Clark Memorial Parish Church, Largs 10:00 – 16:00
Mission Report Last year I remarked about how much I enjoyed this troop as generally with the BGCP events the attendees aren’t quite so blasé about our presence, unfortunately be it down to the weather, change in venue or our being there becoming ubiquitous the needle seems to have shifted in that regard.
The event was pretty quiet all day, that is to say, it was okay in terms of attendance but the punters really didn’t seem interested in us at all, even the relatively unique presence of Kit Fisto seemed to merit little interest. Not that people were unhappy to see us, they just weren’t interested in stopping for photos. Part of this may be down to perception due to the much smaller venue than last year, there was hardly anywhere to stand inside that we weren’t causing an obstruction for someone, be it vendor or member of the public.
The winds were so bad all day that all the cloak wearers were one strong gust away from the danger of kiting over to Millport, so we couldn’t spend any appreciable time outside either.
All in all, slightly disappointing compared to the previous event, but as far encountering the tail end of a storm goes I think we only have ourselves to blame for not having a rule about only trooping between April and September..!
National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Largs 09:00 – 16:00
I did one of these Big Glasgow Comic Page events about two years back and was pleasantly surprised that about the quantity and breadth of attendees. There are other comic con events where our presence barely gets a second glance having attended so often over the years, but local events like these with a token admission cost bring a more diverse mixture of nerds and families, especially with younger children who may otherwise not be inclined to hike all the way to your SECs or Braeheads who may never have seen us before.
That said on the long uphill drive from the sea front in Largs up to the Inverclyde Sports Centre I did wonder what attendance would be like, as unlike the Rutherglen event it wasn’t located in the town centre and with the limited parking already crowded with vendor vans and transport for the Paralympic Boccia athletes who were using the premises at the same time…
After kitting up and wandering into the hall the event was taking place in my heart slightly sunk. There were easily 50 dealer tables there, but the space was so large it made the number of public attending look tiny in comparison. On the plus-side, this meant that the aisles were also huge, allowing ourselves and the Rebel Legion… er… not “troopers”… rebellers? rebellionists? …whatever… to navigate easily and remain spread out for individual photos while easily coming together for any requested group shots.
The flow was steady if not overwhelming throughout the day, similarly dying off as the afternoon wore closer to the cosplay competition allowing us to de-kit and have a limited look round the stalls as the vendors commenced their packing up…