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26 May 2009 - 21:1314968
Quote Mocha-Berrytan:

The only think that annoyed me backstage was the fact that towards the end about 5 people came up to me at seperate times and said that after a certain time they weren't letting anyone else in the line onto the stage - which like really stressed me out hard core. But thankfully it was a lie, I wish they hadn't have hyped me up like that ;-;


We are really sorry about that, they were pulling the same &*^% on us too and it was bang out of order. Unfortunately there are a handful of Expo stewards who are not as enthusiastic about cosplay as we are.
Hopefully this is something that can be ironed out....

Baring the delay caused by getting the audience in, the masquerade ran to it's agreed length on both days so we were never in any danger of having it curtailed.


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26 May 2009 - 22:2214975
Quote RanmaSyaoran:
I have no qualms with the expo... The staff were fine and I spent half of Sunday morning talking to them backstage!

BUT!

Using double sided tape to stick down the red carpet was a good idea in theory (As so not to slip off) but... The health and safety team mentioned canceling the masqurade as it had baked on overnight and was still VERY sticky...

I volunteered to carve it off with a stanley knife (took about and hour) to keep the masq. going... So please... NO STICKY STUFF AT THE EXPO XD

(If any of you noticed that the paint was missing from the stage... That was what I had to do to get rid of it!)

No worries about it though XD


Oh gosh >.<
Sorry about that
We figured at the time - like the past expos the stage would be that hard wood/plastic material. So we added tape to prevent anyone from slipping and flying off.
I never expected it to actually stick to the stage rather than the carpet either >.<
And it baked over night?
>.<
I would have helped remove it had I known
We originally were trying to keep it safe - I guess it kinda backfired on us ^^;



Last edited by Emzone (26 May 2009 - 22:46)
27 May 2009 - 00:1614986
It's ok, all's well that ends well but please, please let us know if you have any unusual props like this or things you want to put on the stage


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27 May 2009 - 00:4314989
Quote Emzone:
Quote RanmaSyaoran:
I have no qualms with the expo... The staff were fine and I spent half of Sunday morning talking to them backstage!

BUT!

Using double sided tape to stick down the red carpet was a good idea in theory (As so not to slip off) but... The health and safety team mentioned canceling the masqurade as it had baked on overnight and was still VERY sticky...

I volunteered to carve it off with a stanley knife (took about and hour) to keep the masq. going... So please... NO STICKY STUFF AT THE EXPO XD

(If any of you noticed that the paint was missing from the stage... That was what I had to do to get rid of it!)

No worries about it though XD


Oh gosh >.<
Sorry about that
We figured at the time - like the past expos the stage would be that hard wood/plastic material. So we added tape to prevent anyone from slipping and flying off.
I never expected it to actually stick to the stage rather than the carpet either >.<
And it baked over night?
>.<
I would have helped remove it had I known
We originally were trying to keep it safe - I guess it kinda backfired on us ^^;


Haw haw, it's OK... Your health and safety concerns were at heart...

And I hate health and safety XD

To be honest... I didn't mind doing it! I had an amuzing time with the stewards and showing them paint / sticky stuff removal techniques I had learnt from cosplay! XD


27 May 2009 - 00:4614990
The actual Expo was a great experience for me! Cosplay wise, it was brilliant and the Masq peeps were so nice and it ran so well! It was great being in that massive area too and it felt more social then last year when we were all cut up to make room for the amount of cosplays around the little rooms. lol

The staff were very helpful and I was definitely thankful for the fact that the cosplay desk has a hot glue gun AND double sided sticky tape. <3 Serious life savers! D:

I was lucky enough to not get attacked by running huggers. Though on sunday I did have people run up to me but slowed down before they even touched me and went "Hugs!" before even touching.

The caterpillars were probably the worst part of the expo experience for me. XD Creepy buggers!

