In a totally random and last minute decision, Gavin and I decided to go to Comikaze. A friend of ours was going and asked if we wanted to go with her, since the original group of people she was going with fell through. Seeing as how it was only $25 for the day and there was plenty we wanted to see, we agreed to attend.
Abby, my friend, has been to previous expos but Gavin and I have never been before. I attended BlizzCon in 2007 and Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend in 2009 but the only sort of comic convention I’ve been to was a small gathering in a hotel in Massachusetts where I met Peter Mayhew in 2005. It was hardly a convention and he was the only part I saw but I knew this was going to be much more fun.
With Abby dressed as Quailman from Nickelodeon’s Doug, the three of us set out on the subway for the LA Convention Center. I’ve never been there before and I have to say it was a beautiful building. Upon arrival we snagged our badges, grabbed some coffee, and headed to wait outside the screening room for a collection of Dollar Baby Films. Licensing out his short stories for $1, Stephen King encourages young filmmakers to create student and low budget films to get themselves going in the industry. There are Dollar Baby Film Festivals all around the world and the films range greatly in their quality.
I ventured out with Abby before the panel was over as she wanted to grab a spot for Nickelodeon’s Pete & Pete Q & A and I really wanted to scope out the vendors. I wandered the exhibitor floor wide eyed for a while, trying to figure out what I most wanted to spend my small amount of money on. I found a really great comic booth with friendly employees who were incredibly
knowledgeable about Clive Barker and Hellraiser comics although I didn’t leave with any this time. I bought two blind box Unicornos from TokiDoki – one Frenzies Keychain Sakura and one Mini Vandalo. From artist Robert Elrod I bought two small prints – The Thing and Zombie Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz eating brains. Finally, I bought the first Emma Frost comic because the cover artist, Greg Horn, was there and I was able to have him sign it for me. I really wanted a some of his prints, but they were out of my budget right now. He was incredibly friendly and I wished I could have supported him more but hopefully my praise and adoration was enough for now, at least for the autograph. If you play Marvel: War of Heroes, you’ll recognize a fair amount of his artwork (If it’s a sexy female, She-Hulk and Phoenix for example, it’s very likely his art).
We attended a few more panels but I had the most fun just walking around. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood and there was some amazing artwork and incredible costumes. Gavin and I were guests on the Gecken podcast this past week (Episode 44. I was also on episode 40, the GTA V episode) talking about our experiences there and also discussing Call of Duty: Ghosts. If you love nerdy pop culture, you should check it out!
I had a great time overall and I was incredibly surprised at just how much fun Gavin had, too. I can’t wait to do more cons next year!