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BAT Cons 2014 – Long Beach Comic Expo Adventures Plus Photogalleries

By B. Alex Thompson

Convention season is in full swing now, so it’s full speed ahead!  This time we go into the Long Beach Comic Expo experience! This is show #4 for 2014.

I’ve been going to the Long Beach Comic-Expo for the past four years as a visitor, but last year was the first time I had a table (shared with Jannelle Juarez & Joe Hernandez).  That went well enough that I decided to give both shows a shot for 2014.

I knew LBCC had two shows, but I always ended up at the Fall one.  For whatever reason I never could find the time to attend the Spring show.  I kinda expected the Expo to be the same size and in the same place as the Con, but that wasn’t the case.

But that’s getting ahead of things a bit.  Let’s start from the beginning…

FRIDAY

Since Long Beach is only an hour drive from the house, I decided to set up early.  I was surprised that the unloading dock from last year wasn’t available so I parked (having to pay, even as an exhibiter) and went to check things out.  From there I discovered why the unloading dock wasn’t available- because the expo was being held in the upstairs section of the convention center (some other event was using the main hall).  That seemed a bit weird to me.  After making the trek up the stairs I wondered how many people would get lost and give up trying to find the expo.

After getting my badges (at least that part was easy), I had to make the not so fun trek back down in the blazing hot sun to the parking garage, grab all my stuff from the car, and make my way all the way back up to the show floor.  Again, NOT FUN.

This was the first time I had prints to showcase, so an upside of setting up was discovering the table had room for all the books in addition to the prints binder.  VERY COOL!

Another downside was the small aisle behind the creators (the back-to-back space).  I realized that if I set up my standing banners and wire shelves it would make things difficult for my neighbors and me to move around, not to mention potential claustrophobia status for everyone.  To be a good neighbor, I decided against setting up my banners.

With set up finished, I shut the studio down and made my way home.

SATURDAY

Day one started off well as I discovered that my friends and fellow convention circuit goers Chris & Chrissy Callahan (RoboChuck) were behind me at a slight angle.  Their placement was in a row that was pretty much far off the beaten path, but we all remained hopeful that traffic would make it to them (it didn’t, but more on that later).

 

Settling in, I met my neighbors Gavin Andazola (The Stone Legacy) and Rachel Walker (Edge of the World Art) who became great people for conversation in the slow moments of the show day.

For a smaller show, traffic was actually pretty decent for a first day.  Many postcard flyers were passed out and a few sales were made.  The lull periods weren’t too terrible as my myriad of neighbors beside and behind me were awesome to converse with (although many of my neighbors used their standing banners anyway, I was glad I didn’t to become the hub of the socializing circle).

There were a lot of cool cosplayers out, some I met at previous shows (and it’s always great to see familiar faces at these events).  All in all, Saturday didn’t do gangbuster numbers, but it was good from a promotional stand to get the word out.  The last day of the show usually brings the last minute sales, so we were all curious to what Sunday would bring.

SUNDAY

Sunday my brother Bryan came to the show with us.  While Denise held the table down, he and I were able to check out the show itself.  We saw more cosplayers, bought more discount TPBs, and we ran into good friends like Allen Carter, Neo Edmund,  Jannelle & Joe.  We also met cool new friends like Terence Anthony, Tracy PrincessTrek, Geek Outlaw, and Robert Tomoguchi.

 

By the end of the day we made enough sales to justify the show experience.  We were among the lucky ones as there were some creators in pretty unfortunate places like Chris and Terence in the back row (I later learned that LBCE made up for that problematic placement).

Though the show was smaller than expected, it was a good enough experience that I am interested in exhibiting at LBCE next year.  Hopefully they secure a bigger space for the next Expo and in a location easier to haul all of your set up stuff!

Thanks for reading my convention experience with the Long Beach Comic Expo.  Come back soon when I present my upcoming experience with the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con!

Los Angeles born and Midwest raised, B. Alex Thompson is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and letterer who has done work for Alias Enterprises, Approbation Comics, Arcana Studios, Lion Forge Comics, and Graphic Planet. Thompson is mostly known for his experimental humor/horror title Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies which has over twenty-five issues released and more in the works. Discover more via www.AlexThompsonWriter.com and Tweet him directly @ApproBAT

BAT Cons 2014 – Long Beach Comic Expo Adventures Plus Photogalleries

Bryan Singer Reveals How X-Men: Apocalypse Begins

It looks like X-Men: Apocalypse will pick up where Days of Future Past left off, and that’s in ancient Egypt. Bryan Singer shared a photo of the treatment for the new movie, highlighting the start of “sequence 1-15.”

