I attended my first LFACC in 2015 with a very hot Friday, then last year attended on the Friday and Saturday. After cramming a lot into both days and finding it tiring, I immediately planned to attend all three days this year. That proved to be a brilliant decision, and helped make the weekend lots of fun, and more importantly, stress free.

Once tickets went on sale in early December last year I booked my three day entrance ticket, and a photo op for Nicola Bryant. Following this I steadily booked some diamond passes and more photo ops month by month until the event. Spreading the cost month by month like this made it affordable. The diamond passes also helped free up time over the weekend. I was excited to get Conleth Hill pass number 1, but other than that simple fact, it does bugger all and is just a number with no benefit outside of normal diamond pass perks. There were loads of people in front of me in both his autograph and photo op queues. After cancellations along the way I attended the event with six diamond passes, and eight photo ops. My guest targets this year were dominated by Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Iron Fist with a few others.

It was possible for gold pass and diamond pass buyers to collect their passes early on the Thursday evening between 4pm and 8pm. As Olympia is a straight forward train journey for me I chose to do this. My only disappointment was not being able to pick up my diamond pass extras (prints and mug) to take home, and not have to worry about at the event itself. It also meant that unlike last year where I had to arrive at silly o'clock to get virtual queue tickets for big guests, it was not necessary this year, so arrived a little before opening each day.

My attendance was complicated late on by a back problem that started one week before. Despite some painful moments, it did not stop me from having a fabulous time.

Every time I write one of these reports my format changes slightly. I always enjoy meeting friends, and this con was no different. As such, will start with the friends I met over the weekend, then cover day by day reports of the guests, and finish with some miscellaneous images from the weekend. Sadly, I lost my mobile on the way home Saturday night, so most of my images from Saturday are lost. Fortunately I had emailed my wife with pics of me and the guests, plus a couple of others to friends. Also, using my wife's mobile on Sunday, I messed up, and some pics did not get saved.

I knew up front that friends Gordon, Steve, Ben, Maria, Kira, and Jodie were attending different days over the weekend, although I was attending the Friday on my own. I also met up with long time autograph collecting friends Sam, Greg and Martin over the weekend, plus a variety of good folk from the Walker Stalker fan community that introduced me to many people including Tasha and Liza who both stopped to chat to me, and others including Don and Dean. Here are the surviving pics of everyone I met, and had a picture with. Meeting everyone was a big part of the fun. Thank you for being there.

Martin
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Tasha
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Ben, Kira, Jodie
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Don, Dean plus 1
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Gordon, Steve
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Liza
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Friday 28th July 2017

With four photo ops booked for Friday, and a large gap in between the first and the others, my objective for the day was to meet as many people as possible for autographs, so the rest of the weekend could be approached at a sensible pace. It was a great day to do so, as it was not too crowded.

I had a photo op booked for 10:10 with Alicia Witt, so decided to try for Tommy Flanagan first. I joined his queue straight away, and was about number six, but he and Mark Boone Junior did not arrive until about 09:50, so I had limited time to see him. As such, I snapped a few pictures from the queue, quickly grabbed an autograph, thanked him for his work, and buggered off to the photo op area. I was very pleased with the Alicia Witt photo op, and think the picture is lovely.

Tommy Flanagan
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Tommy Flanagan
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Tommy Flanagan
Filip 'Chibs' Telford [SoA]

Next up was the Game of Thrones / Iron Fist duo of Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick. They were great fun to meet, and I love both shows,so got pics signed for both and also got my friend's Game of Thrones poster signed by both. They had busy queues, so I just snapped some pictures of them at their signing desks.

Finn Jones
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Finn Jones
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Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell [GOT]
Finn Jones
Danny Rand [Iron Fist]
Jessica Henwick
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Jessica Henwick
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Jessica Henwick
Nymeria Sand [GOT]
Jessica Henwick
Colleen Wing {Iron Fist]

It was then over to two people for my Walking Dead collection - John Carroll Lynch and Alicia Witt. Both were so lovely to talk to, and happy to take pictures. John is a dab hand at taking selfies for people. They both signed my Walking Dead poster (sigs 24 and 25), and Alicia signed a Walking Dead photo plus one of her cds.

