What’s up, guys? On the 18th of March 2018, I had the opportunity to attend MCM Birmingham Comic Con at NEC Arena. I had an amazing time there and met a lot of cosplayers too.
As with MCM Comic Cons, I expected the usual Birmingham Comic Con did not disappoint. A large open space to walk, different kind of merchant stalls that were spaciously placed and strong presence of upcoming Hollywood movies but what was different this time around was the line-up of guests that MCM had brought in. I was surprised to see Overwatch voiceover actors making a strong presence with Lucio (Jonny Cruz) attracting the most attention.
To top it off, we had Nolan North and Troy Baker also making an appearance. Now, that was freaking amazing.
But cosplay was the centre of attention and there were many cosplayers who I had the chance to meet on the one day I attended. You can check out the photos below.
Had an amazing time at MCM Comic Con Birmingham. A big thanks to all who posed for the photos and vlogs (which will be uploaded soon). Feel free to tag yourself in the pics.
But it was journey that made me special to me. I had to catch a coach from Manchester to Birmingham at 5:00(!) in the morning to be there by 9:00 and on top of that, it snowed heavily that day too so the journey was a bit more difficult but it was more impressive to see that many other people braved the snow too to show up. That’s dedication!
But while I am on the topic of dedication, I have to apologise to people who watch my videos to see cosplays and witness the atmosphere of the Comic Con floor but this time, I was heavily distracted by the line-up of guests to the point I must have spent hours standing in the queues instead of spending time on the floor meeting cosplayers and filming my vlog.
You can check out my MCM Comic Con Birmingham below:
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This year, I had the opportunity to go to the biggest comic convention in UK – MCM Comic Con London 2017. The event lasted for three days starting from the 27 to the 29 October.
I met a lot of people and it was nice to see cosplayers, who spent hours’ worth of effort in their costumes, show off their creativity on the show floor. I was there on the Saturday and the Sunday (missed out of the Friday) and managed to loads of photos and film some material for my vlog.
But getting to the venue was a completely different story and my experience was different from all the other conventions I have been to.
I want to get one thing out of the way here – I do NOT live in London and have only been to London once and it was a long time ago. The Underground and public transport scares me so when I was travelling there from Manchester, I knew I was going to get lost there. So, I thought it would be wise to take a direct train to Euston and then make my way (somehow) to the place I had reserved via Airbnb.
I had purchased my train tickets a good one and half month prior to my travel and the same for my Airbnb stay.
Six days before I set out though, I got an email from Airbnb saying that my booking with my host has been cancelled but because I had been racking up overtime at my workplace (travelling to London isn’t cheap), I did not have the time to check my emails. 24 hours before I was going to set off, I decided to check the Airbnb app for the address of the place I was staying and that’s when I realised, I was screwed.
A quick and frantic search on Airbnb site led to a listing that was 15 minutes away from the venue by foot. The price was near enough the same so I decided to take the plunge and went ahead with it.
The booking came through and the host was helpful.
On Friday, the day of my travel which also happened to be the first day of MCM Comic Con London, I was working till 12:30. My train was at 14:30 so I gave myself two hours to drive home, say goodbye to my parents, take a bus to Picadilly Train Station and chill till it’s time for my train’s departure.
Everything was going great until I reached the train station. Turns out, the Virgin train service to Euston has been suspended because some man got hit by train. Loads of questions ran through my mind. The good thing was, all tickets purchased would be honoured by Transpennine service. The bad news was, I was not the only one travelling to London that day. Not only the seat that was reserved for me on Virgin was no longer available to me, I also had to change service from Leeds to King’s Cross station.
The train was packed to Leeds and I had to stand all the way to the station.
When I got off at Leeds, I thought about getting something to eat. There was a shop of sorts at the station. I had two bags on me – on my back and the other was suitcase. Because I wanted to purchase a bacon sandwich and a tea, I left my suitcase in the lobby (in plain sight) and went in store. I got my tea, grabbed my sandwich and made my way to my suitcase. I sat down on the seat and began munching down until I saw a woman walk in with a security operative and pointed towards my suitcase. In that once instance, I knew exactly what had happened.