When it comes to changing a known mutant into a horseman, they could go with Angel, they could go with Wolverine, they could go with both or they could surprise us.

Two original glazed says they go with Wolverine. About time they flip the switch and give Hugh Jackman some villainous snarling to do, isn’t it? Commercially speaking, Fox’s bean counters would surely like that idea.

Apocalypse is set for May 27th 2016.

Bryan Singer Reveals How X-Men: Apocalypse Begins

Orbiting Around The Wicked & The Divine, Witchfinder, Thomas Alsop, Alex + Ada And More

Bleeding Cool welcomes back The Orbiting Pod, the podcast of Orbital Comics in London.

They say:

Welcome to Episode 156 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, we worship false idols with The Wicked & The Divine #1, get an electric eel shock with Witchfinder #1, play the generation game with Thomas Alsop #1, let the juice loose with Moose Kid Comics #1, keep it on the level with Archie #656, get a software update with Alex + Ada #7 , and much more!

You can follow Robin, Adam, Michael & Owen & The Podcast on Twitter, be our Facebook friend, and subscribe on iTunes!

Orbiting Around The Wicked & The Divine, Witchfinder, Thomas Alsop, Alex + Ada And More

DC Officially Names New WONDER WOMAN Creative Team

A husband and wife creative team will take over the reins of DC's Wonder Woman ongoing series in November.

DC Officially Names New WONDER WOMAN Creative Team

A husband and wife creative team will take over the reins of DC's Wonder Woman ongoing series in November.

DC Officially Names New WONDER WOMAN Creative Team

A husband and wife creative team will take over the reins of DC's Wonder Woman ongoing series in November.

Comics And Cosplay Presents Con Week: Do Cons Need Cosplay Dress Codes?

By Ian Mageto

Comics and Cosplay host and Bleeding Cool’s Bleeding Cosplay columnist Ian Mageto presents a week of videos for “Con Week” where he investigates hot topics around how cons and anime conventions are run and what the experience is like for fans. In this episode he discusses cosplay dress code policies.

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Also Check out Ian’s weekly cosplay article at Bleeding Cool
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Comics And Cosplay Presents Con Week: Do Cons Need Cosplay Dress Codes?

Community Renewed For A Sixth Season To Air On Yahoo’s Web Video Service

Negotiations went down to the wire but Sony have now made a deal for a thirteen episode, sixth season of Community with Yahoo Screen, the web video streaming service. As of tomorrow the cast would have been free of their contracts and it might have been impossible, or at least expensive, to get them back.

I don’t know how Yahoo expect to make enough revenue here to pay for such an ambitious production.  Sony will draw some of the budget from oversea sales, but all the same, this is bound to be a loss leader for Yahoo. For the first time ever, though, I’m talking about Yahoo Screen and so is everybody else. Maybe they’re very smart.

Anyway, there you go. Six seasons it is. A movie too? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Community Renewed For A Sixth Season To Air On Yahoo’s Web Video Service

Now Constantine TV Show Pilots Leaks On Torrent Sites, As Well As Flash

“Make them nice and tight love.”

“Believe it or not, I came here voluntarily. My name is John Constantine. And I’m an exorcist. In my line of work there are days you just need to forget. But some you never will.”

Okay, some folk will suspect that they are doing this on purpose. But I don’t think so.

But, yes, just as with CW’s The Flash, the upcoming first episode of NBC’s Constantine TV series has leaked.

Will Gotham make it three for three before its San Diego Comic Con screening?

Now Constantine TV Show Pilots Leaks On Torrent Sites, As Well As Flash

Wonder Woman Comic Gets New Creative Team

"Who will take over Wonder Woman?" has been one of the biggest questions in comics ever since Brian Azzrello and Cliff Chiang announced they were ending their three-year run on the title. Today the answer was reported by USA Today: the husband/wife team of artist David Finch and writer Meredith Finch.

Wonder Woman by David Finch. Wonder Woman by David Finch.

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