The Great Game is terrifying. I sat on the Iron Throne, blissfully aware of what being the Queen of Westeros entails. I’m a perfect mix of Cersei Lannister badass-ery; and Daenerys Targaryen badass-ery. And, thus commences my LFCC 2016 photo diary.
If you know me, or follow me on other social media channels – you will know I am a massive nerd. I love all things comics, tv shows, video games, movie franchises – the lot. I try to attend as many conventions as I can every year and I have an ongoing yearly tradition of going to MCM Comic-Con Glasgow with my younger brother. What is it about conventions that I love so much? Aside from breathing the same air as huge celebrities and being in love with the Japanese stalls and vintage comic book dealers, it is my love for cosplay and just how much everyone is happy and completely in their element. Conventions are, of course, a huge hub of nerds from all corners – but actually going to a convention, you truly see people come together – and to me? That feels like home.
I saw a few days before I went, that London was going to exclusively host the on-screen Suicide Squad costumes as part of an exhibition. I did not take any photos of the costumes, but I did however, feature footage from each costume in a video diary that I posted on my channel here. Of course, I had to get a photo with a huge cardboard cut out of (in my opinion) the best comic-book group. Anti-heroes are way cooler – sorry X-Men, Avengers and Justice League.
Of course, if you feel like you have nothing do to at a convention – do some people watching! People watching is always one of my favourite hobbies at any convention due to the stunning and sometimes epically bad cosplay that you see. For instance, look at how beautiful this Daryl Dixon cosplayer is. I saw him at Walker Stalker Con earlier on this year, so naturally, I had to get a picture with someone who looks like my favourite redneck. You can just tell that he knows how badass he looks.
If you have some money and really look into a convention before you go, then meet some of your favourite celebrities! The first famous person I met at LFCC was Michael Emerson. He played one of my all time favourite characters – Benjamin Linus from LOST (we have to go back, guys!) When I saw that he was attending London Film & Comic Con – I cried, and I am definitely not ashamed to admit that. He’s a great guy, albeit his character is a bit of a dick when he is first introduced, but you’re left with feeling sorry for him and wanting to give him a massive hug. That is what I did – when meeting him, I gave him a huge hug and couldn’t help but smile to myself. He was lovely; caring; friendly and best of all, he sounded exactly like I remember Benjamin Linus sounding like. It was something I will cherish forever.
The next person was the person I was fluttering so hard to meet. Mads Mikkelsen plays my favourite Hannibal Lecter ever – yes, ever more than Anthony Hopkins. He just envisions the suspenseful, creepy and eloquence that Dr. Lecter is supposed to have, and I have a weird lustful love for him. While queuing to meet Mr. Mikkelsen, the weirdest thing happened… Jeremy Renner walked past me, by no more than a meter away, he just casually strolled past me with the biggest bodyguards ever. It was a strange moment, but a cool one. I mean, an Avenger just walked past me. Back to Mads. My heart was racing so much, and I mean on the level of palpitations. I usually get incredibly nervous when meeting celebrities, but I was okay with Michael for some reason, but I got so bad when I knew I was meeting Mads. Luckily, I managed to calm myself down and remember he is just a person, albeit a cool one. When I spoke to him, his voice was so soothing and so Hannibal-esque. It was endearing hearing him talking to me because I was so used to hearing him creepily address Will Graham as a cannibalistic psychiatrist. Honestly, I would not have had any qualms if he wanted to eat me for dinner.
The third person I met is someone I have had an obsession with since 2005. Yes, 11 whole years. Meet Dominic Monaghan, or better known as, Merry from The Lord of The Rings or Charlie Pace from LOST. Charlie’s death is undoubtedly one of the most gut-wrenching, heart-destroying, soul-murdering scenes in TV history – and a lot of TV stans will agree with me on that. I tried finding a sharpie before meeting him so in my photo I could have “NOT PENNY’S BOAT” on my hand to serve a reminder what our Charlie sacrificed in order to save the camp. I’m getting teary eyed even thinking about it. I gave him a huge hug, and in his adorable Manchurian accent, he called me “sweetheart” and I internally melted.
The next person I met was someone I was incredibly skeptical about. I met Jack Gleeson, not entirely sure on how he would be in real life considering he is a complete arse in Game of Thrones when he portrays Joffrey Baratheon. Oh boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong about him. He is the total polar opposite of Joffrey and he is the funniest, nicest and friendliest celebrity I think I have ever met (yes, ever more than Norman). There was a young girl in Margaery Tyrell cosplay in front of me and as soon as he saw her he went “ahhh, my beloved wife.” The girl was speechless and it was utterly adorable. When it was my turn to meet him, I asked if we could choke each other and he proceeded to say “the pleasure is all mine” – I was slightly in love and slightly starstruck. I absolutely adore him, our picture together and I would meet him again in a heartbeat.
The final person I met is one of my favourite movie serial killers of all time. When you think of well-known big screen killers, who do you think of? Freddy Krueger? Jason Voorhees? Leatherface? Mike Myers? Jigsaw? I met Tobin Bell, AKA Jigsaw from the SAW franchise. I could not believe it when he was announced for LFCC due to the fact he is an older man and maybe conventions were not his sort of thing, but oh my god I have ticked a huge wish off my bucket list. I mean, “I wanna play a game” was invented by this dude and his creepy ‘I-don’t-kill-people-I-give-them-a-choice’ sort of way. Tobin seemed to be pretty sick and didn’t interact much but I absolutely do not hold it against him, it was a once in a lifetime thing and I love the guy. He is one of the greatest on-screen serial killers of all time and I fucking met him.
It’s safe to say, I had an amazing time at the convention and I will never stop going to them. They make me happy and feel entirely at home and free – that is how everyone should feel.