I discovered this huge convention back in my first year of College where I met a group of friends who all had Anime, Gaming and Films in common and got a long very well. And by October 2009, they told me of a convention that they were all heading to and wasn't worth missing out on. Course, I couldn't make it in October 2009 due to personal problems, but in May 2010, that's when I got to head up with everyone and I even Cosplayed too. But I'll mention more about that later on.
As for this October's Expo (I say Expo cause that's what the event was originally called, now since May 2014, it's London Comic-Con), it was a fantastic one, because back in May's one this year, thousands of people were expecting a famous Cosplayer called Jessica Nigri to make her grand debut at a UK Convention for the first time. But sadly due to a f**k up with her luggage, she had to return home empty handed and everyone was sad to learn on the first day that she wouldn't be turning up. She apologised kindly all over the social medias and said she would return in October, which she did. And she was my highlight and objective for this year's comic-con.
In the queue, I made 2 new friends that day Jay and Luke. Great chaps who were all having fun here at Expo, it was Jay's first and Luke's 5th return. I also bumped into Elliot who I hadn't seen since my last year of Collyers, very pleased to have met him again and were gonna catch up real soon. Anyway, after 2 hours and 45 mins, it was my turn at last to meet her. She turned up cosplaying Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2 and had many A4 posters with her for fans to purchase and was happy to have photos with everyone. She apologised to me about the long wait cause fans took their time talking to her and giving her things. I got her to sign a picture that I made into a poster thanks to my friends at JR Print and they made it into an A3 poster that I wanted her to sign. She kindly complied and I even got to have my picture taken with her! Unfortunately, because there was 15 mins left before the end of the day, I was being told by staff and fans to hurry up and I missed out on a hug from her haha.
Does that make me a gentleman... or an idiot?! Why not both! Hey, at least I got 2 out of 3 things with her and she was very nice and acts the way she does on her YouTube videos. I am very honoured to have met her and look forward to the next time she returns so I can share a lovely hug with her then haha seeing as everyone else got one with her and even the others after me did (even Cassie and all the others I came up with). Oh and let's not forget that Kelly Jean was there too (like she promised back in May and she's the famous cosplayer I met at LFCC), she was cosplaying Lilith from Borderlands 2 and I wanted to talk to her again and she agreed eagerly to sign my poster too and even share a hug and selfie with me. So once it was over and I said bye to Jay and Luke, I followed Cass and the others back to their rooms and soon headed for home. Very happy to have joined them all that day and aim to again next Expo!
|Me with a Zero|
Suit Samus Aran
|Chloe as Ariel with an Ursula|
Luckily, I had popped over to Kurt's on Friday night on the way home and collected the clothing while in return he gave me some dosh to look for some Marvel FUNKO POP Figurines for him, so I was in cosplay too and I even wore my special Iron Man helmet replica I got off eBay for £30 that actually slides up (it's the one I used for London Film & Comic-Con back in July). I got a lot of attention and luckily if it was good or bad, I could just slide the slot and hide my face from everyone which was a reassuring feeling but I felt very pleased that I made a lot of little boys happy to see an Avenger walking around London and gave them a little wave to make their days even cooler (it was just like my first Expo in May 2009, where I dressed as Ash Ketchum from Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl series and a little dude asked for a photo with me outside the Excel, it was such a warm hearted feeling and made me feel proud to have made that kid's day and please his parents too).
Anyway, I spent the Saturday walking around with 3 fair ladies while trying to navigate through the endless ocean of people all day. The girls got lots of photos with people cause they looked great and I did a little too. We heard rumours near 1pm that a Marvel photo-shoot and a Disney photo-shoot were both taking place at 2pm on opposite sides of the centre.
|The Iron Man|
|The Other Iron Man|
But that's what it's like for me sometimes at Expo, I go there to be noticed and recognized since I sometimes don't feel it enough outside of this place, though the atmosphere, goodies and people are still a great thing, I think it would just be a lot more better if others asked for a photo with me instead of me always asking others, ya know? But I did have a nice chat with the guys and wished them a good day as they did to me.
|Jody as Fenris|
|Jody and Me|
|Kathy - Snow White, Chloe - Ariel, Charlie - Alice|
|I met Nick Fury|
On the train home, Kathy showed me Instagram and helped me to create an account.
Cosplaying is really something, it's a good, bad and ugly thing at the same time to my eyes. Depending on what you Cosplay is entirely up to you (just be ready for the reactions you may receive) you shouldn't let anything and anyone stop you from enjoying yourself. At Expo, there are a huge range of Cosplays and everyone wants to know what the character is, what game/ anime/ comic/ film it's from and even get to know the Cosplayer seeing as we are all here for the same reason, to meet new people, enjoy ourselves and just buy a whole load of crap. I've done a few different cosplays from past comic-con's and some were made/ crafted and some others were bought online.
|Isaac Clarke - Dead Space|
|Spidey and The Scarlet Spider|
|The Witch-King of Angmar|
& The Dark Lord Sauron
|Mistral - Metal Gear|
|Captain Jack Sparrow|
|Dr. Octopus - Spider-Man 2|
|Rapunzel and her beautiful hair|
|The Mighty Morphin|
Power Rangers Megazord
But who knows how much longer my attention will last for this lifestyle. It only happens twice a year and there is so much that can happen in between those two times of the year.
Anyone can turn up to Expo, you just gotta smile and enjoy yourself. Expo has an unbelievable range of people walking the streets of London, and almost all of us are in costumes. Every time I go, I see countless people which has now reached into 100,000's. Most times it's not too crowded but I do get a little claustrophobic even though I'm not. The great thing about Expo is no one worries about things like weight, height, gender or detail, these people are fearless.
|I got a hug from Misty back in May 2011|
|Me with Lady DeathStrike - X-Men 2|
I've taken so many motherf**king pictures I must have around 800+ in total, I've posted them all to my Facebook and even spend time editing and naming who/ what the Cosplay is and where it's from (incase anyone's ever interested...)
