Alan Flyng

Alan Flyng

Monday, 28 May 2012

Melksham Comic Con, 2012

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.
At opening doors, a steady flow of visitors came in and it was not long before the hall was fairly buzzing with attendees. Many came as Cosplay characters, which gave the whole show a ring of fun and humour. Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper attended the crowd and performed crowd control in the street outside, as well as collecting money for charity with very good humour. Unaccustomed as we are in the UK, we had to deal with temperatures above the seasonal norm and I salute the costumers for their hard and much appreciated work!
Vader collecting for charity
There was also a droid builder there with two R2 types - one of which was a real star turn! She is known as Zoe Astromech. LOL. A beautiful and detailed build and a droid with attitude to boot! :)

Zoe Astromech
The venue.
I have to point out one amazing guy, who was there making balloon gifts for children and adults alike. His creations were absolutely amazing and produced so fast and accurately that each one I saw blew me away with their inventiveness. Now the main reason for saying all this is that he is not a professional, but a Maths teacher! I wish I had had someone as creative and entertaining as him when I was at school!!!

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! :)
Lastly, and by no means least, a huge thanks to Hayley Spencer!!! She has made a fantastic job of her first convention and I can only imagine how much more she will bring to future events! Thank you Hayley from all three of us!!!
Hayley Spencer of Komix Melksham.