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Midlands MCM Expo

Had an awesome day today. :)

I went to my first proper anime convention. I have been to one before but it was quite a small one with no guests and only a few stalls, so it wasn't too exciting. The Telford Expo that I've been to today was much bigger and absolutely jam packed with people, to the point where we were sort of stuck just not moving for intervals because the walkways were just crammed.

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive at first, partly because it's the first time I've ever done cosplay and partly because I got a bit bored at the last one because it was so small. It really didn't take me long to get into it though; I really enjoy dressing up anyway and some of the other costumes around the hall were absolutely awesome! My favourite was this one lolita girl that I saw who had such an amazing dress which was black with lots of musical notation all over it in white and looked so pretty! I really wish I'd taken a photo! There were some really awesome characters around too, like this guy who'd gone to the trouble of making a whole Gengar head to wear! I went as Yin from Darker Than Black, and at one point I ran into another Yin and we had a bit of a flail moment at each other.

What really made my day was the guest panels though. I was already really excited before we got there because I knew that the guests included Tom Hopper and Adetomiwa Edun from Merlin and also Warwick Davis. (I should probably mention that I'm a HUGE Merlin fan, so I was very eager to see the former two in particular!) We saw a panel with Warwick Davis who was really entertaining and I was going to get a signed A4 poster but they cost £15 and I wasn't prepared to spend that much. I assumed it'd be the same price for the Merlin guys as well which made me slightly reluctant because it's such a wrench to spend so much money like that but it turned out that pictures of them were free so I was a very happy bunny. :)

Tom and Adetomiwa were both so lovely, and I ended up having a chat with Adetomiwa about Pierrefonds Castle and how beautiful it is. After I got my picture with both of them I did a bit of excitement-induced hyperventilating!!! About half an hour after that they did a panel and I asked them if they'd learnt any French because of the amount of time spent filming there. Adetomiwa used a few French phrases in his answer and while they were obviously quite basic I was really impressed by his accent! After that I started hyperventilating all over again! So essentially the Merlin bit was my favourite part of the day, as you can probably tell from all this gushing! :P

But in general I felt that the con was a brilliant event. While I may be slightly more interested in Western sci-fi than anime, it's really nice to be amongst people who have all the same interests as me rather than relying on the internet to talk about the kind of stuff that I like. I also feel that the atmosphere was really friendly, because so many people go around asking for hugs and there's so much open admiration of everyone's costumes. It kind of feels like the kind of place where you can just totally be yourself no matter how different you are. (Yes, I am aware of the irony of that statement considering that a lot of people go in costumes!) 

I'm really looking forward to going to another convention soon, though hopefully next time I'll remember to take my camera!


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Feb. 19th, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had an awesome time.

Never been to a convention myself but l have seen vids on you tube and heard about them from a friend.

Glad you had fun.
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