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That was a fantastic day Saturday was! Not nearly as crazy as year at LFCC. I had booked tickets just for the Saturday but I managed to fit in so much that I didn’t actually need a Sunday ticket.

I got to the Olympia pretty early and the joined queue. Everything seemed a lot more organized this time round. Lessons had clearly been learned from the previous few years. I was inside the venue almost as I joined the queue. This time round I was able to pick up my JG diamond pass and have my tickets scanned before joining the queue.

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We were allowed enter the convention about an hour after I arrived and I headed straight upstairs to where the signing desks were. I located most of the main actors I wanted to meet and tried to meet up with some friends who were also there. The next few hours were a mix of going back and forth, standing in queues and then re-joining our group. All of the Game of Thrones guests except for Jack Gleeson were altogether which worked well when there weren’t many people but by late morning and into the afternoon the queues of many fans backed onto each other which got very confusing and difficult for people who happened to be walking through that area to get through the numbers of people. Even the smaller GOT guest had really long queues.

My main guest for that day was Game of Thrones actor Jack Gleeson who I had not met before. I had a diamond pass for him so I knew it wouldn’t be a trial to get to meet him so I decided to get his signature first. I went to his queue which was away from the other GOT guests and with all the bigger more high profile main guests. I showed the staff my diamond pass and was allowed to join the queue straight away I took as many photos as I could. He seemed quite friendly and chatty and before I knew it was my turn to say hello. As always I felt quite nervous beforehand and had a number of things I had planned to say to him but failed to mention any of them. He was very sweet and signed my ‘Baratheon’ logo poster. I asked how he was and how great it was to meet him. He was very sweet and thanked me for coming. I managed to take a few photos of him whilst he was signing my poster. It was all over very quickly really.

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I then re-joined our group and started to queue for the smaller GOT guests with some of my friends. Natalia Tena, Joe Naufahu, Daniel Portman, Richard Brake, Gemma Whelan, Kristian Nairn and Finn Jones were all lovely in particular Joe and Natalia. What friendly and engaging people. I loved them. Natalia was completely bonkers. I mentioned to her that I was going to the Berlin Comic Com in October to her and my fave guy in the world Iain Glen. She asked me if I been there before which I haven’t and she told me I had to try this amazing German sausage and went on to describe it in some rather saucy details!! She even wrote the name of it on my GOT poster she signed for me. And Joe N was amazingly lovely and friendly. He was the first celebrity at any convention I have been to to be standing in front of the signing table to greet fans. He seemed so at easy and as if he was really enjoying the experience. I got a lovely photo with him.

It was then time for my photo shoots with Jack Gleeson and Natalia Tena. Natalia is an absolute gem, very engaging and friendly. I warmed to her immediately. I had my photO shoot with her first. I always try and think of a pose beforehand for the professional shoots but couldn’t think of anything good enough so when it was my turn she shook my hand and asked for my name.

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I went over to Dominic Monaghan’s signing queue and luckily did not need to wait too long till it was my turn. I had met him before at Collector mania in 2003 and remember how busy he was back then, LOTR was still at the height of its popularity so all the LOTR guest were so busy with people. When it came to my turn I had brought my LOTR poster from the first movie of the Trilogy and he commented it how it was his favourite of the LOTR posters.

He was very friendly and chatty a lot more than I recall the last time I met him but I think because it was so hectic he probably didn’t have the time to chat to fans as much as he would have liked. I got my poster signed and took as many photos as I could of him before I got to him.

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The GOT talk was a bit disappointing for me. There were plenty of guests on the panel and I realise they can’t all be engaging all of the time but most of the questions were answered with one word and they seemed a little bored a times. When you have paid £20 a ticket you do expect to see a little more effort put in than that. Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn were the most talkative of the bunch.

After the talk I met my friends and we decided to get something to eat. I actually at this point didn’t have any more guests I wanted to meet so I was able to slow down a bit and have a wonder around the stalls. By mid-afternoon I was done.

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It’s always a bit manic when you are trying to race around getting autos/pshoots but there is usually a point when things slow down and you can catch your breathe.

Sam Neill Cancellation

Now this was my biggest disappointment of the year! When Sam a lifetime idol of mine was announced I couldn’t have been happier. I bought a diamond pass before anyone. I have not ever met Sam before and he is not an easy person to be able to meet mainly because he lives in NZ. I have never been so excited over any other guest announced for any Comic Con (other than Ian Glen of course) so you can imagine my disappointment and upset at his cancellation only a few days later. I was and still AM absolutely gutted and that is an understatement. I just hope SM can arrange for him to attend at a later date.

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Post event

There was a lot of talk after the weekend about guests Famke Janssen and Steven Berkoff and how disappointed and angry fans were due to the way they were treated by them. Not acknowledging a lot of fans, looking miserable, being rude and not smiling in the professional shots. Fans pay a lot of money for these photos and again as I said with the GOT talk effort means a lot. If you are going to pay £50 plus for photo shoot the guest should at least make an effort to look like they want to be there. I hear that Famke was not well that day however really it would have been better if she had cancelled and gone on another day rather not being even 50% fit for it.

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