Portsmouth Comic Con 2019
Portsmouth Comic Con, I’d heard nothing but good things regarding this convention. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get in the previous year because I’d left it too late but I made sure I got a place for this year’s event. It was being held at the Guildhall which is a lovely historic building in the heart of Portsmouth. Infact, their convention was so super packed on all floors that there was a specially erected huge marquee outside to hold the rest of the traders and displays. Trust me when I say, this is an event and a half and actually puts a lot of the “main comic con conventions” to shame.
I love doing local events, no hotel costs is such a huge relief and the tables are always so reasonably priced that it’s a win win situation all round. I went on the Friday to set up with Jesse who helped me out for a couple of hours. Set up was just a total breeze, no stress, just plain sailing. Drive up, unload, drive to carpark which is literally a 2 minute walk from the venue and set up. I wish it could always be as easy as this. Infact, my only concern was that I was opposite a huge jewellery seller (spread across 3 tables compared to my 1). However, I soon discovered the next day that it didn’t make the slightest bit of difference.
It didn’t take long to get everything set up due to my awesome organisational skills at home and within a couple of hours I was done.
And of course my favourite part of the display was…
My pride and joy!
And that was all we had to do! Sorted!
The next morning I didn’t need to be there until 10am which was nice. I knew the day was going to be a bit of a struggle because I was on my own due to both of my boys working. So I put my sensible head on and made a huge flask of tea and packed some quick treats.
Can I just say, those protein bars are bloody delicious and no I didn’t get paid for typing that.
It was a pleasant drive to Portsmouth, all I had to do was to remember to not drive onto the bus lane like the last time I was in Portsmouth and received a lovely fine. Not my finest moment!
The doors opened to the early birds at 10am and from about 15 minutes after that to roughly 4pm it was just a total frantic day! I literally didn’t stop for longer than a couple of minutes and literally had to squeeze past crowds of people just so I could quickly try and replenish my table in less than 10 seconds at a time. The place was absolutely packed! PACKED! I had to wait until 4pm when it had calmed down a little to ask a friend to cover my table for 5 minutes so I could go to the bathroom. It was manic. Not the best time to be alone but somehow I managed to cope but by 6pm I was absolutely shattered! All the hype I had heard about Portsmouth Comic Con was correct, they really knew how to run a good event.
The next day was a 9am start but at least I had Bret with me to help out. Mind you, I had told him that seeing as it was his first time in Portsmouth he could go have a look around and do a bit of shopping if he wanted. Three hours later he came back! Yep, 3 hours! I couldn’t be mad though because he treated me to some really awesome Barbie socks and a portion of MacDonald’s fries. He loves me <3
How awesome are they!
The day wasn’t as busy as the Saturday but was definitely nothing to complain about. Best of all, I didn’t have to wait all day before I could go to the bathroom.
The only pointless selfie of the entire weekend!!
By 6pm we were all packed up and ready to go home after a pretty exhausting weekend. I never got a chance to look around but to be honest, that’s always a really good sign.
We had a fantastic time, met some really great people (I genuinely have never seen so many happy people at a convention) and did really well. This event was one of the best I have ever done in my 4 years of doing conventions. The organisers put on an amazing show, there was so much to see and do for everyone and they really knew how to pull the crowds in. I just consider myself very lucky that I was able to be a part of it this year and fingers crossed will be returning next year.
As always, a HUGE thank you to all our customers, we know this wouldn’t be possible without you and we really appreciate each and every one of you. Our next gig will be London MCM Comic Con at the Excel and we certainly hope to see you all there! :)))