How're ya'll doing???
I'm doing great, though the heatwave is getting to me... But who cares about that, we're here to talk about Comic Con! Not San Diego Comic Con... MCM Manchester Comic Con!!!
Yup! After weeks of anxiety, and moments of very nearly bottling it, I persevered and enjoyed a wonderful day out, meeting lots of awesome people, buying lots of awesome stuff, and getting lost (literally) in the spirit of the Convention!
However, it wasn't all plain sailing, nay, before our journey started there was trouble... I met up with my friend Chris before heading to the first train station, however on the trainline between Wirral and Liverpool there were trespassers, and because of these fools the train service was cancelled, luckily the Wirral's main Taxi service is pretty fast, though maybe because my Uncle is the manager we MIGHT have got a priority ride... But we needed it, as we were meeting most of the rest of our group at Lime Street Station and we had their tickets (Chris was the one who organised everything), thankfully we arrived just in time and set off, for Manchester! When we arrived... It was pouring with rain... but we had cover, and when the time came to queue we had umbrellas, we weren't outside long though cuz' we had early tickets, though in the line, surrounded by thousands of people I had a panic attack... At this point I'd like to thank my friends who were with me, they really helped me as my anxiety was through the roof, they sat me down (in the middle of a crowded queue of thousands that wasn't moving at the time) and helped me relax (we made paper fans and I had a drink), thankfully when the line finally started to move I'd calmed down, I think I was just freaked out by the massive crowds on all sides, I hate crowds...
Anyway, we got in at around 9AM, and spent an hour or so (maybe more) scoping out the different merchandise stalls, eyeing up all the deals and planning our next move, we shopped around for a bit, but at around noon I had another panic attack, so everyone decided we'd sit down for a bit, they had their lunch and I caught my breath. After that I decided I'd get some therapy, retail therapy. XD
I bought a few cheapish statues before one of the highlights of my day, meeting Stuart Ashen!
For those who don't know, Stuart Ashen, or Ashens, is a Youtube star who often reviews cheap, bad quality stuff for comedic effect, stuff like fake gaming devices, cheap or weird action figures, really bad foreign foods, and many other things, he also is also an actor, appearing in several webseries and has even appeared on television a couple of times. To top it off he wrote and stared in his own feature film Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild, which also featured the likes of Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn! He had a stall at this year's Con, where they were selling the DVD and Blu-Ray of Quest for the Gamechild, and not only that he was signing each copy and even posing for pictures! I was really quite amazed, he was a remarkably humble man, very polite, he signed my Blu-Ray and the Poster too, and even posed for a picture with me! It was really funny cuz' I was wearing my Nekomini Brainwave Cat Ears and he was touching them, and they moved which really surprised him, he said he thought I was some kind of "Ear Demon"! XD That literally made my day! After that i thanked him, and told him to keep up the brilliant work, and he thanked me again and wished me a wonderful day, I was literally blown away by how epicly nice he was! XD Here's the picture I got with him! (it's not my best angle... )
Heheh, that's just before the ears move... XD
If you haven't seen his work yet, go take a look!
After that I had to remove my cosplay boots, I spent the next couple of hours walking around in my socks! XD
But during that time I met and posed with a fair few cosplayers!
If you are, or know any of the folks in these pictures let me know so I can drop you/them a watch and link you/them!
This girl had a really funny sign, I just had to get a picture with her!
I dared to close my eyes in the presence of a Weeping Angel! #yolo...? No...? Sorry... XD
And I found an epic Ruby Rose! She's so cool!!
By this point I think I'd mostly conquered my Con-Anxiety, I was lost in the wonderful atmosphere, we were all friends here, it was just fantastic, and after regrouping with my friends we took a trip down Artist's Alley! It was so amazing, I wanted to buy everything off of everyone, so many talented artists, but one who really cought my eye was Naniiebim, her work was fantastic, it just jumped right at me, I literally wanted to buy everything from her whole stall! In the end I decided to get her Manga books Mephistos, I'm so into her art style though that I bought all five of them (more on them later! ), and a couple of prints, she was also kind enough to throw in her short manga comic Shika Shika: Monster Mash, and before I left she gave me a fist-bump, which was so utterly epic, definitely another highlight of the day, she's a really fantastic person, who I hope to meet at future Conventions too, I'm looking forward to getting more stuff from her store!
