Posts Tagged ‘Superheroes’

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Since the beginning of time, civilization has always asked what came first. While the public can typically attribute tangible items with an origin, everything else requires documentation to pinpoint an origin, unless generally accepted. For example, today’s gourmet food truck trend started in early 2009 with Kogi BBQ, which everyone will say started it all. When you look at expos for comic books, all fans will tell you that the San Diego one started it all. But with the San Diego Comic Con selling out in seconds every year, what else can fans do? Sure they can shell out the cash for super inflated after-market passes, but why not travel up two hours to the greater Los Angeles area? We have witnessed countless comic events in Southern California, with one seemingly popping up every weekend or two. But how does one know which event to go to compared to others? It takes the brave to venture out and seek the new comic events, and many found that the Comic Con Revolution held up to its promise to deliver a fantastic comic con experience.

The 1st Annual Comic Con Revolution took place at the Ontario Convention Center this past Saturday to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo worked in a very small space to hold that many fans. Taking place in most of the rooms on the first floor, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists traveled here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans could gain access to the entire show floor for the low price of $25 per person or $15 for teenagers, with children 12 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars took place in the surrounding meeting rooms for those who registered ahead of time. True fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. For a small space, it took some time to walk through every single aisle to gaze at all the work on display.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly donned their best gear for this expo. Check out some of the amazing costumes that I encountered at Comic Con Revolution below.

Considering the massive turnout for this event along with the cramped space, not only do I foresee Comic Con Revolution returning next year, but I also predict that they will have to expand their space to accommodate for all the extra vendors and attendees that will want to attend next year. Comic Con Revolution joins the ranks of big comic events in Southern California, such as San Diego Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con/Expo, Wonder Con, Los Angeles Comic Con (formerly Comikaze), Anime Expo, Fantasia Comic Con, Comic Excitement Con, and lots of others. Keep in touch with future updates from Comic Con Revolution by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Advertisements

Like a flash, the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics returned to the convention center’s Hall C just like previous years, and visitors had to enter from the east side instead of the usual west side due to another convention taking place along the western rooms. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms across from Hall C, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor in the same side of the room as previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo, but due to the weekend’s storms, a few things got moved around – notably, anything vehicular moved to the other side from the entrance, such as themed cars and the mobile food vendors. Many cosplayers often remain out in front for photo shoots; however, due to the weather, most attendees preferred to remain inside the expo halls. Overall, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend, and many attribute that to bad weather.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in early September. The Fall event should return to the exact same location as this past weekend’s event, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as WonderCon at the end of March, or Anime Expo in early July. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

The 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, taking place over two days in all its glory. Returning to Hall C and the Pacific Promenade area, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, with children 10 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the surrounding meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions.

Some general tips to make your visit pleasant:

  • Peak time: 12pm-2pm on Saturday, as you will encounter the most amount of cosplayers at this time
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you will walk a lot.
  • I advise staying for as long as possible to see more and interact with other attendees. Also have enough energy to last the entire time.
  • While mostly indoors, a lot of the cosplayers like to hang out outside for photo shoots. Regardless, it would behoove you to dress for chilly or possibly rainy weather.
  • Have extra cash available for food as well as merchandise if you think you will buy something inside the expo.
  • Get into character! Even if you cannot dress up, cosplayers love to act their part and interact with others.
  • Expect to take a lot of photos, so bring an extra camera or power bank for smartphones.
  • I know we normally tell our kids to not talk to strangers, but at this event, attendees encourage others to chat with the cosplayers, especially children.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Streetlight Manifesto’s The Year With No End Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18, The Novo, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.thenovodtla.com/events/detail/307918
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00505D12932E44
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/streetlightmanifesto
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Skapunk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19-20
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $30.

Gam3rCon 2016
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 20-24
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20-21
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

2nd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 20
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $100 and starts at 7:30pm while gold admission costs $125 and starts at 7:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6:00pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Modern Times 3rd Anniversary Hits The Road
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Library Alehouse, Santa Monica
http://moderntimesbeer.com/events/so-cal

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer turned three years old recently, and to celebrate, they will tap their beers at various locations throughout Southern California during the second half of July as part of an anniversary tour. That tour visits Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this Wednesday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Women’s Beer Forum: Chapman Crafted Beer
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from new Orange County brewery Chapman Crafted Beer. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Hop-Con 4.0
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
9:30 am – 7:00 pm, July 21-23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1740322739584602/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Creamistry Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 21
Creamistry, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/305285206483142/

A Creamistry will open its doors to the public in Torrance this Thursday afternoon. The first 200 customers will receive a t-shirt with their order. Customers visiting between 2pm to 4pm can receive free ice cream.

