Long Beach Comic Con 2018

 

Long Beach Comic Con has come and gone, and all in all it was a fun time once again. As always the best part of any Comic Con, I have attended, is of course the other attendees. I got the chance to hang out with a lot of old friends and make new ones in the process. Artist Alley had to be the largest one I have seen at any Con since NYCC, from when I lived on the East Coast. Majority of the Con floor was Artist Alley with only a couple vendors lining the walls and front of the floor. The Cosplay corner was a little small as well, but at the same it is was enjoyable. Among the attendees were some well-known names in the game and some newer ones as well, which I thought was a great mixture. I did have a fun time while on the Con floor, but Long Beach Comic Con was not without its issues.

Let’s begin with the new entrance at the Long Beach Convention Center for the Con, which is completely different than anything that they have done before. By making attendees go through the back entrance it was far less organized and and accessible. I am hoping it was because they had to share the venue with another convention that was going on at the same time, LBCC staff if you read this, I suggest if this occurs next time you do your best to accommodate all participants. I suggest you do everything you can to bring the entrance back to the front, and have the parking available for every one. If you are familiar with any of the previous Cons held at Long Beach Convention Center you will recall walking up to the front and having a good selection of food trucks and movie cars parked right in front of the beautiful Wyland Marine Art. That access was not available to Comic Con goers this time around and as a matter of fact once inside the hall you could not even get to the front entrance to enter or exit as they had to blocked off. There was also garden side food truck and smoking area which provided NO food truck options on Day 1 but was utilized as an area to take pictures of cosplays, socialize, to smoke. Come day 2, that very same area was locked down and each door had an “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY. NO RETURN ENTRY.” I found this to be extremely inconvenience and uncool.

There were two new entrances this year one upstairs with plenty of security and ticket booths, and one on street level. Early in the morning on day two, we attempted to go through street level but were turned away due to the fact that we were not exhibitors. There were no signs posted anywhere explaining the entrances. This is odd considering that the street level entrance was the only one with access to the movie cars and very few food trucks. If we were allowed to use that door to exit, would we not be allowed back in to the Con?

One of my biggest complaints with Long Beach Comic Con is the security and inconsistencies that ensued. I asked the security members several questions, and not a single one had an answer for me. I do understand that LBCC doesn’t provide the security, but maybe the convention hall staff should be properly trained, on the same page, and far more knowledgeable than they were. Why would you set up a meeting area with food trucks and movies cars, without having the ability to use the exit as an entrance as well? Later in the day I did witness some attendees walk back into the Con through that entrance but there were still no signs posted anywhere about the entrances/exits.

Once you made it through security and received your wrist bands you were asked to present said wrist band 4 different times before getting to the con floor. We weren’t randomly asked, no, they practically had us stick our wristband up from security, through the first door, through the hallway, and then through the final entrance to the hall. One was right after getting your wrist band 10 ft. away from the ticket booth, second one was literally 30 ft. away from that person, third security guard was posted in the hallway on the way to the entrance, and the final one was in the doorway. They were rude, unorganized and continued to scream at all guests no matter the age. By that time you have walked maybe 2 or 3 hundred feet but where asked to provide proof of entrance 4 different times. I’m sorry but that is major over kill. Take a que LBCC staff, LA Comic Con nor Wonder Con does anything like that and I would say they are your major competition in the So Cal area.

The next, and the most frustrating, thing I would like to talk about is also probably the most sensitive subject that needs to be addressed. Prop weapons, firearms, and their guidelines. LBCC rule clearly state NO FIREARMS of any kind, a detailed description was even posted on what “any kind” means. Whether fake or real looking plastic, ANY KIND means any kind. My prop NERF guns with no projectiles where not allowed in and that’s fine those are you rules. The larger gun was painted realistically, so I understood why it was turned away. But even my prop guns with orange tips were turned away, which my six year old even stated was wrong. But did you really enforce that rule on everyone? NO. No you did not. It was very selective, as on both days people were walking around with prop firearms tagged with the weapon wristband as if they were allowed. But your rules clearly state NO FIREARMS of any kind. So what gives? If a Prop weapon of any kind has been check by security, the security you have hired for this convention, and deemed dangerous, all should be banned. Why was the bending of rules for some but not all?

