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  • Anime Expo 2012 Report

    On June 29-July 2, 2012, Los Angeles was home to the 21st annual Anime Expo. The lobby seemed packed with more guests than ever before, and artist alley was expanded by almost double the size as the previous year. With any Anime Expo, the emphasis as usual was on Cosplay. With Comic Con only a week away, it was a perfect convention to check out, enjoy the anime genre, and take in the amazing costumes! While I won’t pretend to know the characters, here’s the pictures I took at the show of the costumes, along with the other sights that Anime Expo offered. Which was your favorite costume?

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WonderCon 2012 Con Report!

    When I first heard that WonderCon was going to be in Anaheim this year, I was partially thrilled, only because I’d save money on airfare and hotel stays. However, I completely forgot that SF has one thing over LA, which is less traffic.

    Due to horrible weather over the weekend, in conjunction with two other events going on in the same venue (a cheerleading competition and a volleyball tournament), Anaheim was definitely overcrowded. To be honest, I can’t wait for this show to move back to San Francisco where I feel it truly belongs.

    The show itself didn’t seem like the normal WonderCon. Perhaps because it was in the same venue as Wizard World Anaheim, it felt like a bigger version of it. Hollywood’s presence was definitely felt at the show, with big showings of Prometheus with Sir Ridley Scott in attendance, to Spider-Man’s Emma Stone, along with the casts of popular TV shows Community, Fringe, and Alcatraz, WonderCon’s star power was bright.
    Artist’s Alley was in full swing, with many transactions occurring over the weekend. And while it didn’t seem too crowded, there was definitely a lot of hustle and bustle, and the show seemed to always be busy.
    Again, while this weekend may have been a success, I definitely miss the atmosphere of San Francisco, and while it’s cheaper, it’s definitely worth the money to visit the Bay Area and enjoy the sights and sounds that Northern California has to offer.

    I couldn’t take too many pictures as my battery was extremely low over the weekend, but here’s a look at some of the things WonderCon had to offer!

    The dreary weather looms over the Anaheim Convention Center.

     

    The crowds going in and out of the show floor lobby.

     

    Fans get to pose in front of the giant Avengers poster with Mjolnir and Cap's shield at the Marvel booth!

     

    People also got to pose in front of the green screen at DC's booth, where they printed out your picture right there! Oh the wonders of modern technology.

     

    The crowds of people rushing to their destinations on the show floor!

     

    The extremely busy artist alley at WonderCon!

     

    One half of the line for the hallroom showing Prometheus!

     

    Bane shrugging around.

     

    The best costume of WonderCon.

     

    Art Adams taking a commission list at the beginning of the show.

     

    The busiest man in Artist Alley: Scott Snyder!

     

    Jim Lee meet and greeting his many fans at the DC booth!

     

    The cast and creators of Fringe!

     

    Gillian Jacobs of Community smiles during press roundtable interviews.

     

    Yvette Nicole Brown talking about future episodes of Community.

     

    Mr. Chou (or Chang)!

     

    Joseph Gordon Levitt at WonderCon promoting Looper!

     

    Big Bird bids adieu and hopes to see you at WonderCon next year!

    2011 CTN Animation Expo Con Report!

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    On November 18-21, 2011, Creative Talent had it’s third annual CTN Animation Expo. Every year, this con seems to grow more and more. With big companies, artists, and big names in the animation industry, this is THE show to go to if you are involved with the animation industry and want to break in. From portfolio reviews, to insightful panels, and even just soaking in the ambience and drawing with other artists in the lobby, CTN is full of creative talent that is waiting to be the next big name in animation. I highly recommend anyone interested going into the field to come out and experience this awesome show. And one big tip I heard throughout the weekend: No one will hire you if you don’t show your stuff. Post it on blogs, get your portfolio out there, make yourself seen. All it takes is one chance. And now, onto some pictures from this weekend:

    Crowds of attendees checking out the many booths of CTN.

     

    Video screens are placed around the main stage to watch artists work their magic.

     

    Prints, books, and postcards galore!

     

    Digital media artist Justin Yun represents Section Studios.

     

    Awesome Hulk statue from Gentle Giant!

     

    Hopefuls interacting with Disney Animation pros.

