So if you’ve been coming to the site for a while, or listened to our show CCN, you’ll know that we’re all pretty big geeks here. I, as I have already admitted, am a huge Doctor Who and Batman nerd; Kim loves him some classic Star Trek, and loads of other space-related nerdage etc etc.
In the past, I have been along to some of these ‘super-conventions’ that take place in major cities. The idea, I assume, is to aggregate all ‘genre’ type fans into one spot, and in doing so create a large, well attended, event that will pull some impressive guests. I popped along to the London Film and Comic Con, which this year saw Gillian ‘Scully’ Anderson, and Karl ‘New Judge Dredd’ Urban, talking and signing.
Although I was interested in seeing the guests talk, I was there for another reason; Cosplay.
Over the years, I have ogled The San Diego Comic Con – the worlds largest – and, arguably, most ‘important’ convention of this type. With it’s Deathstar-like capacity, and huge guest-list, pulling entire casts of some of the greatest, and nerdiest, shows on earth. Oddly, the thing I get most excited about, is not checking out the latest exclusive toys (yeah I collect toys, go shoot yourself), but the incredible costumes that people put together for the event.
Now, in the past, London’s Cosplay offerings have been pretty …let’s say… unimpressive. I remember going to a very early London Expo, and seeing the odd Storm Trooper, about 30 Laura Crofts (the early 00’s answer to the Slave Leia), and if you were super-lucky, a Dalek. Well, those guys are still there, but in recent years, we tea-drinkers have really pulled our fingers out, and I felt we should be documented, and featured in the pages of SittingNow for all to see.
Impressive. Most impressive.
Showmasters, the guys behind the Con, put on a slew of great events, keep an eye on them here.