Why should exhibitors, let’s say those with the STAR WARS booth who are there recruiting and spreading their message, be allowed to have blasters for their Storm Troops if NO FIREARMS of any kind are allowed at your con. I know this is all coming off that I am just bent out of shape due to my prop NERF guns not being allowed in, but I assure you that is not the case. I live by rules everyday as I am in the military and have no problem with rules. I do have an issue with rules not being forced on all when we have all been told the same thing? Hell, why just stop at firearms. I assure you a 3D printed, foam or plastic STORMBREAKER (THOR’s new Hammer Axe) can do a lot more damage to a person then my plastic NERF gun without projectiles. I would like to see a con goes as far to say NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND. Why should some people be allowed to complete their cosplay and not all. We are a community of “One for all, All for one” are we not?

There was a few other things I could touch but really don’t have enough information to speak on, for instance the lack of Handicap access into the con, no signs for panel rooms ANYWHERE, and I’m sure there are things that I missed that were just really really wrong with LBCC this year. Hell I’m sure that maybe someone who reads this and has no clue what I am talking about had a great time and I’m happy for them cause this is what it is all about. Every Con will be what you make of it and I didn’t let the things I complained about above stop me from having a good time. But I’m sorry I couldn’t just bite my tongue here. There were good things that Long Beach Comic Con had provided their guests with, but there seemed to be a pattern with these cons with them all being very repetitive. Lets hope we can only go up from here.

See you all at NERDBOTCON in 2 weeks.

 

 

NERDBOT-CON 2018

NERDBOT MEDIA presents NERDBOT-CON 2018

Saturday September 22nd, 2018

10am – 5pm

*ONE DAY ONLY NERD CULTURE AND COSPLAY CONVENTION*

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*Celebrity Guests Include*

Gregg Berger – Cartoon Voice Actor

Rikki Simmons – Cartoon Voice Actor

Suzie Plakson – Star Trek Actress

Rikishi – WWE Hall of Famer

Christopher Khayman Lee – Power Rangers Actor

Jack Guzman – Power Rangers Actor

Gigi Edgley – Actress

Eric Bauza – Voice Actor

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This will be NERDBOT MEDIA’S 3rd annual NERDBOT-CON at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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NERDBOT-CON is your alternative to huge, faceless and expensive conventions with long lines and enormous crowds that steal your soul (and your wallet!). Our safe and family friendly event is centrally located in the heart of beautiful Pasadena, California.

 

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Our staff has been attending and covering conventions for years now. We think it’s time for something different! NERDBOT-CON is a fun and interactive event for all attendees. Cosplayers, photographers, collectors, and all Nerds and geeks that just want to go out, see their friends, and have an AWESOME time.

 

Our mission is to bring the very best photographers, videographers, vendors, and entertainment to the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center. It’s going to be an amazing day of interactive giveaways, panels, Cosplay contests and photoshoots.

 

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WonderCon 2018

20180325_143619WonderCon has come and gone, that 3-day weekend flew by. Sometimes I wish cons could be longer, but then I look at my bank account and I am glad they aren’t. Wondercon was a blast this year just like it has been in the previous years. I think some things could have been done differently and I will discuss that later. As for now I will say it was a great time, a great time that was made mostly in part by the con goers and cosplayers.  

As for the con itself, the food truck line was back and was just as good as always. Weapons check seemed to be a tad inconsistent on what they would and would not allow in. I guess it just depended on who checked whether your props met the guidelinesRFID badges were being used and were utilized very well to make it a lot easier to get in and out of the con now. I first noticed the RFID being used at Comikaze in 2016 and it looks like more cons are starting to go that route to monitor traffic. Here’s to hoping there will be more improvements of all kinds in the future at all cons. I say that because I have started to feel that all cons are almost the same now. This is the same Wondercon as it was last year, which also feels the exact same as the cons that take place in Long Beach and Los Angeles. There needs to be something new. Something different than ever before, or something old that went away and needs to comeback for the Con goers. I attended a little con in the fall called Nerdbot Con which was held in Pasadena and while it felt similar to the other cons, it was very different at the same time. It had live bands on one floor and different rooms with different things setup throughout not just vendors and artists. 

I enjoyed the con, but one thing that comes to mind is that WonderCon is put on by Comic Con International, which also puts on San Diego Comic Con, so why not share the wealth. Why not bring some of the highprofile celebs and screenings to WonderCon as well. I feel like it would help make WonderCon more exciting and give attendees more to do at that venue. It would also potentially help with the horrible overcrowding that takes place at SDCC. How about getting Marvel a booth at WonderCon, I haven’t noticed one there in a few years. I mean the biggest comic book movie of all time is getting ready to come out in just one month and there was not one thing promoting Avengers Infinity Wars. Why not? Did CCI even try to get something going, who knowsmaybe they did? Regardless it was a letdown to see absolutely nothing there to promote it.  

