so, i got everything i could afford done, had to be smart / early with alot of things but managed it, but my thoughts on things that should be reviewed -
Comic zone -
after speaking to some of the artists on sunday about what they thought of the weekend, alot said friday / saturday were quiet as people either couldnt get up to them, or didnt know they were there.
Queueing to get in -
So a couple of things with this, -
Sunday, ok so you moved into the hall but there was no organsiation in the hall, just hundreds of people in a very wide area pushing to get down the line rather then single/double lines, and then get bottle necked into the small door way. - next year perhaps have barriers / check points set up half way down the queue so wrist bands / checking off can be done before the doors open to make entry faster.
Photoshoot areas -
The crew on the photoshoot areas did do a great job from what i saw, and helped me out alot, so well done too them. With that being said, the location of E next to the stair well was poorly chosen as it didnt help with the blocking of the stair case, and the other shoot areas near dealer tables caused blockages down the walk way (not due to crowds waiting , but that was a small factor) but from people who stood to look at stalls.
Silent Auction -
So i bidded on a couple of items towards the end of saturday and was told by a blue shirt that it was about to end, so i waited to collect and pay for my items, then to find some guy starting a live auction - doesnt this go against the whole point of a silent auction?
I bought it last year for 5 pound, for the raffle, which didnt run smooth in its exactuion, so i skipped this year, but i think considering the ticket price it should be included rather then the extra 5 pound charge.
Lack of updates / Slow info -
So i had a photoshoot for Kelly Hu on sunday, and when i arrived for her shoot at around 12 i got told by the blue shirt that she had to cancel sunday, and this was the first mention of it - nothing on twitter / fb / forum (forum post going up around 1.20 i think). After the event i saw people online say on saturday she knew this would be the case and htey managed to get stuff done then, so surely if it was known it was going to happen a forum post could have been done saturday so people wouldnt miss her
Jonathan Pryce -
I bought a photoshoot with him, which i had to skip his auto due to budget limitation. I did pass the Game of thrones guests several times on the day, and i felt bad for him as (he was a friendly guy, as i did say hello to him) as he seemed super quiet all sunday, never saw more then a queue of 3/4 with him, less after 2pm, comapared to Rose and Gemma, who have both been before so arent exactly a rare signer like him. I feel this is due to his cost being 45 - 10 pound more then Peter Dinklage. I appricate that prices are baised on what it takes to get them to the show, but he did look bored so i hope him being quiet and next to a person with a line of 25+ doesnt put him off in the future.
The Sci-fi 360 camera area thing (forgots name)
Bad postion, needed to be else where maybe 2nd floor near gaming, but it didnt help with blocking the hall being the cafe - then that
Some of Positives that i want to have a special mention -
David Bedwell - got some good pictures on twitter and his coverage of the event was good
Crew lady "Sara" next to Carrie Henn - very helpful and friendly
The gaming zone - was amazing and the guys on it very professional
All the guests, everyone i met were a delight and gave me a good talk and fan experience.