First con report!
Posted by J_Lavelle , 31 May 2010 · 46 views
What can I say except....WOW!
London's MCM Expo was, without doubt, one of the most fantastic weekends ever! Lots of fun times and epic costumes.
My friend Luke went as Altair from Assasin's Creed 1 and he got lots of attention and photo requests (and people getting him cofused with Ezio!, that annoyed him slightly!) I had a fantastic time crossplaying Sakura Haruno, I wish I were slightly more convincing though as everyone could see that I'm a guy, but only after I turned round! quite a few people tapped my shoulder and as I turned round said " Hi, can I get a .......OH, you're a guy!" everyone was nice though and I got plenty of compliments for my costume and for daring to play a female character. One girl said I was the best Sakura cosplayer they'd seen all weekend which was brilliant! A few people didn't realise I was actually a guy until I spoke which was also very nice (couldn't get my voice sorted in time)
Some of the great things that happened throughout the weekend included the World Record attempt for the most people playing a Nintendo DS in one place (we won it! Taking the title form the Australians), being photographed by a professional with the possibility of appearing in a Cosplay Fever book, the big Naruto photoshoot (I was the only Sakura present at the shoot which was funny), playing new yet-to-be-released games, all the stalls with more stuff to buy than you could imagine, the huge number of Free hug people around, and meeting and chatting to lots of cosplayers along the way.
There was one bad thing about the weekend, but happily it had nothing to do with the expo itself. It was the hotel that Luke and I had booked. We'd left it a little late to book so we couldn't anything really close so you can imagine our supposed good fortune to find a hotel only a couple of tube stops away. We didn't count on engineering works resulting in the most unpleasant bus ride ever into an area where we really were the biggest fish out of water ever. Our "hotel" was a pub with some rooms tacked onto the side.
And then there was the room!
I've seen better equipped prison cells! Holes in the wall, only one plug worked, the fridge didn't work, the kettle didn't work and there was no tea or coffee, the tv was older than me and had a very fussy arial and the my bed gave the illusion of softness but I may as well have slept on the floor, and Luke's bed squeaked every time he moved slightly. Suffice it to say we were glad to get out alive the following morning and we'll never be going there again.
The hotel fiasco was the only downer and soon forgotten about when we returned to the expo, i really didn't want it to end. I'm still slightly sad that I'm not still there but it couldn't go on forever. So roll on October when the expo returns! TIme to start planning a new costume! Yay!