I just got back yesterday from London Comic Con Winter and this time, I’m doing my post con post immediately!
In the week leading up to the event, I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to go. I’ve been coughing and snuffy nosed since Yunicon last month, and although I don’t feel as bad anymore, I was worried that it would be an issue. Luckily, I felt ok to leave when it the day came, though I still have a bit of a cough going. I had a really hard time choosing my cosplays this time, because I wanted warm ones so as to not get myself more sick again. I ended up bringing my Holiday Doll Rapunzel and my Dreamwalker, which I repaired before the event with all new wires and plugs on the armor parts, since I’ve learned a lot since the first time around. Along with the new controller box Zibartas helped me make earlier this year, the lights worked very reliably and solidly all day while I wore the cosplay. Sadly, two of the 3 smoke machines I brought broke in transit – they’re still quite fiddly. I’ll try to make some more reliable ones.
Anyways – back to the event. We left at 4 in the morning Danish time friday and arrived at 8 English time – travelling back 1 time zone. The early arrival meant we were very tired, but also that we had time to explore London and meet up with Sameer Tikka Massala. He lives in India, but had an opportunity to extend his stay in London after a different convention, so we could meet up. We’ve spoken online for a while, so it was really great to finally have the opportunity to also meet up in real life. We saw a few of the traditional sights, and of course some of the Harry Potter ones, like Platform 9 3/4 and MinaLima shop. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but my HP fangirl heart still was happy.
Saturday morning, Zibartas and I headed to the event with the last judge and other guests for a day full of events. We hosted a panel on cosplay electronics, and I was really surprised and happy to see how many came to hear what we had to say.
The contest had a wide variety of participants, both experienced and newcomers and it was fun to see all the creative people.
It was also a fun experience to be guest at a Comic Con where there were so many guest stars. We were allowed in the same green room, and it was a bit of a surreal experience to eat chicken curry and hear Doctor Who-actors complimenting my night elf ears (of course, I’m totally clueless and didn’t recognize most of them until I was told who they were).
Sunday had almost as many viewers at our panel and even more participants in the contest.
Monday morning bright and early, we headed back to the airport with our noses towards Denmark. British airport security is definitely stricter than Danish, but after explaining why we had huge batteries and odd, greasy gadgets in our hand luggage, they let us go through without more issues. Our plane was delayed a bit, first because of snow at our destination and then because a medical helicoptor had to take off just as we were about to land. But in the end, we made it home with a great experience in the bagage and all costumes mostly survived the trip, with only some minor repairs needed.