     

    Jose Lopez, creator of Mariachi Samurai, sketching for one of his many fans.

     

    Wacom demonstrating their latest products (perfect for Christmas)!

     

    A demo of the latest 3D technology.

     

    The line for a Screening Room Session that wrapped all around the building.

     

    Live drawing sessions inspire the artists!

     

    Guest of honor Regis Loisel signing at CTN!

     

    Bill Plympton checking out a print at his booth.

     

    Sean "Cheeks" Galloway and Ryan Benjamin signing, going over portfolios, and interacting with guests all weekend long!

     

    Francisco Herrera drawing on a Dunny figure for a commission.

     

    J. Scott Campbell drawing a commission at his booth.

     

    Totoro and company hopes to see you here next year!

    Long Beach Comic Con 2011 Con Report!

    On Halloween weekend, 2011, Long Beach Comic Con held it’s 3rd annual show. With the first year being a rousing success, and the 2nd year drawing in weaker crowds, I didn’t know what to expect. Would the drop in attendance continue, or would the show find its niche and thrive once more?

    When I first arrived to the show, I noticed the sparse crowds and feared the worst. Luckily, my fears were assuaged, as the once small line suddenly grew massive closer to the opening of the show. Saturday was packed, with the show floor showcasing lots of merchandise, great artists ready to draw for fans at Artist Alley, and some celebrities scattered throughout the show floor.

    With the show embracing the Halloween spirit, LBCC encouraged fans to dress up as their favorite comic heroes, and I saw a lot of people in costume. It was great to see young children coming with their parents and picking up some books.  Sunday wasn’t as bad of a decrease as I expected either, and my hopes for the show grew exponentially especially given the lack of people from last year’s show.

    LBCC has found a niche targeting fans and families and encouraging some great cosplay during the Halloween weekend.
    Martha, Phil, and Mike have put together a great show, and I look forward to seeing this show grow even more in the following years to come. And now, onto the photos!

     

    Welcome to LBCC 2011!

     

    Amanda Conner going right to work, drawing the new WW!

     

    Jon Bogdanove, Gerry Conway, and Darwyn Cooke all signing and sketching for eager fans at the Hero Initiative!

     

    David Finch drawing the Dark Knight!

    Brandon Peterson drawing a gorgeous Gambit for a lucky fan.

    Whilce Portacio drawing in Artist Alley!

    J. Scott Campbell inking Mohawk Storm.

    Mike McKone drawing Starfire at the Hero Initiative.

    Phillip Tan inkwashing a beautiful Wonder Woman.

    Deadpool artist and Blindside creator Marat Mychaels sketching commissions.

     

    Long lines abound at Artist Alley!

    Fans walking about the show floor buying new comics!

    Kids playing in the back of the LBCC show floor. Perfect for families!

    Team Unicorn strickes a pose!

    And now, onto some of the awesome costumes I saw at LBCC!

    Darth Maul and Darth Vader!

    Wonder Twin powers activate!

    Ghostbusters and Bob's Big Boy.

    Wolvie and Wonder Woman.

    Henchman 21

    Female Loki.

    Hot zombie chicks.

    Female Punisher. Hot.

    Awesome Nightmare in Christmas costumes.

    Superman meets the Batman family.

    Best costume of the show: Krypto.

    Hope to see you at the 4th annual Long Beach Comic Con!

    San Diego Comic Con 2011 Report

    During the 2 weeks after Comic Con to recover from the worst con flu I’ve ever experienced, I got to reflect back on this year’s San Diego Comic Con. This year’s con was unlike any I’ve experienced in the past 7 years of going to Comic Con. Not only does the show keep growing every year, with more shows, vendors, and movies coming every year, this was the first year where there was a lot of off site events going on as well. You didn’t even need a ticket to Comic Con to enjoy geek culture. From the Conan O’Brien exhibit at a local art gallery, to Tr!ckster, to the massively successful NerdHQ, fans got to experience a variety of awesome events to enjoy. It was almost overwhelming the amount of things going on, that I think a move from SD to a bigger space such as Las Vegas is almost a sure inevitability. But for 2011, I believe that SDCC was a rousing success, and I can’t wait for the bigger and better plans they will have for 2012!

