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MEET THE COMMITTEE

Want to know more about our committee? We will be updating this page every week with questions asked by the lovely members on our Discord server to our committee!

 

Next up is our Secretary

Jem Angus ( Jemstone )

What is your favourite cheese?

Red Leicester, although i do love a cream cheese.

 

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

Too many to count! But my first was London MCM 2009.

 

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion? 

I was always fond of the intro to Pandora Hearts, A Certain Scientific Railgun has an awesome intro too. 

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Oh, here’s my weirdest, at an MCM years ago I cosplayed as Mew Ichigo. I was at a stall when a maybe 10 year old boy came up to me and said ‘Your Ichigo! Omg I love you!! Can I have a hug?’ So I thanked him and gave him a hug, he then came out with ‘If I was dressed as Kisshu I would totally r—e you right now’. I literally didn’t know what to say to that...

 

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?

I can’t stand coffee!! Tea however, I have with milk and 2 sugars.

 

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

Well, when I was 21 I had just been dumped by my boyfriend of 5 years, so I was obviously very upset. My best friend said I should try watching Cardcaptor Sakura to take my mind off everything. I had watched Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh as a kid but not any proper Japanese anime, so I watched it, and then I was hooked! Fruits basket followed, then Tsubasa, it was like a whole new world was open to me, after one door closes, another very weebu door opens! 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Mads Mikkelson, I became a huge fan of Hannibal during the first lockdown, he’s a very down to earth guy who likes to talk to his fans. Also, very yummy!! 

 

If you could how would you quit your job?

Oh, Ive had this in my head for years, I would stick my arm out and run down the wine aisle and knock everything on the floor as I go. This is of course only if I get sacked wrongfully. 

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I work nights at my local Morrisons on Price Integrity. So I deal with marketing and pricing and try to keep the store legal. 

 

What's everyone's favourite cocktail?

Sex on the beach, I’m weak for a fruity cocktail!

Thanks Jem


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Want to know more about our committee? We will be updating this page every week with questions asked by the lovely members on our Discord server to our committee!

 

Next up is our Head of Dealers  
Grace Mitchell (Diamonds)

What's your favourite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s.
I got into anime pretty late so nothing properly old-school, but I do have a soft spot for Tokyo Mew Mew

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?
Having got into anime pretty late my first con was Kitacon 2016 and I’ve only managed three since then (been sneaking some cosplays into MCMs though)

Best or weirdest con experience?
The best experience is absolutely the reactions you get from people who appreciate your cosplay and the lovely people who ask for photos, bless you all ^-^

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?
I’ll take coffee over tea but both are black with no sugar.

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?
One of my friends in school was watching Ouran so I gave it a go then I discovered cosplay and I was hooked.

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?
Poison and dark types have a special place in my heart from playing the TCG

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?
If anyone’s read the ‘Dead Witch Walking’ series by Kim Armstrong then that seems a pretty alright place to be.

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?
It has to be cream to make a little cream bowl to hold the jam in.

What's everyone's favourite cocktail?
One dark and stormy for me please

Which celebrity online or traditional living or dead would you fight in an MMA charity match?
I’m under no illusion that everyone would absolutely crush me but I’d have a good go at Natalie Dormer

Thanks Grace!


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Next up is our Head of finance & admin  
Zubair Qureshi (Zubi_Q)

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

I would say 10 in total and London Anime Gaming Con in Feb 2013 was my first. 

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion?

Raise Your Flag by Man With A Mission for Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. So so good!

 

What was your worst con experience?

Someone ended up stalking me the entire con, that I had to report it to security and con staff. It was very uncomfortable.

Best or weirdest con experience?

Having all my closest friends all together for Kitacon 2016. Some I hadn’t seen for a good while. They also had a lasertag experience, which was great fun.

The most drunk con experience ever?

It was the first Kitacon I went to. I didn’t know any close friends going, so was having cups of pure vodka and ended up having one of the best nights ever. Basically managed to dance with everyone and was such a fun time. My head begged to differ the next morning though, haha!

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

My sister back in 2007/08. She was really into it and I always made fun of her for watching Japanese cartoons. She then pestered me constantly to watch DeathNote, Naruto and Bleach. The rest is history!

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would love to say the Star Trek universe. You have the holodecks and the food replicators!

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Chris Broad from Abroad in Japan. He would resonate with the entire con community!

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I work for Rebellion, the video games company based in Oxford. Most known for Sniper Elite, Strange Brigade, Judge Dredd and Zombie Army!

What's everyone's favourite cocktail

Purple Rain, so so good!

Thanks Zubair!


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Next up we have our Head of Registrations

Lydia Wright (Cleafer)

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place? 

Stumbling onto AMVs in the very early days of Youtube, and tracking down some embedded music in people’s myspace/quizilla pages that played beautiful anime MIDIs. The latter is actually what got me to learn piano properly, just so I could play all those pieces myself! 

