By: Von Jared Omo
We’re going to be at Long Beach Comic Expo 2015! It’s going to take place at Long Beach Convention Center (Hence, why it’s called “Long Beach Comic Expo”) from February 28 – March 1st! It’s a little small convention, but if you’re going though Con-Withdrawal (like I am!) then this convention should hold you over until the next big one!
Tickets Prices are:
– Weekend Pass: $45
– Saturday Pass: $30
– Sunday Pass: $20
You save $5 by getting the Weekend Pass! Also, you can get the Lifetime Pass for Comic Expo which is $299. Don’t know if it’s worth it, but hey…it’s a lifetime’s worth of passes for a Con. And if you definitely love going to Conventions like these, the Lifetime Pass will pay off in the long run!
– Art Adams (Legendary Comic Artist, Longshot, The Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, Hulk)
– Chris Claremont (Legendary writer including X-Men’s Days of Future Past & The Dark Phoenix Saga)
– Joel Gomez (Warhawks, Detective Comics, Flashpoint, Authority, The Lost Boys, Wetworks. Upper Deck Sketch Cards)
– Stan Sakai (Creator of Usagi Yojimbo)
– Beth Sotelo (Creator of Grump, Aspen Comics; Colorist on Fathom Vol. 4, Soulfire Vol. 2 & Shrugged)
– LeeAnna Vamp (Cosplayer & Host of ILoveNerdGirls.com, Appearing in Cosplay Corner)
AND MANY MORE! Check out the Long Beach Comic Expo website by clicking on the link below for more info! Can’t wait to see you guys there!
By: Von Jared Omo
Pictures by: Ron Estevez
WHOO! This weekend was a blast up in LA for Stan Lee’s COMIKAZE 2014! The convention is ever growing and this year was no exception to the increase of attendants this past weekend. Let me break it down for you on how it went for me and my experience this year!
The cosplay at this year’s Comikaze up the ante a bit and it seemed like everyone who cosplayed brought their A game like they did last year. However, this year showcased more dynamic and complex cosplays from comic books, such as one person sporting Groot that was to scale from the movie/comics (at least, I think it was seeing that the pieces of the cosplay had to be carried by other people), and cosplays NOT from comic books, like Slenderman (which the cosplay required stilts to actually make him a to scale Slenderman). Cosplays influenced by the manga/anime industry were present as well, although, I did not see much Attack on Titan as much as I did last year. But, it does make sense seeing that this convention was more about comic books despite Crunchyroll being present with their booth and live streaming. Nonetheless, the cosplay never ceases to amaze me and did not disappoint!
Don’t let the pictures fool you! You may be thinking to yourself “Hmm…it doesn’t look as crowded as Comic-Con/Anime Expo, therefore, it must not be that fun.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! It was packed! But, there was still space for people to get around and breathe and (do I dare say it? Hell, I’m going to say it) you can actually WALK AT A DECENT PACE around the hall compared to walking like a zombie at San Diego Comic-Con (there, I said it! Hate me if you will, but you cannot deny it! Walking the exhibit hall at SDCC is a pain in the ass!). One of the best parts about Comikaze is the Hot Topic stage located center and rear of the the exhibit hall with the black carpet (yes, BLACK CARPET) leading from the entrance of the exhibit hall towards the stage. The two big screens on each side of the stage made it easy for the attendees to see what panel was going on and which actors/actresses were on stage during the panel. This is what makes Comikaze so unique and so easy to navigate through and makes the experience all the more refreshing compared to other conventions.
Not to mention they have an old school arcade located at one end of the exhibit hall
I enjoyed the guests they had this year! Including the original Black and Blue Ranger and James Hong! Not to mention the Mad TV Cast Reunion and the celebration of Stan Lee’s birthday which all took place on the Hot Topic Stage! It was awesome seeing the guests at their tables signing autographs as well as the panels taking place throughout the day. It felt like I couldn’t miss a thing. To be honest, you could spend the whole day in the exhibit hall and enjoy both panels and the exhibit hall without having to sacrifice time and energy waiting in line (unless there’s a specific panel you’re looking forward to that requires it’s own room). This Comikaze was truly one to remember and I am certainly looking forward to next year’s Comikaze!
[Comikaze is held every year during the last weekend of October/first weekend of November at the Los Angeles Convention Center. ]
For more pics and coverage of Comikaze, visit Ron Estevez’s Flickr page right here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rone/sets/72157646813858243/
By: Von Jared Omo
My, my…how time seems to fly by, huh? With Stan Lee’s Comikaze now done, we can look forward to our next comic convention adventure, which is LONG BEACH COMIC-CON! It’s in its 5th anniversary show this year and it has definitely grown. I attended LBCC on it’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year and with each year, it seems that more exhibitors come and set up shop for the two days of epic convention status. It’s definitely smaller than your usual comic convention. If you attended Comikaze a few weeks ago and thought it was small, you can expect LBCC to be just a tad bit smaller…which is good because it only leaves more room for the convention to grow!
So, what can you expect this year at LBCC? Let’s start with the guest list, and I sure do hope you have some idea of who they are!
– Ryan Benjamin
– Phil Bourassa
– Eric Calderone
– Carlos D’Anda
– Kevin Eastman
– Joel Gomez
– Lance Henriksen
– Thomas Jane
– Herb Jefferson Jr.
– Jessica LG
– David Mack
– Amy Nicoletto
– Rob Paulsen
– Vampy Bit Me
And that’s just to name a few! If you’re still interested in checking out the guest list, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE FULL GUEST LIST! and as for the exhibitors, you can check them out by BY CLICKING HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF EXHIBITORS! Gee…I don’t know if I made that more blatantly obvious than I had to!
As for ticket pricing, it’s $25 for a Saturday pass, $20 for a Sunday pass, and $40 for a 2-day pass, which saves you $5. It’s not much, but you can probably use that $5 to buy an overpriced soda pop or 2 at the convention! They are also selling a few deluxe packages that range from $70 – $375 which give you a package filled with exclusive items only being given out at LBCC, however, you get what you pay for…meaning the more expensive the package, the better the exclusives, capiche? Some packages even include hanging out with Joe Rubinstein and attending an Inking Seminar. Pretty neato, huh? Anyway, if you want to get more details on ticket and exclusive package pricing, CLICK HERE FOR TICKET AND PACKAGING PRICING! Seriously, I am making this way too easy for you to get to that website and check out all the info you need to know. SO…what are you waiting for?! GET TO CLICKING AND BUY A TICKET ALREADY!
See you guys at Long Beach Comic-Con!