Comic Con Scotland took place this weekend just passed and I was lucky enough to receive a press pass so I could cover the event for Gamers. Dubbed For the Love of 80s, this is the first convention on Scottish soil for Monopoly Events, the convention organisers and as you can understand by the shows title, it was dedicated to all things 1980s!
With a plethora of special guests from the world’s of film and television, Comic Con Scotland took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) here in the nation’s capital, and attracted visitors from far and wide!
The wide range of guests includes the living legend that is David Hasseloff from Knight Rider and Baywatch, as well as numerous other film and television appearances. Dirk Benedict star of the hit show The A-team and cult classics Battlestar Galactica, was joined by several other stars from the science fiction show Herbert Jefferson Jr, Jack Stauffer and Terry Carter. Movie star Sam Jones, best know for his appearance as the titular Flash Gordon in the 1980 movie was also present, along with Zach Gilligan star of Gremlins 1 and 2, Rex Smith from the show Street Hawk, and musician Ray Parker JR who sang the hit single from the movie Ghostbusters. Gil Gerard who played Buck Rogers in the television show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was also present and eager to talk to fans about his time working on the program as well as his other many appearances over the years.
Wrestler Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and the gentle giant that is Lou Ferringo the Incredible Hulk from the long running television series also added their own unique style a d presence to the show. British film and television however had less of a presence with only Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (Ace) from the cult classic show Doctor Who being in attendance on the Saturday .
The other guests were taken from the cosplay community and featured Ireland’s Sloth, Lil-Bow and North Coast Annabelle better for When Involved Share Happiness. These lovely folks not only helped to keep the crowds entertained and happily pose for numerous photos, but also helped with The cosplay competition that ran on both days for adults and juniors alike. They did an amazing job and their dedication to helping others should not be left untold. Ghostbusters of Glasgow were also in attendance showing off their excellent costumes based on the hit movies.
The spacious venue at the EICC was split between two rooms, with the larger of the two being given over to the guests for signings and the smaller room holding the fifty or so trade stalls. Layout was well thought out and even at its busiest time there was still room to manoeuvre through the trade hall even if in a wheelchair or pushing a buggy.
Event staff were all extremely helpful and plentiful and the show seemed to run on schedule , with hardly any delays to signings or events taking place during the con.
The large hall also featured a table with props from the Back to the Future trilogy of movies , as well as an authentic DeLorean car. Other movie props included the iconic van from The A-team, KITT from Knight Rider and two bikes, one from Street Hawk a classic television cop show, and the other being a flying motorcycle from Battlstar Galactica 1980.
Other props on display included a life size replica if ET and a full scale model of. Johnny Five from the Short Circuit movies.
Traders sold everything from comic books to custom teas, handbags and much more, with a very large presence of artwork and the shirts being able to purchase.
Early Saturday morning was very quiet, but by midday the queues to get into the venue almost doubled back on themselves, as hundreds of eager visitors waited to gain entry. The entry was fast a d efficient and well managed by both con staff and venue staff alike and seemed to be a constant stream of people in with no fuss.
Though this is billed as a comic convention, I would compare it more to a movie memorabilia event personally speaking. Much like Collectormania which takes place in Glasgow and the whole event seemed to have a very familiar vibe to that popular show. It was after all the stars that the majority of visitors had flocked to see and sees them they most certainly did! Queues for the signings and photo shoots with the stars were extremely well handled and nobody seemed to wait for too long before they saw their idols . David Hasseloff proved to be extremely popular, having a constant stream of people lining up to see him over both days, though all the guests made the effort and greeted fans with a smile and enthusiasm .
Both days saw cosplay competitions and there were lots of great cosplayers there throughout the weekend (see photos), though mostly movie themed or related due to the nature of the event. Some awesome costumes but the ones that really stood out for me and managed to capture the essence of the 80s were the Buck Rodgers Wilma ‘Deering’, The Blues Brothers and the awesome Lisa from Weird Science which was outstanding I’m sure you will agree!
Sadly as with all things fun the show was over to quickly and it was time to head home! For a first time show at this venue (and in Scotland) the event was very good and while some may have disappointed by the lack of Comic rated items or guests, it was the stars who made the show special.
My many thanks to Gabrielle, Fiona Quilietti, Amy Parkinson and also Janice Thorpe and her mum and son for all their help this weekend. It has just been announced that Comic Con Scotland will return in 2019 but dates have yet to be announced.