Mr. B’s Forest City Comicon Thoughts
Hello Readers! Mr. B here! I usually just do the graphics for the site but I am gonna put on my journalist hat today at Pete’s suggestion and give a short review of my experiences at Forest City Comicon. Although this was their third annual event, this was my first time attending. Based on my experiences, it won’t be my last!
To begin, I would like to emphasize how much I enjoyed the location and setup of the event. FCCC took place in the heart of downtown London at the Convention Centre, and occupied multiple floors and rooms. The weather was phenomenal and we found parking close to the building, so those were two checks in the positive column before we even went inside.
The Convention Centre is pretty big, so there was ample space to move around and I didn’t feel crowded once. We were inside the building prior to general admission and could hear the vendors and staff calling out to each other “5 minutes until doors open!” I was under the impression that there would be a deluge of people crashing in, but the flow of traffic was very manageable. I’ve been to record shows and the like where you feel packed in like sardines and unable to move comfortably but I’m happy to say this was not the case here.
If you’re a frequent reader of the site, you’ll know what Electrified Porcupine is all about. We were there primarily to check out toys and collectibles, rather than take part in conferences/panels or meet celebrities. Billy West (He of Futurama and Ren & Stimpy fame) was the featured guest and I wanted to meet him as I was a HUGE R&S fan back in the day, but I had already spent all my cash by the time I figured out where his table was. Whoops, rookie mistake!
Some friends of mine met him and paid for an autograph and photo-op and said he was really cool, though. Supposedly he’s shopping a new series to Netflix. I wonder if it will see the green light any time soon. You heard it here first, folks! I would hope that future installments of FCCC will pull in similarly big-name guests; guys like Jim Lee and Jeff Zornow would be awesome to have, IMO.
The celebrity guests were upstairs alongside the vendors and presentation rooms while the downstairs was mostly devoted to gaming, of both the video and tabletop variety. There was also a lot of neat cosplay and fan-made costumes. While we didn’t attend any panels or game or dress up, I appreciated that the Con was giving fans all these different options to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Anyway, where was I? There was a lot of cool stuff at the vendor tables, covering a wide spectrum of nerdy interests. All sorts of toys, video games, records, clothing and accessories, and of course comics were to be found. I was going in as an observer and not planning on spending any money, but would up plunking down some cash anyway.
Speaking of vendors, I have to give props to the friendly staff at London’s own Heroes Comics due to the amazing deals on TPBs at their table. I was able to pick up Godzilla Cataclysm and Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster (IDW Publishing) for a greatly reduced price. I’d recommend checking out their store if you’re ever in the area, it’s been my go-to place for 15+ years for a reason!
Also shout-out to Kewl Collectibles for cutting me a deal on some Ghostbusters Ecto-1 toys for my son, who is a massive GB fan. It was nice to see that a lot of the vendors were open to haggling, gotta make the most of your money when you’re surrounded by cool stuff to buy!
If I had any input regarding future installments of FCCC, I would like to see more Kaiju merch available at the vendor tables. I was looking mostly for Godzilla/other giant monster-related items and although a couple of vendors had G-stuff here and there, I’d love it if the FCCC organizers could reach out to vendors who strictly specialize in Japanese Monster stuff, as I haven’t noticed any huge presence at any of the collectible shows I’ve attended. There was tons of anime-related items and other Japanese toys but I can’t find a freakin’ Hedorah figure? That’s a pretty minor complaint though, I will admit 😉
So there you have it. Two thumbs up for Forest City Comic-Con 2016. A great variety of nerdy pursuits to indulge in, and a generously-sized, well-managed venue despite a curious under-representation of Giant Monsters. Word to the organizers for setting up a great convention, we will be back next year for sure! Will you, loyal reader? Tell ’em Electrified Porcupine sent ya!