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  1. Pir8Jenny

    LFCC 2019

    I point out (with some level of excitement) that the bike race is 3-4 August 2019, so it won't be causing transit problems LFCC weekend.
  2. Thanks for the positive feedback! And, yeah, I think I'll be coming back next July. :)
  3. I have a practice of going on holiday someplace and then wanting to repeat the trip, using everything I learned the first time, to get it right. I went to LFCC for the first time in 2017. I went for only one day, underestimated the queue to get in, missed my first photoshoot (replaced it with an autograph), managed another photoshoot and a talk, and ... that was about it. But I learned a lot from the experience, so planned another trip to London for LFCC 2018. Bought the weekend pass. In for a penny, in for a pound. A lot of pounds. I am pretty sure Showmasters did not intentionally plan the guest announcements and cancellations in such a way that I would end up spending way more money on this con than I'd ever imagined. I'll save you the blow-by-blow story, and just say that what started out as "Do I get a photo with Peter Capaldi while I'm wearing my Clara cosplay OR get Val Kilmer to autograph a copy of a horrible review I wrote of a show he did?" ended up as, "Screw it, I'm getting photos with my four favorite Doctors." And this plan (obviously) did not solidify until some time on Saturday, when I was wandering the trading floor, heard the David Tennant announcement, found a post lean up against, and casually whipped out my mobile to book that photoshoot. Then I wandered the floor a bit more, ALMOST buying a Captain America bracelet, and ultimately going to the David Duchovny talk. Which I had to leave early, because I had a theatre ticket. (I don't get to London that often. I've got to pack my days FULL.) It was really all about Sunday for me. Sunday afternoon. Which was FINE, because me getting there early was not likely. I'm at the mercy of public transit, and with the bike race going on, busses were not an option. Which meant it was the Underground, and that annoying train from Earl's Court to Olympia which only runs every 20 minutes. (Am I the only one who calls the Platform where you wait for the train to LFCC "Platform 9 3/4?" Yes? OK, then.) But everyone on the platform is going to LFCC. Either that, or there are a lot of cosplayers planning to randomly walk the streets of Kensington. (As an American, I am aware of, and try to be respectful of, the general British reservedness when it comes to talking to strangers, but I find it very hard to not at least SMILE at people in clever cosplays or amusing T-shirts.) I have a schedule. I'm trying to do about seven things in the course of the afternoon, with one change into and one change out of my cosplay. It should work. It should all work, but I'm nervous -- especially since I'd missed a photo shoot last year, and I really don't want that happening again. I get in. I get my bearings. I wander the floor again. I buy a book from Jodi Taylor because I've read her books and she's there signing them (and I want to support that). I find the Captain America bracelet I didn't buy the day before and buy it. I start in the queue for the David Tennant TARDIS shoot, but it looks like I can run over and get my photo with Peter Davison before Tennant has finished all those DP people in front of me. I do this. I am surprised at how genuinely pleased I am to meet Davison (even for all of 10 seconds). He was my first Doctor, and I'm not entirely sure you know what that means -- because Doctor Who was not a big deal in America back when he was the Doctor. (A "cult favorite." Not at all mainstream.) But this was my introduction to the (very unAmerican) idea of a hero who was clever rather than tough, and who carried a tool rather than a weapon. Davison opened the door to all of that to me (and that world really was bigger on the inside). Finding myself snapping a pic with him at LFCC some 30 years later was the culmatination of a