Anything else bad that happened occured behind the scenes. >.> So ya, pretty good for me


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27 May 2009 - 00:5114991
Aside from stewards you could do with a bit of security to stop pervy happenings like this. i for one would voulenteer for such work. if it requires me moving around the halls looking for something out of order i'll do it.


27 May 2009 - 01:0014992
Urgh, I onlu just got back from Expo this morning @_@
I would say It was great, but Saturday really dragged it down for me. The queue in the morning was ridiculous, we got there at 7am-ish and still weren't inside by 11...
Reallly overcrowded too. There's just not enough room @_@
And I only went in for a masquerade ticket, which were all gone by the time we did manage to get in.
Dead caterpillars were freaky. XD
I found them all in my bag in the hotel room...YUM.

Sunday was excellent, too hot to wear pvc, but better atmosphere...Although is it just me, or do more and more really strange people come to apparently just stand around and hug?
I'm sick to death of hyped up sugar-hug-bomb-hugs from people I don't know.
Okay, if you come up to me, and know the character and you're simply fanspasming, its a different story. Stop, have a conversation with me, ASK for a picture...
but when a random group of people come up to me brandishing free hug signs I either flee or very quickly look very pissed off. Works well with red contacts and funky forked eyebrows XDD
bah.
The only thing I could REALLY complain about though is the travel. @_@
I wonder if its possible mcm could run a few special services to get to it...i can't imagine how stressful it was for people unfamiliar with london to get to Excel with the Jubilee and the DLR down...and Buses are hate! cosplay props sometimes (often) exceed the height, obstruct the passageways...and are downright a pain in the ass.
Need better travel and more space. Also, more masquerade audience places.
Rant done.
This was still probably my favourite Expo, but that would be because of my friends XD
all done.
~aya


27 May 2009 - 15:0215016
Hmm, may as well add my two cents here also, as I'm feeling chatty. XD

All in all I had a spiffy time! The weather was awesome (even though it was a bit too hot to be wearing military suits and whatnot, yeesh! XD) and the company was even more so. Me and my crowd met some seriously lovely people this year, despite there also being so many goddamn free huggers.

As usual, the crowds on Saturday inside the hall were crazy, and even though I psyche myself up for it each time I always feel kinda stressed out, especially around the Neon Martian stand. For me and many other people it's the most popular stall at Expo, so for them to be crammed into such a small space was pretty harsh on everyone.
*shrugs* That issue was a bit of a pain, but bearable.

The one issue that severely narked me and my friends was with the pre-paid tickets. I'd bought 8 of them for myself and my group, and we got there not long after the 9am entry time, only to find that the queue even for the pre-paid advance tickets was ENORMOUS. We saw that people were coming out with goodie bags before entering the main hall, so we debated whether to queue up also or just go straight to the main hall and try to get in with our tickets.

Because we thought that we might need to get hand stamps or have our tickets checked or something FIRST, we chose to queue. For freaking ages, as was the same for everyone else Im sure! We were in the queue so long that the people who DIDNT have pre-paid tickets arrived and a huge group all RAN into the queue, BARGING straight in!
Then, when we finally got to the front of the queue, they had run out of goodie bags, and they did NOTHING to our tickets, didn't stamp our hands or anything!
We could've just walked straight into the main hall in the very first place!! >_<
Anyone know what that was all about?

*sigh* But apart from that, like I previously said, we all had a fantastic time. I felt really bad for the catterpillars though! Seriously, what the hell? And the poeple who had to cean up the grounds afterwards. Gah, there was so little respect, so many people dumping rubbish everywhere....maybe we should get some cosplay police to wander round and fine people on the spot, ke he. X3


27 May 2009 - 15:2015018
Quote Uber-Nerd:

There were these girls (I think from One eye manga or something- the logo was white with an eye on it) going around putting stickers on people on sunday


GAH The 20th Century Boys thing? I'm glad I'm not the only one who was pissed off with them. Seriously! What were they thinking? They go to a place where people dress up and take pride in their costumes and then try to endorse their 'product' by STICKING THINGS on said costumes? Come on.
>_<
The first time it happened to me I noticed straight away and gave them the finger. XP But then it happened twice more after that. I'd had photos taken with them on and everything, and it was only afterwards when other people spotted them and helped me out. T_T


