Topic: Comic Cons
Yeah, I'm up really early this morning, the day after the Grand Opening Day of the Long Beach Comic Con!
I usually get that way whenever I've had a great time at a convention on opening day and am looking forward to the second or third day of the same con!
I have been blogging that the 1st Annual Long Beach Comic Con would be running from October 2nd thru the 4th! Which means... that YESTERDAY was Grand Opening Day / Night!
As You can see from the photos above, (taken from several hundred that I shot to use in later blogs), it was a fun time!
Considering that yesterday was really a 'half-day' in that the con ran only from 3PM to 7PM, there was a good sized crowd in attendance! Tina is joining me today for 2nd Day of the LBCC, which runs from 10AM to 6PM, so I'm going to just post this with a few comments, and then get ready to drive back up to Long Beach, this time with her.
Of course I've got to mention that I enjoyed seeing Stan Lee cut the Opening Day Ribbon, and yeah, the whole crowd joined in on congratulating Stan on having October 2nd, 2009 proclaimed 'Stan Lee Day'. It was great to be there to see this in person!
Although this is the 1st LBCC, I wasn't able to see all of it yesterday. I tend to spend time talking to comic book and graphic novel creators as I visit them in Artists Alley (AA). I only saw 5/8 of the tables in the AA yesterday, plus a couple of booths on the way walking to AA.
So today, I'm going to finish seeing the other 3/8 of the AA tables, see the media guests tables, and then the exhibitor booth, and maybe a few retailer booths on the way out. Tina and I have prior committments for Sunday, so we've got to take all of it in today!
So, if YOU are in the Los Angeles / Long Beach area today, drop in and see this comic con. There are some good folks there that can draw sketches for you, plus comics that you can purchase direct from the creators, plus back issues from the retailer booths!
Oh, and if you see me in my ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com blue-colored polo shirt, feel free to stop me and say hello to me and Tina! And thanks to all of those that stopped me yesterday and said hello, I do appreciate that!
And one last thing... check out the photo of 'Wonder Woman' and myself at the LBCC, as seen at the bottom right 'Convention Photos' feature that is run in each blog post.
Okay... The following italicized paragraphs are yesterday's blog notes about the comic con if you haven't seen my earlier blog posts about the comic con and just a few of those that will be there, plus links to those posts...
I've already mentioned several of the comics creators guests that are attending and even published pictures of a few of them: (Click here for that post.)
Plus, I previously blogged that there's going to be media guests, (please be aware that many of the following may charge additional for autographs):
I blogged about Hygena and Ms. Limelight from Stan Lee's Who Wants To Be A Superhero TV show on SyFy would be in attendance. (Click here for that post.) (NEW Saturday morning: Oh... I briefly saw Melody Mooney (Hygena) as we were both leaving late from the exhibit hall last night. So today I'll get photos with her and Ms. Limelight to blog later!
Plus I blogged about Reb (Captain America) Brown would be there. (Click here to see that post.)
I have also mentioned that Stan Lee is the Special Guest of Honor. He is also to be at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Con Opening. There is also a Stan Lee / Jim Lee 'Meet n Greet' Saturday @10:00 AM that is being sponsored by another outfit. There is a charge for that special event of $350 if it isn't already sold out. Plus @ approx 11:00 AM there are / were approximately 400 tickets being sold to have Stan Lee sign one item of your choice. Cost per ticket is $45. I thought my blog readers should know about this prior to attending the Con. These two events are being sponsored by another company outside of the LBCC folks. I am presenting this here so attendees are not surprised when attending the Con and wondering what the buzz is during those hours on Saturday.
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, just like at any other convention.
Something I haven't blogged about yet are the EXCLUSIVES that can be found only @ LBCC! Even though this is the First LBCC, there is a long list of exclusives of comics that are being distributed or sold at this con for the first time. Here is the link to those: http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/showexclusive.html
I've also blogged about a few of the programs that will be running, but here is the link to full programming schedule: http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/program.html
I also believe You can still buy your tickets online for the LBCC at:
Also, It's not too late... If you would like to join with over 1,400 other members who have 'joined' the Long Beach Comic Con Facebook Fan Page, feel free to do so at:
You'll get more up-to-date information as the Con gets closer to its' opening day by signing up there! They even added new guests that are appearing, as late as yesterday morning, (October 1st @ 5:30 AM PST)! Plus they added another blurb @ 6:00 AM PST this morning (Friday Oct 2nd).
And yes, I will be there @ LBCC both Friday and Saturday. I will be wearing a blue colored polo shirt with white colored letters stating my Blog's name: 'ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com', as Tina made sure I have several of those for the cons to wear so I'm easier to find! (Photo of me wearing one is shown at the bottom left of this post.) Just stop me and say "Hi" anytime!
Speaking of Tina, she will be there Saturday Only. There are more programs running on Sunday, but we have two prior committments to attend that day, so if You are looking for us, find me Friday, or both of us on Saturday!
Well that's it for blogging this morning. I'll be closing up shop and driving North to Long Beach very soon. I want to be there for the special ribbon cutting ceremony, and whatever else is in store for today/tonight!
I will be 'Facebook Mobiling' some photos from the LBCC, but am planning to enjoy meeting creators and media guests for the most part today. Plus of course taking regular photos for blog purposes later! I already have several invites to stop by and pick up new comics for possible review here in my Blog, plus a sketch that a Facebook Friend is illustrating for me. So come back soon to check those upcoming blogs out as I like sharing new finds here in my Blog!
And since Tina and I will be 'working' the Con, we won't be blogging from the LBCC itself. However, since I was asked about it, there is internet service there at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Center does offer WI-FI service at the following rate: $4.95 per hour or $12.95 per day.
Also, my 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. I am looking forward to attending this first con later today and tomorrow!
OKAY, that takes care of 'con updates' this Saturday early morning, and provides links to where you can go to check out what else is happening at this con. Again, Tina and I will be at this con all day, so stop us if you want to say hello!
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