Comics and Conventions in Long Beach
The first Long Beach Comic Con came and went this past weekend. I was only in attendance on Saturday, but I felt like the convention was a success. I had a relaxing time walking around the exhibit hall, poking through the artist alley, and chatting with local friends. I loved the “small con” feeling! Unfortunately, none of the panels really interested me but that didn’t subtract from the ultimate experience.
The line for Jim Lee took a long time to move as he was late to his signing, but the line was not long at all. Although by the time it was our turn to see him, he was rushed and couldn’t take the time to do but a quick autograph and doodle, instead of a sketch. I guess you can’t really complain though!
I didn’t have much of meet-and-greet agenda which made it a more pleasant surprise to meet actor and writer, Mike McMillian of Archaia Comics.
What a fantastic guy! He was completely personable. I have yet to see an episode of True Blood, but he is currently playing one of the bigger roles in the TV show. He didn’t give off a Mister-Hollywood-Vibe though. It was unfortunate that his presence wasn’t advertised enough because there was no line during his signing. I even went back a second time to chat with him and get a second signed poster for a friend. I hope his comic book series will become a success! The encounter peaked my interest in Archaia too and will probably check out more of their books in the future.
I hope this convention keeps coming back every year! It was loads of fun!