Wales Comic Con comes round so quickly, it hardly seems a few weeks since the last one in April, but there are no complaints here, as WCC  never disappoints. On Sunday we joined the crowds for another day in Geek Mode (it’s the new beast mode, by the way) and it’s safe to say this event is going from strength to strength.

Organisers have certainly learned from earlier conventions, when you could queue for hours before getting into the building. The process has got increasingly slicker, with the doors for general entry opening half an hour earlier yesterday. We barely queued at all, for anything, which is a huge achievement considering how many people were there.

Most striking about WCC is the atmosphere. You’ll be surrounded by people from all walks of life, in varying levels of Geek Mode, but everyone is there for the same reason. You find yourself talking to strangers like they’re good friends and there’s a welcoming atmosphere that immediately makes you feel very comfortable.  WCC is a much needed injection of positivity in a pretty grim era.

As is tradition, we attended the Torchwood Q&A which was, as is tradition, x-rated. It’s good to see Gareth David Lloyd is still refusing to accept the Cardiff shrine is in memorial to nobody but Ianto Jones, and we’re yet to see Naoko Mori without her nibbling on something (food of choice this time was a croissant, for those keeping note.) We also got a bit of closure on a question we’d been wanting to ask Naoko for a while – why wasn’t she in the Ab Fab movie?? Naoko gracefully dodged giving a reason, but did emphasise that she was really disappointed not to be involved. So were we, Naoko, so were we.

WCC always has great guests and this year was no different. Any Torchwood/Doctor Who/Harry Potter star is enough to get me there but It’s odd to think that ten years ago I would have totally freaked out if I’d bumped into Ianto Jones or Toshiko Sato. Now, I’m so used to seeing them, I can casually say ‘Hi’ without having a full on sweaty meltdown. The question still remains, though, where the hell is John Barrowman and why hasn’t he returned to Wales yet to attend the country’s hottest Con? Also, we decided our dream guest for next year would be Annette Badland. She’s just joined twitter and seems like lots of fun, plus she was brilliant in Doctor Who (and is still deliciously evil in EastEnders.)

My favourite stall is still Goblin Dreams. Captain Jack Harkness is the latest addition to my dragon collection. Jack, the Doctor and Harry Potter – what a team, eh?

So, as always, a fun-filled event. I’ve said it before but WCC is an asset to Wrexham and we’re so lucky to have this event on our doorstep. We’re looking forward to next year already!

 

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