On Saturday I went to Long Beach Comic Con, a fairly young comic book convention that is small enough that comic books *GASP!* are still the primary focus.
Anyhooters, it was pretty epic for me because I attended as a “professional” aka a member of the press. My list of press passes has been steadily growing but this was my first for a comic con so it was very exciting for me.
<– See? That’s me being excited.
Here are some of the highlights:
If you don’t know what Team Unicorn is then you need to crawl out from whatever rock you’ve been living under. The second I walked up to them one of them put her arms out and said “you’re a unicorn!” It was a proud moment for me, let me tell you! Yes, they are hottie mctotties, but what really struck me was how nice they were. They stood there and talked t-shirts with me (we all agree that Cafe Press sucks major monkey balls) for way longer than they needed to. Friendly hot girls? Yup, they exist.
I turned around and there was Clare Grant’s hubby Seth Green so naturally, I had to get a picture with him too. I’ve been a fan of this guy since My Stepmother is an Alien so when he and Alyson Hannigan teamed up again on Buffy it was like nerdvana. Random fun fact: Seth was also an uncredited vampire in the orginal film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I met him I blurted out that I was a big fan of his wife, which is very very true, but Seth, if you ever read this, my love of you came first
After that we headed off to a light saber demonstration by Saber Guild, a not-for-profit costumed performance group. Apparently they do a lot of performances for charity which I’m all for. Some of the Jedi and Sith were better fighters than others but they were all very enthusiastic and the kids in the audience were super into it.
Here’s a video I took of the climax of the battle and the young Padawan who helped defeat Darth Vader:
Renowned horror master John Carpenter was in attendance. Not gonna lie, he didn’t look thrilled to be there, but he’s one of the most prolific sci-fi/horror directors of all time so I was glad that he was.
Apparently Thomas Jane was there (representing Raw Studios with Tim Bradstreet) because at one point he came over the intercom and, speaking verrrry slooooowwwly, asked all of the men to stop what they were doing, take out their “pieces” and wave them around. I’m just going to assume that my dirty sense of humor correctly deduced what “pieces” meant. Alas, I didn’t see him which was a bummer.
On to costumed characters!
Wonder Woman was actually there with Wolverine but Wolvie kept getting pushed aside so that WW could take pictures with Asian Superman. Never thought I’d say this but Wolvie was kind of a bitch.
I’m pretty sure that this pop can tab creation is supposed to be Iron Man. Old school Iron Man circa 1963 before he hired Maaco to paint his suit red and gold.
Believe it or not, these two crazy kids had never heard of Night of the Living Trekkies, they just randomly decided that dressing up as Starfleet Zombies would be awesome. I’m still not sure how I feel about my favorite franchise being combined with my biggest fear…kind of seems like a conspiracy against me.
This guys claims he’s dressed up as a video game character and NOT a Doctor Who character but I choose not to believe him and I straight up told him so. I’m pretty sure I made him laugh under that rubbery exterior.
Speaking of Doctor Who…I was pretty stoked to find this hot female Dalek.
On to the next franchise – Star Wars! Jango Fett was hanging out by the light saber demonstration. Obviously doing recon.
Big Daddy Darth Vader was hanging out by the Occupy the Death Star booth.
He thought I was adorable.
This robotic R2D2 was controlled incognito by a guy who kept his hand in the bag over his shoulder. People would walk up to it and it would move, confusing the heck out of them. It was pretty funny.
Y’all know I heart me some Harry. There were no Gryffindors in sight but there was a Ravenclaw and a Slytherin. Although, to be honest, she looked way too nice to be a true Slytherin.
“Occupy” paradies were all over the place but this was probably my favorite.
And last but not least, I leave you with two awesome t-shirts. This first one I found at a t-shirt vendor. I didn’t have the balls to buy it but I thought it was fucking hi-larious.
And me wearing my brand-spanking new Team Unicorn t-shirt the morning after.