Event Review – Wales Comic Con

Is there something in the water in North Wales? A special geek training school? An underground Cosplaying ring? I don’t know what it is but Wrexham sure knows how to hold a Comic Con!

The GIANT Stay Puft Man that greeted you on arrival at Wales Comic Con

The GIANT Stay Puft Man that greeted you on arrival at Wales Comic Con

As a Whedonite, the line-up greatly appealed to me with guests such as Sean Maher (Firefly), Nicholas Brendan (Buffy) and Mark Sheppard (Firefly, Supernatural). Throw in Matt Ryan (#SaveConstantine), Eve Myles (Torchwood) and a host of Atlantis stars and wrestling legends and the bill really did fit the cliché of ‘something for everyone’.

With my earlier admission of being a Whedonite, it should come as no surprise that the panels I went to were for Buffy and Firefly. Nicholas Brendan was as charming as you would expect. Full of mischief, he held the full hall in the palm of his hand. At one point someone asked the question ‘what was your favorite song to sing (in the musical episode of Buffy)’ He replied by singing the song which everyone then joined in with. I can now say that I have sung with Xander from Buffy!

I think the organisers had underestimated the number of Browncoats that would want to see Sean Maher on the Firefly panel as it was held in the smaller of the two lecture halls. It was bursting at the seams with standing room only and I think there were a few people who couldn’t get in.  Again, he was charming and seemed genuinely happy to talk about his experiences on the show and the movie.

 

A hairy than usual Sean Maher at his packed out panel

A hairy than usual Sean Maher at his packed out panel

In my heart I feel like this is how every Comic Con should be. Not just stuck in one big hall with photo-shoots or talks hidden away. Due to using the University as a venue, the Con is able to sprawl across 5 or 6 buildings. This means that if you want to go to a panel, you head for the lecture theatre. Have a photo-op?  There’s a whole building for that. Want to spend some cash?  Head to the main hall for the traders area.

The organisers had taken this movement from building to building into account and made sure that there was something to see or interact with during your travels. This included displays of the cars from Transformers and Kit from Knight Rider, a Gamer bus and some fantastic cosplaying (with a Chewbacca that was rock star in his own right)

Chewbacca was awesome!

Chewbacca was awesome!

This was my second year attending Wales Comic Con (the first was in 2013) and I could see how much the organization had improved and how much work had gone in to making it a full day of geeky goodness.

If I had any criticisms, it would be regarding the queues for the autograph panels. Having such popular guests right next to each other meant a squash of epic proportions with no clear lines for each guest. This could easily be solved by a few extra crew members and is only me being picky.

When you are planning out your convention schedule for the coming 12 months, I would strongly advise that you make sure Wales Comic Con is on the list.

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