude was if he could please not snap my neck. He proceeded to put his hand on my head and tell me: "Well, we'll just have to see how this interview goes."
I got to see so many more talented people (all of whom are going to claim their reward for letting me talk to them in my future posts), but I don't want to spoil any later articles for you - keep an eye on my profile for more on the creative genius and passion involved in UK-based cosplay!
Undoubtedly the high point of my day, I got to speak with members of the cast of the hit CW show Arrow! Willa Holland (nearest) plays Thea Queen, Karl Yune (middle) has shown us an amazing Maseo/Sarab on-screen, and Rila Fukushima (furthest away) has been prominent throughout season three as Tatsu, and more recently as sword-wielding Katana.
As well as my next posts about cosplay, I have some exclusive pieces of information about Arrow coming your way in the near future... Hm... Excitement...
Check Out the Stalls!
Picture the estimated size of the universe. Double it. That's how big this thing was. The stalls on offer were incredible, the merchandise was unique and (in some cases) unseen before... Awesome, right? Well, it gets better.
Video gaming stalls were everywhere, from the Wii U to the PlayStation 4 to Virtual Reality gaming - it really did have everything. Again, this is all just a teaser of what's to come in later posts.
Don't tell him I told you this, but I think it's possible that the tech on offer may even have impressed Ray Palmer himself...
All of this is just a sample of what I got up to, keep your eyes peeled to my profile for articles on all the topics mentioned above and more, because, well, yaknow, it's London freakin' Comic-Con.
I want to again take this opportunity just to thank Moviepilot for what they've given me - an incredible experience and a day I'll never forget. And remember - this post is the first of many!
Have a great day guys :)