Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3398:
Okay... The 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo is NOW part of Comic Book History!
I have now attended all FOUR of the Long Beach Comic Con 3-Day Conventions and the Long Beach Comic Con 1-Day Expos, (as shown in my multiple blog posts from those cons & expos seen here, which have been 'picked up' by others re-posting and now number about 4,980 links in total on Google alone for all 4 shows!).
As mentioned in my earlier blog #3384, stating that this 2011 Expo would soon be here... Each of the Long Beach Comic Cons & the Expos have had their different guests, exhibitors, cosplayers, and attendees show up, but each has also had the same 'good time' feeling that makes me want to attend this con or expo each time!
My youngest son, Vinnie, and I arrived an hour before opening time. We saw a crowd already outside of the Long Beach Convention Center building itself, which turned out to be part of a group that was also inside.
There was filming going on already, and both the inside and outside crowds were part of 'crowd shots' that the Knights of Good Productions, Inc. were filming for their webseries presently titled 'The Guild - Season 5'.
After watching the filming session going on briefly... Vinnie and I went down to the registration area that was located in the large inside lobby, yet still outside of the doors to get into the exhibition hall. There was already a crowd there, mostly of those that had already picked up their entry badges and were talking with others. The badge registration was going smoothly already, about 45 minutes before the doors to the hall were scheduled to open.
Martha Donato, one of the event's organizers came up to Vinnie and myself, and greeted us warmly! She took the time to ask where my wife, Tina was at, and introduced herself to Vinnie. Martha is well suited for organizing this type of event, a real people person! (Martha is pictured at the top right of this post.)
Tom Pinchuk, of 'Hybrid Bastards' fame as well other projects, came up to Vinnie and me, and re-introduced himself from an earlier con. I wasn't aware that Tom was going to be giving the 'Opening Speech' before the exhibit halls opened in just a while. His welcoming speech to those in attendance for the oening hour was a heartfelt one, and just added to the camaraderie that others felt in the crowd before and during the opening speech. (Tom is also pictured in the top right photo of this blog post.)
Phil Lawrence, another of the event's organizers, came up to Vinnie and me and welcomed us, and thanked me for continuing to blog, and mobile Facebook on the LBCC's events. (Phil is also pictured above in the same photo with Martha and Tom.)
I mentioned the camaraderie that I felt and saw at this Expo, before the Opening Ceremony. It continued on inside shortly after 10AM when the doors opened.
There wasn't a mad rush to run in, instead, everyone was respectful of each other, and greeted those exhibitors inside with similar respect. Especially those creators that were in 'Artists Alley', which took up a big part of the Expo.
The 'Artists Alley' section was broken up into two blocks of 'Artists Alleys', plus there more creators along the sides of the hall.
I've started uploading some of the pics taken at this Expo already, starting on Sunday, so here is the link to that special photo album at my Facebook Fan page, titled: 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo.
There were approximately 60 creators in attendance at this Expo. About a third are Facebook Friends of mine. So I stopped to say hello to those FB Friends, and centered in on meeting those that were 1st timers at this LBCC Expo / Con series of shows that I had not met before.
I'll be review blogging several of those creators works in the near future, as several gave me copies for possible review in this blog. Thanks to those that have previously done so, and who told others of my endeavors in this aspect of the comic book industry! It's good to be known for a positive influence in the indie / indy comics field!
I took a quick look at a section of comic book dealers that were there, recognizing several of them, and at the same time remembering when I used to do that... Stand by or behind tables of comics / mags that I had brought to sell... That is hard work!
It's much more rewarding and satisfying doing what I now do at cons, whether they be comic cons, sci-fi cons, or even anime cons! I had several Facebook Friends who didn't have tables at this Expo, come up to me and greet me and my son, while others unkown to me came up to us and thanked me for writing this blog. Again, a true sense of camaraderie!
As the morning wore on though, my son Vinnie, started feeling a pain in his abdomen area. This continued for a while, and I suggested he sit down at a table in the lobby area for a while until he felt better. He did, and re-joined me, being the 'official photographer' for this blog at the event.
However as the late morning wore on into the early afternoon, the pain he felt increased. After calling his HMO's screening nurse service on the phone, it was decided that he should see an Urgent Care facility right away, as the screening nurse thought it was too close to appendicitis.
Vinnie and I still had more panels that we both wanted to see, as the Expo lasted till 6PM, but unfortunately, Vinnie did not feel any better while I was making the phone call and we ended our stay at the Expo before closing time.
For those of YOU reading this blog, and didn't see us inside, or us stop by your table... That is the reason. Sorry about that, but Vinnie didn't get out of the emergency room that I ended up taking him to... Until 11PM Saturday night!
However, he and I enjoyed what we were able to see at this LBCC Expo... and are looking forward to the upcoming Long Beach Comic AND HoRRoR Con that will be taking place on October 29th & 30th later this year!
In the meantime, please see this link to the 2011 LBCC Expo photo album at my Facebook Fan Page. I'll be uploading more pics in the days / weeks to follow. Vinnie and / or I took a couple hundred shots before we had to leave.
Also, feel free to come back to this Blog, as I'll be review blogging several of the publications / graphic novels / books that I was given at this Expo for possible review blogs.
My thanks to all of those named above that organized and presented the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo, PLUS those that I didn't have a chance to meet this time that also help organize this Expo. This LBCC Expo reminds me of the earliest SDCCs that I attended, (and sold at!) in the early 1970's.
Where an attendee can rub shoulders with comics pros, pick up comic books that they are missing from comic dealers, and attend panels with good topics that are presented. My kind of 'comic con', which I've now shared with Vinnie, and my wife, Tina. I'm looking forward to next year's LBCC Expo, and of course the bigger scale Long Beach Comic Con later in October of this year!
In closing... I've already shared a link to the 2011 LBCC Expo photos, so here's my special photo album on the 2010 LBCC Expo that I have already shared at my own Facebook Fan Page. There are more to be uploaded from the hundreds of pics I took back then, but I rather place 'text copy' and links with each photo to the creators own websites, instead of just throwing them up.
Oh, and for those of YOU didn't get to go, or were able to attend but not see everything, here's the link to the Long Beach Comic Con Facebook Fan Page, where both the 3-Day Cons & 1-Day Expos are shown and talked about. Plus others' photos are linked there to their photo albums.
Not enough room in this blog to write about everything, so here's the link to the 2011 LBCC Expo event page on Facebook, where you can find out more info on just this event. More Facebook event pages for the LBCC Expo itself can be found in this link.
Lastly, here's the link to the Long Beach Comic Con's own web site, where there is even more info on where and how you can purchase tickets for the October 2011 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con... You won't want to miss that!!
Thanks again to the organizers, my Facebook Friends, the new creators that we met, and to the attendees for making this another great 1-day Long Beach Comic Con Expo!
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