This is an entirely new venture organised by the intrepid Hayley Spencer, owner of the comic shop, Komix in Melksham, Wiltshire.
Pam Rose, Peter Roy and myself were invited to attend as the first actors and all arrangements were spot-on and sorted in a very timely and professional manner.
We all arrived at the hotel we were booked into for the night prior to the event, called The Kings Arms - a typically rambling 15/16th century coaching inn built in the local Cotswold Stone. Opposite the hotel stands the Assembly Halls and the venue for the event. We all three went to our rooms, came down and had a drink and then met Hayley and her excellent crew of family and helpers for a brief (our fault) meet and greet. All the other comic artists and vendors also came and we made our apologies to go to dinner elsewhere - something which had been planned weeks in advance.
The following day - the day of the show - we were up and ready before the chef had even turned in to make breakfast in the hotel. But, true old hands of eating on the hoof, we bolted down a full English breakfast each and were still early in the hall to set our tables up! Although the venue is not huge, it was incredibly well laid out and offered the public a good mixture of exhibits, vendors, artists and us! Our only slight complaint constructively offered is that the cinema screen facing our position, a mere 20 feet in front of us, was a major diversion for the public as they rounded the corner to come to us and the sound was all but deafening much of the time.
|The screen as seen from my chair!|
|Pam furthest from camera, myself and Peter closest to camera.|
|Vader collecting for charity|
|Dave Hickory - balloon man extraordinary!|
|One of the balloon creations accomplished in a mere few minutes!|
Amongst the Cosplayers, one pair stood out for me - a father and child and pushchair combination pictured below, Sheer fun and thinking outside the box! Congratulations to Dick Dastardly, Muttley and their Wacky race car!!! Loved it! :)
|Dick Dastardly, Muttley and their incredible Wacky race car! :)|
|Hayley Spencer of Komix Melksham.|