The security officer looked at me and asked if that was my bag. I said to him that it was and the reason I left it out here was because I could not carry a hot drink, a sandwich and push a suitcase at the same time. I apologised for creating an alarm, to which the operative responded with a friendly, ‘no problem, mate!’ and went on his way.
‘Oh, well’, I thought and soldiered on. What should have been a two-hour journey to Euston ended up a staggering five hour long torturous ordeal.
I looked at the screen to King’s Cross service and there was no platform number or time. I shrugged and walked to the nearest bench. My legs were aching and I was still trying to get my head around what just happened. I glanced at the screen again and lo and behold, the time was up and was the platform number.
I had 10 minutes to make my way from one end of the station to the other. Not a problem but when you do not know where the heck is platform 9 and your legs are killing you – it is a bit difficult to run.
Somehow, I managed to make my way to the train and boarded on it. I even managed to nab me a seat too, which was cool.
On my way to King’s Cross, I got a message off from my host at Airbnb and I told them what had just happened. They sent me instructions on how to get to Pontoon Docks where their apartment was and which services to take. Upon my arrival I purchased an Oyster card braced myself to face my worst nightmare – the complex public transportation service of London.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the London Public Transport is very effective but it is very complicated too. The good thing was, instructions my host went me were clear so I reached the apartment safe and sound.
I fell on my bed and shut my eyes. My legs were killing me.
The thing is, I had been working for seven days in a row at my workplace before I set off to London. So, while the Comic Con was amazing, my legs were pain and were stiffing up. On the Saturday, I spend the whole day walking around taking pictures and filming for my vlog. When the convention finished, I went to Foxy’s and partied there too which I regret doing now.
By Sunday, I could barely walk.
On the last of the convention, I didn’t have it in my. I didn’t feel like filming or taking pictures and was just super tired. I remember finishing early and just doing to my apartment to pull off an early night.
On the Monday, I travelled back and the direct train from Euston to Manchester was a pleasure to travel in.
Overall, the experience was good which could have been better if my legs were not sore.
Whew! Where to even begin? First off, I must apologise for being late in posting this blog but after I came back from Manchester Comic Con, I had some stuff to do on Monday and from Tuesday – I had been at my workplace. So, I did not have the time to write a proper blog about it.
Right, time to dive into it.
Manchester Comic Con was great and it was a pleasure to watch all these amazing people with their cosplays and how they brought the fictional characters to life. My family members, who know that I have been attending Comic Con for the past two years were shocked to see the level of dedication put in by these talented cosplayers. You can see all the photos I took of these cosplayers below:
A collection of photos taken on Day 1 and Day 2 of Manchester Comic Con 2017. Feel free to tag yourself in the pics.
This year, I cosplayed as Deadpool for the first time but I tried to bring a new touch to the cosplay. I always thought, if Deadpool and the Godfather ever had a crossover, what would it look like? Well, I would look something like this:
I bought the mask over Amazon and a fancy Mafia themed props which cost me £28 in total, put on a suit and viola – my Mafiaso Deadpool outfit was ready. Walking around with the mask on was not that difficult but it did take a toll on me at the end when I went to Fab Café at the end of the night for the after-party. Me, nor my friend Claire who was dressed as Harley Quinn from Arkham Series had it in us to party the night away.
On the Sunday, I was walked around in my civvies and took some time out to film some cosplayers posing for my vlog. Shout-out to all who the time out to pose. You can check out the full vlog below:
Comic Con is nothing without the merchandise stalls and this year, I did manage to bag me some cool stuff. I did make a vlog which will be linked below but if you do not fancy watching it, here is what I got: one Overwatch t-shirt, two Fairytail t-shirts, RWBY Volume 1, 2 and 3 on blu-ray, an anime called Another and a manga called Tomie by Junji Ito.
Overall, it was fun-filled experience and I am looking forward to more of these conventions in the future. To stay updated with my latest vlogs and news, hit me up on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.