journey I hadn't even know I'd started, and I thought it was just SUPER COOL. And I took my glasses off, but didn't push my hair back, and ended up with a legitimately awful picture. Later that day, I got his autograph, and I immediately turned into a stuttering fangirl, who couldn't say anything at all about how much he meant to me. But he signed the photo and I adore that he put a little roman numeral "V" in there. After the Davison photo, I ran back over to the Tennant. Kept my specs on that time, and I felt much better about that picture. Had no actual interaction with him, but was very happy he was posing with everyone with a big old grin. (When he was in character, I referred to that grin as TenJoy!) One of the first things I had bought a ticket for at LFCC was "Dark Room." I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, even) that none of my photo shoots conflicted with it, and I was actually able to meet up with a friend and attend it. It was silly good fun, as well as a welcome opportunity to sit down. Afterward, I wanted to put on my Clara cosplay. I went to the Cosplay changing rooms and discovered it was very hard to tell whether they were occupied. Knocked on doors and accidentally opened the door on someone changing. (Ack!) Eventually got in the changing room and put on my raven. During which time, a man accidentally opened the door on me. (Double ack!) Ran upstairs for the Peter Capaldi photoshoot. Was fairly certain I knew which area was where at this point, and I was mistaken, and couldn't see the letters on the walls, and ended up in the wrong queue. Twice. And when I was in the second line, I tried to tighten up my cosplay and ended up breaking a string. Many expletives were spoken. Ran back downstairs and begged assistance from the folks who were there to assist, where a very nice lady offered to sew me into it. I was beyond grateful -- sewing myself into this was not something I could do myself -- and she ended up making it much better than it had been even before I snapped the string. Ran back upstairs, found the right photo area, and queued up. Had a nice chat with the man in line in front of me, which was notable because a spare battery in his pocket decided to choose that moment to sort of ... explode, and I was relieved that he took care of the situation without injury. Got my pic with Capaldi. This was really my first time cosplaying in a public situation (other than a Halloween party), and I know this isn't what you'd call a competitive level costume. But I was extremely proud of it. Capaldi didn't say anything about it until AFTER the photo, when I was walking away and he could see the little raven feet and tail feathers sticking out my back, and complimented me on the inventiveness of it. I'm fifty years old and I grinned like I was ten. My last photo shoot was the Matt Smith TARDIS shoot, and it was running late. Late enough that I could run to the ladies and de-raven myself. (This was also when I slipped out and redeemed my Peter Davison VQ ticket.) I got back to the queue and realized I was ACTUALLY going to accomplish all four Doctor photoshoots as planned. (I also realized I hadn't had any, y'know, food. I didn't care.) When I got inside the photo area, I saw Smith was having folks pose doing the "V" sign. This is not a thing in America, so I started thinking really quickly what sort of alternative pose I wanted. I asked if he'd throw this one instead. He obliged. It's only when I'm walking away that it dawns on me that he might have no idea the meaning of what I'd asked him to hold up. I volunteer that this is "I Love You" in American Sign Language. (He did not know that. He thanked me. I figure that the next time he comes across a Deaf American fan, he will whip this one out. You're welcome, Matt Smith's Deaf American fans.) I ran to the Sam Neill talk. Was a bit late for it, but really enjoyed the part that I saw. Started regretting that I hadn't bought a photoshoot with him, too, and realized I might be getting addicted to LFCC.
  4. Pir8Jenny