I've seen pictures from my friend's photos at Expo, and there is a masquerade parade in which people can enter to show off their cosplay on stage and talk to the guests like a show. That's something to do... someday when I have a cool cosplay and feel confident enough. I've seen videos too and see it's so welcoming and sweet and not too up-tight like the Emmy's or Oscars. I don't know if prizes are awarded or not but who knows, maybe someday I'll take to the stage myself.
|I met the Knight Forms of Ventus and Terra|
from Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
|I looked awful lol|
|I met a Tao Ren|
from Shaman King too
|My EPIC Buster Blade|
|Lewis, Sam, Me and James (Ichigo) from Bleach|
|Look how happy Lewis is with|
Sailors Jupiter and Moon
from his favorite anime
|Lewis with Misty <3|
We even met Stormtroopers who were fantastic and really happy to arrest us, especially Lewis.
|Angel Beats! Group|
|The SSS Brigade (Angel Beats!)|
Anyway, that May was interesting and I got a taste of being part of something. Plus I cosplayed Roxas for the first time on Sunday, after purchasing my Keyblade back in May 2010. I was recognised more as this special character and was very honoured to have portrayed him.
October 2011 - Lewis, Me, James and Peace returned to cause more chaos (I joke), we took many pictures and I went as Roxas again and James as Ichigo from Bleach anime series. James and I had a duel with each other for laughs and faked the sword clashing, we didn't want our precious wooden swords damaged. All of us got many pictures with hotties and even met a Dalek and R2D2.
Peace looked awesome and dashing being the Knight in Shining Armour.
And Peace, James, Lewis and I met this beautiful pink haired lady dressed as some sort of Fairy and took turns having a picture with her. I was flattered that she asked me to have a picture with her first. Yes, I'm aware of where my hand is... I've learnt now where to position it properly *facepalms*.
|Lads being Awesome|
May 2012 - Went up with my College mates (the original gang were all now at Universities), had a blast dressing up as Ash again and also wearing Lewis's Alt:Mag t-shirt for the first time. Lewis, Peace and James were the perfect team.
|Mexican Stand Off|
Me, Katja, James (on the floor), Peace and Jan
|George and Me (Heartless Hat buddies)|
|I met another Roxas and Xion|
(Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)
|My 2D cosplay|
|Neirin, Kyle and Lewis|
|Portgas D. Ace - One Piece|
|I found a Noodle Cosplay from Gorillaz|
|I met Beki (Nanami Madobe (Windows 7 Tan)|
|Jan, Ash, James, Katja, Me, Neirin, Lewis and Mark|
|Marco Bott and Jean Kirstein - Attack On Titan|
|Sasha, Armin and Mikasa - Attack On Titan|
|Me with Roger Craig Smith|
|Me with Troy Baker|
I'm proud to have met them before actors started charging for pictures and autographs. I wish I'd remembered to bring Assassin's Creed II cover for Roger to sign.
|Me and Mills|
|Bradley (Zoro from |
One Piece) and Cathy
|Lewis, Joe and Craig|
Kurt and I were originally expecting to meet Jessica Nigri but she didn't make it as I mentioned at the top. We all still had fun and managed to make the day great by buying FUNKO's and showing Kathy all the highlights to Expo.
|Excuse me, but are you looking|
for two droids?
Not meaning to put a downer on this, but MCM does make it stressful and too much for me sometimes. I don't know if it's the lack of sleep or fear I always think up before it even takes place, but sometimes Expo is too much for me. Every year it's the same, going up to look at stuff that I know I shouldn't and can't buy because of the lack of space and improper use of money. Becoming crowded in endless oceans of people which does activate my autism. And it appears to be getting bigger every year, I don't know how MCM can take it. Soon we'll be tucked in so tight like overfilling a matchbox.
Plus the fact I don't feel satisfied enough when cosplaying cause I don't often get asked to have photos taken which is something dear to me, but at least those feelings get erased when I do find ways to enjoy it all despite being severely crowded. I don't know how much longer this will go on for, I reckon I don't see myself doing this in my 30s cause it may become boring or I might be a changed man or even have a lady in my life.
This picture can paint a thousand words because it's like the clash between 2 different kinds of people in this world. It relates to my Pub and Club post, I try to be the best of both but feel that the drinking side is what I do less of. It's not nice when normal people who are confident, party a lot and club every weekend (like a Geordie Shore character) and they discriminate or laugh at my interests because I don't do the same as them or the rest of the world, I'd rather not waste money on liquor which would be gone much quicker than buying stuff at a convention where you don't get judged and succumb to peer pressure. But hey, many people probably do both and can manage both, they just don't see it from my eyes and see how I need to be part of two different realities while trying to enjoy myself.
|The lovely Lady Fairy that actually|
wanted a picture with me
Now how can you judge someone who has no problem with the attention she gets (even if they're eyes are looking somewhere else) and is as real as any other gamer/ anime/ manga/ comic book lover? She's always referencing other cosplayers that she teams up with and always asks fans to come and see her at other cons and purchase a poster that she'll sign and share a photograph with people too. Sadly we can't end the dispute but at least we can get our points across and I've met her before and know she is a really lovely lady.
|My good friend Beki cosplaying|
Aries from Fairy Tail
|Me with Purple Heart -|
Neptunia Mk 2
|Me with May (Pokemon)|
|Roxas, Terra and my mate Robin|
cosplaying Final Xemnas - Kingdom Hearts II