My first Comicon experience!
I've been wanting to go to a comicon for some time, so when one landed in nearby Exeter, I had to go and see what it was all about. Bizarrely, the event was in a centre that also serves the regular cattle market, and I'm betting that the usual visitors to the building would raise their eyebrows at the colourful comicon crowd.
I enjoyed it immensely, mainly for the relaxed atmosphere of family fun. I chatted to some nice folks at various stalls, and I was kicking myself for not setting up a stall. I'm sure that the crowd would've taken well to my sci-fi stories. I did take along my new business cards, which were handy for swapping with contacts, and I was wearing my new Colony B T-shirt, but since I hadn't paid for a table, I wasn't about to go around hawking my wares.
The highlight for me was encountering the dreaded daleks in the cafe. The pair of them were doing a nice line in banter to keep the kids entertained, but when you meet the surprisingly large daleks in a confined space, they really are quite scary. Childhood memories came rushing back, but there was more to it than that. Whoever designed the daleks was very clever. They're so inhuman and yet so obviously alive. It's an unsettling combination. And that voice! The stuff of nightmares.
I'll certainly be on the lookout for more comicons to visit, and who knows? I might even take the plunge and organize a costume. Who would I go as? Rawlgeeb perhaps?
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