27 May 2009 - 16:2915019
Quote CrystalNeko:

The floorspace does actually increase after every event but I think they underestimated the numbers this time round X_x; I too baked under the heat everybody emitted! Thus I spent most of the time outside or just sitting down doing nothing to cool myself down, Sunday was much more relaxed though so I was able to shop around freely. Heck Sunday seemed almost empty in comparison to Saturday! O_O;


This is so true, on the saturday I was in a relitivly thin costume compared to sunday (which had multiple layer sections) and I utterly baked in the hall to the point I had to go back to the hotel and change into somthing else to be able to cool down.
Sunday was better and more relaxed.


Quote shigures high school girl:
Oh yeah something else that annoyed me a lot this year.
I noticed at least 10 people over the weekend taking not-very-subtle photos of me without asking. I understand if its a picture of a load of people or something, but coming up in front of me while I wait for someone and taking a photo is NOT good


Oh yes, I had this alot on the sunday; I don't mind taking my bag off and posing for pics as long as I'm not eating but ninja shots are annoying as I will turn away/move if I see someone trying to get one of me.


27 May 2009 - 16:3915020
The strangest thing for me (apart from snowdrifts of caterpillars) was that, really, I found the INSIDE of the expo virtually no different from MCM Memorabilia at the NEC.

In fact, in November, Memorabilia is... Well, bigger in terms of tables. I found the expo had most of the same stalls as appear three times a year at Memro, my friend and I took thirty minutes to look around. Really, apart from the Masquerade and Cosplay Corner... No difference! We were slightly underwhelmed. The cosplay is definately what defines Expo!

What made the weekend for me was the people, the costumes and being in the heart of everything!


27 May 2009 - 16:4015021
Quote Ayazani:

The only thing I could REALLY complain about though is the travel. @_@
I wonder if its possible mcm could run a few special services to get to it...i can't imagine how stressful it was for people unfamiliar with london to get to Excel with the Jubilee and the DLR down...and Buses are hate! cosplay props sometimes (often) exceed the height, obstruct the passageways...and are downright a pain in the ass.
Need better travel and more space. Also, more masquerade audience places.
Rant done.
This was still probably my favourite Expo, but that would be because of my friends XD
all done.
~aya

Oh yeah, travel was awful. i bet the organizers were seething!!
i was supposed to arrive at excel at 8am and i didn't get there until 11. THAT's how overly confusing it was and how lost i got, i'm pretty good with the tube and stuff and can get to places pretty easily.
but yeah. getting back was easier then getting there.
i can cope with one line being down, out of the two but not both! >A<
but at least i now have about 6 different alternative routes to excel. XD


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27 May 2009 - 23:0515043
Quote sarmander:



The one issue that severely narked me and my friends was with the pre-paid tickets. I'd bought 8 of them for myself and my group, and we got there not long after the 9am entry time, only to find that the queue even for the pre-paid advance tickets was ENORMOUS. We saw that people were coming out with goodie bags before entering the main hall, so we debated whether to queue up also or just go straight to the main hall and try to get in with our tickets.

Because we thought that we might need to get hand stamps or have our tickets checked or something FIRST, we chose to queue. For freaking ages, as was the same for everyone else Im sure! We were in the queue so long that the people who DIDNT have pre-paid tickets arrived and a huge group all RAN into the queue, BARGING straight in!
Then, when we finally got to the front of the queue, they had run out of goodie bags, and they did NOTHING to our tickets, didn't stamp our hands or anything!
We could've just walked straight into the main hall in the very first place!! >_<
Anyone know what that was all about?


