Wales Comic Con
Saturday 27th – Sunday 8th April 2019
Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Storm Hannah was raging on Saturday when my family and I made one of our regular visits to Wales Comic Con. The usual site at Glyndwr University was drowning under torrential downpours and lashed by fierce winds.
That may sound overly dramatic, but it really was grim. Thor, God of Thunder, must have been in a really bad mood. Or maybe it was Storm from the X-Men?
As a result, our family day trip was a bit of a washout. Corridors were packed out as attendees shuffled along like zombies from The Walking Dead.
We managed to get into the merch tent, which was also very crowded and difficult to get near to the stalls. Some traders looked to be suffering as the marquis roof was leaking rainwater.
I didn’t manage to get many photos of Cosplayers or props etc. Most people were wrapped up against the elements, or there just wasn’t room to take a pic. I don’t think anyone particularly felt like dawdling, posing for a photo – and I didn’t fancy hanging around in the wet!
The queue to get in to the signing tent was massive, stretching outdoors as people waited to get in. As it was still chucking it down, we decided not to bother joining the line and decided to leave.
No big deal for me as I wasn’t really interested in autographs; Mrs Platinum Al had been thinking about meeting Kiefer Sutherland for a signing though, so that never happened..
But we’d had enough – the miserable weather had us beat. We were wet through. Basically, we paid £22 each to look round some stalls in a leaking tent.
Now nobody can be blamed for the weather, it was just unfortunate. I did feel sorry for the traders with their soaked merchandise. And the people in the rain waiting to have a photograph with a celeb whilst they looked like they’d just been rescued from the Titanic.
And the poor celebs too – what a welcome to the country!
Well the only answer was to just get on and make the most of things, which I think most did. The organisers can’t be blamed for Storm Hannah. Maybe in the future they need to consider shelters for the queue, rain or shine.
Sunday’s weather was much improved, however we’d only got tickets for Saturday. The reason for that was because Rupert Grint, some Harry Potter kid, was there that day. For some reason this was a big deal in our house, so we booked tickets for Saturday (the only day Ron Weasley was there) rather than our usual Sunday.
After buying the tickets, we then found out that autographs with Rupert would cost over £130 – so he was priced out of our range anyway. Ironically, had we known that cost up front, we’d have bought Sunday tickets; avoided the storm and had a great day.
Rupert Grint better not show his face round here, I’ll stick his wand where the sun doesn’t shine for him.
The Wales Comic Con website is here.