The cosplay isn't the only great thing about going to comic con (although I think it is pretty much my favourite part). There is so much more going on, such as sneak peeks of new games and movies, a chance to play in trading card game tournaments and sample new board games, and countless panels/presentations/autograph signings/photo opportunities with people from the 'comic book world'*. This being only my second con we still haven't quite taken advantage of a lot of these aspects, but there will be lots of time for that yet! What I most certainly do have time for is the mountains of 'stuff' (for want of a better word) that you can look at, drool over, and buy at a convention.
*'comic book world' is a very broad definition, as comic con is so much more than comic books - for example Felica Day and Gillian Anderson were at London Comic Con, as was John Noble and even ... Shane Richie.
Don't your eyes just drink in all this awesomeness? Above you can see a multitude of plushies available to buy (this was just one stand of many that could be found at the con) and doesn't even hint to the fact that 2 aisles over there was a pink alley dedicated to all this kawaii! I was convinced by Ben that perhaps I didn't need another soft toy. I loved all the Totoro garden ornaments and the etched spoons and chopping boards are gorgeous too! Just some of the examples of talented vendors who were at comic con.
Of course, not only were there thousands of things available to purchase, there were dozens of vehicles, statues, figures and more for us to look at, regardless of whether we knew what they were or not (in particular who is this tall chappy below, anyone know?).
|Hello Kitty bush! How interesting|
|The newly designed Batmobile for the upcoming game Batman Arkham Knight|
|Mad Max's car from the new film Fury Road|
|We are huge fans of Attack on Titan and The Legend of Korra already, some books to build upon these interested were certainly on the cards! And we want to learn more about Deadpool before the Ryan Reynolds film comes out whenever that's due.|
|We've taken to collecting POP! Figures and are aiming to complete certain collections - Dragonball Z, Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first to complete!|
|Ben is a huge Final Fantasy X fan (as I am) and in particular he wanted a Jecht symbol on a necklace|
|I used to have this mug a few years ago, bought for me by my mum, but it broke and I never replaced it. Until today!|
|An impulse buy, but one of my most favourite by far! This is a gorgeous tea set imported from Japan, as well as a couple of pairs of chopsticks.|
|We are definitely going to make a point of buying more artist's pieces - I've since framed these in some plain glass frames from Hobbycraft and they look terrific.|
I am so pleased with all my goodies, and I am certain that after Manchester MCM Comic Con in July I will have some more goodies to show you!
If you could choose anything from here for yourself or a friend who loves all things geeky, what would you choose as your favourite?