After a visit to the east coast, it’s good to be back in Los Angeles to experience LA Comic-Con 2019! Doing two weeks of back to back cons can be exhausting, but when one is in my own backyard, things go much more smoothly. Nothing feels better than connecting with your geek community once again on familiar turf. In other words, I was happy to be home.
The LA Comic-Con people knocked yet another show out of the park, drawing in thousands of fans from all over Southern California and beyond. Cosplayers packed the lobby, ready for their close ups, while the exhibit hall was filled with collectors buying up every rare trinket or out of print comic they could get their hands on. Meanwhile, the panel stages put fans face-to-face with their favorite creators in every medium that touched on not only industry and creator topics, but social issues and teaching others the skills to grow in whatever they contribute to the geek community.
And after the halls closed for the night on Saturday, the party moved over to the Globe Theater on Broadway, where 80s music cover band The Flux Capacitors headlined “Ready Party One: A Most Excellent LA Comic-Con Adventure!” with a live DJ set and a guest appearance by Gigi Edgley (best known as Chiana from Farscape) on vocals for a good portion of the band’s set, belting out tunes from the 80s and 90s, even the original Pokemon theme with an enthusiastic horde of fans who grew up with that song and knew it all too well.
If you’re the type who still likes comics in their Comic-Cons, never fear, true believer! They had plenty of booths stacked with boxes of old and new comics. And just past those rows, you’d find the Artist Alley, filled with famous names alongside small publishers and artists hoping to make it big. Some of the industry’s hottest talents have busted their humps in the halls of LA Comic-Con before breaking big.
Being LA, you never know who you might run into on the floor. Comic fans lined up for hours to meet John Romita Jr, a man who has drawn just about every Marvel and DC character ever created, along with co-creating Kick Ass. For others, meeting the most infamous filmmaker in Hollywood, the writer and director of “The Room”, Tommy Wiseau was on hand to chat and pose for pictures with fans. Interacting with him never fails to be a little strange, but fun. I’m speaking from experience. He never disappoints.
Of course, the cosplay is always the most visual aspect of any con. If there isn’t any good cosplay at a show, then you know it’s a dud. But everyone brought their A game to LA Comic-Con this past weekend. Of course, I have a feeling that a lot of these outfits will be used again for Halloween in just a few weeks. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorites.
LA Comic-Con is set to return a little earlier than usual, on September 25-27, 2020. See you there!