Long Beach Comic Expo 2018

The Long Beach Comic Expo is an expo in its own category.  You never know what you will see or find there.  Year after year I’ve attended and each year I’m more impressed.   This year I attended all three days and I found some of the greatest comic books, met some great creative people and saw some out of this world cosplay.

These are just a handful of the cosplays I’ve seen and just had to snap a picture.  Conventions are where you will see the most interesting people, creative.  You can be whomever you want.  That is what keeps me coming back.

This year I found that the small press booths had a lot of excellent comics to read, which is at some times a nice break from the mainstream comics that everyone reads.

Each Expo or Comic Convention is an opportunity to enjoy and be who you are without feeling any judgement.  For that I am thankful, and I hope that each venue continues to grow and add different creative outlets to their shows.  I know so many people who enjoy them.  I’ve also introduced many people to these and they love it.  They had no idea that they weren’t alone in their love of Star Wars, or The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker.

We are everywhere.  We thank you for coming each year and look forward to Long Beach Comic Con which is September 8th to the 9th of 2018.  I’ll be there.  I’m more into the comic book, but I still have chances to see and experience things that I don’t in my day to day life.

If you get a chance to go to a convention or an expo or even to introduce someone to a new world, this is the way to do it.

 

Comic-Con Hotelapocalypse fails


See hotel del Coronado above.  Photo Credit: Caprice Conley

The lotto for hotels during Comic-Con has come and gone.  Many did not receive an email, many didn’t get into any hotels and have kindly wait-listed.  Some got a whole lot of tears.

It’s hard, I know, to truly understand that  when a company, and definitely if it’s a Comic-Con company (or doing their dirty work) says their process is going to be randomized, that it REALLY will be random.  If we could all just accept that it might hurt a little less.

I always expect to get the worst hotel not on my list.  That’s how true randomization works.  It makes no sense.  I also don’t feel I have to be in the Gaslamp packed in there like a bunch of sardines.

Getting out out Mission Valley is not that bad.  I’m staying here now (I travel) and it’s quiet, and very accessible to the convention center area.  If you can score parking or hop on a trolley, you’ll be fine.  Don’t drop all the shelter islands and Coronado island hotels.  They are beautiful.  Having time to decompress might actually be nice.

Wonder Con 2016, LA or Bust

UnknownWonder Con begins this weekend, March 25-27.  It is usually held in Anaheim CA, but has now made the move to the Los Angeles Convention center.  I’m not sure how I feel about this move, but I do know that other events that take place here do very well, such as E3 and Comikaze.  It’s a much bigger venue than the Anaheim convention center.

So far the ease of buying tickets and even being able to purchase a parking ticket for all three days seems too good to be true.  This should be a smooth convention if things go right.

I do know that they will be using a new RFID wrist band to allow people in and out access.  I am curious as to how this is going to work and how effective it will really be against sharing and people entering for free with other’s badges.  Will this count the number of people inside and maybe give the volunteers some information as to how to control the crowd?

I am very excited to attend Wonder Con this year in LA.  I think it will make the convention better in so many ways.  First it’s bigger, and more vendors and artists can show off their hard work.  Two the location is great, I’ve always liked the LA Live area.  There’s plenty of restaurants that aren’t in hotels.  And it’s closer to my house.

I’m hoping for organization and a good time.  Thats all I want, thats all anyone wants.  Make sure you bring your backpack and stay hydrated.  You’ll thank me.  No-one wants to get out of line due to being thirsty.  And if you do decide to buy something, you’ll want to have a bag handy to put your shiny new goods in.

Have fun everyone!  I’ll be periodically updating this weekend.