On a windy Saturday morning I arrived at the Bournemouth International Centre for my second Film and Comic Con hosted by Showmasters. I enjoyed exploring and was straight away heading to catch up with the three Star Wars Groups in attendance.
First up were the guys from The Dorset Troopers who had an impressive stand displaying props and information about the group. They had a variety of costumers entertaining the crowd as well as raising awareness for their main charity Julias House. It was good to see founder Terry back in action and the guys doing what they do best, entertaining and putting joy on the faces of many kids.
Next port of call was the stand for the Vok’Chi Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs who I was meeting for the first time. Anyone who is a fan of Boba Fett and the Mandalorians will love the details and dedication of these guys. A truly impressive group and a friendly group loved showing what they do. Anyone who gets the chance should look these guys up because the detail is amazing.
The final group I caught up with were the guys of the MK Garrison another group who I have caught up with before and who attend a lot of events locally. As well as Star Wars costumers the guys have a variety of props as well as a Cylon who joined them for the day. The guys as always were welcoming and entertained the masses.
These were backed up at the convention by a variety of Stars from the Star Wars universe who attended to sign autographs and chat to the crowd. Due to be in attendance over the weekend from Star Wars were Oliver Ford Davies, Mike Edmonds, Rusty Goffe, Alan Swaden, Kate Dickie, Joe Gibson, Sebastian Dewing, Andy Wareham, David Stone and James Cox. As per usual all these guys are great raconteurs and entertained the masses all day.
The rest of the day I explored the many stands selling all things from comics, toys, merchandise, artwork and even cupcakes. There were a variety of costumes and cosplay from many genres and it amazes me the amount of work that goes into all aspects. The whole show is set up for all ages and as you can see, I even had the pleasure of meeting a young Ewok called Charlie and a big thank you to his mum and dad for letting me take a pic of him with Slave Leia, who also happened to be called Charlie.
All in all, I think the show was a huge success and congratulate the organisers on bringing a bit of fantasy to this lovely Dorset resort. As my first convention of the year I look forward to many more. Thanks for everyone who posed for me and all the groups. Over the coming months there are many more conventions appearing so I would recommend if you are looking for something to do as a family then embrace these events for a different experience.