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I had booked my tickets for the this event back in December 2014 so this was long in the planning. I was very anxious that the 2 days would go well after the disappointment of Xivents: Game of thrones fan event in Paris not happening.

Very early on I had decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to present Iain Glen with a fan book from SJA. After many months of planning, sorting and putting together and we had 30 page  book filled with fan photos, messages and artwork. I booked photo shoots with (Game of Thrones) Iain Glen, Finn Jones, (Penny Dreadful) Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and (The Musketeers) Luke Pasqualino but planned to meet many more.

Saturday

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I arrived early morning at Kensington Olympia train station to be met with literally hundreds of people also making their way to the venue but the queue was unlike anything I had ever seen. It must have gone around the whole Olympia twice over but luckily I got talking to some others fans and chatting seemed to pass the time until we started moving along.

By the time we had got into the venue I was desperate to get my luggage into the cloakroom and find Julia everyone. IMG_0002 copy

I have never been to the Olympia before and it was absolutely huge. My advice to anyone going for the first time or indeed anytime who has photo shoots and autos to get is to look at the floor plan beforehand. With so many people and being so crowded it took a long time to get from one floor to another so it was really useful to know roughly were to go before entering the venue.

I made my way to the top floor where all the Game of Thrones and The Musketeers guests were. It was the only floor that was nicely air conditioned and cool. I saw Julia talking to Daniel Portman and watched for a moment taking a couple of photos when she noticed me and came over to say hello.

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Over the course of the morning I met Finn Jones, Daniel Portman, Kristian Nairn, Reeve Carney, Luke Pasqualino and Tom Burke. (Iain was only attending the Sunday). All of them were absolutely lovely, chatty and friendly.

I got my Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and The Musketeers posters signed and stood around taking as many photos as I could of them signing. Luke and Finn gave me the most gorgeous squeezes. All of them must have been around 6 foot and me being only 5 foot tall they all had to bend down and even then they were a lot taller than me! Next time I will be taking  5 inch boots to give myself some much needed height. Lol   IMG_0002sml

By the afternoon the venue was so packed and even the top floor which was the only air conditioned floor was getting stuffy with so many people. The heat in the building was horrible and with so many people it was very difficult to get a little bit of space to sit anywhere. I left the Olympia at about 3.30pm and made my way to the apartment I was staying in. All in all a great first day!!

Highlights

  • The photo shoots were a lot of fun but quite nerve racking.
  • Me being slightly nervous about approaching Reeve and him ushering me over to talk to him.
  • Meeting Luke Pasqualino and Tom Burke was such a pleasure. They were so friendly and sweet.
  • Meeting Reeve Carney was gorgeous. More beautiful in the flesh than on screen. A really lovely guy. I told him that I was building a website on him to support his career. He was gobsmacked and very touched. I said I would tweet him the URL when it is complete.
  • Meeting the girls Julia, Jo and Kerstin
  • Getting out of the Olympia into the fresh air!

Sunday

I had agreed to meet with Daniela, Helga, Julia, Kerstin and Jo at the venue but as we all arrived at different times we decided to met inside instead.

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I was much earlier getting to the venue than the previous morning and it was lovely weather outside. Although the queue was still very long it seemed very well organised and we moved along pretty quickly. I eventually found my way to the photo shoot where Iain was going to be at on the ground floor. Iain Glenn LFCC15 Sun103

Iain wasn’t due till 10am it was about 9.20am so we had some time to kill. Julie was already there and Kerstin found us. I found Daniela and Helga near the entrance looking rather lost and guided them to the photo shoot area where Iain was due.

I remember there being a big crush for 20 odd minutes before Iain arrived. There was some what confusion with the queuing and the different types of tickets which stated who was at the front of the queue. I really felt for Daniela and Helga not speaking a lot of English it must have been very confusing and stressful for them at times so I wanted to keep them close to me so they wouldn’t miss anything. I felt faint briefly I  think due to excitement and lack of any breakfast! After about 20 minutes we started moving further along till we got to the entrance of the photo shoot area and could see him in his gorgeous black shirt and flip flops greeting fans. My heart went into a major melt down but I somehow managed to kept it together.

