This Easter weekend, Dutch Comic Con is back in the Dutch city of Utrecht. It is a weekend filled to the brim with pop culture for people of all ages. I always enjoy going there and walking around while meeting fellow pop culture enthusiasts. DCC is also an excellent place to part with your money. Especially this edition, the dealer hall was massive. But apart from that, there were enough other things to do. It doesn’t matter if you are a gamer or a book lover or crazy about films. This convention has something for you. I visited the convention on Saturday. Here is my report. If you want to experience the convention for yourself, there are still tickets available for Sunday.
The Main Stage was mainly populated by the special guests, who answered burning questions from fans. I always find these Q&As very interesting, as you learn a lot about the process of making a film or series. Even though the audience of the main stage is quite large, it still feels very intimate somehow. The guests always come across as quite relaxed as well. I love that. It is a testament of the good vibe that you find at this convention.
A large crowd listening to Emilie De Ravin answering questions from fans.
Emilie De Ravin on stage.
Apart from seeing and meeting special guests, DCC also provided an excellent opportunity to experience many things. There were a lot of opportunities to try out virtual reality games. Visitors could emerge themselves in the world of Ready Player One. Comedy Central was present with a small version of Takeshi’s Castle, which visitors could try out. As always, House of Wax was also there, this time transporting visitors into the world of Game of Thrones.
Will he find the Easter Egg?
Visitors getting ready to storm Takeshi’s Castle.
The Night King sends his regards.
Daenerys and her dragon.
Gaming & Comics
The gaming area was especially large this time around. Wherever you looked, you could find places to try out the latest games, participate in a tournament or listen to industry professionals. There was also a special Unown event going on, and as an avid Pokémon Go player, I had to try and catch ’em all. Apart from that, there was also a section dedicated to comic books. Artists were present to sign their books, and rare comic books were auctioned to the higgest bidder.
Comic Book Talks.
Even Storm Troopers are into gaming.
Shop ’til you drop
My favourite area was the Dealer hall, of course. Everywhere you looked, you could find amazing merchandise of every single series you could dream of. Naturally the Funko Pop! dolls were heavily represented (and bought by yours truly). But there were also figurines, clothing, books, plushies. You name it, one of the vendors probably sells it. I was particularly happy that I finally got my hands on a Hermione Granger Funko Pop!
Gotta catch ’em all.
Funko Pop! Heaven
Usually I do a special post on Cosplay, as I always try to find as many great costumes as I possibly can. Unfortunately, it was so crowded that I could barely walk, let alone find amazing cosplays. I didn’t take enough pictures for a special post, but I still wanted to show them off. And as we left the building, we found a whole host of Marvel and DC characters on the steps to the parking garage. That was a great opportunity to snap some shots.
Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight
Zelda and Link
Captain Jack Sparrow
Heroes vs. Villains
If you love pop culture, visiting Dutch Comic Con is an absolute must!