Hey guys, thanks for dropping by! I wanted to take a moment to talk about this year’s Long Beach Comic Con (2015). It’s a great little convention held annually at, you guessed it, Long Beach! The convention center itself is very nice, very clean. I am especially impressed with the bathrooms and the way the staff is able to maintain them so well! It’s a far step above both the San Diego and LA convention centers. There is a downside to the location, however. A problem faced by most conventions. And that is the issue of parking. While it’s not the nightmare that larger cons have, it can be tricky to find a good spot for a good price that’s within walking distance of the con. It was made especially tricky this year with another convention of some sort held in the other wing of the Long Beach Convention Center coupled with the masses flocking to nearby Lobster Fest. My group and I left on time (for once!) but spent a while driving around looking for a space. It seemed every parking garage we turned to was full or reserved for another event. We eventually made it around to the other side of the convention center and parked on a grassy hill near the beach. The walk wasn’t far, but it felt like miles with the summer heat and full costume weighing heavy.
Once we actually got into the con we were mildly disappointed to find it back on the smaller side of the convention center. Last year’s Long Beach ComicExpo had been held in the larger half of the center which gave it both more room and put it closer to the parking lots.
In the far back corner was a section devoted to cosplay. I was unsurpised to find a *ahem* certain cosplay group was as rude as always, not just to me but the rest of my party as well. A photographer was set up in the way back taking professional pictures for various magazines and there was a small collection of well known cosplayers with their own booths. Some booths had makeup and prosthetic demos but it seemed like every time we walked by the demo was either still setting up or had just ended.
I’m not one for celebrities or panels, but based on what others have said the celebrity guests this year were fantastic. The panels too were great, the only downside being the organization of them which made them difficult to find.
The best time to see all of the fantastic costumes in one place is the costume contest. Here’s where my tangent of organization comes in. The costume contest itself was extremely unorganized and a disappointment overall. I signed up a week ahead of time on the website. Didn’t get a confirmation email until 2pm the day of the convention. I don’t have a data plan so I didn’t even see the email until I got home that night. Asking around, I found most people were in the same boat as me. We had no idea where to go for prejudging.
As it turns out, there was no prejudging. It had either been cancelled or never planned for. Prejudging to me is a hugely important part of a costume contest. It gives contestants a chance to shine for the judges, to speak proudly of their work, and to show off everything they’ve made.