The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 94 – Fantasy Boy

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This week we chat about the terrible idea that is Confederate, the HBO hack and the leak of Game of Thrones spoilers, and a load of our favourite looking things from San Diego Comic Con, including the new trailers for Thor RagnarokReady Player OneStranger Things Season 2The DefendersWestworld Season 2Justice League, Captain Marvel news, and announcements like Wonder Woman 2 and Flashpoint

 

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MCM Comic Con London October 2016

This past weekend Adam & Ian headed off to Comic Con. Here’s what they thought!

Despite actually living in London, it still somehow takes me over an hour to actually get over to ExCel at Custom House and to Comic Con every time. However, once you hit the DLR stations (sometimes even before) you slowly start to see more and more people in cosplay or general geek finery, puzzling commuters in business suits but allowing me the biannual feeling of once again being among my people. Each year the show gets bigger, with seemingly thousands more people attending and sprawling out over ExCel and the surrounding area.

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London Comic Con is always rammed full of a huge variety of vendors selling a huge range of film and video game memorabilia, retro video games, beautiful and expensive figures, board games, replica weaponry, anime body pillows and comic books and manga. You could spend all weekend just wandering around the stalls and still wouldn’t see everything. You would also end up broke. As I always do.

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There is always a tonne of cool props, vehicles and other interesting pop culture bits and pieces kicking around, like the excellent xenomorph pictured here and the tiny metal xenos around it.  We also checked out the various games demoing there, a big showing for JRPGs and anime-related games this year like Berserk and Dragonball Z Xenoverse 2, and some retro games. We both sucked at Diddy Kong Racing on the N64, with Ian being slightly less terrible but certainly not doing anything quite as prosaic as ‘winning’.

One of the main draws of Comic Con, and for me the most important section, is always the Comics Village, where a host of independent comic creators, writers and artists show off their wares. I always come away with a few of the comics that have caught my eye, and while I may not have been able to afford quite as many as I would have liked, I still picked up a couple. If you haven’t spent some time there before, I heartily recommend checking it out next time Comic Con rolls around.

As I’ve said, there were a lot of folk showing off their cosplays all over the place. This year there were a lot of Pokémon GO trainers, Overwatch characters, Harley Quinns of every conceivable flavour (though mostly the ‘Daddy’s Lil’ Monster’ variety) and unfortunately, quite a few Jared Leto Jokers, though I prefer to call that particular incarnation ‘The Junker’ (after one of the precious children from an episode of the fantastic Monster Factory). Here are some of my favourites though:

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On top of all of that there was even more focus on eSports than the previous times I’ve attended, as well some excellent guests and panels this year, in particular the wonderful Nolan North and Troy Baker. If you’ve never checked out London Comic Con, it rolls back around in May so be sure to check it out!

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Genki Gear Exclusive London Comic Con 2016 T-Shirt!

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Check out Genki Gear’s  official T-shirt for this month’s London Comic Con!

Created exclusively for the MCM London Comic Con, the limited edition design will only be available on pre-order from 20th September to 23rd October.

Available in both men’s and women’s sizes priced at £16.99, this great t-shirt showing the latest adventures of Barry in Barry the Pegasus T-shirts can be collected direct from the Genki Gear stall at London Comic Con itself, or you can have it posted directly to your home, ready to wear as soon as Comic Con opens.

I’ve got a couple of t-shirts, a poster and a mug from Genki Gear, and not only are they very cool and funny, but they are all excellent quality too!

To order your official MCM London Comic Con T-shirt and check out the rest of Genki Gear’s great range of geek-tastic clothing, visit www.genkigear.com. If you’re planning to collect your official tee at the show, you can also order it from the MCM store at www.mcmexpostore.com.

Adam

True Believers Comic Festival 2016

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Kit headed off to the True Believers Comic Festival at the Cheltenham Racecourse this year. Here’s what he thought!

Mission: To put the comics back into Comic-Con!

Do you like comics? Well you’re reading this so I’m going to assume that yes, yes you do. With that in mind you really need to check out the True Believers Comic Festival. There are many conventions around the UK, you can go to the likes of MCM Expo, which although fantastic and a hell of a lot of fun is not for the faint of heart. I have many fond memories there, but also less fond memories of being stuck in queues for entire mornings or being caught in a crush of people trying to get to the loos. If you want something similar, but on a smaller, far more relaxed scale then True Believers is for you. It’s only been running for two years, and I’ve had the very good fortune to have been to both cons so far.

It’s based in Cheltenham at the beginning of February each year, located at the Racecourse. When my partner, Charlie, and I got there (her in cosplay, a dress down Black Cat and looking fantastic… I was lazier this year and didn’t dress up myself…), 15 minutes after opening we were greeted by a packed entrance hall! There were a lot more people there than last year (no figures to back this up, but it certainly felt like this!) but once we’d hacked through the small crowd to the entrance we made our way in. The main hall itself was full of stalls with plenty going on around each. There’s collectible figures, merchandise of all the mainstream comics, there’s artists, cake and my personal favourite – indie comic books!

One of the things I love about attending True Believers is the time you can spend chatting to the indie artists and writers. They have a great chance to promote their work here and are naturally very passionate about it. When you pass a table and something catches your eye take the chance to talk to them and next thing you know you’ll be even more intrigued by their work, will be the proud owner of a new comic book and a few pounds worse off. I’ll be doing my next few comic reviews based on the comics I picked up at True Believers.

We attended one of the main panels, Celebrate Cosplay lead by GCC, Kurostyler, Limegreenjelly and Tris Trinket. They talked about all things cosplay, they gave advice, spoke about their experience and answered questions. The whole atmosphere was fun and relaxed, plenty of people in the audience felt comfortable asking things or contributing themselves. They promoted a very positive attitude towards cosplay, focusing on enjoying it whoever you are and discouraging elitism.

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There was also a new table-top gaming area, where anyone could step in and play a board game and get to know other con-goers. There were group meet ups (Charlie joined in the Marvel and DC group) and some incredible costumes.

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TB3There was also a real family friendly environment, plenty of kids dressed up as their favourite character and enjoying themselves.

The main event in the afternoon was the cosplay catwalk. I didn’t take part this time, but Kurostyler did an excellent job MCing it. He kept the crowd entertained and introduced all of the excellent costumes.

All of the people working there, from organising the big events to shepherding people into the convention, work really hard, and as a note if any of them are reading this – thanks a lot for putting on a fantastic event. We’ll definitely be back next year!

Anything they could have done better? Well as the convention is growing, the demand for panels and other activities (maybe a video game area) is going to grow. So basically yeah, the same again please, but even more!

Kit

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 43 – Donation Butter

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about a few things from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, including the new Batman Vs. Superman and Suicide Squad footage, Con Man, some behind the scenes clips from Star Wars VII and Ash Vs. Evil Dead, while Gary wishes that Terminator Genisys was worse than it is and Adam hates the concept of love that transcends the space-time continuum.

Agents of SHIELD/Agent Carter Dubsmash (which got even better after we recorded)

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