Heroes and Villains Fanfest Review

Heroes and Villains Fanfest is a convention like no other, it is driven by maximising the fan experience and making guests a lot more accessible to fans. Attending a fanfest convention suggests you are likely to bump into stars from hit tv shows such as Arrow, Flash, Gotham and even films like Guardians of the Galaxy.

On the 27th May, alongside my best friend I attended the very first London Fanfest, at Kensington Olympia and it was incredible.

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Taking selfies before the event haha

Firstly, the convention was organised so well. As someone who has attended various conventions in London, where it tends to get packed and manic. It was so refreshing to finally attend a convention that clearly understands these risks, but takes all the steps to ensure things never get out of control.

There was never a point where crowds couldn’t be controlled-everything seemed to move quite smoothly.

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This may have something to do with just how much the team put into ensuring security, especially after the horrific attack in Manchester forced them to change their policy. Considering the little amount of time they had to make amendments, their hard work well and truly paid off.

In terms of guests, Fanfest really hit it out of the park and booked the biggest names in TV right now. Stars included: Stephen Amell, Emily Beck Richards, Sean Pertwee, Shantel Vansanten, Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell.

Just like most conventions, Fanfest offers attendees the opportunity to purchase photo ops/autographs and selfies.

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Some of you may be thinking that there isn’t much difference to a photo op and selfies… you would be right to an extent. Photo ops are taken with a professional photographer and are printed out and given to you, whereas selfies can be purchased at the stars’ table and can be taken on your phone.

In my opinion, selfies at Fanfest are better than doing a photo op because they are cheaper, offer shorter queues and allow you to be far more interactive with your faves.

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Due to the high demand of photo ops, you tend to have to leave fairly quickly after the picture is taken to ensure everyone is seen.

We got the chance to talk to so many of the guests, via the selfie route and some conversations ended up being around five minutes long. If you get the chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend purchasing one photo op of who you are most excited for and then saving the rest of your money for selfies.

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Staying true to the convention fashion, there were panels throughout the day. We attended the Gotham panel and Cosplay Costume Panel, the Gotham panel was amazing with the cast spilling secrets about the upcoming series.

Overall the day was a 10/10… Everything was well organised, the guests were super nice and a pleasure to talk to. Heroes and Villains Fanfest, until next time!

Honourable Highlights:

  • Seeing Stephen Amell in the flesh arghhhhhhh
  • Getting Shantel Vansanten to send us a message
  • Meeting Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell
  • Getting to watch the Gotham Cast talk about the upcoming season
  • Getting to know some amazing fans

Did you also attend Fanfest? Drop me a line below and tell me if you plan on going next year! x

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The importance of Black Girl Magic

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Cast your mind back to last month where across the world was a state of euphoria and national pride as the Rio Olympics took place, rival countries rallied together to show unity and future mini olympians found themselves engrossed in the TV, inspired by everything that was taking place. Now, I want you to remind yourself of something very specific and that is the United States Gymnastics team; a team so diverse and special that they became the main focus of the Olympics. The U.S Gymnastics team consists of girls such as Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman. These girls are not just exceptionally talented at their sport but they also paved the way for ethnic minorities, in particular females at the games. I usually aim to catch some of the olympics every year but this was the first time that I actually felt connected to the athletes, and was also the first time that i saw girls on tv that I could relate to; who looked like me.

It is suffice to say that the Olympics were the epitome of black girl magic.  

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Biles has been heavily commended for her role in the Olympics with some even going as far to call her the Micheal Jordan of Gymnastics. That is a very well deserved title as she left the games heavily decorated with medals after winning gold in the Women’s vault, Women’s floor and the Women’s team all around; maybe that is even an understatement of just how much she has achieved. Let us just take a moment to see that the greatest female gymnast in the world is an African-American which isn’t something we see often. The presence of black athletes at the Olympics was so empowering that black parents all around the world began to showcase just how much it had impacted their children. From young girls claiming they wanted to be gymnasts to athletes, it was actually quite beautiful to watch it all blossom and see all these little faces light up because they finally had someone to look up to. 

“It is very interesting to see black women going into areas where you really don’t see black women competing, with all different body shapes, complexions and hairstyles being represented,” said Kaye Wise Whitehead, a professor at Loyola University who studies race and gender. “Black women see and feel that there is no door closed to us … and that we’re not just walking through those doors, but we’re dominating.

For centuries, the black woman has found herself at the centre of discrimination and persecution. Often pushed to the back burner, whilst their caucasian peers get all the accreditation and for a long time this was the reality in sport. Thus, it is quite a big deal to have ethnic minorities taking such charge as they have this year. It wasn’t just Gymnastics that saw ethnic minorities dominating as Michelle Carter became the first American female to win the shot put and was the first woman to win the sport since 1960. 

For those who do not understand the importance of Black Girl Magic need to know that there was a time when Black people were banned from sport and if given the opportunity to play in the Olympics, they were often secluded from their other teammates. After doing some more research, I found that in the 1932 Olympics black athletes Tidye Pickett- a hurdler and Louise Stokes- a sprinter were often forced to stay in an attic apartment away from their teammates. On the other hand, eighteen black athletes in the 1936 Olympics were denied recognition when they returned home to America. 

That was then and this is now, times are changing and black girl magic is now a prevalent part of sport, as well as everyday life and will likely continue to be.