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WE LOOK OVER LOS ANGELES COMIC-CON! 

Los Angeles Comic-Con has had a tumultuous history in its years of existence.  This is the first year since its separation from San Lee’s POW Entertainment  What kind of convention is it now?

The entrance to the Los Angeles Convention Center

DEALER’S HALL

L.A. Comic-Con has one of the best Dealer’s Halls I have ever seen.  They sprinkle larger booths throughout the hall with wide walking lanes.  Moreover, they have a very wide main walkway from the front doors, giving the entrance a “red carpet” feel.  There is an awesome variance of booths including Aspen Comics, Jay’s Comic Books, and a number of different comic dealers, in addition to pop culture vendors including Hot Topic, Toynami, and Women of Wrestling.

Meanwhile, all of the main panels and events happen on L.A. Comic-Con’s Main Stage at the rear center of the Dealer’s Hall.  I love this configuration because it gives you a second chance at purchases you were unsure of in prior walks in the hall.

The crowd waiting to get into the Dealer’s Hall!

OUTSIDE THE HALL

The convention also has a terrific mix of industry and fan panels.  Their schedule is littered with interesting panels including the Prospect film, Legion M, and Valiant Comics, but also has the Boo Crew Live, Sketch Fighter, and Cosplay on a Budget.

The guest list is also pretty impressive.  In one day, I met five members of the cast of Steven Universe, Danny Trejo, Skottie Young, and Chris Burnham.

ISSUES

There is a couple of downsides in Los Angeles Comic-Con.  One large problem is that the lines for signatures are not long, although they do take a while to get through.  The guests love their fans and are chatty.  I fully appreciate that.  Though when they take 10 minutes or so per person, that means a line of 20 people can take two hours or more to be done.  That can limit your time in other places.

The other problem is that there are three panels on the first day of the convention, total.  All of these panels are on the Main Stage.  Meanwhile, there is nothing else to do besides the Dealer’s Hall.  Unless you have a good social life at the convention, you can quickly run short on activities.

I’m big… but not THAT big.

Overall, Los Angeles Comic-Con is a good convention.  With that said, it has to either take more risks to set itself apart or find a way to bring in more industry booths.  If they don’t, Day 1 will continue to be a quiet affair that fans may avoid just to save money and vacation days.

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