Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3999 - This past Saturday, I drove up to the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Comic Expo that was held in Baldwin Park, (part of the Los Angeles Metro area). I haven't missed one of these Expos since first finding out about it a few years ago. My youngest son, Vinne, joined me on the 2 & 1/4 hour trip from Chula Vista, (part of the San Diego Metro area).
It was a long drive for me to attend this one day show. The first nice thing about the show is that once again it was 'Free Admittance' to the Expo! That in itself brought a little over 2,100 attendees to take part in this Expo. Matter of fact there was a billboard at the I-10 & 605 Freeway advertising the Expo. Pretty neat!
We arrived about 20 minutes before opening time, but took a look at the layout of the Expo. This year there were booths at the North area of the center. The vendors were setting up when we arrived. The parking structure was not filled up when we entered it, and it was actually nice to be parked on the second floor without a pre-paid reservation!
We then went into the exhibit floor, where the comic book artists were featured. A few were still setting up so we walked up to the 2nd floor and took photos of some of the artwork that was part of the month long comic book art exhbition at the center. There will be photos of them and the whole day at my Facebook Fan Page. Link to be shown below.
There were two tracks of programming at this show. We attended four panels and both of us enjoyed being at the panels. Vinnie and I especially enjoyed the final panel of the day.
Here are the four panels we attended and my thoughts on them:
Women Making Comics and Zines - Hosted by Grasiela Rodriguez, (who also planned all of the panels that were presented at both tracks. Good job, Grasiela!) Bernyce Talley, Aurora Pringle, Kim Burley Leonard and Jules Rivera shared their history with the attendees. This was a good panel from the POV of women in comics.
Three Headed Monster - Moderated by Eddie Gonzales, with Lonnie Milsap, Jim Lujan and Jose Cabrera being interviewed. The panel was fine, but the room was filled with round tables which was just a little awkward sitting at.
Animation Showcase - Once again Jim Lujan showed off his cartoons. Darn good! If you get a chance to Jim's videos, take a look!
Forgotten Treasurers of Mexican Comics - Presented by Keith Rainville, with special panel guests, Rafael Navarro and Lestat. I saw a presentation by these three at the Latino Comic Expo in Long Beach in 2013 that was also a lot of fun to view. These guys know their stuff!
Vinnie and I also did some art craft work on the second floor, and there were other kids there as well. That was fun!
The individual tables the artists were at were distributed well throughout the exhibit hall. I knew most of these artists from previous comic cons throughout the Southland, and felt welcome there. There were a couple of women artists there from Fresno that I had never met, so there was a mixture of old friends and new people for me to talk with.
Here is the link to my YouTube Channel, where I will be uploading short videos from the panels we attended.
Here is the link to my Facebook Fan Page photo album for the 2014 Comic Book Expo.
My Thanks to those that made this 2014 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo another successful day! And to Grasiela for presenting very interesting panels in the programming!
Here is the link to their Facebook Fan Page! You should take a look at my photos and videos, and make sure you attend the 2015 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo. Especially if you are in the Los Angeles Metro Area and live within an hour's drive to Baldwin Park!
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