JOURNAL - Manchester Comic Con 2014
So, yesterday Cait and I got back from Manchester Comic Con - which was the first convention we’ve ever stayed at for the entire weekend! The whole event went in a blur of fun and fangirling but I’ll try and go through it.
19th July 2014 - Day One
Day One began with an early start - for both of us. We both had work first thing as Saturday was only a half-day for us. The night before we had been on Skype for quite a long time running through everything and making sure we’d packed everything - thankfully we had! After work we headed into Manchester to check into our hotel and change there, I recommend the Ibis on Portland Street, it was in a great spot, just a three minute walk away and the room was great.
Once we’d got sorted we headed to the convention centre and got into the queue. We were warned that it would be at least a 2 hour wait to get in, so we might miss the Masquerade but we got into the queue anyway and crossed our fingers. It must have worked because we were in about three quarters of an hour later! MCM also allowed everyone free entry because the event only had a few hours left, we only wanted to see the EuroCosplay Championship Qualifiers anyway so we pretty happy with it! We were recognised a few times and people took some photos of us (as Cecil and Carlos) before we went to the theatre. The masquerade was awesome and had so many high quality cosplays involved.
Afterwards we walked back to the hotel and got changed into our evening cosplays (Germany and Fem!Italy) and headed to the party. (SIDENOTE - Fab Cafe, where the party was held, was literally just across the road so if you’re interested in going next year I highly recommend the hotel for location.) We didn’t stay there long as we want to do a few more run throughs of our performance in the hotel and didn’t want to be tired the next day! After a bit we went back and practised for a while before going to sleep - crazy night am I right?
20th July 2014 - Day Two
Day Two was probably one of the best con days I’ve ever personally experienced! We were in the con all day as Ellis and Keith and tons of people recognised us and asked for photos! The atmosphere was brilliant and there was plenty of cosplayers and stalls to gawp at. At one pm we went to the Hetalia meet up to get some shots of the awesome cospayers there (finished photoshoot images can be found on our Facebook page) and make some new friends! It was a lot of fun, even when we were invaded by Homestucks. Thnak you to Amelia, who did a really fantastic job of organising it!
When the meet up finished we hurried back inside and got ready for our first masquerade which we were really terrified for! While we were queueing ready to go on, we got to chat to some truly awe-inspiring cosplayers, including the lovely lady who was cosplaying as Maleficent and who would go on to win Best Costume. When we got dragged backstage I was pretty scared - it wasn’t even your normal cosplay displaying it was a skit so I was on the brink of wetting myself - and before I could blink Cait turned around and said
"We’re on next."
And I was having a microphone shoved into my hand. It was over in a blur, I think my brain shut off so that I couldn’t panic. However, the buzz of being on stage and making people laugh made it all worth it and as we were walking off stage to sit down I decided that we’re going to have to do it again - because I felt fantastic. That being said, I am very very proud of Cait, who made an amazing Ellis and had to carry most of the lines herself. Hopefully, now I’m over the first-time nerves I’ll be a bit more useful!
We didn’t win Best Performance in the end, but there’s nobody I’d rather lose it to than the amazing Harley Quinn cosplayer who did a parody of ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ who won in the end, and deserved it 100%. Afterwards, as we walked around for fifteen minutes before leaving, we were told by many people how awesome our performance was. One kind gent even came up to us and told us it was “great” and “refreshing” and “really really funny” and I’m pretty sure both our heads enlarged significantly.
Before leaving we got to make our only purchases of the con (I underspent on my budget in the end - I’m so proud!), Cait bought the Hetalia movie ‘Paint It White’ on DVD (*seethes with jealousy*) and I got Volume One of Young Avengers, which I have been looking for for ages.
Overall it was an amazing experience and meeting so many new people really made it for me, though our skit being a success definitely gave me the ego boost I needed. Seeing both masquerades and performing has given both of us a kick up the backsides as far as cosplaying goes - I, personally, am more in love with it than ever before and both Cait and I are looking forward to more challenging projects. Thank you to everyone who came up and said hi and complimented our cosplays and/or performance, you guys are a huge inspiration and one of many reasons why we do what we do. Meeting people through cosplay and sharing interests really makes the whole experience to me so for future reference, if you see us at a con, do not hesitate to say hi even if you don’t know our costumes or even want a photo.
And with that, I think its safe to say that my third Manchester Comic Con and Cait’s first (*gasp*) was a huge success!