Seeing guests’ eyes light up at the art I had made of their favourite Pokémon was a beautiful thing. When speaking to visitors at the stall, the interaction went way beyond a transaction and turned into a spirited flowing discussion. The art was like a bridge to forming a bond with customers. Instead of asking if they’d like a bag, I’m engrossed in a deep conversation analysing the merits of a Psyduck. In fact, I spent so long talking about Pokémon with customers all weekend that I lost my voice!
I also got to be on the other side of this interaction when I roamed around the inspirational Artist Alley. I found a gorgeous drawing of Ranni The Witch from Elden Ring. Naturally, the artist and I shared all the juicy details of our Elden Ring builds and I left with a wonderfully unique print to frame. I swear every person I met at Comic Con became my new best friend, but none more so than my hero Super Eyepatch Wolf.
A huge draw for many of the crowds at MCM Comic Con is the chance to meet actors, artists, gamers and wrestlers. Imagine my joy when my favourite YouTuber announced he would be meeting fans at 4pm. Super Eyepatch Wolf makes amazing video essays about video games, anime and wrestling. I’m so stoked I got to meet him! Shaking the hand of a person whose creations give you so much joy is a feeling I won’t forget anytime soon.