The Day we went to Bournemouth
On Meeting Time Lords, Dragon Riders and Intergalactic Adventurers
Last month we attended our first proper ComicCon. Having scoped out a few last year we decided that these events are a great place to take our products to new audiences, especially with the recent themes that Royal Mail have been issuing. So, on the 15th March Katherine and I set off for the Bournemouth International Conference with a car full of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and, of course, Marvel products. As members of the design team we don’t get much of a chance to talk directly to our Customers, so events like this are great for us to get a different point of view on the products we spend our time designing.
The date of the show was straight after the Marvel stamp issue release, so we thought we would get a lot of interest in the new stamps. However, the most interest was for our Doctor Who covers, with the signed ones being particularly popular.
Lots of people attend these events in order to dress up, and our stand was situated right opposite the changing rooms. We got to see some of the most amazing costumes, with so much time and effort put in, they all looked very professional.
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When we weren’t busy with customers we amused ourselves by trying to get a wave from Darth Vader as he marched past in character, or by asking Lord Voldemort if he wanted to buy a Harry Potter cover. Everyone was very friendly and were more than happy to be photographed.
One of the big attractions at these events is the presence of the actors who are all selling their autographs, for a small (and often not so small) fee. With the average signature being anywhere between £15 – £50 It makes me realise the value of our Buckingham Signed editions. For example, Peter Davison was charging £20 at ComicCon in 2018 for his autograph and we are currently selling our Peter Davison signed Doctor Who First Day covers for only £35 (just £26.95 when they were first released). Take into account the stamp value, and that the signature is on a genuine limited edition collectable and you really see the value.
I was lucky enough to get to chat with Wilf Scolding, Game of Thrones actor and thoroughly nice guy, who was signing at Bournemouth. For those of you who are fans of the show, you’ll know that he plays Rhaegar Targaryen, which may not be a massive role (yet) but is a key part of the overall story. As I write, the final series is about to begin, if the internet rumour machine is anything to go by, we could be seeing a bit more of him. Our marketing man Jake has since been in contact with him and he has agreed to sign some of our Game of Thrones covers. For those of you who aren’t fans of the show, you may recognise him as the Prince of Wales in the recent film The Madness of George III or as Christopher Carter on Radio 4’s The Archers.
Signed by Wilf Scolding BC601S £32.50
Jake has also managed to get a small number of GOT covers signed by Richard Brake AKA The Night King. He’s got a long list of acting credits to his name, having appeared on TV in The Royals, 8 Days that Made Rome and Peaky Blinders, with roles in Hollywood blockbusters too such as Thor: The Dark World and Kingsman: The Secret Service, to name just a few.
We are also doing well with signers for the Marvel issue – having made lots of approaches we’ve had our first few confirmed as:
Neil Edwards – Comic Book illustrator whose work includes Marvel, DC Comics, Lucasfilm and Disney.
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who played Ebony Maw in Avengers:Infinity War
Maxwell Caulfield a regular on our Televisions with a screen acting career that began in 1980 – he voiced the character of Alistair Smythe in the Spider-man animated series (but you may remember him as Miles Colby from Dynasty!) He has received rave reviews for his roles on Broadway in such productions as “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and “An Inspector Calls”. He also headlined the off-Broadway smash “My Night With Reg”.
Signed by Max Cualfield BC621AS2 £28.50
Some of the autographed options may be very limited editions so make sure you are signed up to our Hear it First emails to get early notifications.
A week after we went to Bournemouth, Jake and his wife Carol went to the MCM ComicCon in Birmingham, which is an all together larger affair. Marvel was the dish of the day here and they received some very positive feedback on our products.
On the 24th-26th May Vickie and I shall be attending ComicCon London, which is likely to be the biggest of these events. Three days at the ExCel – I think this one will make the Bournemouth show look positively tiny. ComicCons are great events and I highly recommend visiting at least one, for the experience and the spectacle! Maybe we’ll see some of you there.
All the best
P.S. You can view the covers shown above in more detail by clicking on the image