Hope you all had a brilliant bank holiday weekend.
I had a great weekend and I was definitely sad to have to go back to work this morning. Over the past few years I have decided May is fast becoming one of my favourite months of the year, not only is there the bank holiday but for me it also starts to feel like summer. And who can complain about that?!
So this weekend was a first for me as the Ginge & I took ourselves off to the MCM Comic Con in London with some friends. I went to our town's local version of comic con a couple of years ago which was pretty good, but I was not prepared at all for the scale of this show!
It was held at the ExCel London over three days and if you enjoy the more *ahem* geekier side of things then get yourself down there next time. There is stall after stall of amazing memorabilia, comics, artwork, jewellery and clothing. Not the mention the amazing cosplay costumes you see walking around. I admit the Ginge and I did not get dressed up for the day, knowing us it would have been a last minute job and I would have kicked myself for having a naff costume compared to the other people wandering around! But here we are doing an Iron Man meet & greet! Haha!
For those of you who don't like a bit of blood & gore, I suggest you look away now...
There was a Fear the Walking Dead stand where you could take part in games to win prizes, and sitting right there at the front was this guy...
He didn't seem to be having too much fun, you know, missing half of his body and all!
But the make up was crazy good! I didn't actually realise this was an actor until I got up close and he moved!
Now for a lot of people a trip to Comic Con apparently goes hand in hand with the depletion of your bank accounts, and although I didn't spend much money at all I did come away with a few things.
First purchase was for our new flat. We chucked away all our old naff fridge magnets and said we would only replace them with ones from places we'd been. Being a rabbit lover how could I resist these magents from Bubba Loves.
Bubba Loves is a collection of art based around Bubba the bunny and all the things he loves. You can buy prints, canvases and fridge magnets featuring the little guy and his favourite things. We obviously went for The Terminator & Captain America!
My second purchase of the day was from a jewellery & homeware brand Snikt & Bamf. Their stall was geek jewellery heaven, I could've spent all my money at there but as it was only ten minutes into the day I thought I'd be good! So I bought a £5 mystery bag and came out with this acrylic heart necklace, a Wolverine compact mirror, Spiderman stickers as well as a whole load of sweets. The sweets didn't make it to the photo stage... sorry!
I've since been onto the website and I have so much on my jewellery wish list, like this, this and THIS! I'm hoping with our anniversary coming up the Ginge might feel inclined to bestow a Snikt & Bamf gift upon me!
Obviously the day couldn't go by without me purchasing something dinosaur related, and because I didn't want to disappoint anyone I went ahead bought these beauties!
Dinosaur. Pyjama. Trousers.
That's right! These brightly coloured (some might say 'garish!') pj bottoms are by David & Goliath, a brand I fondly remember from my teen grunger years! Their designs still make me smile and luckily it wasn't just t shirts they were selling that day, but hoodies, leggings and pj trousers too.
I can't see any pyjama trousers on their own website but you can get some here at Chicks Rule
I am sorry that I didn't take any pictures of the fantastic cosplayers that were at Comic Con - it really is one of the best things you see as you walk around, but I found myself wanting to take in the atmosphere and everything around me rather than being behind my camera. And what is life for if not enjoyment?! Who knows, maybe next year I'd get involved myself!
Another thing I took away from the day was the fact there seemed to be quite a lot of small independent brands, artists and illustrators with their own stands. The amount of talent in that place was crazy! The Ginge even bought some comics from some independent illustrators. It's great to know that these guys are getting to show their art to a wider audience.
I've probably missed out some very important details about Comic Con, like perhaps the fact there are guest speakers (The guys from The Big Bang Theory were there on Sunday!), people signing autographs, games testing and so much more. So if you have a spare day next time Comic Con is on I would definitely recommend the trip. Even if just to mooch around and buy some pj trousers!
If you're interested, click the links below to have a look at the brands I shopped at at Comic Con