125 BGCP Largs Comic Con 2020 – 29th February 2020

206012_jedi

Location
Clark Memorial Parish Church, Largs 10:00 – 16:00

Personnel

Adi Gallia Lynn McDavid Jedi Master
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Kit Fisto Brian McDavid Jedi Master
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master

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..!

Visual Archive

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

122 BGCP Rutherglen Comic Con – 2nd February 2020

206012_jedi

Location
Rutherglen Town Hall, Glasgow 10:00 – 16:00

Personnel

Bril Ziveri Graeme Carmichael Jedi Master
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Macca Starkno Calum Macqueen Jedi Guardian
Princess Leia Organa Beth Mitchell Senator
Rydo Sarn Michael Murray Rebel Alliance Special Forces

Mission Report
After attending this event a few years back I was slightly wary of the number of costumers attending given the tiny-wee changing facilities from the first time round. Fortunately my fears in this regards were misplaced as we’d been allocated an additional room.

Which was even smaller.

(I mean, excellently appointed, make no mistake, but anyone actually attempting to use the toilet would have ended up peeing over the Rowlf the Dog-style coat Beth had worn.)

On arrival I was welcomed by Michael Murray who had never trooped with me before* and fortunately by only being in the room one at a time we were able to get dressed just about by the time the event opened to the public. It was a fairly quiet start with some persistent rain likely conspiring to keep people away initially, but by mid-morning there was consistent flow of new arrivals into the Town Hall (admittedly some of those were OAPs just in for their morning scone and tea who had to be wondering why all these “Star Trek-people” were blocking the entrance…)

Just before lunch the three Jedi were set upon by a press photographer interested in getting our picture alongside a diminutive Darth Vader (no… not that one…) “outside”. Gamely following him, it quickly became evident that he hadn’t meant “at the front door” as he marched us along the high street, down a lane and into the car park behind the event. Having asked the little Sith Lord to Force Choke us he then had us crouch to his level for dozens of photos before deciding to try it with a different background and walk us across the road to repeat the experience. As a result of this workout my right thigh now resembles Popeyes forearms and I can’t fit into one of my trouser legs.

Not having an “official” photographer we were able to prevail on one of the Cosplayers after lunch to take a suitable photo for the benefit of the Jedi Trials. The rest of the afternoon passed pleasantly and as predicted the venue began to quieten down shortly before the Cosplay Competition kicked off next door in the library giving us the opportunity to de-kit one by one.

The slightly truncated duration allowed time to meet up with Lucienne and her companions just prior to us all being brusquely ejected by the cafe staff who wanted to clear the place. Ah well… By then I only had time to engage in a few hurried goodbyes as I was running late for dinner anyway, apologies to those I missed on my way out…

Visual Archive
*As mentioned, we had no photographer on the day. Instead here are a selection of pictures of Michael and I at previous events…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

88 Rutherglen Comic Con – 4th February 2017

Troop Icons Spotter 2015Location
Town Hall, Rutherglen 09:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
I have to admit I rather unfairly misjudged this event in advance, assuming it would be a small comic mart of interest only to back issue bin raiders and the presence of more than one costumer would be overkill.  Suffice to say I was proven very wrong, the town centre locale and token admission fee making the event apparently very attractive to families, despite the cold winds and periodic bursts of heavy rain on the day. As a result the venue was heaving from start to damn near finish, to the extent that it seemed regardless of where we tried to position ourselves conflicting queues for photos would spring up, either interfering with the routes between areas or, much to their ire, blocking the publics access to the stalls of certain vendors with regular frequency…

The location and nature of the event led to a very different crowd from that which we would see at larger events, one for which our appearance was a novelty and the resulting throngs were expertly managed by our two guest Jedi from the Rebel Legion through the day. This meant the gig passed very quickly, only noticeably slacking off when the place began to clear out circa 15:00 as attention moved to the Cosplay competition being held further down the road at the local library, so much so that breaks were few and far between – but given the cramped changing area which was being shared (my only real gripe) with other amateur groups this was probably a blessing.

I hope the organisers continue with these type of offerings, there’s clearly a market for them although given how much lighter my wallet was by the end of it I’m probably best off steering clear of any sign-ups for them for the foreseeable!

Visual Archive

This slideshow requires JavaScript.