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    Default I didn't choose the con life, the con life chose me.

    So I'd never really been into the idea of going to comic cons or anything but now that my partner is selling stuff at them I'm keen to go with her and do all that con-life stuff. From behind a table I guess because I won't get huge amounts of time to experience it all but hey I'll nip out at times I'm sure.

    So, anyone who has been to cons and whatever... how did you like them? Anything you particularly like or dislike about them? Any special memories? Met some famous people? Do tell!
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    I dunno I get bored kinda quick? I don't know if that's because the ones in the Glasgow area aren't... fantastic, and the things they put on aren't great either, or whether I'm just not into it as much as some people are. But, it's fun for a while, but once I'm done enjoying myself, I gotta get outta there.

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    You have a girlfriend! I simply had no idea!
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    She's smurfing amazing, I'll have you know, and I'm goddam proud of her. If you want to know how much she makes me happy I can PM you Jinx. But what about cons?
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    Serious answer: I had to go to them with my biological father when I was a kid. I smurfing HATED them. They were boring as trout. I went to one as an adult and got to me Amy Okuda and Robin Thornsen from The Guild (actually, the picture I got with them was the one where Psy said I looked like a whale!) and that was neat. Mostly though, I don't enjoy them. It's just looking at a ton of cool trout you probably can't afford.

    That said, you're going to big ones and there's probably going to be some cool panels and stuff. But I don't think you're terribly interested in the shows/movies that they'd probably have actors for. Unless they have GoT actors, and good luck getting into those!

    So long story short: I don't like them, no. They're just nerdy flee markets, really. I mean, if you're going with the specific intent to buy some cool trout, you're probably going to have a great time. But it doesn't have a ton of entertainment value.

    None of this is to deride your girlfriend's work. Her art is incredible and I appreciate she's gotta hustle. They're just not really for me, personally.
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    I haven't been to one but there's a pretty large one that happens in dallas i've debated on. I want to go to the panels with all the actors and creators!

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    They're okay. Jinx's nerdy flea market description is apt, though add in a few random celebs (the bigger the con, the bigger the celeb. I went to London Comic Con and saw Daniel Radcliffe for example) and a few new game demo areas. Add in some cosplayers and expensive food and you're about there. It's an experience worth having for sure, but not something I'd make a habit of going to. I'd definitely only go to the bigger cons.

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    Wait, I've been to blizzcon xD I forget that it's a con just not in the same sense as other cons.

    Blizzcon is smurfing awesome. But probably better than just your more local con because all the vendors and stuff is vetted through blizzard and everything is very specific in theme. PLus they have championships and stuff going on. It's a lot of fun.

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    They had ten GoT actors at a recent London con. The brand of con dictates way more than the size in my experience. That same con had Benedict, Mads, and a bunch of others I can't recall off the top of my head. The same brand got Gimli amongst others to appear at the upcoming Bournemouth con. smurfing Bournemouth. But they're all on weekends we're busy. The cons we're selling at will have a few power rangers and some 60s actors like the dude who played Flash, and the voice actor for Ash. I think that's it so far for MCM Scotland xD But at least that makes it easier to stick to selling without distractions.

    Hyper Japan seems a bit more interesting than the MCM stuff because they have a massive theme going on but it'll be in the docks in London for three days. Other traders have advised to bring very, very warm clothing and thermos... Eek. xD
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    Is it in the winter?!

    The problem with those panels is that you have to get there very early and wait in line for hours, which doesn't seem like something you'll be able to do. But I do figure that London, at least, will have some interesting people there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loony BoB View Post
    Hyper Japan seems a bit more interesting than the MCM stuff because they have a massive theme going on but it'll be in the docks in London for three days. Other traders have advised to bring very, very warm clothing and thermos... Eek. xD
    They know more than I do but that wasn't my experience - I assume you're doing the October one and that's the one I did. The queue outside took forever to get in and that was obviously cold, although I would guess traders don't have to get involved in that, but once inside it was absolutely sweltering. And sweaty. The ExCel Centre is one of London's main exhibition centres so the facilities are definitely up to scratch, just be careful of the food because they really smurfing bleed you dry for it. I can't remember exactly how much it is, as I didn't eat there when I went to Comic Con. I had been to the venue before for a work conference and so just claimed expenses on it, but I feel like it was something like 12 for a generic burger and fries.

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    It is indeed winter, Jinx. It's really hit and miss.

    Showmasters London final guest list: http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com....php/allguests - 95,000 footfall
    Showmasters Birmingham final guest list: http://www.filmandcomicconbirmingham...collectormania
    Showmasters Bournemouth guest list so far (it's in late August): http://www.showmastersevents.com/bournemouth/

    MCM Manchester final guest list: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/mancheste...pecial-guests/ - 40,000 footfall
    MCM London guest list so far (it's in October): http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/at...pecial-guests/ - 133,000 footfall
    MCM Scotland guest list so far (it's in September): http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/scotland/...pecial-guests/ - 30,000 footfall

    I can't wait to do a Showmasters con >_> They may be smaller in footfall so not as good for selling... but man those guest lists. D:

    Equally I'm really keen to at least visit some of the gaming-focused cons. You can literally hire in-the-venue tent-space with a BYOC LAN party thing going on at Insomnia. Neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loony BoB View Post
    Hyper Japan seems a bit more interesting than the MCM stuff because they have a massive theme going on but it'll be in the docks in London for three days. Other traders have advised to bring very, very warm clothing and thermos... Eek. xD
    They know more than I do but that wasn't my experience - I assume you're doing the October one and that's the one I did. The queue outside took forever to get in and that was obviously cold, although I would guess traders don't have to get involved in that, but once inside it was absolutely sweltering. And sweaty. The ExCel Centre is one of London's main exhibition centres so the facilities are definitely up to scratch, just be careful of the food because they really smurfing bleed you dry for it. I can't remember exactly how much it is, as I didn't eat there when I went to Comic Con. I had been to the venue before for a work conference and so just claimed expenses on it, but I feel like it was something like 12 for a generic burger and fries.
    Sounds like the summer one to be honest. The last two years of Hyper Japan at Christmas have been at the Tobacco Docks and they are predominantly outside, and I'm told inside is "warmer, but still wear warm clothing". I think they said they use Olympia or Excel for the summer events?

    And yeah I've been told to bring my own food to Hyper Japan. More so because of the 30 minute queues... xD
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    Oh, I was talking MCM not Hyper Japan. My bad.

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    Ah, right! Should be... interesting.
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