This time last week I was in London attending my first ever Comic-Con with my friend Sherene AKA Shez. Having done a few cons – albeit ones dedicated to a certain TV show, The Vampire Diaries, several years back, I knew to expect A LOT of people to be in attendance, but nothing could really have prepared me for the scope and scale of the event I was about to walk into.
As I didn’t arrive in London until after 1pm on the Friday, by the time Shez and I made our way to the ExCel, we were able to quickly get through the security checks and into the venue, and we both remarked at how massive the place was, with retail outlets, vendors, fellow con goers and an array of cosplayers everywhere we looked and I got talking to several CP’s including mother and daughter Pam and Lorna.
Shez and I spent the afternoon familiarising ourselves with the different areas of the venue, all the different stages, and the many, many vendors and their wares and I happily picked up a Bucky Funko Pop as well as a copy of the Marvel Movie Collection magazine with Bucky Barnes, from the TWS era, on the front. We returned to our hotel just after 7 and began preparing for the coming day the best way we knew how to – by watching Civil War and enjoying some treats.
Come Saturday morning, which was the BIG day for me as it was the day I was to meet Sebastian (ultimately the real reason I bought a ticket for the Con), myself and Shez were up and out of our hotel before 7 and we made it to the ExCel around 8. By the time we walked towards S2, the section of the venue where the autographs and photo sessions were due to take place, there was already a considerable number of people waiting for the shutters to go up at 9 and for the day to begin. It was in this crowd of people that I met one of my Twitter friends called Lindsay and a few of her adorable Bucky bears, as well as Cap, and I couldn’t resist getting a pic with them.
Having bought a Winter Soldier pass some weeks before the event (and having been very lucky to have done so because they sold out INSANELY fast), when the shutters went up, a vast majority of the people gathered around me, and myself, made our way towards the photo op area as our session with Sebastian was due to start at 9.45, but first we picked up our ‘goodie bags’ that contained a lanyard and pin badge.
Admittedly, the queue system was a bit of a mess and I wasn’t the only one first directed into the wrong line, but once in the right one, we all got talking to one another and the time leading up to the session passed enjoyably. The photo op itself was over in a flash but I was more than happy with my pic and quickly joined the ever-growing queue for the signing session that was to take place straight after. I had decided several days before heading to the con that I would ask him to sign my copy of The Devil All The Time, which he recently wrapped filming on. When he saw the book, he seemed genuinely surprised and said: “This is going to be so great…have you read this?” I told him that I had and that I was excited to see the film, adding that I thought the book would be something a little different for him to see and sign. He smiled and replied: “That’s awesome.” At least one fan also handed him a book of messages she had gathered together from people on Twitter.
HERE IS SEB GETTING THE FANBOOK, ITS BAD QUALITY BC MY PHONE WAS IN MY POCKET BUT JUST LISTNEJEBSKS pic.twitter.com/bvcvbZkulm— sarah !! (@1940sbvcky) May 25, 2019
Having my WS pass allowed me priority access into Sebastian’s panel which began at 1pm and was hosted by Claire Lim and so I had a pretty good view. You can view the whole panel in the video below, which was posted by YT user OneOfManyAlexas.
With little time for a lunch break, it was then time for me to join the queue for Misha Collins’ autograph. I’m not going to lie; I haven’t watched Supernatural like a die-hard fan for a few seasons now, but I have always loved Cas and Misha’s portrayal of him, so I knew, as soon as he was announced as a guest, that he was going to be one of my must-meet people. Like Sebastian’s, the signing was over in a second but Misha was lovely to me and all the other people I watched him greet and sign items for.
Straight after his signing came his panel, and I was fortunate enough to be able to ask Misha a question. The video below comes courtesy of Hollywood News Source and I’m the girl asking him about what aspects of Castiel’s character and personality he’ll take forward into his next projects at the 37 minute mark.
As the day began to wind down, Shez and I were finally able to grab some much needed food as we headed back to our hotel ready to recharge our batteries for Sunday. The next morning, we were again up early, though not as early as we had been on the Saturday and as we walked into the venue where I met another Twitter friend of mine, Anita, I noticed that the problems with the queue system from yesterday appeared to have been addressed and things ran a lot smoother. I joined that queue a little before half 10 ready for my Misha photo op, which as Sebastian’s had, was over very quickly but I’m happy with my pic.
The highlight of the afternoon was sitting in on Sebastian’s second panel of the weekend which can be viewed below, thanks to an upload from YT user Kat.
The rest of the day meanwhile was spent walking round many of the vendor displays and areas of the ExCel we hadn’t managed to check out on the Saturday, and interacting with some rather impressive cosplayers.
While it was great to have such a number of big name TV and film stars – Sebastian, Misha, Stephen Amell and David Harbour to name just a few in attendance, I must also give a huge shout out to the true fan-stars of the weekend – a group of people who call themselves SebsRebels. Not only did they get two shout-outs from Claire during Sebastian’s panels, they also gave Sebastian himself three very thoughtful gifts when members of the group were standing in line for autographs; a star, a title (he’s now Lord Sebastian Stan of Glencoe) and a dog sponsorship. Videos and tweets of members of the group surprising Seb with the gifts them are below.
Although neither Shez or I ultimately got to do all that we wanted to in the two and a half days we were there, my first Con experience was ultimately extremely memorable and a lot of fun, so much so that Shez and I have already agreed that we will do another in the near future.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the organisers of MCM Comic Con and in particular all the volunteers and crew who dedicate their time to helping events like this run as well as they do and are such a help to both guests and con-goers. Sebastian Stan also expressed his appreciation for such people by having a drink of whiskey, from a bottle designed and given to him by a fan, with them. See you next time MCM!
I'd like to mention, I've crewed several comic cons with several guests and not one of them, until Sebastian, has even thought to come and spend extra time with us or give US a gift back for working there. He even toasted us! Amazing guy, so thoughtful and humble💙 Thank you Seb!— Isobel ♡ (@isobelbattle46) May 27, 2019
Omg! That's the bottle I gave him as a gift! I'm more chuffed than if he just drank it himself. Yay 🙂— Bob (@ThinGirlFatBody) May 27, 2019
Thankyou for volunteering! pic.twitter.com/N39xBnaSYT