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.
I have been going to Wondercon since it came to Anaheim a few years back. This year I personally thought it was a bigger convention than in past years. I’m the type of person who goes to conventions for comic books. I go with a list of obscure comics by number of what books I’m looking to read.
There were plenty of vendors to suit even the pickiest of collectors. The badge pick up went rather smooth for me. I went on Thursday, the day before the convention began.
The variety of food trucks in between the Hilton and Marriott hotels was great. They had some of the best food trucks. They each had their own niche with a lot of choice.
The only gripe I had, and I think most attendees will agree with me is on parking. Parking was an absolute disaster. If you could find a spot consider yourself lucky. If you had a Disneyland annual pass, even luckier. Next year Wondercon has to come up with a better parking scenario. If they do that it would make it so much more enjoyable.
Wondercon 2017 has come and gone. Here are some photos we took as we walked the convention floor. We will be putting up a Cosplay slideshow soon, so check back. Overall, it was a great convention with something for everyone!
Wondercon 2017 begins tomorrow, Friday March 31 and continues to Sunday April 2nd. This is a historic Wondercon for some due to the fact that it does not fall on Easter weekend. It is being held at the Anaheim Convention center, which is directly across from Disneyland.
Wondercon is affiliated with the San Diego Comic Con. Yes, it’s the same folks the put that wonderful show on that also put this show on, its just a smaller, but just as good. Wondercon is host to nearly 59,000 people.
A bit of history about Wondercon. The convention hasn’t always been in Anaheim. Until 2012 it was in San Francisco, having Originated in Oakland CA. A fun fact that I didn’t know until I read the information handed out today when I picked up my badge.
Wondercon has something for everyone. There are are a multitude of vendors, nearly 1,000. Comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Boom. They have new and used comics and I usually find some stellar deals at some of the booths.
There is a lot of programming some of which includes Warner Bros, BBC, NBC and 20th Century Fox. Just to name a few. There is hundreds of hours of panels over the course of the 3 days. It’s rather quite amazing how they put this show together so quickly. I was there today, and honestly there really wasn’t much put together yet. I’m sure the vendors are working late into the night to get ready for everyone tomorrow.
I will be updating through out the day, and in the evening after the day has come to a close. Check my Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Iron Fist is a marvel character that I knew nothing about until I started watching the Netflix original series this week. After binge watching the show, which I highly recommend checking out, I did decide check out some of the comics.
Iron Fist is not a new character, however there is a new Iron Fist #1 that was just released. I read through it quickly and I really liked it. In the comic, he’s seems to be losing his Iron Fist powers which he draws from the chi force of K’un-Lun, which was destroyed. Needless to say, Iron Fist is having an identity problem, since when he’s not Iron Fist, he’s Danny Rand.
Danny Ran is having a rough time finding himself, and begins frequenting a bar where whisky is his friend. Until opportunity arises and Danny just may have a chance to find answers, and maybe even restore his power.
This was just the first issue of the comic, so this is where is 2017 storyline will begin. Danny is a master of Kung Fu and even though his Iron Fist power is fading, he can still hold his own.
I am looking forward to the series. He is an interesting character who doesn’t just fight but also has a very real human emotion side to him. Making him easy to relate to on a few levels.
They leave us with Danny sailing off to find answers. I can’t wait to take the journey with him.
Stan Lee’s Comikaze is here again in Los Angeles California. We always see the best in Cosplay here. The atmosphere is fun and exciting.
I’ve spoken to a lot of vendors who are here and they really seem to like setting up here. I always find the really hard to find comics that I am looking for.
It is also a good chance to see some of my good friend who like to cosplay. In fact they do fashion shows, which is amazing. I will be posting pictures shortly of some of the cosplayers I’ve met.
Best of all it’s place where we geeky nerdy folks can come together and meet one another. I’ve met some great people at Comikaze, Comic-Con and WonderCon. They are all great places to meet like minded people.
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While The Walking Dead is on hiatus until February, I’ve decided to read the comic book version of the show. I don’t know why I’ve never read the comics, even though I read comics almost daily. So far as of today I’ve read the first 15 issues of the comic. It’s interesting to see the differences between the show and the comic. I like that though, and I hope the show continues to throw in wrenches away from the comic book.
I will be watching Fear the Walking Dead on AMC in the mean time as well. I do not know if it will ever happen but I look forward to a time where the show, the comics and Fear the Walking Dead all come together to create a cohesive storyline, where we know what has happened and how we got to where we meet Rick in The Walking Dead.
I may just keep have to keep dreaming on that one.
Wonder 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.