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Sunday, November 7, 2010
My Thoughts On the 1st So Cal Comic Con - Held November 6th in Oceanside, California
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Cons


My Thoughts On the 1st So Cal Comic Con!

(Which Ran Saturday, November 6th in Oceanside, California.)

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Top Photo:  The So Cal Comic Con Poster!
Immediate Top Photo - Amanda Porter Hendrix, Michael D Hamersky & Erik Hendrix at the Carpet Bomb Comics Table!
Top Right Photo: The comic con was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside, California!
2nd Right Photo - Bob Layton Was a Special Comics Creator Guest!
3rd Photo to the Right - Rey Reyes, Co-Promoter of this con, at his own table with CGC Comics!
4th Photo (Bottom) - Members and the Instructor of the Graphic Novel Project: High Tech High at their table!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3274:

Yesterday, my youngest son and I attended the 1st So Cal Comic Con that was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside, California.

I had seen flyers for this first time con at the SDCC in July, and most recently at the LBCC last weekend.  So there was a little bit of a 'buzz' around it starting up.

However, as is my usual practice, I didn't blog about this one before attending, as first time comic book shows are so often a 'hit or miss' proposition, and I don't want persons reading my Blog traveling long distances to attend a first time show that hassn't worked the kinks out yet.

So I was pleasantly surprised to see that the parking lot for this show was already full after we arrived there shortly after opening time, (10 AM).

We were greeted warmly by the two gals that are pictured at the bottom right of this blog post.  I also noticed that there were raffle prizes on a table to the left, which included several toys, a few CGC graded comics of both current and older comics. Plus a Daredevil #1, (ungraded), signed by Stan Lee! So of course I bought a few tickets! 

There were three separate times that the tickets were pulled, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, AND 4:30 PM, which was watched with interest by both the attendees and the exhibitors. 'Spidey' is pictured watching So Cal Comic Con's Co-Founder Joel Elad calling out the ticket numbers!

The exhibit floor had several comics creators at tables. I've already pictured Bob Layton at the top right of this blog post.  He is known for his work in comics for many years, but the dealers seemed to emphasize his Iron Man comics at the tables nearest him.  Bob freely signed comics, and took commissions for personalized sketches as well.  Good to see Bob here at this first time show!

Other comics creators included Clyde Grapa, pictured at the bottom right of this post, and Joel Gomez pictured to the left of this paragraph. 

Actually there were several comics creators from Wildstorm in attendance.  Which was good, because Wildstorm is based in San Diego.

I found talking with those in the industry already to be fun, and this was an added attraction for the con itself.  I haven't seen industry professionals living in San Diego to turn out in any  big numbers for local comic book shops in recent years, (FCBD included), so this was a pleasant surprise also.

I noticed several well known local collectors to be in attendance also, including Mick Rabin, and Steven. Steven is shown to the left, holding a piece of artwork that he commissioned from Russ Heath at an earlier comic con.  Of course the piece is set in war time! 

Talking about comics collectors... For a good show you have to have comic book dealers!  And there were several there in attendance!

Several were local collectors who were selling their duplicate items, or items they no longer wished to keep in their collection, but there were also bigger dealers there, inluding Jamie Newbold from So Cal Comics in San Diego, Rich & Karen from R & K Comics, and Terry from Terry's Comics in the Los Angeles Metro Area.  So there were several dollar boxes of comics on up to CGC graded comics valued at thousands of dollars!

Again, I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout of attendees at this first show for the promoters.  I also got into the buying mood, as well as my youngest son, who couldn't pass up some Amazing Spideys for his personal collection.

My only thought is that the 'name' of this show is somewhat vague, and that I got it 'confused' with the 'Oceanside Comic Con' that was also used when this show was being organized in earlier months.  After talking with both of this show's promoters, I'm hearing that it may not just be an annual con, but more regular, and not necessarily located in Oceanside.  

IMO, as long as the show is located in North San Diego County, where attendees can come down from Southern Orange County, or Southern Riverside County, this show should continue to grow in size. I for one would like to see this show continue, and on a more regular basis!

I mentioned that my youngest son was with me yesterday. (Tina was at a day long seminar.) Here are my son's thoughts about this show:

"At my trip to the So Cal Comic Con, I had lots of fun. As my dad and I first arrived to the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club, we were greeted with free grab bags. (For the first 100 paying attendees.) We spent some time purchasing comics and relative items, while talking to dealers. Also I met some more comics creators, and just over all had a great time.  As the only title that I collect is the 'Amazing Spider-Man' from Marvel Comis, I was happy to see 'Spidey' at this con greeting attendees!  I am looking forward to attending the next So Cal Comic Con!"

Well... That about wraps it up for this post!

I'll be posting additional pics here in my blog about those that I met at the So Cal Comic Con, and also post some at my own Facebook Group Page, at Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing.

I have already mobile Facebooked photos during this con.  Unfortunately the photos first are uploaded to my personal profile page, which is maxed out at 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan Pages 'Liked', so I can't accept many more 'Friends Requests'.  Which is one of the reasons why I have a Facebook Group Page in addition!

Here's the link to the So Cal Comic Con on Facebook. Please take a look and click the 'Like' button while YOU are there. That way you can get updates about the next show!


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My thanks to those of YOU that have read today's blog post! I do appreciate that!

For those of you that didn't know me before today... I first set up as a 'dealer' at the 1972 San Diego West Coast Comic Con (SDCC) at the El Cortez Hotel. So I've been around comic conventions for a little while, LOL 

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Updated: Monday, November 8, 2010 7:20 AM PST
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