A few highlights from the LFCC

This weekend I was reporting from The London Film and Comic Con – the UK’s biggest fan and memorabilia event, held at the soon-to-be-demolished Earls Court Exhibition centre!
I was lucky enough to meet some big names in the comic industry, including David Lloyd (V For Vendetta). Here are a few photos from the event, courtesy of the Eighty Sixth Floor.

posing with David Lloyd, the artist behind V for Vendetta

posing with David Lloyd, the artist behind V for Vendetta

chatting to director Marco Van Belle and actor Kirk Barker about upcoming feature film Arthur and Merlin

chatting to director Marco Van Belle and actor Kirk Barker about upcoming feature film Arthur and Merlin

hanging out with the lovely  Rachel Smith, quirky comic artist extraordinaire.

hanging out with the lovely Rachel Smith, quirky comic artist extraordinaire.

I’ll be reporting from the MCM Expo accross this weekend at the Excel Centre so if you’re popping along do come and say yello.

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Oui Madame, Stoke Newington

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Fancy French tonight?  Get yourself down to Stoke Newington’s new late night bistro, Oui Madame.

Situated at 182 Stoke Newington Road, this bohemian bar serves up classic, simple French dishes and tantalizing cocktails.

Try their signature ‘Oui Madame’ served with a spritz of absinthe or go for something with gin and elderflower.  Cocktails come in singles or carafes so they’re perfect for sharing.

This Parisian hang out is an ideal place to come for a few drinks and some sharing plates before heading down to La Culotte – their basement nightclub which welcomes some of the hottest world music artists on the scene.

Try their French sausage, pork cheek croquettes, and pomme frites with blue cheese sauce.  More substantial options include your classic steak and fries or their 3 course set menu, priced at a reasonable £23.

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Open past midnight during the week, and till 2am on weekends.

@OUI_MADAME

https://www.facebook.com/pages/OUI-Madame/459479050767787?sk=info

Interview with Sketch McDraw

Last week I interviewed Kyle A.K.A Sketch McDraw – a prop maker and runner up in the Cosplay championships in France last year. He took us through the intricacies of making his Kuma costume and chatted about the ins and outs of the UK cosplay industry.

See the full interview here.

Cheese Vs Cider at The Old Ship, Hackney

Cider Vs Cheese at The Old Ship

  1. Q) What constitutes a ‘real’ cider?

I, the naive city dweller, wrongly assumed that ‘real’ cider just meant cider that basically wasn’t Strongbow or White Lightening. No! In fact ‘real cider’ is made PURELY from fermented apple juice and nothing more. Different ciders have been made from different apples and some have been brewed for longer than others – which gives real ciders their unique taste and variety.

The other week, the Old Ship in Hackney transformed itself into a Real Cider Festival, with all ciders and meads supplied by real cider connoisseur Dan – founder of distribution and events company The Cider Box. Dan is on what he describes as a ‘crusade’ against the commercial ciders full of artificial sweeteners and carbonated liquids that currently flood the market. He was on hand from 1pm to 1am to chat to people about the delicious produce on offer and offer samples.

At 6pm we had the CIDER VS CHEESE TASTING SESSION – eight unique ciders ranging from 4% to 19.5% (!) in generous half pint measures, paired with delicious cheeses courtesy of Ian from London company Raw Cheese Power.

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As a cheese obsessive, I feel honoured to bring you my highlights, which included a gorgeous Tomme de Savoie, a creamy Colston Basset Stilton and a cold smoked Cheshire.

The pairing of Joe Strummer’s favourite cider – the extremely dry Wilkins Medium, with an eighteen month matured unpasteurised Montgomery cheddar was unrivalled, except perhaps by the pairing of a ‘Perry’ – cider made from pears (and nothing like Kopperberg!)  – with a pungent Warwickshire goats cheese.

Other highlights involved the Pilton keeved cider, served in a champagne flute, and the Somerset Pomona mead. I implore you to ask for mead next time you’re in a well supplied bar – sweet, warming fermented honey – could anything be better? No wonder those medieval guys loved it.

It was a fantastic evening – just the ticket to ease you into the festive season.

You can catch the Raw Cheese Power fellas every Saturday at Archway Market, Broadway Market and Maida Hill Market, and every Sunday at Chatsworth Road and Harringey.

@theciderbox

@TheOldShipE8

@rawcheesepower

Interview with Gingersnap

Leia, a.k.a. Gingersnap is at the forefront of the UK cosplay scene and I was lucky enough to interview her for the Eighty Sixth Floor a few weeks. In this video she talks openly about the issues of body shaming in the cosplay industry.

You can view the full interview here.