Alicia Witt
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Alicia Witt
Paula [TWD]

I completed my Walking Dead targets by meeting Emily Kinney and Steven Yeun who were both lovely. They were sigs 26 and 27 on the poster, plus Emily also signed a Flash photo for me. I passed Steven a printed message from a friend who could not make it, and he kindly read it there ad then, an signed it with a brief note for them. That was so kind of him, and a lovely gesture. It was not possible to get photos of either although I did snap a couple of poor pics of Steven.

Emily Kinney
Bug Eyed Bandit
The Flash (tv 2014)

I tried getting David Labrava and Kristen Renton but they were late back, so went for a coffee then met Mark Boone Junior before he went to lunch. I ended up being last in the queue before they capped it, and the volunteer snapped several pics while I was talking to him. He was quite a character, and keeps people on their toes with his humour. I got a SoA photo signed by him.

Mark Boone Junior
Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson

After Mark, I quickly met Joe Dinicol who played Ragman in Arrow. I used to read the Ragman comic, so was pleased when the character was added. Nice young lad, and he posed for a photo with me as well as signing a photo. Then I met lovely Michelle Harrison who plays Nora Allen in The Flash. She also posed for a photo and signed a picture.

Joe Dinicol
Ragman
Michelle Harrison
Nora Allen
The Flash (tv 2014)

Sticking with SoA, I was then able to meet Kristen Renton and David Labrava. Kristen was very sweet, posing for a picture with me, and signed a photo. David was awesome. He spotted my Killing Joke t-shirt as I walked up to his desk - "Fucking Killing Joke!". Turns out he roadied for them some years back, and knows them well. We had a good chat about them. He posed for a pic with me, and signed a photo, plus I got a copy of his book signed. top bloke.

Kristen Renton
Ima Tite
David Labrava
Happy Lowman

It was now time for what turned out to be one of my favourite photo ops of the weekend, Jessica Henwick. She had a small metal iron with her to do spoof iron fist bumps. As they were about to take the photo I said she should be ironing the wrinkles out of my head. It resulted in the most glorious photo of her laughing - I totally love this brilliant, spontaneous photo. I then pottered about, bumped into some friends, had another coffee then had my final two photos of the day with Sacha Dhawan and Emily Kinney.

I then finished the day with what proved to be one of my favourite guests over the weekend, Wai Ching Ho, who played Madame Gao in Daredevil and Iron Fist. She was so much fun to talk to, and had no problem having fun with some silly photos pretending to kill me - lol. Wicked sense of humour, and lovely lady.

Wai Ching Ho
Madame Gao

Before leaving I paid a quick visit to the artists area, and had a nice guy named Lew Stringer sketch my special book with a Dennis the Menace and Gnasher sketch. This is signed sketch number five in the book. I also picked up one of his comics which he signed, and snapped a couple of pics of him at his table. I then called it a day having met all my targets plus three others I had planned to meet over the weekend. I was genuinely surprised how much I had managed to achieve, and made the following days a lot easier.

Lew Stringer
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Lew Stringer
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Lew Stringer
Dennis the Menace & Gnasher Sketch
Lew Stringer
Combat Colin Comic

After the first day I met up with friends Gordon and Steve who were down for the Saturday and Sunday, and had a bite to eat and quick drink with them.

Saturday 29th July 2017

I started Saturday quietly, had a look around, and tried to plan the day. My friend Gordon had got me a Holy Grail print which I collected off him, so I began by getting it signed by Carol Cleveland who is lovely. I mentioned to her about meeting her in 1999 at an Autographica event, and she said that was the first con she attended. She signed the print for me, and posed for a picture. The print was later signed by John Cleese. My Wil Wheaton diamond pass would have given me access to his talk, but I opted to try helping my friend Gordon who was having trouble collecting his diamond pass for Natalie Dormer, then went for Conleth Hill's autograph.

