Comic con, above all else, is a great day out. It’s impossible to have a bad time and this is coming from someone who isn’t a comic book fanatic (Jenn) unlike my partner in crime! All day the cosplayers were wandering about and I was torturing Tommy with "who’s he" or "who’s she," and even though I’d no idea who half of the characters were, you couldn’t help but appreciate their costumes. There was one person dressed up as a multi-coloured furry-foxy-looking thing, and when they walked past, they squeaked!
The atmosphere is buzzing from the moment the doors open until they close them at night. Everyone was stopping and getting their photo taken with each other. Complete strangers were complementing each other and chatting to one another; nothing but good vibes all day long!
What really makes comic con is the amount of effort that the cosplayers go to with their costumes. Many of them make their costumes from scratch, using all sorts of objects and make-up to create the look they want. Blue Peter doesn’t have a patch on these guys! The amount of hours, thought, skill, and detail that go into them is unreal; these people have real talent. Entire families dress up and head down for the day; there were families of super heros, Star Wars characters, Doctor Whos and even Sons of Anarchy.
One thing that did sort of aggravate me at this comic con were some of the parents. We had a few families with teenagers who came over to our stall and saw the array of markers and books. You could see their eyes light up and asked if they could get a couple of them, to which the parents would answer ‘they’re too expensive, you have felt tips at home!’ I do understand where the parents were coming from as they do cost more than Crayolas, but it’s also because they are a superior product. There was one family in particular with a teenage girl, who really wanted to get a Copic marker. The mum was telling her off, and I could see the girl getting a little upset. I was about to offer the girl to choose whatever one she wanted and to take it home with her, but her mum pulled her away. It’s frustrating to see something like that, especially when so many of the parents we saw leave our stall empty-handed would then spend a fortune at the American sweet stall around the corner. Which one is doing more harm?!
It’s great to see so many people still getting excited by art supplies and stationery even though we live in such a digital age. Even though you can achieve amazing effects with software, to us nothing beats the simple pen and paper! x
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