Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th October 2019
9:00am til 6:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)
No age restrictions
Comic Con Scotland - Scotland's Official Comic Con heads to the Royal Highland Centre in October!
Review of Comic Con Scotland
Enjoyed the experience at Comic-Con but my son couldn’t make it as he fell ill the night before and I could not get the ticket money back 😔
I went along to this event to meet a childhood hero of mine, so I opted for a photograph with him to be told when i qued to meet him that i had missed the photo shoot and there was not another one til 4pm i had another 3 hours to wait! I had not been told this at the time of purchasing my tickets nor on the way in on the day and had to settle for a selfie at the table to which Bolo Yeung hardly even looked up and had a hat on aswell so it could have been anyone sitting there beside me! Hugely disappointed in this as looked forward to this event for a while! Lots of the other famous stars where standing beside people getting there photos taken yet Bolo decided he wasn’t even going to lift his head! Totally gutted and won’t be back to another event!
The entrance was abit confusing, signage might be abit better but that's the venue not Comic Con, plus I saw a couple that got in for free as they wanted to buy tickets on the day, the turnstiles suggested paying in the forecourt which they didn't they just strolled in 🤔 slightly frustrating when I paid over £50
First time going & enjoyed it got some great gifts & the people who dressed up made the event. Worth going definitely.
Would you recommended: Yes
Very good event .brilliant venue helpful staff.
Comi con Edinburgh was good my son loved it slightly disappointed it wasn’t abit bigger but all in all we had a good time.
Brilliant atmosphere everything seemed abit crammed in though
It was in a small area and I felt that should have been signs more which room the event was taking place in
Badly organised, refreshments over priced
Would you recommended: No
Apart from having to wait over 1 hour for food, my whole family loved the day. It was our first experience of a comic con, but we were not disappointed at all. Would definitely come back again.
Great day out , great atmosphere!
Great event where lots of people with the same interests can attend and get involved.
Good place not enough food and drink
The whole event was very disorganised, nothing was on time and there was stuff missing that was said to be there, the map of the layout was almost completely different, the monopoly events employees were not well informed either, I ended up not getting my photo opportunity due a monopoly event employee giving me false information, really disappointed in the whole event, could have been better had it been organised instead of just winging it.
First visit to comic con and will definately be going back. We had a great day, atmosphere is amazing! Things to see were amazing! Things to buy was amazing! Great day out, highly recommend :-D
Shocking organisation from monopoly. Despite buying early entry tickets and arrivi g early, had to que for almost an hour to get in. Distinct lack of any security staff to help.
Not much better inside venue. The staff didn't have a clue about photo organisation for JCVD. Staff utterly harassed with no guidance from any management.
With regards catering, far too little choice. Que was 40 mins to eat. Talk order for a 10 year old.
Not impressed. Happy tobtake our money, minimum in return.
Such a fantastic venue and the staff should be praised for the warm welcome and they couldn't help me and my son in his wheelchair anymore. All cosplayer we asked were happy to pose for pictures. Some things were expensive but was to be expected. We enjoyed the retro gaming area for a wee chillout. I found it disappointing though for the café prices for juice was way too expensive. We got a few collectibles we were over the moon with and got a great photo with Christopher Lloyd which made our day. Thank you so much to everyone involved cant wait to see you again next year keep up the great work.
Really enjoyed the rvent
Excellent, far too expensive though , meet and greet prices /etc are unrealistic
Great venue ,great guests
The stalls were great. Seeing local artists there was amazing. They could've done with a bigger hall. The prices to get autographs and photos was a bit s**t. Would be better to be able to speak to them like people normally do. Would also have been good to have some more exhibits and maybe visitor competitions for dress ups. Overall was fun I'd probably go again.
Very unorganised, extremely overpriced and did live up to all the hype that was made on social media.
Really badly organised event. I’ve been to many comicons and this was the worst. Options to get Jcvd autograph was added after initial ticket sales therefore missed it plus the even had not enough food or drink stalls. The running of the programmes on the day were poor and there should have been a better way of communicating it rather than staff just shouting at people.
