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31 May 2010 - 19:0832991
not reading anyone's comment for a few reasons (mainly because i don't want to feel the need to disagree with any continuation of the pre-expo dramas)

but

BEST expo yet. one single gripe, they really should have placed the signings queue somewhere other than infront of the tokyopop stall, but such a tiny misjudgement can be forgiven for an otherwise AMAZING expo which, even with the sheer AGONY i was in afterwards, and the horrendous sore throat i have for having to yell at people so they could hear me, i'm back on a major high, and can't wait to get to work on my next project!!!


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31 May 2010 - 20:1032993
ESSAY!! Sorry!
I have mixed feelings, so I'll get the negative out of the way and end on a positive note!
I missed the Saturday masquerade, and for this I am gutted! I did catch the Sunday one, though, and I was unimpressed with how disorganised it was, first we were told it started at 3pm, so we queued up early, then it got moved back to 3.30pm, so we were in the queue for longer than necessary, and even then it ran late!
Not to cause drama here, but I really didn't enjoy the live band at the start of it. They were still sorting the sound out when we were all sat down, shouldn't they have done that beforehand? I didn't go there to see a live band who only covered anime songs, I went to see everyone's cosplays. If I wanted to see a band, I'd have gone to a music gig.
There was a point where Phoebe's "professional spotter" and I were leading her to the cosplay desk to repair her Gundam wing, as people kept carelessly barging past her and broke it, and even though we denied people who asked her to stop for photos (Phoebe understandably didn't want to pose for more until she'd fixed it), people were persistent and stopped in front of her and kept flashing their cameras. Just because she was cosplaying a Gundam, it doesn't mean she's a machine. People need to understand this and stop being so rude as to ignore requests.

Onto the positive!
The talent just gets more intense every year. From Gundams to Mad Hatters to Fangs, it's such a blast to see the effort people put into their outfits.

Aw man, it looks like the bad outweighs the good judging from how much I wrote, but it's pretty balanced.
All in all, not my best Expo experience.


31 May 2010 - 21:1032999
THE QUEUE WAS NOT COSTUME FRIENDLY!! AT ALL!!

I'm sure i was not the only one crying in pain before the event had even started!! That walking... in my heels? It did me in for the day before it even kicked off!! It made the rest of the day extreamly painful! Being in heels for a whole day can be painful enough as it is! Without doing that much walking!! I cant even imagine how painful it was for the people in the huge suits! I would have been able to cope alot more at the event in a costume that wasnt the easiet to sit in alot better if it wasnt for this!!

OH YES AND I was so pissed off to see people on sunday all of a sudden turn up after we've already walked half the hall... walk round the back and be let in near the front!! WTH!!

...not on!


31 May 2010 - 21:3133002
I had a pretty good time - it wasn't too bad in the hall on both days, I've seen it much more crowded in previous years.

I'm usually in the hall for the majority of the show as I'm busy working at the Sweatdrop stand, looking after the Artists Alley or doing various signings at different publishers' tables (which is hilarious when I am in cosplay as people don't realise I'm an artist, hehe) - so I really can see the ebb/flow throughout both days. I think due to the rain on Saturday and nice weather on Sunday, the numbers evened out a little more, and the large hall space meant that it still felt pretty roomy. But yeah, I never recommend complicated/fragile cosplays for the Saturday - as much as most cosplayers are respectful, there will always be that 10% of the thousands of visitors who will be dickheads.

I found all the expo staff extremely helpful and courteous and I had a lot of fun both in and outside the hall. It was unfortunate that a few things ran late, but hey, these things happen and the stellar job put on by the cosplay desk people in making sure all the cosplayers were looked after counts for a lot.

I had a great time ^^ Although some of it was due to having a comfy cosplay XD


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01 Jun 2010 - 03:1733027
This was my first expo in 5 years (to give you an idea how long ago that was, when I last went there were only about 20-50 cosplayers!!!) and while in the que I rememebered why I didn't go to expo. While I had enough fun with my friend, it was her company and not the expo that made it. At the end of the day I'm not sure if it was worth the money to get there and such. If I wasn't in cosplay, had spend the last two days making it to 50% of completion and my friend was waiting for me, I would have walked off in the que. I was there to cosplay and next time I think I'll just loser con it, not bother buying a ticket and hang around outside. It's fun if you have people to hang out with, but as it's the poeple you're with that make it, almost 100%, which is not a good thing for the event peeps.
Yes, the event needs more room, the organisers are still thinking on the small scale that it was several years ago and not the bigger event that it has become. Yet saying that, there felt like there was hardly anything there. It's so focused on anime/manga now and I feel it's such a shame, even though that's why I go; for the anime and manga. No variety and there wasn't anything that really caught my eye. It was nice seeing Doujin there, but £15? Hell I'll sell you some of my doujin for £15 but I'll also give you an english tranlslation.
I don't think I'll go again, and if I do it will be for the eurocosplay or because I want to do a new costume, and then I don't think I'll bother going inside. It's turning into a cosplay event which make me think they may as well just make it that and call a spade a spade. In other words, the cosplays are great but the event is dull, which I think expo seriously need to think about and should put them to shame.


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01 Jun 2010 - 06:0133031
on saturday the masquerade started at 6 when that voice comes on saying getout the building lol

my family qued to watch the masquerade and were seated at the back......then all the other ppl who did not que just walked in and sat at the front...wich is not on!!


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01 Jun 2010 - 08:5233032
Quote montblanc:
My only major niggle this time was the whole giant queue to actually get into the queue to get the wristbands... then once we had the wristbands (by this point the queue was all moving for people to go in) having to walk up and down the length of the hall several times to get out again, I get the barriers when the queue wasn't moving but maybe they could've removed some bits to make the walking less.


