MCM Manchester Comic Con: The CfG Survival Guide

Originally published September 5 2018. Updated for 2019. Introducing an in-depth guide to the ins and outs of MCM Manchester Comic Con by Alice Isted of Arisu Cosplay What is MCM Manchester Comic Con? MCM Manchester Comic Con is a family-friendly two day event hosted in the heart of Manchester. It is a celebration of all things pop culture: anime, …

Convention Diversity with Kyle-Steven Porter – PAX Diversity Lounge Manager

PAX events have a set of rules governing attendee behaviour. And their safety and accessibility pages state “Since the early beginnings of the show, PAX has been proactive about creating and implementing policies that ensure a safe and fun environment for attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and Enforcers alike.”   At PAX East, the Diversity Lounge was showing just how safe and …

Convention Survival Guide: Glasgow Games Festival

Glasgow Games Festival: What is it? A day of open board gaming in city centre Glasgow with demos, traders and a games library, with just under 400 attendees. It has been operating for a couple of years, and has a website: http://www.glasgowgamesfestival.com/   Glasgow Games Festival: When is it? The 2019 dates haven’t been announced yet. The last one was Saturday 17th …

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Welcome to the Stitch and Bitch – Cosplay Content with Amazonian Cosplay

Cosplay is, to quote a friend of mine, simply ‘The Art of Dressing Up’. Cosplay. What is it exactly? Is that when people dress up as Japanese schoolgirls? Well, yes but also no. Oh I know! Is it some underground fetish hobby? Well, yes, but also a big no. If you’re not new here, you may have seen my previous …

UK Games Expo: The Survival Guide

What is UK Games Expo?   Well, it’s an expo, not a convention. Fancy! It’s great big tabletop gaming convention; boardgames, wargames, cardgames, roleplaying games. Plus nerdy entertainment shows, a Viking village… in their own words:   UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK – where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented …

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Mental Health Is Your Super Power – Cosplayers’ Top Tips

What comes up for you when the term “Mental Health” is mentioned? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Do you feel anxious or sad? Many people struggle with their own thoughts along with the stigma that comes up with it. Here’s my post on what I found out about the battles and challenges of anxiety, depression and other disorders… at …

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It Shouldn’t Happen To A Cosplayer… Cosplay Catastrophes

Beth Malcolm of Amazonian Cosplay, is an experienced cosplayer; participating in competitive cosplay events and spending months of time (and wages) on her intricate cosplay creations.   She has appeared on the podcast and on stage with Coaching for Geeks’ own Robin at MCM Birmingham Comic Con – and now she shares her cosplay catastrophes.   We all have those …

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Our EPIC Review of 6 Games at UK Games Expo

  At the UK Games Expo I got some hands-on demos of some of the tabletop games being exhibited. Here’s my games review and low down on the game play mechanics.   Game Review: Posthuman Saga I believe that it was fate that I played this game. Two days before the expo I came across an advert in Facebook messenger …

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Escape Your Deathtrap: Live Performances at UK Games Expo

  There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of a live performance. I discovered to my delight that there were several seminars, workshops and live events running alongside the tabletop gaming at the UK Games Expo, each one geeky in their own way and the majority of which were priced at an incredibly reasonable five pounds per person. Bargain! Here’s …