Here are links to her Website and Stores, go give her your support!
Anyway, after all that epicness, and a bit more shopping and just hanging out in general, we finally left the Expo hall at around 2:30/3:00pm(?), and like last year we walked around the wonderful city of Manchester, taking a tour of the different Comic Stores, at Forbidden Planet I got a figure of my favourite Star Wars character Biggs Darklighter!!! And at Travelling Man I bought some Comics and more ships for the X-Wing Miniatures game, Travelling man is probably my favourite Comic store in Manchester because the staff are really kind and helpful, last year when I was lugging around a massive Gundam Model kit from MCM they saw me struggling and gave me a huge bag for it, how freaking kind was that!?
Anyway, we spent our final hour in Manchester hanging out in Subway, reflecting on a great day before departing for the trainstations and saying a bittersweet farewell, I think we all plan on going again next year, and honestly, I can't wait. ^_^
The Journey home wasn't completely somber either, whilst we bid farewell to Jamie and Alex (Alex also has a DA account: AlexandraKate Check her out, she's awesome!) at the trainstation, me and Chris shared the ride back to Liverpool with the other two from our group Eleanor and Shannon, we talked the whole trip about anime, lots and lots of anime, heheh, the other passengers were so confused as a lot of them were regular folks heading home from work, totally unaware of the massive convention, seeing our Motley Crue must've been real weird! XD
I finally got home at about 8/9ish(?), and man was I beat! But it was so worth it, even with the Panic Attacks Saturday was the best day of this whole year, I met tons of people, including an idol of mine, and even made new idols! And lastly, I bought lots of epic stuff!
Here is all the epic loot I bought! Half a year of saving up for that one day...
Totally worth it. XD
My signed Blu-Ray of Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild
I'll cherish it forever!
And here's a pair of Statues made for each other (literally!)...
So much OTPness!
And I just had to get this the moment I saw it, a Dead Space Isaac Clark figure, the detail is amazing!
Look, look! I have an Armin!! Armin's quite rare, he was released as a limited edition and I feared my Shiganshina Trio would forever remain incomplete, so was overjoyed to find an Armin!
On the subject of Attack on Titan...
I got a TITAN
-IC CHIBI WALLSCROLL OF MY GODDESS!!!
Ah, one half of my true OTP... ;////;
She's next to AndyStarfish
's print, a birthday gift from a couple years ago that I still cherish to this day.
And finally here are the Manga's and prints I bought from Naniiebim
As soon as I got home I started reading Mephistos, and once I started I just couldn't stop, I read all five right after one and other!! They're fantastic, with really interesting characters, who all interact in a very enjoyable way, I'm definitely a fan, and I look forward the next release, I can't wait to see what'll happen next! And did I mention her art style is super cool?! XD
Seriously, go give her art a look, these photos don't come close to doing her justice!
Anyway, that was my long Comic Con Conquest Journalmajig!
It took so long to upload cuz' there was so much to say I spent a few days typing it! XD
Anyway, I hope you like this update, if you went to MCM Manchester, or have ANY convention stories you'd like to share, feel free to comment!
Or just comment for comment's sake, I enjoy the interaction! XD
In other news, I'm 22 now... Well, I was on the 20th... Jeez... 22... I don't want to get any older... ;_;
Also I finally replaced my cracked Laptop LCD screen! And I did it MYSELF!!! I'm so super stoked that I pulled it off! It may not be that big a deal for the more tech savvy of ya'll, but I'm near-blind and Dyspraxic, so gimme a break! XD
Finally on Wednesday we'll know if Mum has to have Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, both, or none, though it's likely she'll have to have Chemo, we still hope for the best.
Anyhow, that's that, and if you read all that, then wow... Thank you so very much...
Peace n' Love you wonderful people.~