 

What’s your favourite old school anime? (Talking 90s into early 2000s)

I have a real soft spot for Fushigi Yugi, even though I don’t think I’ve ever met someone else who knows it haha, but it was one of the first manga/anime series I got into, along with Inuyasha. Other highlights from that time would definitely include Death Note and Chobits too though.

 

What anime intro is the best in your opinion? 

Attack on Titan season 1, or My Hero Academia season 1. Both are instantly recognisable, full of energy and instantly set the tone of the series! 

 

Favourite Pokemon type? 

I don’t really keep up with the latest gens, but I’ve always had a fondness for psychic and ice. But I tend to judge more based on the Pokemon themselves than type! 

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

I put butter/marge on my scones (rhymes with gone for me). That said, I’d be putting cream on first, the logical way. Then I’d probably leave the jam off altogether tbh.

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Probably Stardew Valley – it might not be the most exciting pick, but everyone’s friendly, it’s relaxing and fun, and you aren’t in danger of a brutal death every 2 seconds like many other worlds if you aren’t the protagonist. 

 

Top 3 games room etiquette rules?

  • Treat the games/boards/cards/players with respect. Don’t bend or crease anything, spill drinks or get sticky fingerprints over games that aren’t your own, or be a dick to other players. 

  • Be patient with people who don’t know the rules. Don’t expect everyone to play optimally even if they aren’t a beginner – a lot of people are somewhat inebriated, tired or a little distracted when they play at cons. 

  • Don’t take it too seriously, have fun! It’s fine to get competitive to an extent, but don’t let it ruin the game by being a sore loser or a bad winner. 

 

What’s your favourite cheese?

Cheesecake! Specifically vanilla and/or chocolate cheesecake (though I shouldn’t really have any kind of cheese, being lactose intolerant haha).

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Playing my ocarina on stage and winning the talent show was a real unexpected welcome to the con scene <3 Weirdest con experience was when I started doing tarot readings in my Chihaya cosplay from Persona 5 and started getting a bit of a queue because apparently I was scarily accurate and it was weirding people out. 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Matt Mercer would be an absolute dream (not just for the Critical Role side of things, but just the sheer talent and him being such a down to earth, friendly guy), and similarly Laura Bailey. As a less obvious pick though, Brian David Gilbert would be great fun to have.

Thanks for that Lydia!


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First up is our Head of Operations!

Jake Shipley ( Jefferus )

Why is @Jefferus so bad at magic the gathering?

Because I exclusively play Tron in modern? 

 

What's your favorite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s. 

2006 counts as early 2000’s right? Cause if it does I’d have to pick Death Note.

This may sound like heresy, but I’m not actually that big a fan of older anime! I only really got into anime in the 2010’s and I’m not a fan of older animation styles.

 

How many anime cons have the rest of you ever attended and what was your first?

I have honestly forgotten how many cons I’ve attended!

But my first was in 2011 in Leicester which I only went to because a youtuber I was a huge fan of was attending. I then met so many people who I’m still friends with to this day!

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Best would probably be Kitacon 2015, It was a really chill con experience hanging with friends I hadn’t seen for a long time and just in general enjoying myself.

Weirdest is definitely the chicken incident. Those of you who already know me will know exactly what I’m about to say here, but for you lucky few who don’t let me take you back to a time when I learnt to not jokingly agree to things.

The year is 2014, the con is Kitacon, and I was so drunk I could barely see.

I had agreed that if a friend got me drunk enough I would let him cover me in pva glue and feathers, and true to his word he did. A lot of the build up is a blur, but I remember running around the hilton hotel bar in nothing but my pants and a lot of feathers yelling “Bwark bwark I’m a chicken” then a failed escape from security that ended with me being politely escorted to my room.

 

The most drunk con experience ever?

Probably Ayacon in 2013 when attack on titan first became a thing and I decided to do a shot of Jaeger every time I saw an AOT cosplayer, I was nearly blackout by lunchtime

 

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place?

Initially it was just that all my friends were into it. But then as time went by I realised that a lot of anime and manga was telling stories you just didn’t see in the kinds of media I was consuming.

Like, take Jojo’s as an example. It’s essentially a surrealist art piece wrapped in a show about giant men punching each other. But also because it’s been going for so long you can track how the cultural conceptions of ‘masculinity’ in Japan have changed over the years just by seeing how characters and their designs change and evolve over each iteration of Jojo.

That went a bit off topic, but I stick with my answer.

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Honestly anywhere in Bradond Sanderson’s Cosmere, in particular Scadrial era 2, because being a magic cowboy sounds cool as heck!

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

Jam.

No I will not elaborate or discuss this.

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I am currently a Data Analyst, which is a fancy term for playing with code and graphs all day. I like my job because it’s low stress enough to not melt my brain.

 

What is everyone's favourite cocktail?

I want desperately to be the kind of person who orders an old fashioned and feels classy while sipping a drink.

But I am slowly accepting that I like things that are fruity, come in a gaudy ass glass, and cost more than I can reasonably afford!

Thank you very much Jefferus for those delightful yet amusing answers!

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