Reinheitsgebot 500 Years of German Beer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/267950600245903/

Alpine Village will have a bunch of German beers available for just $4 or $5 this Thursday evening in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the passing of a vital German beer law. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

2016 Dew Tour
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 22-24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 24
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

Weird Al Yankovic’s The Mandatory World Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills
http://weirdal.com/

Weird Al Yankovic will headline two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Tickets may have already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available for sale.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

35th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/554465994725913/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 23-24
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

5.11 Tactical – Carson Grand Opening
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 23
5.11 Tactical, Carson
http://www.511tactical.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/826659177464480/

A new 5.11 Tactical store will open their doors to the public this Saturday, and you may attend for free. Arrive early for free food, giveaways, promotions, and more.

Introduction to Extract Homebrewing Class
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 23
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/282683205418664/

Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and the procedure of extract brewing during this class this Saturday morning. Attendees will get to actually do some work, so wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Following the class, attendees will receive 10% off purchases in the store.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
FilAm ARTS, Westlake, Los Angeles
http://www.grublife.com/toliveanddineinla/

Some kind of food, art, and music event will take place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Virtually no information exists for this, such as admission fees, prices, and more. If this event sounds appealing to you, approach it with lots of time and money on hand.

Craftsmen Brewing Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/515674518621273/

For as long as Craftsmen Brewing has existed, they have not had a tasting room. This Saturday, they will have a special event in Whittier, so do not miss out on this rare opportunity to check out Craftsmen Brewing in person.

The Surf Life 1 Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 23
The Surf Life, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/508572502667070/

This Pacific Beach clothing shop celebrates their anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and 25% off your purchase.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 23
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1692436131017899/

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2016
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.losthighwayfest.com/

A motorcycle show and rock concert comes to San Bernardino this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

4th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 23
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $44 and starts at 3:30pm, while presale VIP admission costs $54 and starts at 2:30pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Funk Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://curious-ent.com/event/orange-county-funkfest/

An all-day funk concert takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Tickets start at $40 and go up to $200.

Beer Fest For Beer Geeks: Drink To Independence
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
STOUT, Hollywood
http://beerfestforbeergeeks.com/festivals/drink-to-independence/

Drink lots of Belgian beers this Saturday evening in Hollywood. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Heroes Vs Villains Art Exhibit
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1749205555313971/

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in San Diego this Saturday evening.

2016 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachgrandcru.com/

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Super Video Game Land 3 at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.supervideogameland.com/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Saturday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Ska Show @ Don The Beachcomber
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/902500483250918/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Sunset Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Out Of Order’s “Stuck In The Mud” Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 23, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfOrder2013

Punk rock band Out Of Order currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

2nd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to this event cost $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://facetofacemusic.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/facetoface

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show featuring Face To Face, Guttermouth, and more this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25.

Like a flash, the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics returned to the same setup as last year. The expo returned to Hall C just like in 2012-2013, and visitors had to enter from the east side instead of the usual west side due to another convention taking place along the western rooms. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms across from Hall C, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor instead of a separate room like last year. Aside from the location changes, nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the Saturday of the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

Interested in more of my cosplay photos? Check out some of my albums below:

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in September. The Fall event generally takes place in Hall B, a larger space than the Expo, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Anime Expo in early July or Anime California in August. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Since the beginning of time, civilization has always asked what came first. While the public can typically attribute tangible items with an origin, everything else requires documentation to pinpoint an origin, unless generally accepted. For example, today’s gourmet food truck trend started in early 2009 with Kogi BBQ, which everyone will say started it all. When you look at expos for comic books, all fans will tell you that the San Diego one started it all. But with the San Diego Comic Con selling out in seconds every year, what else can fans do? Sure they can shell out the cash for super inflated after-market passes, but why not travel up the coast two hours to Long Beach? After all, Long Beach plays home to the semiannual Long Beach Comic Expo, which costs less and never sells out.

The 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, taking place over two days in all its glory. Returning to Hall C and the foyer on the southwest side, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, with children 10 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the promenade meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

I have hundreds of photos from a previous year’s expo, which you can find at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.298093063688353.1073741947.132847846879543
Yes, I just went full lazy-mode here. View a teaser photo here, selected as a top favorite from my album:

Earlier I had mentioned that this expo occurs semiannually. The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in September. The Fall event generally takes place in Hall B, a larger space than the Expo, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Anime Expo in early July or Anime California in August. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.downtownla.com/dog-day-2015-rsvp.asp

This FREE and all-ages event brings together dogs and dog lovers from around town to mingle and enjoy a night of fun and relaxation. In addition to meeting a bunch of other dogs, visitors will find live music, vendors, pet adoptions, and more.

Gam3rCon 2015
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 9-12
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gam3rcon-tickets-15355124591

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 9
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/973629712667755/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Absolution Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

X – Album Show Weekend
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 9-12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/X-4-day-pass

Legendary punk band X will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

Ten Foot Pole: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ten-foot-pole
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/884019

Enjoy a classic punk rock show this Thursday and Friday night. Ticket prices and age limits vary, so click on a show’s link for more information.