Which brings me to issues with promotion. I found it strange how there was little to no social media promotion for WonderCon this year. Their twitter page was without posts for weeks and they even made an announcement on the first day of the con that 3 day badges where sold out through twitter. I am pretty sure those were sold out long before Friday due to knowing people who tried to purchase them but weren’t able to, but I could be wrong. Also there was absolutely no promotion for talent or guests that would be at the con. Not a single post through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Hell, the last post before this month about this year’s con on Instagram was in April of 2017. If you tried to find any promotion for talent on other platforms it led you to their unorganized webpage. You would then have to try and skim through their schedule of events without going cross eyed before finding any panel that you might like to attend or talent that you might like to see. There was close to zero promotion and I do not understand why. Any promotions that I did see from any artists, vendors, or talent was done all on their own social Media platforms.  It seems there may be an opening in the social media advertisement realm for CCI.  

To end on a good note, many people attended and we all had a great time. Countless numbers of cosplayers stormed the fountain to take group pictures and everyone I had a chance to interact with were all very friendly. I do believe that some photographers need to learn manners and proper etiquette, but all in all I had a blast. I made some new friendships and was able to purchase some prints that I have been wanting. Will I go again? Of course, I will go again. After all, even if I end up having a bad time, I can just walk across the street to Disneyland. 

 

Star Wars The Last Jedi Spoiler Review

When I got out of The Last Jedi last night I was confused as to if I was excited about what I had just watched or not. I have done nothing but think about this movie for the past 24 hours and have come to the conclusion that I was not entirely happy with this movie. I didnt hate it, I didnt love it, it was just eh. Out of all 9 Star Wars films (I include Rogue One because its basically 3.5), I woud have to rank this film 7th on my list, being just above Episode 1 and 2. Yes, thats right, Episode 3 was better than this movie, in my opinion. I dont know where to start so Im just going to ramble.

A friend of mine said it best with “I felt cheated,” and that basically sums up my feelings as well. Lets start with Emperor Snoke, who was hyped up in The Force Awakens and we finally get to see him in this film. We hoped to gain some knowledge on his past or anything about him, WE DID NOT. We were able to see his awesome ablities with the Force, and it was truly amazing, but we didnt get to learn a damn thing about his character. Why, oh becuase he dies. Thats right, he gets cut the fuck in half like Darth Maul; just boom and done. Which was awesome to see, but then your sitting there like, “Wait thats it, is he done now? Wait wait wait what the fuck just happened?” We, the fans, have been waiting two freaking years to learn more and we dont learn a damn thing. Now that made me think, well was he really that hyped in TFW or was it us who made him into a bigger thing, I blame the film. You cant introduce this, possible badass, Sith and not expect us to want more. Another thing about Snoke, I get that CGI has come along way with MOCAP suits and all and Andy Serkis is an amazing character actor, but good God figure out how to do lips or stop doing the CGI completely. Its just as bad as Superman in Justice League, they should just stick with make up and prostectics.

Continuing with Snoke, he states that is was becuase of him that Rey and Kylo where able to use the Force to communitcate with eachother from across the galaxy. If the most recent game, Battlefront II, has any link to the characters in the movies, then we know that Rey has a little thing called “Force Sight.” It only allows her to see the general area in which she is in, but the first time we see her use it in TLJ we assume it is the Force Sight ability. Then we find out its not. BULLLSHIT

While we are talking about Force abilities, lets move onto the new things that we see in this film. Apparently not only has Luke been secluded on an island for a long time, but he must have had been visited by Loki as well to have learned that shit we see at the end of the film. He is now able to project himself across the galaxy to fight a pissed off little baby Kylo. Not only that, he was able to make himself look about 15 years younger, which makes sense for that scene alone. The reason I have an issue with this is because Star Wars has been around for 45 years and we are just now learing that this is a thing that Force sensitve people can do.

Back to unanswered stories from TFW. Captain Phasma was done wrong in this film. She is treated just like Boba Fett, “all flash and no substance.” (Credit to Fanboys) She gets her ass handed to her by a janitor. Done and Done.

