A slightly quieter opening to the first day of this event was the only disappointment in regards to the second year of the self-styled Highlands International Comic Expo. Once again, Shane had kindly arranged us excellent accommodation only a stone’s throw from the venue itself once more and with Marek having made the 12 hour bus journey from London and our Inductees in tow we descended on Eden Court in the guise of a Predator, Bobblehead, Tree Dodger and handful of TKs.
Despite the northerly climes, the folks in costume spent the majority of the day outside, chilling the fingers off myself, Kirsty and Mark and the NR’s during their spotting 101 session.
The plus side was that this gave a fairly steady stream of arrivals for the event passing by, plus some passers-by, detouring traffic and a couple of press photo all keen for their turn for a photo opportunities.
Taking a late lunch on the basis that it got really busy last year just as we dekitted meant that the “noobs”, Colin and Aaron maybe didn’t get as long as would have been ideal in armour on their debut but given the near oppressive heat inside, even the veterans were having trouble staying the course till the close of play.
Only thing that concerns me slightly is that having her picture taken with a TK was the self-professed highlight of her Valentines Day for one poor girl. She wants to chuck her bloke if he can’t even rustle up some choccies and flowers that would top that!
The punters, staff and exhibitors were delighted to have us there though and the “line up” early in the afternoon outside the theatre lasted for ages with a hefty percentage of Inverness’ population seemingly wanting photos from every conceivable angle of the troopers.
Well done to the New Recruits on their debut, the acted professionally, stayed in character and were a credit to the UKG. Don’t worry lads after some judicious trimming, you’ll find wearing the white stuff gets easier from here on in. Just need to work on the formation marching a bit more, eh?