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Denyer 2014-10-16 07:22 PM

Ordered the Lalla book, but yeah it'd be nifty to see if people have other stuff. As there's stuff on in the afternoon, will probably / would suggest getting comics autograph stuff out of the way first thing.

Actually... if I can find it, might take the Shada audio.

Any previous experience of this thing -- i.e. is the routine generally to buy autograph tickets and redeem them?

edit: Probably not according to this..., they have helpers to do the money stuff?

inflatable dalek 2014-10-16 07:37 PM

I've not been to something organised by these people before so it may be different, but at previous things I've been to the form with the virtual ticket system (which they're only likely to use with really busy guests I suspect) is you don't actually pay until you're number is called and you go up to the table. Meaning if you get a ticket for someone and then can't go when the time comes (if, for example, it takes so long for them to get through their commitments you have to leave beforehand) you're not losing any money.

The handler (though smaller demand guests will often deal with the money side themselves) will usually spell out any rules before you hand over any cash (if they're not doing personalised signatures/only signing photos bought from them/no taking pictures), though generally I've found most people friendly and amiable with very little fuss.

IIRC Brend mentioned on Transfans that, at the event earlier in the year, comic guests don't charge for autographs unlike their film and TV counterparts so that's a bonus.

EDIT: Hopefully when you collect your pass you get given something with a list of events and a map on it.

inflatable dalek 2014-10-16 07:57 PM

A full schedule can be downloaded here:

When viewed on screen as a PDF I find the print too small to read, but when printed out it's much more legible (yes, I know. You tech heads know how to make it larger).

Again, thanks to Primenova for that.

Denyer 2014-10-17 08:24 PM

Gonna turn in for tomorrow, but anyone who's going -- will be wearing this in a darker shade:

Death's Head 2014-10-18 06:51 PM

I'm not going to the show but I live not far from Earl's Court so if anyone's going for a beer or something afterwards tomorrow gizza PM and if I'm about I might be able to pop down.

inflatable dalek 2014-10-19 10:41 PM

Going on drinking in London till closing time has always been an ambition of mine. I never thought it would be as a result of the pub staff getting bored of the intricate discussion of the plot of Time Wars and shutting up shop to escape.

Death's Head 2014-10-19 10:50 PM


Death's Head 2014-10-19 10:52 PM

MInd you, even the barmaid couldn't work out the placement of Time Wars and the Underbase saga. Noobs.

inflatable dalek 2014-10-21 02:53 PM

Drinking with Death's Head gave me a Dead Head. Pretty much the whole of Monday was a write off for me. Not in a violent vomiting way, just in a, "I could get out of bed anytime I want but another hour or so won't hurt" way.

And I was so proud of my drinking stamina back at Auto Assembly.

I'll do more thoughts (probably in the form of a Youtube video) when I'm more settled, but I will say in good news that when talking to Bob he seemed amiable in theory about coming to AA, as long as he gets a good deal (from the way he was talking this meant they pay for his flights and a nice hotel room rather than hookers dressed as Circuit Breaker and a massive pile of drugs) so if anyone working for the convention wants to make him an offer.

Also, my pics. Including the first picture of Octus in 25 years!:

inflatable dalek 2014-10-22 10:36 PM

So, my Youtube thoughts. Marvel at, even on a second take where I'm trying to get through it quicker, I still don't know how to stop talking at the end:

Denyer 2014-10-23 07:14 PM

As you say, Furman handled things nicely with the panel, and Roche did likewise with keeping up the energy levels with everything he was involved with.

Wildman was being a bit mono-focus with his reading... Hot Rod's got the whole coming of age hero's journey thing going on, but despite going a similar way with with Hot Shot and Bumblebee in recent years, Transformers has long since joined Who, Trek and so on in mashing up every genre going.

inflatable dalek 2014-10-24 10:22 AM

The Hot Rod thing I could sort of see (though it was a bit odd that he decided Hot Rod is the centre of all Transformers fiction when I don't think Wildman actually drew that many issues with him in pre-Reg), it was the "They're not cars that turn into robots... they're robots that turn into cars" and "The war could never end with one side winning over the other because the entire thing is a metaphor for the duality within ourselves and the entire world and finding balance between ourselves and our inner and outer enemies is the purpose of all life" stuff that had me go a bit cross-eyed.

inflatable dalek 2014-11-01 07:31 PM

A cosplay video from the event itself (despite the July dating on the image) that is mildly interesting if you want to know what Jose Delbo would look like with two Boba Fetts standing in front of him:

Skyquake87 2014-11-02 09:28 AM

Heh, that was cool. Loved Cheetarah :)

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