Yep. I know I'm pretty late on the RTXLondon post but I've been processing everything that happened (and also suffering from some mild conflu) So yeah.
Okay. We get there on friday and had a bit of a wander around London before heading to our hotel because we got a stupid early train (it was so cheap). Checked into our hotel then headed out to pick up our weekend passes! It was our first time encountering any of the guardians and they were (unsurprisingly) extremely lovely and helpful! Didn't even laugh at my photo ID! Also bumped into some friends in the convention centre after picking up our passes!
That night I went to Custom House pub to gather together bits of treats for the basket of treats I'd organised for Bethany and the events team, the support for the project was incredible and it ended up being AMAZING! I unfortunately wasn't able to give it to them in person but I really hope they liked it!
SATURDAY BEGINS! Hotel breakfast was eaten then it was time to get into the Grimm onesies we'd made and head to the convention! First stop was the RT Store which had a huge queue that only seemed to get bigger BUT the queue and store guardians were once again amazing and made the whole thing so easy and hassle free
After I spent way waaaay too much money in the store it was time to head to N10 for the RTUK CommuniTea panel which I was so happy to be a part of along with some super awesome (far cooler than me) people. AGAIN. GUARDIANS WERE AWESOME. The panel was so much fun to do even though I was terrified and it was wonderful to see so many people attend the panel and hopefully be inspired by it! Also I ended up with a queue of people wanting one of the prints I was giving out at the event!
NEXT UP. SIGNING. As per usual everything was handled so well by the guardians and it was wonderful to stop and chat with other people in the queue. My signing session was with Gray and Kerry... gosh I was nervous. I've met Kerry before so I wasn't as nervous about him but Gray is really cool (and handsome shh). The last thing I expected was for Gray to instantly recognise me from twitter and tell me he liked my art! I was so happy and shocked and also very very red. Gifts were given by me to them, photos taken, hugs happened and then I was ON MY WAAAAAY to go and have a drink because y'all I needed it. We'd planned to watch the Off Topic podcast but instead ended up sat in a nearby Starbucks with a group of friends that I so rarely get to see.
SUNDAY BEGINS! Hotel breakfast once again although slightly less than the day before. First time ever at a convention not in cosplay! We were up and out super early so that we could get a good spot in the queue for the RTAnimation panel and we ended up being 6th & 7th in the queue (not including VIP and those with disabilities). The panel was wonderful and we got to see some Gen:LOCK footage and concepts which was so exciting! Then we saw some BlazBlue including the introduction of Weiss to the roster! After the panel a lot of the day was spent just looking round the hall, watching odd thing on the main stage, and trying to catch the impromptu signings that were happening!
The convention finished and then we were off to watch Ready Player 3 (Game Grumps and JackSepticEye!) It was absolutely hilarious and I really hope they'll tour the UK again sometime soon!
In the end the event was amazing and surreal (people recognised me and wanted photos with me??? wild.) The Guardians were wonderful and worked so hard, I got to see people I've known for years but never met in person, I got to achieve one of my life goals by being on a panel.
My only slight issue was the traders. There were two stalls selling RWBY prints (something RT have said isn't allowed so it was odd to see at their event) and a stall that is actually banned from some events because all they do is take pictures from google images and add a filter over the top. As an artist in the community this all made me feel a bit sad I guess, it would have been lovely to see some space in the convention for an artist alley or something that all the amazing artists in the community could get involved in! HOWEVER the vast majority of the stalls were excellent, more of those please!
I really hope that RTXLondon will return next year, I'd very much like to be a Guardian at the next event!
TLDR; RTXLondon was absolutely awesome and I'm still overwhelmed by it. RTUK rocks!
P.S. I want to give a huge shout out to Rosie who is my friend that I mention in this. We met at a convention through a mutual friend and have now been going to conventions together for longer than I can think. She always supports me at these events and in everyday life I honestly can't express how grateful I am for her and how I don't know how I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful friend!