    Here’s a glimpse of some of the things I got to see at Comic Con:

    Welcome to the San Diego Convention Center!

     

    Awesomest booth at Comic Con. Marvel killed it with Avengers set.

     

    DC booth brought out the Batsuit. Uber cool.

     

    A big smurf overlooks the show.

     

    A giant Optimus Prime on the show floor. Hollywood was definitely overpowering this year.

     

    The cast of Napoleon Dynamite signs posters for Fox.

    The line at NerdHQ for the sold out Firefly panel.

     

    Firefly!

     

     

    What good is a Comic Con without the father of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee?J. Scott Campbell, King of Artist Alley.

     

     

    Comics legend Art Adams and Robert Kirkman talking at the Naked Fat Rave booth.

     

     

    The cast of Glee sign autographs.

    Living legend Alan Davis!

     

    SDCC special guest Ed Benes signing one of many books for fans.

     

    Legendary booth has the infamous Rorschach costume on display.

    Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith from NCIS:LA.

     

     

    LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell from NCIS:LA.

     

     

    Artist Jim Lee demonstrates his skills at the DC Booth.

    Travis Charest drawing another masterpiece.

    New Spartacus Liam McIntyre with Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight discussing the new season.

     

     

    Lucy Lawless dazzles with her smile.

     

     

    Mekhi Phifer discussing his role on Torchwood.

     

     

    John Barrowman discussing the new season of Torchwood.

     

     

    Bill Pullman discussing his villainous role on Torchwood.The cast of the Fright Night remake.

     

     

    The cast of Castle signing autographs at the Marvel booth.

    From San Diego Comic Con 2011, signing off with Stana Katic!

     

    Anime Expo 2011 Report

    July 5, 2011 by  
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    On July 1st-4th, 2011, the Los Angeles Convention Center played host to the 20th Anniversary of the Anime Expo. As always, from the minute I hit the floor, I was surrounded by the myriad of cosplayers that greet you in the main hall. As you enter the doors and on to the show floor, you’re greeted with tons of booth babes, more cosplayers, and anime related goodies for sale everywhere. I will say, it’s really refreshing to see people who really embrace anime come to the show and mingle with other fans. Too many times, we see a lot of people go to comic con only to see their favorite actor or actress, or to buy a limited edition product and rarely because they read comics or want to meet their favorite creators. Even if anime is not my genre, I always go just to appreciate the purity of the show and the fans that continue to make Anime Expo an enormous success year after year. And now, onto the pictures!

     

    Enter if you dare!

    Inside the doors.

     

    The next best thing to being a Victoria's Secret angel.

     

     

    Pocky booth!

     

    Gundam booth.

     

    Artist alley!

     

     

    Fans waiting in line for anime voice actors.

     

    Love is in the air?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Street Fighter!

     

    Some people are just right at home...

     

    Babydoll!

     

    Freakiest thing on sale at AX.

     

     

     

     

    Best hair.

     

    Avatar!

     

    Cute bunny.

     

     

    Naruto.

     

    Taunt Button!

     

    Block Heads.

     

     

     

     

     

    Kenshin!

     

    Link!

     

    Fans posing on the red carpet.

     

     

     

     

    HAI YAH!

     

    Not sure about this one...

     

    I can fly!

     

    Mortal Kombat!

     

    Go down swinging.

     

    Light show!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Oompa Loompa!

     

    Stewie!

     

    Wouldn't you want to be her?

     

    Yuna!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tinkerbell.

     

     

     

    Sign up for Anime Expo next year!

    Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con 2011 Con Report

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    On April 29-May 1st 2011, the Anaheim Convention Center hosted the 2nd annual Wizard World Anaheim show. Considering the amount of traffic on a Friday evening in Los Angeles, and a start time of 5 PM, I wasn’t expecting many people to show up the first day. I was mistaken. 

    From the start, the show started off with a bang. Just like last year, the crowds of people showed up to see some of their favorite celebrities, and also to interact with comic book creators. Saturday’s crowds definitely rocked the show, and although the Sunday crowds definitely thinned out, it was a terrific con, just like last year. It seems Anaheim is a great spot for a comic convention, with a lot of people commenting this was their first show. Whether it was through word of mouth, or the 50% off ticket purchased through Yelp, the show was definitely a success. If Comic Con ever left SD, Anaheim might definitely be a place to call home. Now on to some pics!