The overall idea for the Con was good but the execution was bad. The issues seem to stem from a poor use of the floor space and a lack of stalls. if you have a venue that is as large as the royal highland centre either move the quests to the back to allow for queues or cordon off a section. the reason the Con felt so empty was due to the sheer amount of space. You also need to address the issue's with catering as the small cafeteria near the front door was overwhelmed with the vast amount of people visiting. The people who atteneded were lovely as were the staff but it was a shambles inside. The ticket price is too high as well for the quality you are getting. I recommend attending an MCM con and seeing how they run things for a lower price. There are ways to still make a profit without it being from ticket sales and the MCM know how to do this exactly.
Overall it was a nice con but not amazing as such I did not return on the sunday despite having a weekend ticket. You need to address the underlying issues first before trying to go to a big venue and this was the source of the problems. you are on the right track but missing the key point of a comic-con, I do look forward to how this con evolves over time however.
Over priced with long queues to even get in. Bought an early entry ticket which allowed me to wait in a massive queues for 50 minutes to get in. Why they decided to only open 3 gates was beyond me give they know how many tickets they sold. Poorly organised and queues inside not managed well either blocking flow.
Just an amazing event. Everyone was so friendly and we, as a family , felt right at home and welcomed.
Took my son and his friend both autistic both adults but donÃ¢Â€Â™t work and what I felt was disappointing was these famous people who the boys desperately wanted to have a foto with the cost was as much as Ã‚Â£65! Seriously
Great day out! Not often you get that calibre of guests in Scotland so well done!
Was better than expected got the chance to meet one of my childhood heroes Jason david frank and he was incredible. Staff at event were super helpful and friendly would definitely recommend and go again.... Very happy Ã°ÂŸÂ˜ÂŠ
The event was awesome my 3 year old son loved it
Loads of Cosplayers, props and and stalls. Guest speakers for Q&A but really expensive prices for meet & greet and autographs. Heard loads of visitors complaining about the prices. Stage needs to rethink music playing while presenter is speaking. You could hear questions being asked but almost impossible to hear any answers. A great experience and after talking to some of the vendors IÃ¢Â€Â™m thinking about the bigger Comicon in London.
I paid a huge amount of money for my husband to have a photo op with JVCD, gutted I could queue with him. Why? And the attitude of some of the volunteers....rude!
I loved it! The cosplay competition was very fun,and staff/hosts were very helpful when asked questions and cheery! We hope to come next year if in Edinburgh again
overpriced. taking food and drink off people entering then charging a fortune for food and drink when you got in. no water as the woman said they sold out at yesterday's event! absolute joke!
First time loved it.
Wrong venue for this sort of thing.
Saturday was a shambles, needed a much better lay out.
Sunday was a lot more enjoyable.
Great day out, something for everyone. Lots of stalls and interesting exhibits covering a wide range of genres including Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Terminator, Sons of Anarchy, Batman, Dr Who, Harry Potter, etc. Plenty of interesting stalls with a wide range of items and original art work from talented craftworkers.
The cosplay display and judging was really good fun showcasing some fantastic costumes from children and adults alike. Plenty of prizes for competitors and audience members too with an engaging and enthusiastic hostess.
Lovely friendly atmosphere although autographs and photos with celebrities were extremely pricey as was parking, £5 is ridiculous when most attendees have no choice but to drive there. A nice friendly event attracting stalls and attendees from many countries. I'd highly recommend comic con as a good day out.
great ...cosplay big part ....props big part people like getting pictures with props and cosplayers....people on stands up selling everything...way to expensive....will go back for meet celebs..but i would have wanted to purchase more but up selling not good...if they wer more reasonable..they would have sold more..
staff were very helpful, never been before and had a fantastic time, the undertaker was exceptionally brilliant, what a professional
For those of us who have to rely on public transport its a trip and a half already, last year's location was alot more convinent after the hike up. Everyone was frendly and polite bar the predator. I didn't like the staff stopping Chris who agreed to getting a photo, I know he's no spring chicken but great Scots! The man doesn't have to charge for every photo he takes. They weren't exactly cheap either where they at 75 a pop after paying 65 a autograph. There's a desperate need too for photo discount after paying these high prices, some of the other stars have recognised this. If you made alot of doe isn't worth making more? Alot of empty seats sunday food for thought.
Maybe have more retailers and cosplay
Just one hall!!! Rammed with people...2 food vans....queued one hour for food!!! The space ships on display..X wing, tie fighter etc were so bad....such poor quality....could have made better myself...