TWO YEAR Barrel-Aged Acurum – LIMITED Release
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 10
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/602960973179241/

Valiant Brewing will release the ultra-rare Acurum bottles this Friday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this extremely limited brew.

Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 10
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1122847081063191/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Friday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-10th-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202195229

Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

BeautyCon LA
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/la

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this one-day event at The Reef in Los Angeles this Saturday. General admission costs $30 and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

Beachwood Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 12:00 am, July 11
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497953640450113/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 4th anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles/losangeles-fair-details

This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/829925280410272/

Boulevard Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

New Belgium Brewing + The Do LaB Celebration
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 11
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610015875941133/

At this FREE event, have fun with typical antics by The Do LaB, and enjoy some beer that New Belgium Brewing created exclusively for The Do LaB. In addition, catch live music, food, wine, and other activities. Food and wine come at a separate cost, so bring cash for those.

3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Loma Club, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $49 and starts at 3pm, while presale VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $60, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

Four Brewers 1st Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603383939947180/

This craft beer podcast celebrates a year in the industry this Saturday at Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission costs nothing to attend, while special anniversary glasses cost $12. The brewery will have an exclusive saison on tap brewed just for this occasion, and the podcast crew will have swag to give away, such as stickers and pins.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-2015/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 12
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Afternoon Delight: A Sunday Funday of Bands and Burlesque
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/465842670240763/

Enjoy local music and burlesque this Sunday in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10

Like a flash, the 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics underwent some changes since last year’s expo. Whereas last year’s expo took place in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor, this year’s expo returned to Hall C just like in 2012-2013. However, visitors had to enter from the east side instead of the usual west side due to another convention taking place along the western rooms. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms across from Hall C, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor instead of a separate room like last year. Aside from the location changes, nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo.

Early on in the expo, everyone present at the expo observed a moment of silence for Leonard Nimoy. Not surprisingly, throughout the day, I witnessed an extraordinary amount of Star Trek cosplayers, more than I had ever seen at an event not dedicated to Star Trek.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as The Joker and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Unfortunately I did not manage to acquire as many photos as I have in the past – please do enjoy the few that I got, and check out my photo albums from previous expos linked below.

Interested in more of my cosplay photos? Check out some of my albums below:

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns on the second weekend of September. The Fall event generally takes place in Hall B, a larger space than the Expo, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Anime Expo in early July or Anime California in August. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Since the beginning of time, civilization has always asked what came first. While the public can typically attribute tangible items with an origin, everything else requires documentation to pinpoint an origin, unless generally accepted. For example, today’s gourmet food truck trend started in early 2009 with Kogi BBQ, which everyone will say started it all. When you look at expos for comic books, all fans will tell you that the San Diego one started it all. But with the San Diego Comic Con selling out in seconds every year, what else can fans do? Sure they can shell out the cash for super inflated after-market passes, but why not travel up the coast two hours to Long Beach? After all, Long Beach plays home to the semiannual Long Beach Comic Expo, which costs less and never sells out.

The 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, taking place over two days in all its glory. Returning to Hall C and the foyer on the southwest side, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, with children 10 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the promenade meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

I have hundreds of photos from last year’s expo, which you can find at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.298093063688353.1073741947.132847846879543
Yes, I just went full lazy-mode here. View a teaser photo here, selected as a top favorite from my album:

Earlier I had mentioned that this expo occurs semiannually. The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns on the second weekend of September. The Fall event generally takes place in Hall B, a larger space than the Expo, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Anime Expo in early July or Anime California in August. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

Bigger and better than ever, the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con swept the streets of Downtown Long Beach this past weekend. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, this convention for all things comics went back to the basics by focusing solely on the comics world. Two years ago, the Comic Con also had a Horror theme since it took place around Halloween time. With the event moving to November last year, and September this year, the horror theme left to allow the Comic Con to flourish under the magnificent glory of everything comics. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms on the main floor to the north, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. The coveted Cosplay Corner, an area dedicated to all those who dressed for the occasion, took up residence inside the showroom floor at the furthest left corner. Aside from a few aesthetic changes, nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Con.

Of course, how can we have a comic con without the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character? At any event involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Star Wars characters often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Overall, those who put the most effort into their costumes gets the most attention, and someone who simply buys a costume does not get as much attention. To those who did a good job on their costume, I would like to thank them, and properly credit them for their photo. As I discover the people I took photos of, I will add their info to each photo. For now, I would like to thank the following individuals for allowing me to take a photo of them, and for sending me a link to their info.

I totally had my fanboy moment when I saw the American McGee version of Alice, which I dub Madness Alice. I choked and forgot to ask for a business card or some other form of contact. Luckily Hitomi Chan found me and provided me with a link to her Facebook page. Go support her!

Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo!

Which costume do you like the most? Leave a comment below mentioning which costumes stood out the most to you. Keep in mind that the 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo moves up to the end of February, three months earlier than last year! Keep that weekend clear, for you will not want to miss out on all the great action seen only at a convention of this scale.