mairie;;mary appins;;event;;dutch comic;;2017;;cosplay;;movies;;utrecht Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen In the USA, Comic Cons are more common than flea markets, but here in the Netherlands it is still a recent development. This event for nerds (of which I am one, so I mean this in the most positive way) is something which is growing bigger and bigger here in The Netherlands. Last December, I visited the Dutch Comic Con Christmas Edition together with my "little" brother. Last weekend, we visited the Dutch Comic Con again, but this time it was the regular edition. With more than 30.000 visitors, one could say it is becoming more and more popular. I, for one, already can't wait for the next edition of this awesome event, this November.

DUTCH COMIC CON: MARCH 2017

By Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen on March 30, 2017

In the USA, Comic Cons are more common than flea markets, but here in the Netherlands it is still a recent development. This event for nerds (of which I am one, so I mean this in the most positive way) is something which is growing bigger and bigger here in The Netherlands. Last December, I visited the Dutch Comic Con Christmas Edition together with my "little" brother. Last weekend, we visited the Dutch Comic Con again, but this time it was the regular edition. With more than 30.000 visitors, one could say it is becoming more and more popular. I, for one, already can't wait for the next edition of this awesome event, this November.


But okay, what did I come across? Besides an overload of merchandise there is so much more to see, most of all cosplay. As a cosplay noob, I am proud to say that I am getting better at it, going from just a Harry Potter shirt the first time to and sort of Hogwarts uniform the second time. But still, compared to others, I still have a long way to go! Even my little brother, who went dressed as the eleventh Doctor Who, looks better. But still, I had the best time and can't wait to improve my cosplay even more.

To be honest, I was so overwhelmed by the big crowd, I just forgot to take pictures of the cosplayers. I promise you that next time, I will definitely bring my camera and go wild taking pictures. Even though I didn't take a lot of pictures, I did manage to get a few good ones of a couple of Transformers and Iron Man.

But wait, there is more! Alas, as an avid Harry Potter fan, there was not much to see in that respect, except the aforementioned overload of merchandise. And if you are lucky and remember to visit the right boots, there might even be actors of the Harry Potter movies present as special guests. At this edition of the Dutch Comic Con, there sadly wasn't a Harry Potter actor present on the day I went, but the Christmas edition was visited by the one and only Lucius Malfoy (since Voldemort is dead, he has lost a lot of his status and money and, as a result, he has to deal with muggles on a daily basis). Even though I wasn't allowed to take pictures I snatched one off the good old internet for my private collection.


Besides offering a ton of stuff to see, the Dutch Comic Con also offer you a ton of stuff to do. And, being somewhat of Pokémon geek, there where two amazing things to do! First of all, you could have your picture taken with Pikachu, which was a childhood dream come true to be honest. Next up, you could play the old-fashioned Pokémon card game. I only collected them when the Gen 1 and 2 came out and hated the fact that there were a plethora of trainers and energy card in each pack. But I never really got the fun of playing the card game. Although now (as an adult) I loved playing it even though I lost really severely. Besides the awesome experience of playing the game with like-minded people, I also received a "unique" Pokémon league Pokémon card.

As I mentioned before, I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Dutch Comic Con and the number of people there, that I just kind of focused on the merchandise and making sure I didn't lose my "little" brother. However, there was much more to do. First of all, there was a Nintendo booth where people could test the new Nintendo Switch and even try out the New Zelda game: Breath of the Wild on said Switch. I watched my brother play the game and I must say that the graphics are amazing! The gameplay looks nice and intuitive (noob talking here). If you would like to know more about the Nintendo Switch or about Zelda: Breath of the Wild, feel free to read DumeeGamer's own Alex Adriaens' review about this cool console and awesome game! Although I liked what I saw at the Nintendo Booth, I personally more liked the fact that you could play the game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (in Dutch: Weerwolven van Wakkerdam) at the 999Games booth. By playing a round, I even managed to get my hands on a free demo game from 999 games, of which I promise to write a separate review in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled!


I had an awesome time at the Dutch Comic Con and will be visiting many more editions of this awesome event, if I have something to say about it... which I do, so there! If you like crowds of nice people who just want to have an excellent time, comics, movies, games and such; please do yourself a favour and visit the Comic Con for yourself!


DUTCH COMIC CON: MARCH 2017
Dutch Comic Con Website
March 25-26, 2017
Jaarbeurs, Utrecht - The Netherlands