We then have the forced comedy. I get it, Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars, but they have only been able to properly execute the humor in the Marvel films. There is a difference when humor makes sense, such as the relationship between the Porgs and Chewie. But when Poe is trolling Hux over the comm link it was over played and prolonged. I get that he was stalling to power up his booster engine, how about you power that thing up before you ever show up. Be ready, its essential in any type of military operation.

Lets move onto the main plot. The Resistance is slowly moving in space away from the First Order throughout the entire movie. They are moving slow due to being low on fuel, so they fly just enough out of range of the Star Destroyer as to not take damage. The Star Destroyer gives chase for two hours, um is it not plasuable for the Star Destroyer to just get closer and end it right then and there. I get it, if that were to happen we would have no main plot point. But come on. Continuing with what I call “mistakes;” in the first act we see rebel bombers hovering over a First Order Dreadnaught ship in space and we get to see a person manually open the bomb bay doors and arm all the bombs to drop. The first thing that comes to my mind is that that person better be wearing a breathing apparatus of some kind and they were. YAY.  But then we see the same scene in another bomber, but that person somehow ends up dead on the floor, so the pilot jumps down to press the drop button with no breathing apparatus at all. Not to mention that they would have been sucked out the opening anyway. Yes I get it, this is a sci-fi movie, but if you are going to take the time to show them wearing a mask of some kind, then stick with it.

Something very similar happens when the bridge on Leia’s ship is blown up and she gets sucked into space but doesnt die. She then uses the Force to pull herself back in the ship, reaches the inner door and Poe opens it to rescue her. As soon as he opened that door everyone and everything should have been sucked out as well.

Oh General Leia Organa, you will be missed and I am saddend that you didnt get a proper send off in this film. I feel one of two things shold have been done with her character. Either she should have died when she was sucked into space, as we know would happen to anyone, or she should have taken that rebel ship herself at the end of the film.

So then we have the Finn (Ryder) and Rose story line. The only two good things that came from that was a chance to see the great acting abilities of Benicio Del Toro and his new character DJ, along with the introduction of a group of little kids. We later find out that one of them is Force sensitive, which gives hope that there is a new generation of possible rebels and Jedi to come. We all know Rebellions are built on Hope. Now I do not want to see, read, or hear anything about this kids lineage. He is Force sensitive end of story, it doesnt matter who his parents are.

Finally everyone can shut the hell up and stop speculating as to who Rey’s parents are. In my opinion, it was answered in TFW that they are nobodys. I have been saying it from the start, she does not have to be realted to a Skywalker or any other Jedi from the previous films to have Force abilities. She is a stand alone badass and she will only continue to grow.

Back to Finn, he was cheated as well in this film. Here is this character that has done nothing but run from trouble and was almost given a heros send off. He made the decision to take one for the team, but its ruined by Rose when she crashes into his junker speeder and throws him off course. He jumps out, runs over to her and channels his inner Jack Dawson and yells something along the lines of  “Rose, why did you do that Rose?” That is follwed by the most akward kiss to be in any film I can recall. That includes the brother sister kisses in Episodes 4 and 5.

I have more that I didnt like about this movie and could keep going, but the rest would feel petty. There were things that I did like alot, for instance the Rey / Kylo team up was amazing . Getting to see Drunk puppet Yoda again was a great surpise. And Snokes guards where badass mother fuckers, even though they all died, they where still more baddass then Capt. Phasma. The Last Jedi all in all was enjoyable and I will own it when it comes out on Blu Ray and that is not only to keep my collection complete. I will actually want to watch it again. I dont spend money on films only to collect them, if I did I would have bought that piece of garbage Pirates 5, but fuck that film it was horrible.

The Return of WonderCon

The title says it all. WonderCon has returned to Anaheim, and this cosplayer is super excited. The food truck line is back and better then 2015, everyone gathering around the fountain to show off their cosplay’s and take group photos and the wide open floor layout for all vendors and artist. It was so good to be back in Anaheim for a convention, to be able to Disney bound throughout the weekend was great.
If you were unaware WonderCon had to be held at the LA Convention Center in 2016 due to construction in Anaheim. So all of us who attended WonderCon in 2016 where very familiar with the LA Convention Center due to Comikaze being held there just 5 months prior. For the amount of vendors, artists and cosplay booths that comic conventions have been building up over the years, having WonderCon in LA wasn’t the best place but we couldn’t just not have WonderCon right?
So as I have said before WonderCon is back in Anaheim and after speaking to a few people over the weekend they are just as happy with it as I am. I look forward to WonderCon next year and many more cons to come.