San Diego was home to the biggest pop culture event of the year on July 11-15, 2012, with the 43rd annual Comic Con taking place. In my 8 years of attending the show, I’ve never seen the convention halls that packed! With lines for everything, from the infamous Hall H, to the new autograph line system, as well as Ballrooms with various panels, including a 10 year reunion panel for Firefly, Comic Con definitely made me feel as if it finally hit capacity and rumors rumbled around that perhaps Comic Con might have outgrown San Diego.
There were definite ways to improve comic con, including controlling the flow of people going in and out of the show floor, but over all, it was yet another very fun con, with amazing guests, and tons of things to do or buy at the show. With the final Twilight panel in San Diego, Henry Cavill’s surprise appearance for Man of Steel, along with fan favorite shows such as Big Bang Theory and Dr. Who, as well as the Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park across the street, Comic Con had something for everyone! While I wasn’t on the show floor as much as I’d like to have been, here are the things I saw and experienced at this year’s show. And a hello to all the readers I met at the show who loved our site!
After hitting up artist alley and signing up for some commissions, I had a meeting with the Disney Store booth, showing me the latest in vinylmation figures for sale at the show and online!
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The following morning, Gentle Giant showed me the latest in their product line, including the amazing Darth Maul figure announced the night before!
After the awesome meeting with Gentle Giant, I had press conferences all day (audio will be posted later this week). Here are some pictures!
After roundtables and press conferences, it was party time!
Partying all night was not conducive to an early morning, but I managed to wake up to my alarm, and make the autograph ticket lines, scoring a Game of Thrones sign pass.
On the agenda for Friday was the Resident Evil 5 press roundtables, Firefly press conference, as well as the Game of Thrones signing!
In between all that, I got to check out the awesome Batmobiles on the lawn outside the convention center! (All pictures of Batmobiles taken by Gary Deocampo)
AFter the excitement from the past 3 days, what else could Comic Con possibly have up their sleeves?
How about Breaking Bad, Robert Downey Jr., Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park, and an awesome exclusive print by Mondo?
With my con luck kicking into overdrive, I managed to get in line for the cast of Breaking Bad at the 10 AM signing at the Sony booth! The whole cast was very generous with their time, signing, taking pictures, and was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Comic Con!
After thrilling kids and fans alike, I went across the street to Petco Park, where I participated in the Walking Dead Zombie Run! Here’s some pics from my run.
After all that, I managed to stick around to see Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel booth!
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?
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!
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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:
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!
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:
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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!
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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!
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!
And of course, what good is a con without Cosplay? Here’s some of the best ones I saw at the show:
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: