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Nineworlds – Second Con of the year


Marshall Law - What an amazing cosplay!

Marshall Law – What an amazing cosplay!

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I know you do, Den, I know you do.

As you might have guessed, I managed to sneak a few cons into the schedule this year. I chose to go to Nineworlds because Gav Thorpe had mentioned it and said that it was a good one to go to, and I needed to hand a copy of Raus! Untoten to one of the authors. I have to say that I think the price of £40 was a bit steep, especially combined with a small cup of coffee that cost £4.22 in the hotel, but that was the only downside.

The venue was amazing, the Radisson is a steampunk/dieselpunk’s idea of heaven, easily slotting into both aesthetics and would make a great place for such a convention. It was also huge, with rooms scattered on many different levels and down some of the tightest mirrored corridors I have ever ventured into.

This year was a taster for me, a way of seeing what the con was like without committing to the whole weekend and I have to say that on the whole it was great. Cosplay was everywhere and – as usual – I didn’t get to work out what a lot of them were but those I did were awesome.

I was unfortunately trying to catch up with a lot of people I either hadn’t seen in a while, or had never met in the flesh before so wasn’t able to take very many photos, but the Marshall Law cosplay was quite simply amazing and it was good to have a quick chat before friend-stalking her on Facebook after the event!

In between speaking to Gav Thorpe and going gaga over his incredibly cute son, I finally managed to meet Den Patrick, buy his book and convince him to sign his book postcard (I think he thought I was a bit odd, but hey, he’s right), Mark C Newton whose book I also bought and got signed, Gareth Powell (ditto) and I then bumped into Ed Fortune, Jon Green and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

One of the highlights of the day however, was finally getting to meet Emma Newman properly and having a natter over a rather splendid cup of tea. All in all, it was a good day, productive and I wish I had more time to get to panels and such. Who knows, maybe I’ll make it there for the entire event next year. And get some more photos.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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