Lonon Film and Comic Con - 2016 Day 3 : The Starguard News

Lonon Film and Comic Con - 2016 Day 3

by ray burke on 08/13/16

LFCC - Olympia, London - Sunday July 31st 2016 Day 3

I had somehow missed my pic with TNA Wrestler Gail Kim yesterday, but was able to get a pic with her today. But instead of my TNA T-shirt, I already had my tux on anticipating my costume for the day :-)

Later, I took a blurry pic of the 3 Doctors Paul Mcgann, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker. Funny guys!

Lotna members Victoria and Cyrus were at their Doctor Who stalls. 

I got into costume. My Bat Tux with mask, cape, gloves, belt and goggles for a kind of gentleman/steam punk Batman feel. Took pics with the Batmobile and Tumbler. There was a great Iron Man cosplayer as well. This guy had controls in his palms to control his facemask opening up and flaps on the costume and lights. Almost like the real thing.

There was a professional photo shoot for cosplayers. Took my turn wiht an inaugural Bat dab and action shots. Pics turned out really good. There was also a young woman in a well-made Steampunk costume. She made it all herself, though not based on any character. She bought a basic gun and built it up and painted it. Nice touches. Upon the black screen I performed the Bat dab, an action shot with cape flying, and full pose shot. I wish I had been able to show off the Batman cuff links.

Finally, a female Joker was the first one to come to me to want a pic. And she was worried about her make up, not wanting to look like Michael Jackson! Deadshot also wanted a pic with me!

By this time, I was getting a bit hot in the mask. As it's my first time at a large conference in costume, I was still getting use to it. So took a bit of a break photoing the cosplay stage. They're dancing to YMCA! Yes, they are...

One cosplayer was a sort of Jedi. He had a light saber and a gun... odd combo!

My first group shot was great. I saw Batman and wanted a pic then Joker, Robin, and Harley Quinn showed up and all of a sudden we were caught up in a few minutes of pictures as the crowds surrounded us... Great feeling, almost like being in paparazzi!

I had met fellow author Nick Sheridan at The London Book fair earlier in year. Then he shows up today for the Michael Emerson shoot. Strange or what!

So got my pic with cool actor Michael Emmerson. I made him laugh by saying 'I'm not the man in the suit, I'm the upgrade, the man in the Tux!'


I met female Daredevil and Electra having a coffee... Costume fact - her eyelashes kept catching on the mask! My mask was boring into my forehead. Woe be to us heroes! I liked the fact that many women dressed as their male counterparts...

A woman, Sarah-Lee, photo-ing a Batman rushed over to me and said how cool my costume was and wanted us 2 Batmen together by the Tumbler! Another good shot. 

The Michelle Gomez was on the cosplay stage to hand out the £1000 award to best costume! I don't know the character's name (probably from a game), but he had a great costume ..and huge cheque!

And a last minute catch before the station - Vision and Scarlett Witch!!

A review of my first cosplay. I'm glad it was a cool day, dressed in a tux as I was. With the increased open areas it was good to get around, though the 1st floor was still a bit crowded. At first, I felt a bit subconscious wondering why people were looking at me and if my costume with added Batman elements passed muster. But from the smiles, comments, and people wanting pictures I was reassured I wasn't playing a fool for nothing :-)

Being in the costume with a mask cut peripheral vision so people I was walking with or taking pictures disappeared with a turn of the head. Next time I will pad the mask as bits of internal mouldings dug into my forehead exasperated by the goggles tightly overlaying the mask. Plus the already padded nose guard pressed onto my nose so I had to lift it every now and again to breathe better. And I had to de-mask to wipe the sweat and air out:-) I certainly have more appreciation for those who are in full costumes all day...

And now I know why heroes where capes: My shirt kept popping out at the back. The cumberbund and Batbelt not able to hold it in. I think I've lost weight perhaps, so that's a good thing!!

One of the best parts was getting pictures taken. It's one thing getting one taken, but the group shots were great, especially when multiple pictures were taken. It was like being in front of the paparazzi. I had been on the other side of this waiting to shoot cosplayers as others took their photos. They turned this way and that patiently for everyone to get their pic. To be in the middle of it was a good feeling.

Then there was the more professional shots against the black background. I liked the posed shots, introducing the Bat dab! I didn't enter the cosplay competition but maybe in the future.

And it was good having friends around who helped with pictures and kept company so thanks to Mark Veal, Anna-Lena Dube Fuller, Simon Geake, and Clayton Pearce. And it was a surreal experience walking around the 2nd floor YALC surrounded by a virtual sea of young Harry Potter characters in a Harry Potter quiz and raffle! Thanks for that Anna-Lena! 

Next year, I may wear contacts as I had to wear my glasses on the outside of the mask and add more elaborate and upgraded Batman elements toward the gentleman, steampunk Batman. One person called me a cross between Batman and Alfred - The Bat-Butler! Who knows!

Thanks to everyone who read my 3 days of LFCC witterings. I hope if you haven't been to a comic con before you'll get to one to experience all the geekness and goodness of the world.

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