Once again we attended this event as ‘Official Press’ thanks to Showmasters !!!!
Held at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena the home of South Wales geekery – during the weekend of 7th & 8th of September 2019.
Guests that attended this weekends event included:-
Casper Van Dien (Starship Troppers)
Gareth David Lloyd (Torchwood)
Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter)
Paul Blake (Star Wars)
David Gooderson (Doctor Who)
And many more!
As in previous years this weekend event offered Autograph & Photo opportunities with stars from TV & Film covering a wide variety of interests and genres alongside other fun attractions and activities; some of which are detailed below.
- Cosplay Zone. This zone is usually a massive part of this event and this year was no different with a dedicated cosplay area and cosplay stage hosting several talks and masquerade competitions. There were also professional cosplay quests in attendance each having a specialist skill set from armour work & sewing to SFX make up & electronics. Also there was a chance for cosplayers to have professional photographs taken.
- Gaming Zone. At this zone all the games were free to play with some of the gaming consoles with some consoles dating back over 20-30 years, and attendances had the opportunity to enter mini-tournaments.
- Comic Zone. It was great to see some guest comic artists back to the event this year how-ever this was not a full-blown return of the comic zone that has appeared in previous years and was scaled backed to just a hand-full of guests.
- Talks/Q&A’s. There were also specialist talks and Q&A panels throughout the weekend with the stars on a dedicated ‘Main Stage’.
- Photo Ops. There was also opportunity to get yourself a professional photo with the Door from Monsters Inc & ‘Lucifer’ Wings.
There was a steady turn-out for the Cardiff event over the course of the weekend, with guests covering a mix of fandoms. However many of these guests were only attending on the Saturday with a much reduced line up of guests appearing all weekend/Sunday.
The layout of this event followed on from the changes made at FCCC March, with the cosplay zone & comic zone being moved to the ground floor. This created a more lively atmosphere on the main con floor as attendees were not spread over three floors as in previous years. As mentioned above it would be great to see the Comic Zone increase in size going forward as it seemed ‘squeezed in’ at the side.
As usual there was a great range of stalls selling a variety of merchandise with something to interest all attendees.
The crew (who are mainly volunteers) were friendly and helpful as always. The con seemed to run very smoothly and efficiently.
This was a fun event as usual perfect for the entire family and we can’t wait for the next one to be announced.
Check out our review of London Comic Con Summer 2019