Topic: Comic Cons
Yeah, I'm up early again, the morning after the 2nd Day of the Long Beach Comic Con!
For those of you that are new to our blog, I have been blogging the last couple of days that the 1st Annual Long Beach Comic Con was running from October 2nd thru the 4th! Which means... that TODAY will be the FINAL DAY of this Comic Con in Long Beach, California!
As You can see from the photos above, (taken from several hundred that Tina and I shot on Saturday to use in later blogs to come), it was another fun day at this comic book convention!
Please see yesterday's blog where I showed photos from Opening Day. That's where I mentioned that I enjoyed seeing Stan Lee cut the Opening Day Ribbon, and of course the whole crowd joined in on congratulating Stan for having October 2nd, 2009 proclaimed 'Stan Lee Day' by one of the Long Beach City Councilmen. It was great to be there to see this in person, and for those that couldn't be there 1st Day, I shared a couple of photos of this event in yesterday's blog!
Most of my half day on Friday that the con was open, was spent talking to comic book and graphic novel creators as I visited them in Artists Alley (AA). I only saw 5/8 of the tables in the AA on Friday, plus a couple of booths on the way walking to AA.
So Saturday, with Tina along this time to help take photos and point me in the right directions, we saw the remaining 3/8 of the AA tables, the media guests tables, and then the exhibitor booths, and then walked by the retailer booths saying hello to those that we knew on the way out last night. Tina and I have prior committments for today, (Sunday), so we had to take in the rest of it all on Saturday!
So, before I start commenting more on the photos shown above all of this text, I want to tell You that if YOU are in the Los Angeles / Long Beach area today, Sunday October 4th, drop in and see this comic con! There are many good illustrators there that can draw sketches for you, media guests from several TV Shows and Films that have photographs and autographs to sell, Plus there are actual comic books that you can purchase direct from the creators, plus even older back issues and the newest issues from the retailer booths!
Okay, I want to mention a little more about those that are pictured in the photos above:
First, the large vertical photo is of Michael with Reb Brown, who played Captain America in the TV Films. Tina and I enjoyed talking briefly with Reb about those films and other films that he has played in since then. I will be blogging about Reb's future con appearances as he makes them known to me. I previously blogged about Reb Brown and published photos of his days as Captain America. (Click here to see that post.)
The photo shown below Reb's is of Michael with Trish Paytas and Melody Mooney, both of whom were contestants in Season 2 of Stan Lee's Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, which I enjoyed watching. I have "seen" Melody before at the SDCC when the Season 2 was being first promoted, but in that setting there are so many persons there that getting a chance to talk with her was near impossible. Here at the LBCC I was able to talk with her and Trisha. I'll be sharing more about them in future blogs. In the meantime, here is my previous blog post that they would be attending this LBCC: (Click here for that post.)
Below their photo is another photo of Michael,(Thanks Tina!), with Wonder Woman... again(?!). Yeah, Tina puts up with my requests to have photos taken with Wonder Woman, who seems to be everywhere at Comic Cons, just like Santa Claus is everywhere during the Holiday Season! My thanks to this Wonder Woman for posing with me! I do appreciate that!
The second column photos, in order from top to bottom are:
Nick Nugent, and his publisher Gary Spohn, who had a booth to promote Nick's book "The Knight Rider Companion". Tina immediately pulled me to their booth when she saw it, knowing of my interest in the latest version of 'Knight Rider' that recently was on TV. My thanks to Nick & Gary who furnished me with a preview copy. I will be reading that book soon, and blogging a review of it here in this Blog! Tina, who is in book publishing / promotions / book launches, was impressed in the high end quality of the book. Just thumbing through the book while at their booth, I was impressed with the number of color photos the book contained. More on that book later and a link to their web site then...
The photo below that was taken from the 2nd floor of the convention center overlooking the exhibit hall floor. My thanks to the con staff for allowing me to take photos from that special room using our press pass. As you can see, the room was full of attendees when I took that photo (and others) approx 1PM.
The third photo on the top right column shows Phil Schlaefer, a good comics retailer in Sunnyvale, California, who has set up at comic cons for years. He recently had a Grand Re-Opening in Sunnyvale, and we spoke briefly about business there and at the recent SDCC and this LBCC.
In the fourth photo is 'Vem' who is a driving force behind the graphic novle 'HollyVood'. If you are at the last day of the LBCC, look for him and others that are wearing the yellow shirts with the red letters 'HollyVood' and ask them more about this project. I've already blogged about this project, (click here).
The fifth photo shows Steve Kozak and David McAdoo promoting their Red Moon upcoming graphic novel. I received a sample copy of their prequel comic book, which I will review here later.
In the sixth photo is Andi Ewington, who along with others from the UK that were at the Comic.x booth, flew in from the UK to attend. More on his works later in this blog!
In the seventh and last photo in the right column are Dale Wilson and Astra Price, who are the co-owners of DWAP Productions. Great to meet you this time Astra! I've blogged about one of their titles, 'Caffeine Dreams' in this Blog before. (Click here!)
OK, I've run out of room in this post... But Who else is scheduled to be there? Well, here is the link to the full comics creators and media guests schedule: http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/guests.html - Please note, appearances and times are always subject to possible change. The link will also take you to the other tabs in the web site for FAQs, programs, etc, for this, the Final Day of the 2009 LBCC!
Also, our thanks to the folks at MAD Exhibits who are putting on this Con: Martha Donato, Phil Lawrence, Mike Scigliano, also known as "Scig!", Steven Hoveke, Kate Horn, Mike Horn, and Chip Carter. Plus thanks to Drew Seldin of Seldin Gross Communications for handling our press requests. Tina and I both enjoyed attending and reporting about this comic con!
OKAY, that takes care of 'con updates' from Saturday. As mentioned earlier, I was there the first day, and Tina and I were there Saturday. Previous committments keep us from attending the final day. But we know that those attending and also exhibiting there will have a Great Final Day at this year's LBCC!
BTW.... Whereas Tina and I don't publish comics or books (yet?) or set up at comic cons, (except at our own Facebook Virtual Comic Con Dealer Table), we do have thousands of indies and mainstream comics in our own online store. Be sure to check out our new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on! It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!
Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts! We do blog daily on comic book creators, comic book reviews, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films!
~ Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com