By Richard McCloskey Wall
Belfast never fails to deliver on the weather front,and true to form it was lashing with rain for comicon. luckily for me the event at Belfast's Kings Hall is within walking distance of my home so I decided to walk,only to find myself sharing the footpath with not only Saturday shoppers but with dozens of cosplay batmen,jokers,judge dreads and animi girls all intrepidly braving the torrential rain and disgruntled shoppers to go to MCM.
Even at 9am there was long Line to get in,but the crowd were in good spirits and I even enjoyed a cigarette with the hulk.
The venue itself was of a good size with many interesting and varied stalls. Every genre was catered for from anime wallets to handmade copper plate doctor who notebooks(I bought two lol) there where also a great range of guests. I was lucky enough to meet Richard Herd of "v" fame who was charming,chatty and wanted to know all about Rita Scott and her crypt show (I filled him in Rita). Robert Llewelyn (Kryten Red Dwarf) and Hattie Hayridge (Holly Red Dwarf) both happy to chat away with fans as was Ian McNeice (Churchill Doctor Who).
But the highlight for me was when out having a coffee and hiding from the rain under the canopy of the coffee van,James Cosmo (Highlander,Brave Heart and Jeor Mormont Game of Thrones.) bustled in beside me and happily chatted away to me about the weather,how expensive the coffee is at these things and how friendly people in Belfast are. They say never meet your heroes but this one didn't disappoint, a lovely,warm,friendly gent.
All in all the first mcm Belfast comicon appears to have been a great success with crowds packing the kings hall to bursting point and some queuing for two hours to get in.lots of top class cosplay and a fun friendly atmosphere. Roll on next year...I'm dressing up!