That happened to me, it was like "Oh was that just a que for a bag? What a waste of time I could of walked straight to the main hall". They should of made that more clear tbh. Also they let the normal ticket guys through just as I got to the end of the que and they all started running like mad people so the stewards were screaming at them to stop... a stampeed of nutters is scary and also makes you ashamed of their behaviour.


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28 May 2009 - 10:0815052
The number of free huggers is decreasing rapidly... 2 expo's ago there were HUNDEREDS!

Other than that, I've yet to find anything negative about the expo.


28 May 2009 - 14:1615058
Quote Hexi:
Quote Ayazani:

The only thing I could REALLY complain about though is the travel. @_@
I wonder if its possible mcm could run a few special services to get to it...i can't imagine how stressful it was for people unfamiliar with london to get to Excel with the Jubilee and the DLR down...and Buses are hate! cosplay props sometimes (often) exceed the height, obstruct the passageways...and are downright a pain in the ass.
Need better travel and more space. Also, more masquerade audience places.
Rant done.
This was still probably my favourite Expo, but that would be because of my friends XD
all done.
~aya

Oh yeah, travel was awful. i bet the organizers were seething!!
i was supposed to arrive at excel at 8am and i didn't get there until 11. THAT's how overly confusing it was and how lost i got, i'm pretty good with the tube and stuff and can get to places pretty easily.
but yeah. getting back was easier then getting there.
i can cope with one line being down, out of the two but not both! >A<
but at least i now have about 6 different alternative routes to excel. XD

Yeah same here XD I don't live in London, but now I know at least 3 ways of getting around the Docklands xD


28 May 2009 - 16:0415061
My only major complaint was when some complete ass stood on my back bow and shouted "MOVE!" at me. Um, when you get off me maybe I will!

Compliments:
~Backstage masquerade was wonderful! The amount of open space this time didn't make the wait feel extremely long and cramped.

~Playing around with the St Seiya group backstage. Tab & Christian are truly amazing people and an asset to the UK cosplay scene! Can I import you to some US cons please?


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28 May 2009 - 20:1815070
Woo, a few things here.. Guess I'll throw in some thoughts.

First up, thanks go to Ilpala, Granny Gertrude, Ailsa-chan, and all the helpers we had at the cosplay desk! I'm always in awe of being part of such a team.

Thanks to all the exquisite cosplayers over the weekend, for keeping my camera very, very busy. For that matter, further thanks to all of you who let me take pictures and didn't pass me off as some creepy guy. or did but not until, you know, I'd gone away and stuff.

On that note..


1. Creepy people
Seriously, tell us. Tell *someone*, even if just a helper-outer. Most of the community are pretty close-knit, word will get round. You can guarantee I'll be passing through the backstage cosplay area with a camera every so often so flag me down or something.. As a photographer it sickens me -_-;

2. Stickers
That's weird, I *tried* to get one of the 20thCB stickers and couldn't T_T for the movie is awesome. Putting stickers randomly on people without permission is, however, not. Usually it's congoers more than dealers o.O Bizarre.

3. Queues
The queues are always mad.. not much consolation but that's a hell of a lot of people who'll start queuing way before any of the stewards can be expected to be there and sorting it all out.. They're stretched pretty thin so information takes a long time to get around, and how the queues work seems to go in stages which seems to have created the mess of people getting in without queuing.. It's not much of an excuse overall but just be sure not to take it out on the nearest unpaid helper!


4. Ninja photography
I can't speak in general, but personally I always make an effort to ask permission first, the only exceptions being if they're already posing for someone who doesn't look like a personal friend (and even then at first sign of an uncomfortable glance I back off), or if it's just one of those priceless moments -- and in those cases I'll flip the camera round afterwards and show them the photo with offers of deletion, rather running off into the night cackling. Although the latter is often tempting. I just figure it's common courtesy, and usually means I get to ask about the costume too, added bonus.

Despite my efforts, when I left the days photos running on the cosplay displays, apparently many people don't remember having those shots taken o.O Ninja photography indeed. ...with a flash.


