Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3987 - This past weekend I attended both days of the 2013 Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
This was the fifth straight year for this comic book convention. I've been fortunate to attend all five of them now, plus the one-day Long Beach Comic Expos that occur in the Spring of each year.
Although my recent move to Chula Vista now makes the trip to Long Beach a half hour longer, (two hours one-way), my feeling is that attending this comic & horror con is well worth the long drive!
Why? Well it totally reminds me of how the San Diego Comic Con used to be... minus the films that were played there years ago.
The center of the exhibit floor this year had over 200 different artists in what was called 'Artists Alley'. Trust me... It was more like 'Artists City', it was so huge! It took me almost all day to stop at each table and check out what each artist had for sale, or work that had done, while they were doing commission sketches.
Yes, I saw quite a few friends from previous cons there, as well as seeing quite a few 'new' ones... 'New' to me at least! Plus several shared with me a copy of their latest publications for possible review in this Blog of mine. More of those in future blogs...
I arrived what I thought was early on Saturday, but the underground parking at the Long Beach Convention Center was already full! But it was a short walk across the street for overflow parking. So that was okay. BTW, the second day, Sunday, I was able to park underground, which made it easier to take out comics I purchased on the exhibit floor.
The opening ceremony was taped by me, see the above YouTube Channel video of mine. (For other videos from this con & earlier cons... See my YouTube Channel).
There were plenty of panels / programs at this year's LBCHC. However, with spending the first day at Artists Alley, and the last day at the dealers tables... I only saw a few of them this year. More on a couple of those later in this Blog. The few programs I attended were well attended though, plus there was an onsite live auction house going on, which I stopped in to take a look at.
The dealers booths were pretty good this year. I went to them all, and bought at a select few. That's because I buy to read and then resell on my own web site, ComicBooksCircus.com. I picked up a few hundred comics, inclduing several 3-D Comics, plus several Golden Age / Silver Age War Comics. So check back at my web site in the weeks to follow to see them.
All in all, I had a good time attending this 5th Annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con. As I said at the beginning of this blog, this con reminds me of the early years of the San Diego Comic Con. That is a good feeling to have, to be at a TRUE comic con nowadays instead of a pop culture convention, which several of the cons have transformed into.
Be sure to attend NEXT year's LBCHC... It will be running earlier, during September 27-29th of 2014.
Plus, don't forget the Long Beach Comic Expo which is also produced by these same show promoters. That will actually be a two day affair... May 31st - June 1st of 2014.
To keep up with these two cons.... Be sure to 'Like' the Facebook Fan Page for the LBCC at this link.
My thanks to Martha Donato, Phil Lawrence, Mike Scigliano, and all of those who helped put on this successful Long Beach Comic & Horror Con for 2013!
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