We were at the Exeter Film and ComicCon this weekend, to see what is arguably one of the biggest names in convention organisers in the UK had in store for us this year at Exeter’s Westpoint arena.
Upon entering the arena, it was apparent that it would be a very different story to last year. The celebrity guests were no longer in the centre of the room – instead, they were along the left wall, near the cafe and toilets. The centre was taken up with stalls, and the majority of the of the booths were the usual vendors selling everything from comic books to t-shirts and even knives and swords. I may be in the minority when I say this, but in my opinion, I’m not sure that these kind of items should be on sale at this type of convention.
There was a group of stalls that really stood out to me. One was an exceptionally talented artist by the name of Chris Barker whose astounding artwork is so detailed, it resembles a photograph. His dad explained to me that Chris, like me, has Aspergers (a form of autism) and is a self taught artist. His website (CJB Art) is really worth checking out.
The other stall that impressed me was the only indie comic book there, called Moon. We are going to be reviewing at a later date, but if you’re keen to read it, it can be found here (Beyond the Bunker Comics)
There was also a retro gaming area and a group that does LARP (Live Action Role Play) there. It was great fun to chat to some of the guys that take part in this, about what it entails, before settling down to play a round of Sonic the Hedgehog!
This year I managed to catch one of the cosplay talks given by Jinxy Dragon Cosplay. This was informative with lots of hints and tips, including latex buffing. This was followed by a great Q&A covering some very hot topics and, of course, the do’s and don’ts of convention cosplay.
All in all, it was a great little convention with some fantastic guests including K-9 and Colin Baker. The one thing I felt that was missing from this year’s line up was comic book artists. Last year, we had the likes of Jock and Lee Garbett, but this year it felt this side of things was sadly missing and would have been a welcome addition to the guests.
Also a big shout out to all the wonderful guys and girls who came dressed as their favourite characters, there was a great deal of time and effort spent on costumes as you can see with our rogues gallery bellow.