4. Take photo first, ask questions later
This isn't that uncommon.. Some probably are only in it for photos of pretty people, sure, but it's not unusual for the majority of congoers to want photos of impressive costumes without knowing exactly where they hark from.. Think of it more of "at least they asked and were interested" XD

5. Masqyness
That backstage area was lovely, much less cramped than the usual shaky corridor. Looked like a lot more socialising was going on too, always a plus. The events ran as long as they did, I know full well there wasn't much that could be done about it, everyone was trying to make things as quick as possible.. I'm just glad it was noted this time and we weren't all hauled out of the hall!

6. Cosplay Desk
We had a wonderful set of staff and helpers again! Everyone worked really hard and the atmosphere around the area on the whole reminds me why we do this XD I've heard a lot of positive comments about the desk and everyone I dealt with was perfectly polite and understanding, even when we ran out of tickets or had to ask people hold onto their own tickets not charge in as a group!

7. Cosplay repairs
Were the repair kits helpful? I noticed the impact glue was in use within the first 30 minutes of the day, and I'm curious as to what happened to the cordless gluegun's drip tray and why the nib is now at a 20 degree angle XD but it seems that little beauty was worth every penny.. I get a lot of joshing for the sheer amount of junk I lug down to every expo but it all gets used somehow or another. I'm starting to think we need a sign pointing out we do repairs XD

8. Transport
Yes, we are indeed cursed. Hopefully one day all the lines will be working on an expo weekend, but who knows? I was impressed at the sheer effort it took just to find a way to the Premiere Inn, every route was closed off -_-



right, I'm run out of responses and am rambling. enough of that!


28 May 2009 - 20:2015072
it was my first expo! loved it!

only complaints i can think of are that it was absolutely roasting (but they can't control the weather, lol) and that there wasn't enough floor space for the massive surge of people on Saturday afternoon! fine in the morning but by the time i'd had lunch you could barely move! :o

on the positive side, the atmosphere was so amazing i'd go back just for that! where else can you get multiple hugs from strangers without it freaking you out or have rambling conversations with people without ever knowing their name or feel perfectly comfortable wondering around dressed as a character from an anime or video game! the whole weekend felt like everyone you met was your friend and the sheer number of people wondering around with 'free hugs' signs was both baffling and brilliant.



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28 May 2009 - 21:1015074
Quote nert:

7. Cosplay repairs
Were the repair kits helpful?


Very helpful! I think that hot glue gun saved my Kairi belt from falling apart and thank you for the help so I didn't burn my fingers =)
I think there should be a sign as I'm sure there are many more cosplayers about in need of repairs but un-aware that the cosplay desk can help.


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28 May 2009 - 22:3015082
Feedback? Well it was awsome! Really good, my favorite so far! And I got to meet Craig Charles


28 May 2009 - 23:0715083
The ability to repair at the cosplay desk practically saved my costume, especcially before the masquerade has I had rebuild my belt in the queue on saturday.

Kudos and hats off to thee!


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31 May 2009 - 13:3315204
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
Quote nert:

7. Cosplay repairs
Were the repair kits helpful?


Very helpful! I think that hot glue gun saved my Kairi belt from falling apart and thank you for the help so I didn't burn my fingers =)
I think there should be a sign as I'm sure there are many more cosplayers about in need of repairs but un-aware that the cosplay desk can help.


So true! I didn't even know it was there...


31 May 2009 - 17:0615210
I knew there would be travel issues, as had been pointed out by MCM, and had at least 3 alternate routes planned XD
Regardless, we was staying away from Excel, it was only our second time in London alone, and we had no trouble at all with the travel...we found the replacement bus services took us exactly where we needed and weren't too crowded.

But maybe we was just lucky XD It happens.



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31 May 2009 - 17:4515211
It was my first expo and I had a very positive experience! It was very crowded but it was great to meet so many great people

I'd like to say thank you to the people at the cosplay desk who gave me the strongest super glue ever (that stuff set in seconds!) so that I could fix my sword ^^


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