Showmasters were a little naughty with the Dormer diamond. We had chipped in to get Gordon her diamond as a birthday present for his first time at LFACC. He arrived at 7am to pick it up, but they could not find it, and told him to go to the sales/info desk after opening time. He did that, and they told him to back to the diamond pass collection. It basically took him 3 1/2 wasted hours to find out they had only had x number of passes made up, but sold more than they had made. They totally ruined his day as he missed out on virtual queue tickets for other guests, and in the end just gave him a scrap of paper which acted as his diamond pass.

Conleth Hill was one of the guests I was most excited to meet as his character Varys in GOT is a legend, and he is wonderful in the role. I was so quick buying his diamond pass it was number 1. Strangely, this proved to be the only meh experience of the weekend. Not a bad experience as I got a signed photo, met him very briefly, and got my friend's poster signed, but just meh. He was not very interested, and it was the only true lack of interaction I had with a guest all weekend.

Holy Grail Print
Signed by Carol Cleveland & John Cleese
Conleth Hill
Varys [GOT]

It was then time for two big back to back diamond pass photo ops - John Cleese and Natalie Dormer. John was lovely. I said good morning, and he replied in kind then asked what I do. I said as much as I can. He roared with laughter. I think that carried into our photo, and I really love it. Natalie is lovely, but she chose to have her hair tied up, and seeing photos from others who met her on Sunday when her hair was down, the Sunday photos look nicer. After these I then met Rusty Goffe who was only there for the day, and a big target of mine to sign a Willy Wonka photo previously signed by Gene Wilder and Albert Wilkinson. I also got a solo Willy Wonka photo signed by him, and posed for a great selfie. Really nice guy who shared a memory of working with Gene, and was fun to meet. I then pottered around for a bit, met/chatted with some friends before heading for a photo op with Conleth Hill. To be fair to Conleth he seemed friendlier in the photo area, but favoured one pose with most people. lol

Gene Wilder / Albert Wilkinson / Rusty Goffe
Willy Wonka / Oompa Loompa x 2
Rusty Goffe
Oompa Loompa

I attended Conleth's photo op with my friend Steve. Afterwards we both headed to meet John Cleese who was only there for the one day. We were so lucky with our timing. They capped the queue two or three people behind us. I got the Holy Grail print signed by John, and also a photo for a friend's birthday. I took a few photos at the time, but sadly only one I sent to my wife survived due to the loss of my phone later that night. Getting John's diamond pass was a wise decision as he is a comedy hero of mine, and it was a pleasure meeting him on this day. After John I headed over to Natalie Dormer to get a photo signed and then to Mark Sheppard to get a Firefly photo signed. Firefly is one of my favourite shows, and he agreed it is sad it will never come back. Again, many photos were lost. I did take a distance pic of Mark on the Sunday to make up for this, and am including it here for relevance.

John Cleese
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Holy Grail Print
Signed by Carol Cleveland & John Cleese
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell [GOT]
Mark Sheppard
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Mark Sheppard
Badger [Firefly]

Saturday came to a relaxed close attending the Iron First talk with my friend Ben, then photo ops with Finn Jones and Wai Ching Ho. Iron First was a big part of my weekend at LFACC, and all four guests were fabulous. The talk was very enjoyable. I only have a picture courtesy of my friend Ben who sent me this as he was sat next to me, so knew the view was the same. All my pics from the talk were lost. I was pleased my day ended with the Wai Ching Ho photo. She was lovely to meet the day before, and I could see most people were asking for martial arts/Iron Fist style poses, so like to think she was pleased when I asked for an old fashioned hug. Just before leaving I noticed Pilou Asbaek had a quiet queue, so met him there and then instead of Sunday as originally planned. Top guy to meet, and brilliant GOT cast member. I took some pics of him at his desk (only two survived the loss of my phone), and got a GOT photo signed. Would gladly meet him again. Another fun day over, and headed for drinks with Gordon, Steve and Maria.

Iron Fist Talk
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Meeting Finn Jones
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Pilou Asbaek
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Pilou Asbaek
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Pilou Asbaek
Euron Greyjoy [GOT]

Sunday 30th July 2017

The last day. Sob! I certainly nailed it with regards to planning the weekend, and ended the three days with a relaxed day. My only disappointment proved to be David Bradley. I knew leading up to the event that his one day attendance on the Sunday would be the hardest challenge, and this proved true. My morning was largely free with all my talks and photos booked for lunchtime onwards. The first thing I did upon arrival was try to get a virtual queue ticket for David. Sadly I ended up with number 203. I kept checking back, but when they capped his queue for his photo ops, they were only calling VQ tickets 1 to 20, and he was not due back until 13:30 - well into my photo schedule time. Long story short, I never did manage to meet him.

