This past Sunday I attended showmasters London film and comiccon this is another of the "meat Market" signing events that I have began to enjoy less and less so wasn't that excited to be going - well until the comic guests were announced - Gary Frank, jim starlin and many other big names so off I went suitcase full of comics camera in hand and a sickness bug in stomach oh yes a fun day lay ahead.
Due to travel and train delays arrived just after ten and expected it to be very busy but it wasn't to bad. Put my name on Gary franks sketch list then went to meet the artist Bit, fernando campas, ramon Bachs Jesus saiz and Who were still quiet so commissioned a sketch from each which was like conveyor belt of artistic talent all six sketching at once and the signing I owned that line I was a comic collecting god mwah ha ha- after collecting up my pieces I ran round to meet comic royalty jim starlin creator of many of marvels cosmic characters including thanos which i got him to do ne brief sketch of, we discussed the use of thanos in the avengers movie and that he liked it and his voice choice would be idris Elba but is hearing they may be casting Arnold schwarzenegger - hmm we shall see we both agreed but like starlin says trust in joss he not let us down so far. then off for quick chat and sketch from creator of War machine Kev Hopgood - nice guy and free sketches what more can a guy ask for.
The first media guest of the day was charmed's Holly Marie combs who was meeting with my friends Fiona Michelle and rachel there was a sign saying no posed photos ( annoying as her photo shoot was over and she had done then on Friday at table from other peoples photos i have seen) and so we were going to take some of her signing but they then changed it to no photos at all and ordered my
camera away. I said a quick hello to her and didn't really get much of a
response back so moved along happy that didnt get auto now as not meet worth £20. Next to her was the overly excited and warm brain krause who was very nice to my me and my friends and photos with. We looked around the room it looked very patchy with alot of guests with no lines and a few random over the top lines but all seemed to have open queues. My first auto was from Robert Maschino- Todd from scrubs who was really nice really fun and dressed in full costume which really made for a good little extra especially when having a trademarked todd high five in my photo. Sadly due to lack of funds I couldn't afford to get the xfiles guests mitch pileggi and Nicholas lea tho I did go through with Michelle and have a nice chat they both nice but not photos with mitch -the next few actors i got were the game of thrones guys beginning with the man from many shows palph ineson- very friendly guy loved his part in the show and he happy how it turned out, Nonso Anozie who had a laugh about his characters fate and poss shagging roxanne mcgees characters to death..well what else he got to do? next up was steven cole who was ok but not as great a meet as the others from the show. Eugene Simon was a genuine friendly guy who had so much time for all the people in hi sline and how hapy he was to work with such great talent of peter dinklege and lene headly. Ross Mullen was great discussing different make up techniques and his hopes for bigger things in the next season.The beautiful Amrita Acharia was my final stop of the line she was sweet but was bit brief as her character never really resonated with me i didnt have much to discuss,Melissa George and Frank spotniz were doing a free promotional talk and signing for new show which even though I had I had a ticket missed talk due to a the Iain Glen queue, but after being turned away managed to join the auto queue very rushed they passed then a postcard to sign in front of u by the time it got to the frank there was some how another random backed up pile which you were handed one from instead very strange. Then as most actors had gone to lunch manage to get a quick photo with bai ling tried to have a chat but felt like she had no idea what I was saying I assumed her English was ok but didn't come across that way.
Joint the queue for a photo with the iron throne which up close didn't look that inpressie but the photos came out very well I'm very happy with it
Had a quick walk around the stalls but my sickness kept kicking in so I had to take a break so went and got another free sketch from kev hopgood
- tried for another jim starlin but he kept disapearing. Lunchs and talks
were over so all guests were back so rejoined the Iain Glen line and at last
got my two autos and photo at desk - was the most rushed queue I been in today - which I paid for- which was a shame as he such a good character would been nice to discuss. And with that I was officially done just had my Gary Frank
sketches to collect but as they were not quiet ready went around blagging photos at the desks - Danielle Harris from Halloween 4 and 5 very sweet and pretty, the primeval guys ben Mansfield and ciaran Mcmenimen nice but the best was lord of rings and sparticus actor Craig Parker so warm so funny and a genuine pleasure to meet.
That's pretty much my day spent more Money then expected
but got alot more then usual for it- 11 sketches many photos with and sitting on the iron throne.
Below are photos, Autos and sketchs - i also got about 200 comics signed but won’t n post them here