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Comic Fans Hit London With a KAPOW!

Posted by TurtleGirl On April - 11 - 2011

If you love comics, video games, movies, cosplay and celebrities then you would have been in your element this weekend. GGUK headed out to the London Business Design Centre in Islington on the 9th April for a fun filled day in scorching temperatures at this year’s KAPOW! Comic Con in partnership with IGN .

After battling it out with security GGUK headed into the packed London Business Design Centre to check out the latest comics books, video games and events in the IGN Arena and see what KAPOW! had to offer geeks and gamers throughout the weekend.



The venue itself was completely filled to the brim and there wasn’t even enough room to swing an Ant-Man, but the atmosphere was lively, upbeat and people were generally excited.

After squeezing my way through the centre, I eventually made it up to the Gallery Hall where TV chat show host Jonathan Ross hosted a special panel show of comic book trivia, pitting professional comic book writers, which included  Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and John Romita Jr, against fanboys/girls that were specially plucked from the audience. Jonathan Ross was a true legend throughout the show and laughter filled the room.


GGUK managed to get a quick photo opportunity with Jonathan Ross as he made his way into the main showfloor where he was taking part in a series of personal signings.


In the far corner of the Arena, a table was set up for comic book artists and writers Mark Miller, Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr  prepared to work hard to try and break two Guinness World Records for ‘Fastest Production of a Comic Book’ and ‘Most Contributions to a Comic Book’. The 20 page comic book would be starring Superior and was to be printed on site with the very first copy being auctioned for charity.


On the right side of the show floor the IGN team had set up stage for the audience to play DiRT 3, developed by Codemasters. The new game will feature a new mode called gymkhana. The game will feature Ken Block’s modified DC Shoes Ford Fiesta along with nine rally classes and 6 non rally classes. On Friday, Codemasters revealed the rally car game will feature three party modes and the ability to upload clips to You Tube.

After grabbing a zombie survival can of energy drink, which was much needed as this point, I slowly headed round the various comic, anime and manga stalls. Every comic book publisher under the sun was set up here from Marvel to DC and all inbetween. The stalls were selling comic books from back issues to the latest editions. Some of them were very expensive and I know this because I was very intrigued by the walls of comics that were specially wrapped up behind the sellers. My curious mind got the better of me and I had to ask the prices of some of these much loved comic books. I was shocked to find some of them were priced from anything up to £900. I guess you have to be a seriously dedicated comic book fan to make that kind of investment.

There was also  a special Blu-Ray Lounge set up for the ultimate home cinema experience in 3D with an Attack the Block Lounge to see exclusive footage from the upcoming movie.


XBOX 360

KAPOW! also offered the best and latest video games for people to come and play on various consoles, such as Disney’s Cars 2, Portal 2, Operation Flashpoint: Red River, and Dirt 3.

There were multiple Nintendo 3DS stands for visitors to come and play Nintendo’s glasses free handheld loaded with some of the latest launch titles. There were so many people in this venue, if you had brought your 3DS along you could of quite happily have gathered up a huge number of StreetPass visits.

The venue was filled with visitors dressed up in Cosplay costumes of every character from the anime and manga world, along with your regular superheroes such as this bright bunch who were vibrantly seen around the showfloor.

If you’re a gamer, geek, comic book fan or you love TV and movies, then KAPOW! was the place to be. It had everything to offer with a wide choice of stalls to browse, games to play, celebrities to meet and enough energy drinks and sweets to keep you going throughout. As the first KAPOW! event, it was a huge success and I look forward to seeing what they have to offer next year.

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