Every year in Norfolk there is the Norwich sci fi convention or “Norcon” for short. Every year when we have gone we have met new and interesting people or people who have added to our project. This year was also incredibly awesome but for a couple of different reasons.
The event started on the Saturday with the costume party. I received a costume courtesy of Rachel “Arkyfox” Nobes (pictured here as Gizmo)
She made me a fantastic costume for me too (Barf from Spaceballs- Look up the clips on Youtube, it’s a fab Star Wars spoof)
We had been told that Trev and Simon would be there aka my comedy heroes. For younger viewers and those outside the UK here’s an example of their fab comedy- http://youtu.be/wS7XfsT0bxw
Anyway I finally got to meet them in person. They say you should never meet your heroes- in the case of Trev and Simon I can say that is not true. They were every bit as lovely as I hoped and coped with my gushing with class.
So in the evening we headed to the Holiday Inn near Norwich Airport for the costume party. It was a ton of fun with lots of incredible costumes and fantastic people, topped off with terrific live music by The Wabscallions. Chris Barrie appeared on stage with some delightfully acidic putdowns, fab impressions and some interesting behind the scenes insight on Red Dwarf.
But the big treat came at the end of the night- dancing with Moon Monkey*
*For those who don’t know Moon Monkey was a Trev and Simon character that spoofed 90’s rave culture
That was a terrific night- next up was the convention on the Sunday. Here’s how our table looked at the start of the day!
And here’s a couple of special guests who popped by from some obscure comic we don’t own…
Basically we were mainly selling merchandise such as the prints you see above, plus some fab goodies Rach made for us such as these USB tails (available on commission) as well as a raffle and a tombola.
There were some great Q and As (including Chris Barrie, Trev and Simon, Alice Krige from Star Trek, Ben Miller amongst others!)
Overall I had an incredible time. I would write more but I’m knackered. But super thanks to Conor, Rach, Gizzy and everyone who supported us as well as Mark Dean and the fab organisers (the profit at the con goes to charity, Google Norcon for more info!)
Special thanks to our sponsors including the fantastic Mark King who gave us a signed copy of his book Frenzy for our raffle.
Next up London MCM in October- watch this space!