Sci-Fi Weekender 28th – 30th March 2014
Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
Day Two – and Adam, Greeny, Kurt and myself were up bright and early to see what the day would bring. LIE. We had a lie in, went to get s cooked breakfast, got some supplies at the Spar, and chilled out in the chalet for a while. We decided to wander down to see what was going just a little after the action began at midday. Although impressed with what we’d witnessed so far, we still didn’t know what to expect.
Exploring the set up, we soon found the events and had a good look around the merchandise area. I picked up a couple of cool items – a Star Wars figure I needed and a Countess Dracula t-shirt. I could’ve spent a fortune if I’d had the money. There was quite a buzz as fans scouted around for bargains and highly desirable paraphernalia.
There were numerous discussion panels, interviews and signings through out the afternoon. Luckily I caught a very interesting talk with 2000AD creator Pat Mills, refreshingly anti-authoritarian even after all these years. There was quite a 2000AD presence, with some of my favourite artists of all time – Glenn Fabry and Simon Bisley – in attendance. Somebody really should make a film version of Slaine…
I also caught a very entertaining chat with The Hobbit actor Graham McTavish. Although I’ve yet to see the film(s), his interview was still engaging; with many captivating stories from behind the scenes.
Of course, the main attraction for me (except for beer) was taking photos of all the various fans who’d taken the time and trouble to dress up as their favourite characters. There were some amazing costumes, as shown here and in the previous post. Again, fans were more than happy to pose for photos. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming with no bad vibes on display anywhere.
The highlight of the evening was the Cosplay final – those who entered the competition were judged on the best costume. I forget who won, but the talent and care on display was highly commendable – as you can see from the photos.
There were several Cosplayers I either missed getting a photo of, or the pic turned out rubbish. My apologies – again, I’m not a professional. It is with great shame that I cannot present for you here Jar Jar Green Screen, General Zod, the Beast and sexy Six of Nine silver Star Trek girl. Sorry. But I think Silk Spectre (below) makes up for that.
Another late night ended with the “legendary” Pat Sharp spinning the wax for a packed dance floor. All in all, a great day with a real sense of community.
Finally, I must thank Glyn again for providing not only tickets but our accommodation. I hope these reports give you some idea of how the event was. Cheers!
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