The smell of aging books wafted through the main hall at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Sunday, March 19. Celebrating its thirty-eighth year, the one-day show boasts an affordable $5 admission and free parking, and, in return, attendees can browse the tables of over fifty vendors. While there were tons of vintage paperbacks of various genres – westerns, mysteries, science fiction, and horror – there were also hardback books of recent and classic fiction, original artwork, and back issues of Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Illustration, and many other magazines. Books filled makeshift shelving units, stacked on tables, or in long boxes under the tables. It was all a matter of rooting around until you found a treasure that you could not be without.
Saving Throw, one of the earliest Twitch channels to start streaming tabletop RPGs, invites you to attend a 24-hour gaming marathon themed like a school dance, aptly named "The Saving Throw Spring Formal: A Knight to Remember." Streaming live on Twitch from Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m./PST to Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m./PST, the marathon will include geeky music, awkward dancing, and snacks galore, but, most of all, there will be gaming! 24 straight hours of it!
On Friday afternoon, February 17, 2017, while the biggest storm front in past few years moved into the Los Angeles region, prompting severe flood warnings, an undaunted group of 50 – 70 comic professionals checked in at the Long Beach Convention Center for the first annual Comic Creator Conference (C3). The conference, held the day before the Long Beach Comic Expo, brought together new and seasoned professionals in the comic book industry for a conference where knowledge and assistance could be shared, creating an opportunity to build and/or strengthen the attendees' business and profitability within the industry and in other mediums, according to Legendary Comics SVP/Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck’s welcome letter in the program.
Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon was joined by three talents in the comic book and entertainment industries - Megan Hutchison (Rockstars, Will o’ the Wisp), Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight), and Laura Lee Bahr (Angel Meat, Haunt) - for a fifty-minute panel at Long Beach Comic Expo 2017 titled “Women on the Dark Side.”
In the final hours of this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo, as the attendees began to trickle out and a few vendors closed shop early, the panel programming was still vibrant with activity. One well-attended panel was the “Writer Seeking Artist: Finding and Maintaining Healthy Collaboration,” full of budding writers eager to be instilled with advice on how to partner with an artist in hopes to see their stories come to fruition. The panel was moderated by Rosie Knight (Cougar and Cub) with Kelly Sue Milano (Hex11), James F. Wright (Lupina, Nutmeg), Johnny Parker II (Elvish, Black Fist and Brown Hand), Joshua Henaman (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman), and Nick Marino (Cougar and Cub, Holy F*ck) participating as the subject-matter experts.
While many folks attend comic book cons for the “con experience” of meeting celebrities, buying art, and viewing all the cosplay, there’s still a significant amount of attendees that take advantage of the various workshops and panels that offer access to decades of industry knowledge and insight from the professionals who make themselves available.
Since its inception in 1999, IDW has become the premier comic book publisher of licensed IPs from movies and television shows. From '80s staples such as My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Jem and the Holograms to more modern fare such as Silent Hill, Orphan Black, and CSI, IDW has given older properties renewed life and rejuvenation through continued stories via sequential art, employing amazingly talented writers and artists in order to give the properties justice; however, even though the licensed material is what IDW is known for, the publisher also has a handful of creator-owned titled as well, such as Amelia Cole, Satellite Falling, and The Electric Sublime! that all deserve underscoring, as well.
The SoCal Retro Gaming Expo held its 2017 winter edition convention this past weekend, on February 4th and 5th at the Ontario Convention Center. Previously, the convention’s 2016 summer show was held at the Frank and Son Collectible Show in the City of Industry and was a one-day affair. (Read the Fanbase Press coverage of the summer edition here.) Although the winter convention was a two day event, this write-up serves to document Sunday.
New Jersey’s largest indoor toy, comic, collectibles, and gaming con, ToyConNJ, was held the weekend of November 12 and 13 at the PAL building in Parsippany. Over 30,000 square feet of gyms, utilities rooms, and hallways held over 200 eight-foot tables filled with vintage and contemporary toys, movie memorabilia, comic books, video games, artwork, and more. From hard-to-find G.I. Joes to the latest Funko POP! figures, the vendors offered a huge range of toys at reasonable prices.