At last was my turn, luckily Iain knew I was coming as I had told him in a previous letter and he recognised me straight away and wrapped his arms around me squeezing against his chest – Heaven!!! He was so warm. I literally could have stayed there forever. For our second photo he suggested standing behind me and wrapping his around me (holding my hands) again heaven. I usually hate photos of e but these were two of the best I have ever had taken.

He smelt amazing too!!! I told him we had a present for him and I said I would give it to him later and he said ‘yeah sure’.

The girls got their photos with Iain which were all wonderful and we all needed to calm down a bit first before making our way upstairs to Iain’s autograph area which was on the top floor. All the Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful guest were close together. We all noticed that Iain’s queue was already very long but we knew we had all day so we thought we would leave it until it quietened down a bit, of course it never did. He had a long line fans to meet all day. We did decide that we needed to see him though and went closer to were he was sitting to take photos. I took hundreds over the course of the day. He seemed very happy. 

We did eventually get a virtual Queue ticket. I think mine was 385 and stood in line. I think my heart rate must have gone up considerably by the time we were a few fans away from him. I was shaking and trying to get my camera, poster and fan book in order. Jo kindly offered to record it on my camera and did an amazing job. Iain was so lovely as always when I gave him the fan book. He loved it and started flicking through it. I told him a little bit about it and was really touched. He asked me where I wanted to sign on my poster and what colour pen to use. He noticed my Ser Jorah’s Army wristband and said he thought they were fantastic! When we parted he held my hand for a second to say goodbye and I went over to Jo feeling all shaky again.

I spent the rest of the afternoon meeting the other guests. Harry Treadaway was so gorgeous and very friendly. I really wanted to meet Rose Leslie but her queue for autos was also very long and she spent so much time talking to each fan that she didn’t get to see a lot of them.

We said our goodbyes late afternoon and Jo and I left together. The train journey home was much longer than on the way there. I couldn’t believe the amount of time we spent lugging our suitcases to different platforms and being sent to the wrong platforms by the station staff. That was a workout in itself.

I realised because I was so involved in meeting the guests that I didn’t take any time out to look at the stalls so that is something I will make time for this year.

Highlights

  • My photo shoots with Iain. Cuddling Iain in my photo shoot photos. It was his idea to squeeze me from behind in the second photo. Feeling him so close to me in the first photo was heaven!
  • Giving Iain the fanbook we had made for him. He was so thrilled and said he would reply to me as soon as he could.
  • Iain squeezing my hands as we parted. I was very lucky he personalised my poster for me as he had a sign above him saying that he wouldn’t be able to due the numbers of fans wanting to meet him.
  • When I met Harry Treadaway I lost it a bit and blurted out that I loved him and his work and he told me he loved me too!!   
  • Telling Harry Treadaway that I was building a website to support his career. He was also very touched and told me he would love to see it when it is running.
  • Tim McInnerny signed my Blackadder box set with a quote I had given him by his character Percy in series 2 which he enjoyed writing.
  • Iain wearing flip flops!!!
  • Spending my day with Daniela, Helga, Jo, Julia and Kerstin
  • Jo’s fantastic Daenerys costume.
  • Getting home, putting my feet up and having a nice cuppa.

Lowlights

  • The only complaint I have is that it was unbelievably hot on the first 3 floors. Sweltering in fact which made it very uncomfortable at times with so many people but meeting the guests that day made up for it.
  • Natalia Tena and Charles Dance cancelling their attendance
  • On Saturday afternoon I stupidly sat down against a wall not realising that I had sat on a spilt cup of coffee which soaked into my jeans around my bum so I looked like I had had a very messy accident.

For the rest of the photos click here: London & film comic con 2015 photos

All photos are my own.

Thank you @danygonebad @JuliaFernbau @dabogermany @ErdbeerRei for your company and friendship this weekend.

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