    LFCC 2018: Highs and Lows

    I thought Duchovny was not particularly engaged in his talk either. That said, I really like the fact that I attended the talk and know that, now. I think that, for me, the talks are the best value for money at LFCC. (Especially when there are free ones!) But even if I don't learn much from the things the guests SAY, I find watching the different ways different actors interact with the fans fascinating. I mean, when you open it up to questions from the audience, you're bound to get some stupid questions, or (at the very least) questions that the guests don't really want to answer. And learning which guests were skilled at turning the question into something they WANTED to answer, or finding a way to weave that humorous anecdote into an answer no matter what the question, was really interesting to me. Duchovny, to be sure, did not seem to be that good at it. (But there were a couple times when he got a good audience reaction, so he did more of the same to get the reaction again.) But the fact that I learned he's not the best at this, and he went for it anyway, was worth the money for the experience for me.
  5. Pir8Jenny

    Main Stage Talks.

    I saw that. I saw that from pretty far in the back, because this woman was caught by the camera which was showing the talk live on the big screen behind Duchovny. EVERYONE could see this person filming, because her act of filming was itself broadcast large on the big screen. I was astonished nobody shut her down.
  6. I missed half a talk I'd paid for. (I don't think better signage would have helped it, but internet updates would have. The photoshoot was SUPPOSED to finish well before the talk began, but it didn't actually get started UNTIL the talk did. If I could have seen batch numbers on Twitter or something, I could have gone to the talk when it started and kept an eye on the photo shoot's progress. Instead, I did the photo shoot first and ran to the talk, late, missing half of it.)
  7. Years ago, before apps and stuff, Disneyland came up with this cool idea of how to let you know how long the lines were at your rides. They put up a big board right at the end of Main Street listing the 8 or 10 busiest rides. Someone stood there with a walkie talkie and a pen. Folks in charge of the ride queues would call in a change in wait time, and the person would update the board. I'm pretty sure if you did that JUST FOR THE PHOTOS, it would require One Big White Board and One More Crew Member. Since there are already two people managing each queue, one of them could be in charge of, say, texting the white board person with the updates. You wouldn't need wait times, just update it as each new batch is called. A quick text: Area B, now on 7. And the white board would read: Area B: Peter Capaldi; Currently on Batch 7. That alone would be really helpful. We could get fancy with people keeping the internet informed later, but, yeah, I'm thinking the board itself would help keep a lot of people out of the very crowded photo queueing areas.
  8. Related to signs is space. Guy at Photo G on Sunday (aka my hero) loudly demanded everyone stand at least a few feet back from the taped queue. He then called out to raise your hand if you were in batch whatever, and pointed at you one by one to join the queue. We could all see and hear exactly what was going on, and nobody mobbed him. Compare to Green Screen area where, for the Tennant TARDIS shoot, it was so crowded I didn't know where the taped queue was, or certainly not where to join it. When a batch was called, people would run into the taped area from all sides, with little semblance of an actual queue. And nobody could see or hear what was going on. tl;dr: if you order people to stand a couple feet away from the queue, people can read the smaller signs and see what's going on better.
  9. Pir8Jenny

    Matt Smith TARDIS shoot an HOUR late

    I have one other (stunningly minor) piece of feedback about the TARDIS shoot(s), which is that the TARDIS itself needs a bit of repair. Particularly near the top, it could use a coat of paint, as there is a lot of wood peeping through scratches and chips. It really shows up in the photos where the photographer included the top of the TARDIS.
  10. Pir8Jenny

    Sherlock Set Photos

    I think they said "next week" when we got ours done on Sunday.
  11. Pir8Jenny

    The “Thank You” Thread

    I mentioned this someplace else (probably an unrelated thread) but huge thanks to the people at the cosplay workshop. I saw them helping lots of people. They also had scissors (which we were not allowed to bring into the venue.) AND the nice lady there helped sew me into my costume when I snapped a string. They were just splendid.
  12. Here's a suggestion which costs zero money to implement: Put the existing signs higher. With hundreds and hundreds people milling around every photo booth (and thereby standing between YOU and THE SIGN) the only thing you can see on the sign is "Photo Booth" but NOT the letter designating it. I was standing at "D" for at least 15 minutes when I should have been at "B," but all I saw was the top of a curvy letter which could have been either one. Ditto for the signs around the main stage, telling different groups (Diamond, Gold, Everyone Else) where to queue -- there were a small piece of paper with very tiny writing on it. If you hadn't scoped out the area before (between talk queues) you would have had no idea where you should be. (BTW, I'd put tape on the ground for those queues, too. They were near enough the photo areas that some queues overlapped and it was hard to tell who was waiting for what -- or to walk between the two different groups.) If there was a dry-erase board on the wall of the Green Screen shoot telling us which batch was called, I didn't see it. Again, this needs to be BIG and HIGH. I understand the concerns about using megaphones in such a tight (and echo-prone) area, but the alternative solution is signage big enough and high enough for everyone to see. Related aside: I was at four different photo shoots Sunday. They were all CALLING batch numbers, but I certainly didn't see anyone CHECKING batch numbers when people entered the queue. I imagine that this was because they were just trying to manage their mobs and get people in as fast as possible, but it certainly allowed people to game the system and jump the queue if they wanted to. I expect batch-checking would require (1) an extra volunteer at each photo shoot; and (2) batch numbers printed (ideally in really big type) not only on the printable PDF tickets, but also the e-tickets in the app.
  13. Pir8Jenny

    Matt Smith TARDIS shoot an HOUR late

    My understanding is that he was late for the TARDIS shoot because his prior (non-TARDIS) shoot ran over. I do not know if that was because he was late for it or because they had to cram too many people into the time allotted.
  14. Pir8Jenny

    Post your LFCC photos here.

    Thanks for letting me know, Broo. Courtesy tinypic, I'm trying this one again:
  15. Pir8Jenny

    Post your LFCC photos here.

    I may have flown from Los Angeles with a stuffed raven in my carry-on for this: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipM5oRN9IAtc_Sem76zpYpPsnLMwXFRmESDHBRFx
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