I love SFX weekenders. There seems to be an ease about the place as everyone is able to geek out without confused looks constantly.
After an entertaining Thursday night (thank goodness for early entry!), the whole day was just a wash of fun geek filled plans. Well till I smelt fry up like the horde who’d been partying late into the night.
One of the best things about the weekend has to be the chance to talk to real artists and authors. Being stuck in a queue for breakfast behind Tony Lee and Dan was the best queue I have ever been in!
After joyful giggles, food and opening ceremony, Sylvester Mc Coy’s talk, minus Sophie due to the train derailment, in the big void. What a talk! After a few brief minutes on stage, he was buzzing through the crowds, roaming with the microphone.
Not only did people get to directly ask him their questions, but Sylvester suddenly surprised people with conversations with babies, break outs into songs and an inability to remain still. Saying nothing of the Hobb..*Muffle* other than New Zealand being beautiful, still left a streak of excitement for the upcoming film with Sylvester’s perscence.
Slipping through the throngs of crowds and making our way to the screening room, I had an hour of giggles at Tony and Dan’s awesome hour of comic book making. SFX weekender has significantly grown, and this hour proved it further. Last year I had attended the book making hour, but strolling through the busy pub, the intimacy of last year was evidently gone.
Dan and Tony’s hour was one of the few with attendee participation, with them pulling up people to play out their comic. The terror on Tony’s face after choosing the villian was epic, with his fear of being beaten to a pulp for what he was about to ask this guy giving the audience alot of giggles. As always, the pair ended the comic with a twist, forcing two of the guys to kiss as the final aspect of their comic.
The charity auction was the next stop for me and my gang, with Becky, though vowing at the start, having the highest bid of the whole auction! Aid and the guys really got excited as the figures grew higher, with the finaly total doubling the original target!
Just a minute, the funnest thing I have seen at an SFX weekender, followed and was the only event where I couldn’t photograph as I was laughing so much. If you haven’t heard the game before, they had a topic to not hesitate, repeat or meander off the topic set. Problem was, the panel taking part seemed to try and create their own rules, buzzing in when bored, or for increased humour value. I only hope that they repeat this event next year! It will be on my to do list!
The train derailment meant that Anthony Head was no longer appearing, so it was back to the rooms for food to be energised for the now famous Blastermind Quiz. This quiz was epically hard! I think out of all the questions, I managed to answer 10 of them! Any I had no clue was an excuse to yell “Trevor” as the “answer” as my team answered our way into 20th place. The success was greatly celecrated that night!
I stuck my head in to the end of the imagionarium, with lighting, magic, illusions and beautiful costumes filling the stage. The fire tricks had to be my favourite aspect though, with the chance to play with my new camera to get some great photos.
If it weren’t for a pesky head injury 7 years ago, I would have stayed for Pat Sharps session on the decks, but the lights and noise were too much for my head. If you do ever get the chance though, SFX weekenders are great, as the 51 troop girls doon their fantastic outfits of lights and sparks.
The day was incredible and it just made the next, with Brian Blessed, so much more exciting.
If you want to see more photos, you can see them here