    Welcome to Wizard World Anaheim!

     

    Philip Tan setting up his booth.

     

    Rob Liefeld busy from the get go!

     

    Whilce Portacio interacting with a guest.

     

    Writer Judd Winick takes a stab at a sketch.

     

    Bill Sienkiewicz signing some books.

     

    Ebas doing his thing.

     

    Talent Caldwell being interviewed at his table.

     

    Wizard's huge Gaming section.

    Catwoman Julie Newmar.

    Sci fi cult actor Ray Park!

    Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo.

    Tricia Helfer!

    It's Shaft!

    Lost's Rosseau can be found at Wizard World Anaheim!

    Smallville's Pa Kent!

    Go go Power Rangers!

    And finally, what good is a con without cosplay?

    Chicks dig Batman.

    Green Lantern and Atrocitus!

    Neo and Trinity!

    Comic and Movie Supermen.

     

    Don't be left in the Negative Zone like this guy! Come to Wizard World Anaheim next year!

    WonderCon 2011 Report

    WonderCon’s 25th anniversary took place last weekend, April 1st-3rd at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As an attendee for many years, I was shocked to see how crowded the show was for the duration of the show. With Marvel making their first appearance at the show, as well as mainstays such as DC Comics, Image, and Aspen, the show definitely had a strong comic vibe. However, more than most years, especially with some of the most anticipated comic adapted movies coming out this summer, Wondercon also emphasized their entertainment presence. With Green Lantern cast members Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively signing at the DC booth, to fan photo ops of Henry Cavill (newly cast as Superman in Zach Snyder’s next project), Luke Evans, and Isabel Lucas for the new Immortals movie, and Lily Collins, Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet promoting Priest, along with a surprise appearance from Brandon Routh joining costar Sam Huntington for Dylan Dog, this WonderCon almost felt like a pre San Diego Comic Con show. While it was definitely awesome to see the stars promoting their films, I do hope that Wonder Con can still retain it’s own identity and not turn into a San Diego Comic Con part 2. And now, onto the photos!

    WonderCon at the Moscone Center!

     

    Lines of people hurrying to get into the show floor.

     

    Marvel advertising their next big movie, Thor!

     

    ... Along with their other big hit of the summer, Captain America!

     

    DC promoting their next big movie, Green Lantern!

     

     

    Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively signing at the DC Booth (photo courtesy of Warren Hayes)!

     

    Immortals Poster on display for the media.

     

    Director Tarsem Singh, Luke Evans, Henry Cavill and Isabel Lucas pose for Immortals.

     

    Brandon Routh strikes a pose with yours truly after promoting Dylan Dog!

     

    Nate Simpson showing off his print from his hot new book, Nonplayer!

     

    Adam Hughes doing what he does best: drawing awesome masterpieces.

     

    Fan favorite Geoff Johns signing for his legion of fans.

     

    J. Scott Campbell's awesome Wolverine sketch for a fan.

     

    Humberto Ramos drawing for fans at the Marvel booth.

     

    Tony Daniel drawing for the Hero Initiative.

     

    Francis Manapul also sketching at the Hero Intiative.

     

    And of course, what good is a con without Cosplay? Here’s some of the best ones I saw at the show:

    A stunning Supergirl.

     

    The New Green Lantern Corps?

     

    Thor!

     

    I know what you're thinking...

     

    Justice League!

     

    Aang by the dumpsters. Much like the movie.

     

    Gotham Girls!

     

    New take on Disney Princesses.

     

    The Killer B's: Babydoll and Black Cat!

     

    No con is complete without a R2-D2 sighting.

     

    Most original and funniest costume ever: Barney Stinson as Ted Mosby.

     

    A hot Aquaman. Is that an oxymoron?

     

    So who won?

     

    Red Bull really gives you wings!

     

    DC Superheroines patrolling outside the show floor.

     

    Wondercon 2011, a rousing success!

     

    Superman says to keep tuning into Conventionscene.com!

