Before anyone would like to point out about posting negative subjects I would like to say that i'm looking to provide feedback to showmasters about concerns I have for the show and I hope i don't come across as another keyboard warrior spouting venom , I like showmasters events , Me and my partner attended the first two CFCC's and this years summer LFCC and we have had the best time you could ask for , weeks and Months before each show there was a build up of guest after guest after guest and We were very excited for these events,Things like a silent auction were posted and a small list of things in the auction posted so there was a build up of "oh wow i want that , i'l have to keep an eye out for it." This CFCC is somewhat different , I was in work today talking about this con with a co-worker who decided not to come because of the the line up , or lack of one. Let me state that i understand showmasters try their best to get as many guests as they can per event and that they try to get a good mix where they can. But this shows lineup is lacking both numbers and variety. Now its fair to say that some people will like/ want to meet people from show A and Show B and some wont but when most of the line up fall under one or the other you automatically turn those not interested in those two or 3 shows/films away. Again you cant win them all fair enough. Guest cancellations are most of the time unavoidable and is an accepted risk in attending a Con that any of the guests can pull out for any reason,at anytime . But to lose the two strongest guests in the line up , from the same show in the same week due to work commitments just highlights a flaw in getting too many from one tv show if one has a change in work commitments its highly possible that another guest from the same show will as well, more so if the show is still in its run . This then leads to further disappointment this time from the fans of the show.
A missed opportunity is Dr who, again some have said there is too many Dr who guests in the line up but the finale airs on the saturday of the con,in the city the show is partly filmed in. I'm Not sure if SM tried and were unable to get anymore guests/special screening/other cool tie in or if it didnt even come up in the planning stage or even if they were simply unable to make plans because of not having the information of when the dr who finale would air but it would have been amazing to have some sort of tie in/event.
Hallowhedon, LWFCC BFCC and now CFCC are all very close to each other and It feels ( to me anyway) that while showmasters was busy with the recurring - long standing events and the first Belfast show that cardiff got forgotten about and now there is a rush to get info out , as I already said the announcement of the silent auction is great but at time of typing there isn't even a hint of what items might be on sale, its just all seems rushed, Don't get me wrong I understand that SM would pile in time and effort on both the long standing and the first show and they have after show commitments to guests etc, but cardiff is on its third show the first two were great and this one seems to be lacking steam. I feel that showmaster has tried to do too many shows in such a short time and that cardiff is the one to suffer as a result . Don't get me wrong though I'm not saying this con or that con should have more or less focus i just think the timing of events was just too many too soon.
I hope that this isnt taken as an attack on SM/Guests etc as i do enjoy Sm events and I will be there on saturday to see 2 or 3 guests , I think my goal for this post was to just ontline my concerns and hopefully have some sort of feel of other attendees thoughts on this years show and if SM or anyone could respond on any points it may clear things up for myself ( and maybe others) so we can all just crack on with having a good weekend
edit: Just wanted to add Il be watching the Bournemouth show carefully , my partners parents live down that way and I may be up to "visiting them" around the end of august