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Running a Table at MCM London Comic Con

Regular readers will know that I am a bit of a convention nut, and have been to MCM London Comic Con (almost) more times than I can count.  Unfortunately for the past year or two I’ve been unable to attend, so I was thrilled to be invited along by artist Sugar Coated Emi to assist her in running a Comic Village table.

I’d never been on the other side of MCM before.  I’d never considered the logistics of pulling together such a huge event – in May 2016, over 130,000 attended the convention over the weekend (I can’t find stats for May 2017, possibly less due to current events in London).  We were right next to the entrance, and the sheer volume of people moving through was phenomenal.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend, with its fair share of highs and lows.  Here’s a few things I learnt from being behind the table:

  1. Set up on Thursday – we arrived to find that as we were a late booking, our table had been missed.  Cue one hour of chaos and frantic searching, until a very kind member of staff appeared with a table for us!  We were relieved to have this happen to us on the Thursday, rather than an hour before doors opened on Friday.
  2. Sweets on the table are a great ice-breaker – they didn’t always result in sales, but it was a good way of initiating conversation, and meeting some awesome people.
  3. Artists are some of the nicest people – there was so, so much kindness shown to us by the other artists.  Sweets were shared and comics exchanged!
  4. It is as much to do with networking as sales – we spoke to a lot of customers who were artists themselves, and so much of the interactions we had were about exchanging details and sharing upcoming projects.
  5. If you can, have an assistant to help at the table – and with MCM, a second exhibitor’s pass is included in the table price!  Assistants are great (even if I do say so myself) for fetching food and drink, and for manning the table during toilet breaks and con-exploration.

Fortunately, I still had lots of time to explore the exhibits, and for much of this could probably be found eating strawberries and cream doriyaki by the Pop Asia stage.

Pop Asia

I also discovered that I love the intensity of live gaming tournaments, particularly Tekken!

MCM

MCM Tron

Bike envy.

Being a retailer at MCM made me really appreciate how hard artists work, so I didn’t hold back in showing my appreciation and expanding my art collection:

MCM Purchases

Money well spent!

I also did a little bit of doodling of my own.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have my own convention table:

MCM drawing

Did anyone else attend MCM London Comic Con this May?

You can check out MCM’s next convention on their website: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/

Emma

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June 8, 2017
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A Hogwarts Christmas Adventure: Harry Potter Studios

After seeing several bloggers’ photos from the Harry Potter Studios, I was finally convinced to book a visit. Under the guise of a Christmas present to my sister, we set off early and travelled by car, train, tube and bus before arriving at the studios for our time slot.

Harry Potter Studios

Everything was dressed up for Christmas – there was a huge Christmas tree in the foyer and a snow machine outside.

Harry Potter Studios

O was on photograph duty, while my sister and I strolled around looking at everything.  O took his job as photographer very seriously, so although I took next to no photos myself, there are hundreds from our visit to look through!  I’ve chosen my favourite fifteen (originally ten, but there’s just so many); enjoy!

(1.) Mr H Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs

Harry Potter Studios

(2.) Professor McGonagall’s outfit and famous pointy hat

Harry Potter Studios

(3.) Amazing sculpture from the Yule Ball

Harry Potter Studios

(4.) Hair and makeup – guess who?

Harry Potter Studios

(5.) Christmas in the Gryffindor common room

Harry Potter Studios

(6.) The clock and pendulum from the clock tower – this was to scale!

Harry Potter Studios

(7.) Dumbledore’s office

Dumbledore's Office

(8.) Potions classroom.  There were so many little details in the room.  The set must have taken so long to put together.

Potion's Classroom

(9.) The Burrow.  It looked so inviting!

(10.) Umbridge’s desk.  I could hardly post of my travels without one photo of a desk!  The plates on the wall had been bought from shops around London.

Umbridge's Desk

(11.) There were a number of luggage trolleys on display, but this was one of my favourites.  Can you guess who it belongs to?

Luggage - Harry Potter Studios

(12.) Hogwarts Express.  This was one of my favourite areas of the studios.  You could walk through the train and view the carriage sets from several different films.

Hogwart's Express

(13.) Another favourite part of the tour was the display of wizard literature – there were so many props, including the Daily Prophet and the famous acceptance letter to Hogwarts.  All of them filled with real content – I would have loved that job!

Harry Potter Studios Books

(14.) I loved seeing so many interesting props on display, and realising just how much work had gone into everything.

Harry Potter Studios Props

(15.) Snowy Hogwarts.  I knew the castle was a model, but I never imagined it would be this big!

Hogwarts

There were many more parts of the tour that I haven’t covered.  The Great Hall, for starters, which was actually a lot smaller than I had expected.  Also, by the time we got to the outside area of the studios, it was getting dark, and so all the photos of the Knight Bus and Privet Drive aren’t perfect.  There is, however, a photo or two of me crammed into the side car of Hagrid’s bike.  My sister, who is significantly smaller than me in size, insisted she got to sit on the bike itself.  Oh, what I do for love!

The gift shop was an amazing way to finish the tour – I wanted to buy everything!  However, as I am in Serious Saving mode, I left with just a few chocolate wands as presents and some postcards to frame.

I know a lot of my followers have been to Harry Potter Studios – you are the ones who inspired me to book the visit!  Has anyone ever visited over Christmas before?  Also, how on earth do they remove all that snow once December is over?  (Magic?)

Emma

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January 6, 2016
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