David aside, I only needed three other autographs today, and met two guests early on - Louise Jameson who is the most lovely lady, and one of the highlights of my weekend, and Tom Morga. I have been a fan of Louise since watching her in Doctor Who and Tenko, and then as Rosa di Marco in EastEnders. We talked about Tenko which she said was her favourite work, and she became the 59th person to sign my EastEnders 20 Years book, plus posed for pictures with me. She gave me a bit of news which I will not repeat here, but it is very exciting. I met Tom having picked up autographed pictures from five others who have played Jason Vorhees, and Tom became the sixth. Nice guy, and he also posed for a picture with me. It was then straight over to the photo area for my photo op with Wil Wheaton.

EastEnders 20 Years Book
Sig 59 by Louise Jameson
Meeting Tom Morga
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Tom Morga
Jason Vorhees [Fri 13th V]

Around 10:00am now, and I was done with autographs (although I did try on and off for David Bradley to no avail as mentioned before). Mooched around, met up with friends, had a couple of coffees, and really went wild with a packet of crisps for an early lunch. I then attended the free Michael Madsen talk on stage 2 which is actually buried away behind a coffee shop in a more old fashioned lecture room. I really enjoyed Michael's talk. He was not what I expected, and I came away with a positive buzz from seeing a nice man on stage. I then followed that with my photo with Steven Yeun, and opted for a hug again. Steven is a nice guy, and prior to our photo I got to see him deal with young babies,and a fan having a hysterical break down. He was brilliant with everyone and every situation. This was then followed by Natalie Dormer's talk. Very different to Michael, and on the main stage, but still fun. It was nicer to finish the weekend with a couple of talks like this.

Grabbed a quick autograph from Wil Wheaton. It was now time for my photo op with Nicola Bryant. This was a special photo for me. It was the first photo I booked back in December, and was all about making right a wrong. I have long been a fan of Nicola, she is my favourite Doctor Who assistant. I met her back in 2000 at Battlefield IV in Coventry, and my first ever paid photo with anyone was with her at this event. The resulting photo has caused horror and mirth to many for years as for some reason it captured me with the most horrendous world championship winning leer. I was age 34 back then. 17 years later I wanted to take a nicer, more respectful photo. I have included the old photo for comparison.

After Nicola it was time for two final photo ops - the Sons of Anarchy group photo, and Louise Jameson. The first was taken in what they called the "Car Area" on the ground floor, and the lighting was not good. The SoA guests were not impressed with the choice of bike either. It was expensive photo, and Showmasters need to do better with photos like these. The photo with Louise was the perfect end to the weekend, and I told her the best is always last.

Wil Wheaton
Wesley Crusher [STTNG]
Meeting Nicola Bryant
Battlefield IV 2000
SoA Group Photo
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All done. Close to a perfect weekend for me. Only fails - Gordon's Natalie Dormer diamond pass, not meeting David Bradley, and the quality of the Sons of Anarchy group photo. Considering how much I was doing over the weekend, and how many people attend these events, that is not bad. I really did have a great time, and recommend this wonderful event to anyone and everyone in future years. Mostly, you get out of these what you put into it with planning and personal desires. Thank you Showmasters for another great weekend. I will finish with a variet of pics from the weekend - cosplay, venue, odd selfies and stuff. I hope this has been an interesting read.

Ax & Smash
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Batmobile
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Bat bike
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Bat boat
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Mixed Cosplay
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Exeter Cosplay
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Mixed Cosplay
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Marvel Cosplay
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Marvel Cosplay
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Joker Cosplay
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Holy Grail Cosplay
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Holy Grail Cosplay
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Hellraiser Cosplay
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Daleks
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Daleks
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Daleks
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Olympia
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Sad Food Selfie
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Model Stall
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Model Stall
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