London Film & Comic Con (LFCC) has always been a convention that focuses on bringing in a huge variety of guests for fans to meet and this year was no different. From the star of the upcoming Aquaman Jason Momoa to the lead of X-Files David Duchovny to 9 actors who have played Doctor Who, it’s fair to say there’s something for everybody. Although the lineup wasn’t the best from a personal standpoint this year, I still had plenty to do with the guests I cared about and the huge array of stalls offering unique merchandise.
Being an avid convention goer and this being my 5th LFCC in a row, I made sure to attend on the Friday. Usually the quietest of the 3 days, it offers the best chance to get my goods signed so I spent the Friday getting the autographs I wanted and kept Saturday (mostly) separate for photos. I was fortunate enough to do everything I wanted and was able to get autographs from and meet Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Zachary Levi (Shazam!), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous). It’s always nice to see the guests seemingly enjoying themselves and having personal interactions with fans, rather than slogging through what is definitely a long day for them all. Levi and Fisher greeted every fan with a big cheesy grin and seemed to be doing that extra bit to make every encounter more memorable for the fans. On a separate note, Jason Momoa is the coolest dude on the planet and I was able to get him to sign my Justice League poster and Aquaman print.
Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) was the big guest for me this year. Growing up with an older brother resulted in me seeing Jurassic Park a lot when I was younger, but now that I’m older and love all things film, I appreciate Sam Neill for his fantastic role in Hunt For The Wilderpeople which is one of my all time favourite films. As Neill was not attending on the Friday, I coughed up the extra money for a diamond pass on Saturday that would guarantee I could meet Neill for some autographs. When getting multiple items signed I always worry that guests will think I am getting them to sign goods so I can sell it on, which has never been the case; I just love films and evidently love splashing out my money. So when I was getting 4 posters signed by Neill I was concerned he might not be happy, but once he saw the Wilderpeople poster and I told him how much I loved the film he seemed to be chuffed that I was getting it signed, perhaps because he was mostly signing Jurassic Park items. I managed to meet Neill before midday which gave me the rest of Saturday free to get my photos with Neill, Fisher, Levi & Mark Henry (WWE).
When getting my photo with Fisher I was surprised at how big he is, he’s a giant! But thinking back to how he stands versus the rest of the cast in Justice League, it makes total sense. I told him he’s a giant which got a good laugh and in turn provided my favourite photo of the weekend. All my pictures were great as each guest I met smiled away; I couldn’t force out a bad word about any of them.
LFCC is a convention where the focus is the guests. Whilst it does offer 2 halls worth of stalls that can take you a few hours to get through, I don’t think it’s worth attending this convention unless it is for the guests, whether it be a photo, autograph or panel.