Every year people talk about how they’d love to go to SDCC, and sadly most never seem to make it. But, luckily for Scots this year, a smaller version of sorts has been brought to our doorstep. First tip: early entry. Those who waited until the day to buy tickets found a heaving queue stretching into the distance, rather than sauntering in at their own leisure.
It was clear from the off it would be heaving. The cosplayers were fantastic. Some were honestly great. There was a particularly flawless Hit Girl and Big Daddy, a gender-swap Loki, a weeping angel. So many good costumes.
The hall itself was a bit crammed. There was a lot there, and that much was fantastic. The Tardis and Delorean photo opportunities, a multitude of great stalls selling art, dresses, toys, wigs, belts, stationery, comics, books – there was a real mix of things to browse and buy. The artist section was another highlight. Lots of talented people were selling their own works, with many offering portraits for as little as £3.
At the back rested a couple of hundred chairs behind a partition with a little stage in the centre. This, it seemed, was where the guest speakers would be. First personal catch of the day was Rhys Williams (Torchwood), who seemed to use his time on the stage as a stand up comic, also battling the weeping angel in attendance after he said their episode was his favourite.
Next were Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan of Babylon 5, the former seeming to like the sound of his own voice at times, but their new project involving many fans incorporating steampunk designs into their work sounded cool. Finally, many people’s pick of the day, Mr. Warwick Davis. Naturally, my preference lies to his Harry Potter work, but let’s face it, he’s worked in so many outstanding franchises it was just a great opportunity. Kudos to the kid who made him a wand though, that was really cute.
It seems, by this point, that the event was a signed and sealed success. The problem was the organisation. Having it in one hall is fine, but it seemed there was no limit to tickets and it felt very claustrophobic and points as an abundance of people crammed in. What’s more is that when we left – note left at say 3.30 in the afternoon – the queue was still enormous. Later, I found out that hundreds, push over a thousand people queued for hours and didn’t get in.
A great day, and great debut, but perhaps a tightening up on tickets and information will be put in place for next year to iron out this year’s bumps.