This was a tidy little con. Outside of two Doctor Who cons in 1978/79, my first convention proper was in 1999 at Watford Leisure Centre, and the first guest I met was Colin Baker. Not sure why I missed this event in previous years, but when it was announced I grabbed a ticket as it was local, and the first guest announced was Colin Baker. I loved the coincidence of this. It was a refreshing change of pace to do this after H&V and Collectormania, and ahead of the massive LFACC at the end of July.
With funds at a low, and not many guests matching my collecting needs I was never going to stay too long. I arrived early, and saw Colin Baker going in. Took a couple of pictures outside, and wandered in at 10:00 opening. I was immediately impressed with how much had been packed into a small space, with more dealer stalls than you would expect for a small event. Everything was laid out nicely, and easy to find.
Once inside I went straight over to Ross O'Hennessy who has appeared in Game of Thrones as Lord of Bones and been a regular in The Bastard Executioner (still need to see this as I write this report). He was so much fun to talk to, and I am not joking when I tell you we talked for 15 minutes. It was a true pleasure to meet this chap, and when we finished I had a real buzz. He signed a picture for me, my friend's poster, and posed for some pictures with me.
I then spent ten lovely minutes in the company of Cez Williams who was a body double for Gal Gadot on the set of Wonder Woman. It was fascinating talking to her about this as it is a side of the business I had never really thought about. She is a bright lass who has just finished her degree. As well as some pics with her when we were talking, she also posed again with me later while she was in costume just before her photo shoots. I got a photo signed by her for my superhero collection.
I was only there to meet two media guests, but was aware some artists would be there, especially Lee Townshend who I met before at London Expo five years ago. Smaller cons are the best places to meet the artists if you want a sketch from them. A nice guy who was worked for Marvel, and talented artist. He kindly drew an awesome Deadpool with attitude sketch for my special book - fourth sketch in the book. I have been very picky who has sketched in this so far, and I chose well again. Lee truly did me proud, and I cannot thank him enough. I love this sketch. Please do go to see him at other cons. After Lee I had a quick photo on the Game of Thrones replica throne they had while holding a sword (that looked a bit like a toothpick in my meaty hands - lol).
I wandered round a little bit more, but decided to call it a day. I had never planned to stay too long as I needed to get home to my family, but spent two fun hours at the con. I will definitely go back next year as they did a great job. Here are some random photos I took while there.