My weekend at LFCC and YALC

Hello there chaps, chapettes and those who identify as neither, how the devil are you? It feels like forever since I last opened WordPress, I’m going to assume you’ve missed me. But you know, it’s fine if you didn’t. Anyway, you good? Good. Now, let me tell you about my weekend where I spent a day hanging out with a bunch of nerds in London and then ended up hanging out with another bunch of nerds in my home town!

I’ve spent the past few days mostly sat in various train stations around the South of England because I went to LFCC AND YALC! I did visit a few years ago when it was in a different venue and much like last time, I did spend a huge amount of time wondering around in awe at all the cosplayers. My favourites this time around was a large group of Rick and Mortys who all decided to hang out together singing Get Schifty, the family that came dressed as Guardians of the Galaxy with the parents as Star Lord and Gamora and the children as Drax and Groot and their baby as Rocket. How did they get a tiny Rocket costume?! I also enjoyed a couple who came as Deadpool and Spider Man who spent most of their time holding hands and skipping around the convention together and the Newt Scamander I stood next to in the queue for the bathroom.

Honestly, I spent most of my time on the second floor of the building at the YALC where I visited a load of publisher stands and got all the swag below!

I’m actually very proud of myself for only buying two things from the whole event! There were so many things I wanted to buy! Though I missed the panel I wanted to see, I did get to listen to many authors, including a bunch of my favourites, talk about everything from their latest work, to romance, to bending genres and making it work for them – fascinating stuff! I was super sad I had to leave before Non Pratt had her head shave witnessed by Benedict Cumberbatch (yes, that is a thing that happened, the Twitter moment that was put together was a work of art).
I did check out LFCC too and got to see Christopher Lloyd posing next to a Delorean, Alyson Hannigan hanging out at her booth, Sylvester McCoy heading to his talk and squeed a bit too hard at the display of Back to the Future costumes and props. One day I will learn to go all three days and enjoy the whole event. Also one day I’d like to be able to source/make an awesome costume because honestly cosplayers are the coolest. I want to be that cool! After traipsing through London in the rain to get my train home and then sitting on a platform wishing GWR would get their shit together and run their trains on time, I met up with a group of nerds I’m more acquainted with to see Woody Harrellson fight some monkeys. So, pretty successful weekend I’d say!

LoveThisQuote – The Shadow Cabinet

 

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I couldn’t not share this quote from Shades of London 3 – The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, London is my home town, it’s my safety zone, I never feel more at home, more comfortable and more at one with myself than I do when I am stalking my way around one of the parks or shooting off down some side street or fighting my way onto a tube. Maybe I view it with such rose tinted nostalgia because I long to live there and do those things every day, but either way, I love London. I also love the Shades of London series and after whizzing my way through The Name of the Star and the Madness Underneath, I was super excited to find The Shadow Cabinet on offer in the kindle store! Bring on book 4!

“My nerd senses are tingling.”

Well, I spent this weekend being white and nerdy and had the best time ever!
So after some stressful train related shenanigans, I finally stepped out of Earl’s Court tube station and joined the legion of fellow nerds queuing for London Film and Comic Con!
I’ve been to a few cons before, notably Doctor Who Con and Leaky Con, but I’ve not ever ventured into London’s branch of comic based fun time, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, honestly, I loved it, but I did have my reservations too.

Due to the fact that I am not a walking money pit, I paid for standard entry and decided to just try my luck once I’d arrived for what panels I could go to without having to fork out anything extra, I mean, as much as I love Stan Lee, I wasn’t prepared to spend £45 for his name to be scribbled on a bit of paper or £65 for the pleasure of standing next to him for a few seconds. Especially when he walked past me twice during the con itself. Annoyingly though, this didn’t quite work out for me because after they take your ticket and let you in, they don’t bother to hand you a map or a time table, so you’re literally unleashed into a massive hall with no idea where to start or where anything is, which I kinda felt ruined it for me a bit. On the way in, I was surrounded by fellow nerds and all these amazing cosplayers and then once you get into the building, you waste a good portion of your time trying to figure out where to go. Eventually, we discovered there were a few posters dotted around with the names of the guests and panels on one sheet and then at another point in the room, a list of where those guests and panels would be. Which was helpful, but also a bit annoying because I was constantly tooing and froing between various points, just to work out where to go until eventually, I ended up photographing the two and checking my phone every five minutes.

Apart from that, it was a great day!
Once I knew where everything was and what was happening, I could really immerse myself in the experience and enjoy myself!
First things first, merch!
After coveting everything and picking up a couple of pop vinyls, we headed to the main stage to catch the end of Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat talking about Doctor Who, the event was ticketed, so we stood outside and listened for a bit and then headed back to the other hall to take part in the first YA lit con the UK has ever hosted! The best workshops were typically on the following day, but we got to hear about creative writing and blogging which was great and we attended a panel with Rainbow Rowell, Lucy Saxon and Tim O’Rouke talking about super fans and writing fanfic etc which was super interesting and Lucy Saxon, who I wasn’t aware of before, really impressed me with her answers and the fact that she was cosplaying as Captain America! Also, she published her book at 19, seriously, has anyone read it? I kinda want it!

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Please excuse the crappy little instagram pic.
The fan panel was really interesting, I’ve never really written fanfiction, but listening to authors talk about it and celebrating it was amazing! I kind of love knowing that people like published authors are as huge a nerd as me! Lucy Saxon in particular was great!
Having enjoyed all of Rainbow Rowell’s books I loved hearing her talk about her inspirations and writing process, I don’t know about anyone else, I want a Simon Snow series!
There was a huge signing section, with awesome people like Patrick Ness and Charlie Higson, plus a mini book shop with all the things, including exclusive We Were Liars merch (if you’ve not read that, you need to get on it immediately.) The only criticism I have about the lit con section, was the fact that it was just stuffed in one corner of the hall so you really struggled to hear what was being said over the noise of everything else that was happening. Plus, it was directly in between the queues for photos with Stan Lee and Lena Heady which was a little rowdy!
Once that was all done with, we hung out with some transformers, saw 221B’s set, met the batmobile, watched Sherlock Holmes and Bucky Barnes share a packet of crisps, saw the end of what I think was a cosplay competition, seriously, cosplayers, I bow down to you and your incredible talent, there is nothing quite like seeing an entire posse of Spider men, or a couple playing Ten and Eleven (or my personal favourite, Bane and Batman). My favourite cosplay related moment was when a very realistic Jon Snow was asked by a staff member if he was queuing for a photo op, only for him to look at the Sansa beside him and say: “I don’t know.”
We made it back to the main stage in time for the Game of Thrones panel to begin, again, that event was paid for, so we hung around outside for a bit, but then the lure of the prop area was too much. I know the whole point of cons is getting autographs and photos, it’s something that I spent my entire time doing at Leaky Con, but it was all just so expensive. Honestly, the atmosphere was enough for me!

Some of the best fun of the day was when we got to play with the TARDIS console and sit in the iron throne!
I have the biggest look of disbelief on my face ever.
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I don’t know why everyone wants this thing so bad, it’s the most uncomfortable chair in the world!
And so, that was my experience at LFCC! It was significantly better than dashcon, or so I’m told.
Were you at LFCC? Are you going to SDCC? Tell me more!

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