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Childhood Heroes: London Film & Comic Con

London Film and Comic Con, undoubtedly the most exciting film convention so far, is over! It was a roaring weekend of iconic actors, Film and TV memorabilia stalls, an aisle of comic book authors and illustrators, and a cascade of people in cosplay, dressed as all kinds of film, TV, comic book and video game characters. The convention also played host to the second Young Adult Literacy Convention after the success of the first last year. The third floor was reserved for workshops hosted by critically acclaimed Young Adult authors, offering writing tips and exploring ideas in Young Adult literature.

I attended London Film and Comic Con on both the Saturday and Sunday, but it also opened on the Friday with previews of the show. Whilst the event was more expensive this year, and much busier than their previous events, it was a memorable weekend where I was offered the chance to meet iconic actors including: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Gambon, David Bradley, Hayley Atwell, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Gareth David-Lloyd. The opportunity to meet Back to the Future actors was a particularly exciting, unique and once in a lifetime opportunity. London Film and Comic Con, in honor of the 30th anniversary, played host to a special Back to the Future charity event to raise money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Parkinson’s being the illness that the trilogy’s protagonist Michael J. Fox suffers with. A percentage of sales from the autographs and photos with the trilogy’s stars, plus photo opportunities with the delorean, the original car used in the films, was given to the charity in recognition of their work in fighting Parkinson’s disease.

Whilst the weekend was a huge success and it was an incredible experience meeting the actors that are the epitome of my childhood (Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown, Argus Filch, Albus Dumbledore and Ianto Jones amongst others), it was also a chance to meet up with like-minded people, as interested in film as I am. The event similarly offered me the chance to meet up with friends from the virtual world of Twitter, and people I had met at previous comic cons.

London Film and Comic Con of Summer 2015 was a complete weekend of madness. My favorite part of it is when it is over because I leave knowing I have done everything that I wanted to do, but it was a wonderful and memorable weekend filled with unforgettable moments, especially those of meeting childhood heroes. For anyone that has never attended, I would recommend you go at least once to experience it. The company outdid themselves, and the only flaw with it was the overcrowding and the cost of attending. Other than that, it was a wonderful two days that will stay with me for years to come.


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