|03:51 pm - Memorabilia - 20th November 2010|
I made it to the Birmingham NEC to attend the Memorabilia event for just the Saturday. I didn't feel that good with my back hurting but decided to go for it and do the 3 hour train journey. Unfortunately, on this rainy Saturday, I was travelling more than anything. I got to the NEC at about 9.30am and I was leaving by around 2pm. I can officially announce that I wont be attending anymore Memorabilia shows. The main reason is more because of Manchester Expo and I can't go to all events, but it's also because I didn't enjoy it enough.
The good part of Memorabilia was the people. Will, Jaspreet and Chin of Tecmo Koei, had me in stitches. They've always been wonderful people. If you're reading this and never been to London Expo or Memorabilia, I do recommend you check out the Tecmo Koei booth, you wont just be able to try out new games coming out, you'll be able to meet some awesome down to earth people.
I also hung out with my friend Nikki, checking out the stalls and artwork. If I had the money, I'd have spend plenty on some digital art I saw. Amazing. The cosplayers were amazing, and really friendly, shame there were only a few at the event. My highlight of costumes had to be Darth Vader facing off with The Stig for about a minute. Brilliant. They even got their own video for that.
Joe (Granny Gertrude) and Rick (Man Misa) stopped to have a long chat with me which I filmed. Part 2 and 3 of my videos you can watch that. You guys were loads of fun. I couldn't help but get it on video, I was starting my wandering videos at the time.
The bad things did do my head in, and so many things bugged me at this event that I can't say it was a good one. If one annoying thing happened, I'd probably not even remember, but I got so much crap, and my back was killing me, I had to go early for my own sake.
I was told by someone I've never even heard of called Jack Klaff, not to film. I actually forgot until I edited the video that I said, "Why, are you scared?" Haha. His assistant was getting up really quick and I made my getaway before she could be a bitch and attack my camcorder or something. Fact is, the little people made these celebrities, and then they treat everyone like shit when they're so so 'famous'. Unfortunately for Jack, he's not that famous. He's been in Red Dwarf as a bit part (all of his acting career is bit parts though) and he was Red Four in Star Wars: A New Hope. Didn't he die a horrible and painful death? I can't wait to have some fun with that on future videos. ;)
The Star Wars Stormtroopers did my head in as well, trying to snatch my hat and wanting me to lay on the floor. I could get on my knees and didn't care about that, but I couldn't lay on the floor when I've been off work with a bad back two days previous. I had my camera snatched away before I knew what was going on and all my stuff being dragged off me. I kept face to be kind, but it did piss me off, and the more I think about it the more I'm unhappy with it. I haven't added it to my wander video but it's part 4 with the Shadow Trooper, if anyone's interested. I talk and banter, in future, please don't touch me! I do like the Troopers but I feel maybe they're going a little bit too far now.
Then later I went to the EA stand with Nikki and wanted to play Dead Space 2 on video. I was told I couldn't film it because it's a game that's not been released. But the game is on show isn't it? The more free advertising you get the better, right? There have been so many people who have watched my videos in the past, especially the gaming videos on my old games channel, who have messaged me and commented on my videos saying they were impressed and going to buy the game... I didn't get the chance here. Even if it's one more person buying the game, it doesn't hurt any stupid greedy copyright laws does it? Nikki didn't want to play after that and I left it, but will put the footage I got on my channel because I want to!
So that's my last Memorabilia event. Thanks to the real people, my friends, it didn't make the whole thing a complete failure. You all saved me on this day, you don't know how much and I love you all for it. I hope 2011 will be an epic year for Expos, as I shall be attending 4 of them. :D