Watford Filmfair Comic-Con ~Watford Leisure Centre Central

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Comic-Cons are always on my radar, I love all things film, television and theatre related, so these events tick all the boxes for me. Watford’s annual one day long Comic-Con which is run by Filmfair UK is on a somewhat smaller scale in comparison to MCM and Showmasters events, which take up several exhibition halls. However, if my visit, today proved anything, it was the quality and not the quantity that matters.

It’s well organised with a logistical layout and enough space to move around comfortably between stalls. There were plenty of dealers present selling merchandise, not so many celebrities available to meet and purchase autographs from as perhaps I’ve become accustomed to seeing, though. Despite this observation, the guests all appeared relaxed and seemed to have time to chat to their fans, which is an encouraging sight in itself. Guests at the Con, today included Andrew-Lee Potts from Primeval, Arti Shah and Paul Warren from such films as Star Wars to name just one franchise and Hattie Hayridge of Red Dwarf fame.

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Just a standard day in Watford! Photo credit: Philip French

 

These fairs seem to be run on a basic level, there are no guest talks, for example, but the entry price is reasonable and parking is easy around the chosen venue. I overheard a parent speaking to a stall holder and remarking that their child would not cope with the larger scale conventions, yet, and that’s a very good point. For a family friendly day out where there are characters from the movies present to entertain your young brood, why not try Watford Comic-Con. Their date for next year will be released, soon and I highly recommend putting in your diaries!

Feature Photo Credit: Filmfair UK

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MCM Midlands Comic Con ~ Telford International Centre

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Comic Con arrived at Telford International Centre, today and Cosplayers were out in force with amazing costumes adorning many patrons. Star Wars is proving a popular costumer choice as always and the UK Garrison were also presiding over proceedings as usual with appearances from Darth Vader, Darth Maul and an array of Stormtroopers.

The layout of the event was much improved from last year and the use of a side room for the theatre area was also a plus. With plenty of seating available in the theatre and a great selection of panel sessions which featured Simon Fisher-Becker, Andrew-Lee Potts, Kai Owen and Sylvester McCoy to name a few. What attended a few sessions and found it fascinating to learn facts about Simon Fisher-Becker, particularly the reason for the title of his one man show My Darlek Has A Puncture. Kai Owen also provided interesting insights into the world Torchwood and Hollyoaks.

Funko Pops remained a popular choice for shoppers at the convention, and a number of stalls had rows of them available to purchase. Vintage figures from Star Wars, Wolverine and Thundercats, to name a few, were drawing in the crowds and a wide age range of visitors was noted, too. Our youngest reporter joins us for comic con events and there are more families attending each time we go along. That is really encouraging to see, and kudos to MCM for creating an event that is family friendly but still maintains something for everyone.

We can’t wait to see what MCM in Birmingham brings next month.

The link to see all the comic cons that MCM run throughout the year is here and you can also book tickets: http://www.mcmcomicon.com

 

 

 

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