A couple of years ago, Wizard World Los Angeles seemed to be all about people looking for deals on comics and collectibles (in which case, why not just go to Frank and Son or the Shrine?). When the show resurfaced in Anaheim this year, it seemed to be all about the celebrity autographs.
If you just want to see the photos, check out the photo set on Flickr. Otherwise, read on!
The main floor at Long Beach was bigger this year than last, though nowhere near as big as Anaheim. Unlike Anaheim, they used most of their space.
All the publishers were clustered near the entrance, with Aspen and BOOM! the most prominent, followed by Top Cow, Image and Avatar in the next row with other small press, along with the celebrity autograph area off to one side.
If you went to Anaheim Comic-Con this year, remember how big the celebrity signing area was, and how small the artists’ area was? Flip it. My gut instinct says that there were more artists with tables here than there were in San Diego, but then it could just be that they’re a bigger percentage of the smaller space.
DC Comics actually had a couple of panels too, though they weren’t in the program. I only found out about the DC Universe panel from the announcement over the PA system. They announced major panels and signings as they started, which was a big help…but of course it only works up to a certain size convention.
In the end, I only went to one event: the surprise DC Universe panel, which turned out to be mainly a Q&A session with Eric Wallace, J.T. Krul, Dustin Nguyen, Bob Wayne, and (I think) Byran Miller. Some items I thought interesting:
- J.T. Krul got really depressed when writing The Rise of Arsenal.
- He also gave the Titans Tower fan site a shout-out as a great reference.
- At least some writers are aware that no matter how obscure a character they pick for a story, there will be someone out there who is a huge fan, has every appearance, and knows more about the character than they possibly could.
- 50 Questions in 50 Minutes with Mark Waid, because I wanted to track down Mike Mignola and get him to sign The Amazing Screw-on Head for Katie, and was afraid that if I waited until after the Mark Waid panel, I wouldn’t be able to catch him before…
- The Mike Mignola Spotlight, which I passed up because I wanted to have time for a full circuit of the main floor. If I’d been able to stay through 7:00, I probably would have gone, but as it was, I had to leave by 5:00 or so.
I don’t know how I’m going to manage a single day in San Diego next year!
Signings and Swag
Speaking of Lady Mechanika, it looks to be a really interesting series. Sort of a steampunk cyborg detective with a mysterious past — so mysterious that she doesn’t remember it herself!
Crowds and Costumes
I think there were more people in costumes this year than last, though I couldn’t say whether it’s due to the con being more established, or it being the day before Halloween. I definitely saw some familiar faces (Valerie Perez as Zatanna, for instance). There were also several families with group costumes. I remember seeing a Ghostbusters family (mom, dad, and ~5-year-old). Another where the mother was dressed as sexy Boba Fett and the ~12-year-old daughter was an incredibly detailed Ahsoka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Verdict: Long Beach Comic Con is definitely worth an annual visit for Southern California comic book fans!
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See Also: Convention Photos & Write-Ups