    ECCC 2011 Con Report

    March 4th-6th marked the first time ever in it’s 9 year history that Emerald City Comic Con kicked off on a Friday. Although it was my first time at this show, I’ve been told wonderful things, about the myriad of artists that flooded artist alley, the mobs of fans trying to meet creators, and how this show was truly a “comic centric” type of con, and not bombarded with Hollywood studios. I am happy to report that all of those things were true. With one of the biggest artist alley’s I’ve seen, along with truly knowledgeable fans who lined up for commissions and autographs, Emerald City Comic Con is one of the best shows I’ve attended. It also doesn’t hurt that Seattle had gorgeous weather that weekend, and had plenty of great restaurants within walking distance to the convention center. Here’s a few photos from the show:

    Welcome to ECCC!

    DC Booth.

    "Minions" getting ready to help artists and to control the flow of the show.

    Cosplayers were rampant throughout the show.

    A small portion of Artist Alley. Great guest list!

    Frank Quitely signing for his legion of fans.

    Steve Epting holding up one of the most infamous pages in recent history, the death of the Human Torch.

    Erik Larsen drawing commissions.

    Adam Hughes working on another one of his masterpieces.

    Ed Brubaker and Brian Michael Bendis talking shop prior to their signing.

    Jim Cheung sketching for fans. Huges lines all weekend long!

    JG Jones drawing Wonder Woman.

    Mark Brooks interacting with fans while working on commissions.

    Eisner Award winning artist Skottie Young being interviewed at the show.

    Bruce Timm drawing the Flaming C!

    Aquaman, King of the 7 Seas!

    Kid posing with some friendly cosplayers.

    Taking a pitstop at the show.

    Giant Ewok stalks the floor.

    Does this remind anyone of Spaceballs?

    Great Gambit costume!

    Kaboom Studios and their huge booth at the front of the show.

    Image booth had fans stopping by all weekend long.

    The couple that cosplays together...

    Huge group of cosplayers pose at the entrance to the show.

    Seriously?

    Old School.

    Very cool Tron Legacy costume.

    Wardrobe malfunction.

    Come to ECCC next year! Comic fans won't be disappointed.

    Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2011 Photo Report

    From January 8th-9th, Arizona was home to the first comic con of 2011! Brothers Jimmy and Bill Jay threw an awesome comic convention with a host of excited fans. With huge artists and writers from the comics industry, including Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, in addition to Jon Bernthal and Steven Yeun from the hit TV series The Walking Dead, Amazing Arizona Comic Con was a great way to start off the 2011 con season. Not only was the fan enthusiasm infectious, but the professionals also seemed to enjoy being there, greeting all the guests and signing books. Artist Alley was perpetually packed during the show, and the lines for the bigger guests never seemed to shrink. If you couldn’t make it this year, and you want to see a comic con done right, make sure you come next year! Here are some pictures from the inaugural Amazing Arizona Comic Con (Special thanks to http://twitter.com/#!/gelatometti for additional photos, who reminds you to always charge your phone and cameras at shows!):

    Anxious crowds waiting for the doors to open.

    AACC founder Jimmy Jay greets the crowd with cosplayers behind him.

    The mayor of Mesa presents Robert Kirkman with his own street as Steve Yeun and Jon Bernthal look on.

    Fan favorite Rob Liefeld signing and sketching for fans all weekend long!

    Artist Keu Cha talks to fans about Hex, his pet project, while inker Joe Weems goes over a drawing.

    Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker working on their commission lists (photo courtesy of @gelatometti).

    Jon Bernthal gives a fan a high five during the Walking Dead signing.

    Robert Kirkman walks the line to please the fans.

    Todd McFarlane's only break during his 4 HOUR signing on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of @gelatometti)

    Jeph Loeb signing for fans.

    Aspen's JT Krul and Mark Roslan find a peaceful minute amidst the chaos.

    Cosplayers pose for the fans.

    Retailers peddling their books to fans.

    Artist Alley was busy all weekend long.

    Comic Madness greets guests at the door.

    Artist Ebas strikes a pose.

    Along with colorist Nei Ruffino.

    Booth babes!

    Bill Jay hopes you come back next year!

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