Day three and I had a photo session quite early on with Matt Smith from Doctor Who. Matt is without a doubt, easily my favourite Who. Once I'd watched his series I could understand what people mean when they say 'he's MY doctor'. He said I had cool hair and was lovely to everyone. Later on in the day I finally got to meet my twitter friend Scott, his friend Sean and wife Stacey for a quick amble round together.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photo with David Tennant as the ticket site refused to even allow me to attempt to get my foot in the ticket holding door. But I decided to get a picture with Peter Davison instead and I hadn't met him before so the situation ended up being a win anyway.
And that was it for another year. Admittedly London 2018 has been a quiet one for me but that's the way it usually goes. Next year it will probably be a panic stricken juggling schedules kind of year but that's how I like it!
File under: Showmasters, London Film & Comic Con, Olympia, Matt Smith, Peter Davison, Doctor Who
Day two was a quiet one for myself. I only had one photo session with Tony Robinson and the rest of my day was free, so I could explore the vendor section a bit more. But the event was sold out for Saturday so it got quite claustrophobic at times with the amount of people in there. On the plus side, there were a couple of REALLY good Deadpool cosplayers walking around so I managed to grab a quick selfie with one.
File under: Showmasters, London Film & Comic Con, Olympia, Tony Robinson, Blackadder, Time Team, Maid Marian, Blood & Honey
Seeing as I only had one guest to meet at London Film & Comic Con on Saturday, I could go a few stops down the tube line and explore some of the excellent (and free) museums London has to offer. I've already been to the Science Museum before but it's always good to have a revisit, because you never know what new exhibits they're going to add.
File under: London Science Museum
On day one I met Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Ebony Maw in Avengers Infinity War. Aside from Thanos he's probably the best villain in the film, but we don't get to see nearly as much of him as I'd like. In person Tom is really lovely and he says he's not sure if he'll be in the next film. They were so busy shooting both films back to back, plus with all the fake scenes included, it's hard to say what will make the cut and what won't.
I also had my first photo session of the weekend with the wonderful Tom Baker, of Doctor Who legend. That's another doctor ticked on my list.
File under: Showmasters, London Film & Comic Con, Olympia, Tom Baker, Doctor Who, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Ebony Maw, Avengers, Infinity War
So far I've been to see The Incredibles 2 twice and I'm probably going to go again (thank you Odeon Limitless). It's a really great film, visually stunning and I can only hope we don't have to wait another 14 years for the next instalment. There's so many potential spin offs here. I'm gunning for a Violet and Voyd team-up.
Haven't drawn in a while so this was fun to do. She's a little bit off kilter, she's supposed to be leaning forward. But I'm otherwise happy with how she turned out.
File under: The Incredibles, Violet Parr, Disney, Pixar
Ahhhh man, The Struts could've sold out a venue twice this size. I've been in Gorilla before and it's good for an intimate acoustic set or a comedy routine but this stage was so tiny it reminded me of all the little pubs the band used to play in back in 2012. Fortunately the crowds are bigger and well and truly mad for The Struts so when they come back we need to get them somewhere with a decent stage for Luke to romp around on without crashing into Adam or Jed. Big ups to Tom and Josh from Blossoms for joining the lads for a run through Rebel, Rebel. See video below!!!
File under: The Struts, Gorilla, Manchester, gig, Blossoms, Tom Ogden, Josh Dewhurst
Argh I was so excited to meet my internet friend Siv today!!!! She's travelled down through Europe from Norway and up through the UK to get to Scotland, where she has family. We've been chatting online for about ten years now, mainly due to our mutual love of McFly and it was so great to see her in person. We only got to spend a few hours together but hopefully next time we'll get longer. I LOVE YOU SIV!
It has been around a year since I saw The Struts and I was SO excited for this gig. I was excited for all their new songs and to see them all again. Nobody puts on a live show like these boys. They've been on the road supporting the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl has heaped (rightfully so) praise upon praise on the band. He even called them (wait for it) the best support the FF have ever had and that is immensely gratifying. And they didn't disappoint. They are full of energy and play the tightest set you are ever going to witness. Koko is quite a nice venue too.
And I was also happy to see my friend Dawn and meet new fans that I didn't know as well.
File under: The Struts, Koko, London, gig
So this is the second time I have cut off and donated my hair to Little Princess Trust. It has taken me just under two years to get my hair back to the required length it needs to be again. For those of you that aren't aware of the charity, they accepted donated hair to make wigs for children and young adults that are going through chemotherapy and have lost their own hair. It gives them a little bit of normality in their lives and with the wigs being real human hair, they're more comfortable than synthetic hairpieces.
For more information & to donate either hair or money visit HERE
There are other charities out there that do the same thing but they all have slightly different requirements but these will be listed on their individual websites, please make sure you read them and follow them because if your hair doesn't fit the bill it gets discarded and it's a massive waste of time and effort.
I decided I wanted to do something drastic and dye my hair blue. Once my hair had been cut off and styled, I had it bleached as light as we could get it, without doing heavy damage. I have been dying my own hair every shade for around 14 years but I would NEVER attempt to bleach my hair at home. It can go so horribly wrong that it's best left to professionals so I went to a local salon.
And then I used a semi-permanent dye from Schwarzkopf for the blue. Now I've used their permanent dyes before and they've always worked really well but the semi didn't comb/run through to the ends of my hair as much as I would've liked. I also ran out and had to use the back up box of blending colours (you can get kits with three different colours to mix it up) as well. And it STILL left patches where I'd missed the blonde. So if you pick the Schwarzkopf semi dyes, you will need extra boxes because it hits your hair, stains and then doesn't really pull through from your roots to the tips.
File under: hair, charity, donation, The Little Princess Trust, cancer, chemotherapy, hair, wig
This is just a quick one. I visited Collectormania in Birmingham, run by Showmasters who due the big London Film & Comic Con I go to every year. I met Billy Boyd and he was a really nice person. Spent a lot of time with the family in front of me and made sure that he signed every piece of merchandise in the way that they wanted.
I came to this event last year as well and the set up for the bigger guests like Billy doesn't work for me. The queues all ran into one another and there was no room between them and the neighbouring vendor stalls for people to walk past freely. Also, the ticketing system didn't seem to be working either, mainly due to the fact that all the queues were mixed up.
I also bought two Avengers t-shirts I didn't need despite promising myself I wouldn't buy any more t-shirts because I have no more room for them. Bad Kel.
File under: Collectormania, Showmasters, Birmingham, convention, comic con, Billy Boyd
Kel. 30. Blue haired Huddersfield lass born 'n' bred. Half mad cat lady. Half ninja turtle.
I love to draw cartoons & listen to film soundtracks & TV themes.
For unknown reason, my favourite number is 44.
Things I Like
Author: Jasper Fforde
Band: The Struts
Book: The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets
Game: The Sims 3
TV Show: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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