Expected this to be bigger and better than Edinburgh Comicon....I was wrong... Edinburgh venue 100 times better.... much more decent stuff to buy and no very crap spaceships on display....
Poor show by organisers!!!!
my first comicon. thought it wouldve been bigger, got round it all very quick. lots to see though and a great effort by exhibitors and visitors.
I have been going to conventions for a good number of years, all by various different companies, and I have to say this was unfortunately not up to the usual standard that I’ve experienced. There was something missing, the atmosphere was not what it normally is at conventions and it felt badly managed and a bit lacklustre.
There were a few good points to the day and overall my wee one (who is 3 years old and has been going to cons since he was 3 months old!) had a fun time but me and my other half were just not feeling it. I honestly tried really hard to enjoy myself. Especially since we had paid over 30 quid to be there. But there was a distinct lack of community spirit that is available at other cons, I think that a lot of it was down to a mismatched venue to the event, in other venues there are more breakout spaces where people can take a moment (even if it is just sitting on the ground/carpet!) and that’s when folk (everyone not just cosplayers) start chatting and feeling involved in the convention community, that wasn’t really available and it kind of felt like you took a bunch of geeky stuff and some guests and shoved them in a giant shed. I also felt with the displays and sets that some of them were pretty badly managed and we had to even tidy one up before getting a photo. Not ideal. Although some of them were fab! I also noticed you had a 'quiet' area, but since it was all in the same open space with music, stage performances and hustle and bustle, it was a bit pointless no?
The famous guests were a bit mismatched from what you would normally find at a *comic book* convention, as was the lack of comics, I think there was one dedicated stall? Although I do want to say that the overall standard of the traders stalls was nice and there was a good variety of things out with the comic books to peruse also.
There were no artists tables that I could see, I know there were artists selling prints etc which was great, and I bagged myself a couple of nice items! but you usually get a good selection of famous comic book artists doing signings and custom sketches etc and also people showcasing their independent label comics and from what I could see there wasn’t any (apologies if there was and I missed this area).
There was also a lot of miscommunication going round about food/drink/ATM machines. Initially you decided that people were not allowed food or drink into the venue, then you decided to change that and did not update your initial post, algorithms on Facebook are annoying things and by updating your original post it would have avoided a lot of unnecessary confusion or anxiety for attendees. There is also even an option to pin posts to the top of your page or event. Probably would have helped.
It kinda overall felt as though it was organised by people who maybe *think* they know what a comic con involves but unfortunately missed the mark. It was a fun day out for the kids (but that’s not a difficult feat). My humble advice would be to re-think the venue, remember your target audience, love and listen to the people who know what they are talking about and are voicing their (valid) opinions for you to listen and learn from and even show some humility and genuine understanding when responding. Famous guests are not the be-all and end-all of conventions, and a better variety of the types of guests attending would help. Making sure that all venue/guest updates are communicated to venue and con staff so that things like food and drink being taken off folk after you saying that wouldn’t happen doesn’t happen and that they know what the process is for guest cancellations etc.
All in all, I hope you can learn from what myself and others have said. There were obviously people who enjoyed their day and didn’t find problems but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any. I don't want events like this to fail, in fact just the opposite, we need more of this! I just hope you can make it work in future.
Also to add, their PR and rebuttals to comments on Facebook to people who have concerns is shocking. They need to take comments on board and stop behaving as if they're being attacked.
I tried to post a bit more at length my issues about the event but the site won't let me post. I have left a more in depth review on their main Facebook page. But in short, a refusal to listen to customers legitimate concerns over a shambles of an event (which was essentially geeky stuff and some famous people thrown into a shed), and accusing people of lying instead of looking into the actual claims, and passing the buck onto the venue THEY CHOSE, made them look like children who couldn't take on board any criticism and not the big company they make themselves out to be. I will be sticking with the other convention companies that provide a much better atmosphere year on year in Edinburgh from now on.
The commercial exploitation of owls by Owl-Magic..is so wrong. Even if they try to call it education..they should know better.. if you want to watch owls. go out..and explore. Best regards. Ric
Would you recommended: ?
My daughter loved it. Food was very expensive.
I had never been to one of these events before, so didn't know what to expect but everything about the event was fantastic
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