Agreed, this was a major pain, I arrived shortly before 8:30 and the queue was already all the way up to where people were queuing for the other event.
Equally annoying was the fact that the expo opened late, again. I think it was 9:30 when they actually started letting people in.

I felt a little miffed with the expo. Partly because they used all the space of the extra hall to pretty much just fill the place with more stuff, so there wasnt really all that much more space for people actually going around the expo hall.

While I didnt have too many problems with the expo itself, I was just so pissed off with the amount of people who just felt it was okay to just push people out of the way to get to a stall, I was constantly forced aside from a stall when I was looking through merchandise, because some folks were to impatient to let me actually look at an item.
I actually gave up on shopping at the expo, and was glad to get out of there on saturday.
Next time, I may just go on the sunday, as from what I heard, it was still far quieter then the saturday...


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Last edited by MattDark (01 Jun 2010 - 08:53)
01 Jun 2010 - 12:2433053
This expo was pretty awesome, but I don't think it's been my best. Saturday's queue was amusingly hectic, and thankfully both days I had comfortable shoes to walk down the huge lengths of the hall to get in.

Saturday was awesome with my Digimon group, and the masq was delayed yes but then I'm used to the fact that it gets delayed every time so I didn't complain.

Sunday was very dissapointing for me, despite the fact Yuna was epic with the flower, I got very stressed out with it. It took a while to put it on, and I had to have my boyfriend as my "pit crew" almost, carrying the largest petal while I carried the two side petals. At one point I was standing very close to a wall with the two bottom petals on, and yet people STILL decided they wanted to get between me and the wall o____O whilst knocking the petals in the meantime. thanks.

Then two of the petals were misbehaving and I had to spend a long time by the cosplay desk fixing them up, being in the way of the poor staff there and missing a shoot I was looking forward to >_< and I couldn't get outside as when I tried to do so the wind was horrendous and my petals were just too fragile for it! But the masq went very well, I managed not to take out the lights mwahah XD

Anyway I guess it was my own fault for choosing such a large costume but I was still a bit gutted at missing things, I'm glad I've got more simple cosplays in October


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03 Jun 2010 - 12:3233270
1st expo
It was my 1st expo, and due to sorting out cosplay and the travelling times i didnt get there till 2ish, at which there was no queue for tickets (bonus) but my mates popped out for a fag and then couldnt get back in as they stopped letting you in after 4.30! Booooo!!

As first time expos goes, i had a good time, but will make sure i get there earlier next time!


03 Jun 2010 - 13:4333279
Quote Alyx:
THE QUEUE WAS NOT COSTUME FRIENDLY!! AT ALL!!

I'm sure i was not the only one crying in pain before the event had even started!! That walking... in my heels? It did me in for the day before it even kicked off!! It made the rest of the day extreamly painful! Being in heels for a whole day can be painful enough as it is! Without doing that much walking!! I cant even imagine how painful it was for the people in the huge suits! I would have been able to cope alot more at the event in a costume that wasnt the easiet to sit in alot better if it wasnt for this!!

OH YES AND I was so pissed off to see people on sunday all of a sudden turn up after we've already walked half the hall... walk round the back and be let in near the front!! WTH!!

...not on!


OHMYGOSHYES

That walking actually crippled me. After walking what felt like a bazzilion miles in my big sister suit,I needed to get outside so I could de-kit, sit down, and drink a litre of water. I was so tired and sore for the rest of the day, I started getting really snappy at people wanting pictures. There were points where i was quite obviously trying to get everything off, so I could pee and stuff, and people were still harrassing me. Abandoned the whole suit at about 3.30

I think saturday because of the rain, it was farrrr too crowded. Even not in the expo bit, just the hallway thing.

BUT I did still really enjoy myself, and nothing happened that I didnt expect. I still think a weekend wristband would have been better..

My boyfriend really enjoyed it too, and he really didnt think he would. He was litterally just coming cuz I told him too, lol.


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05 Jun 2010 - 17:5633579
Well I was excited to go because I was meeting someone off the internet and I had made a costume for them. I had to stand outside for an hour because he rang when I got there saying he left the tickets in the hotel room XD

The line was ENDLESS. In the ned I got my Sakura card out and used the erase card. It didn't work T-T

Inside the expo was scary. There were so many people and they kept on bashing into me and my friend which was fun because I was trying to get to the cosplay desk with wings which were being damaged.

When we did get to the cosplay desk I was happy to give them my wings and I want to thank them for the free storage ^-^

The rest of the day was spent getting pushed through crowds and then trying to find seats. We really didn't know what to do between the time when we got to the expo and the masquerade.

The masquerade was the most terrifying thing that I have ever done. Ever. I was in a cardcaptor sakura outfit and my friend was syaoran and we just fluked what we did. We did kind of practice what we were doing but then forgot it when we got on stage XD

Would I do it again? Yes, of course. Backstage was fun in a wierd way.


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08 Jun 2010 - 10:4633881
Quote Bugrophenia:
It was my 1st expo, and due to sorting out cosplay and the travelling times i didnt get there till 2ish, at which there was no queue for tickets (bonus) but my mates popped out for a fag and then couldnt get back in as they stopped letting you in after 4.30! Booooo!!

As first time expos goes, i had a good time, but will make sure i get there earlier next time!


Yeah, alot of people tend to come down on the friday for it, but seeing as your in london, im surprised it took you so long to get there, even with sorting out cosplays.


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