I was going through my Facebook timeline and found a post by Wales Comic Con that Cara Theobold (VA of Tracer from Overwatch) will be attending the convention in April 2018. As an Overwatch fan, I was like ‘oh, hell yes’ but unfortunately, I will not be attending the convention.
I have been to Wales Comic Con in December 2017 and have to say, it was an underwhelming experience. Considering Wales Comic Con was treated like a national affair that attracts the con-goers with its impressive line-up of guests and celebrities (I know I went there to meet Caroline Ravassa – VA of Sombra from Overwatch), I just did not enjoy my time there.
The convention I went to before the Wales one was MCM Comic Con London so I was really looking forward to finishing the year on a high note because MCM London was exceptional but Wales Comic Con had a lot of issues, particularly with its venue.
The venue was overcrowded and if anyone disagrees with this is living in denial and probably believes that the earth is flat. I could not move around without bumping into someone and because of that, I couldn’t even film my vlog much either.
Another issue with the venue was the lack of cash machines. There were none on the site. If you needed the cash, you had to leave the venue, go across the road (God help you if you are trying to cross the road wearing an outfit that restricts your line of visibility), line up outside a petrol station to withdraw some cash and then make your way back to the venue. It was a horrendous feeling and for the first time in my life, I was glad I was not cosplaying.
The third issue with the venue was that it was organised at an university so the entire event was not under one roof but was in multiple buildings. Every time you left one building to go to another one, your bags were checked and your wrist bands were checked too. Imagine spending your whole day there and every time from one building to the other, you were being checked.
Another issue were the stalls. There was a TENT set up (again, overcrowded) where you could go and buy some nerdy stuff. Where most conventions focus on merchandise and stalls, Wales Comic Con just put them in a tent which was not even that spacious. There were some other merchandise on sale too in one of the buildings where most celebs were sat but not much.
If there was anything good in all of this was that I meet Carolina Ravassa.
Oh, I also met Chloe Hollings again…
…but if you take that out, the entire Wales Comic Con was a bit of a let-down and I don’t think I will be attending it again.