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Long Beach Comic Expo 2011: Recap

Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past Saturday, a small convention dedicated to comic-lovin’ put together by the Long Beach Comic Con crew. Again, I am happy to have these conventions so close to where I live (I don’t have any stalkers out there, do I?)! My friend/co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, was covering the con for the hand that feeds us, LA Weekly, and I agreed to accompany her with my camera.

For me, the day started out extra early. I had bought a badge to be an extra for The Guild, season 5 since they were filming at the convention. All of us extras had to be there by 7:30am. Brutal. I was also on set the Thursday before the convention. It was a 8am to 8pm work day and I felt it. Shooting movies, films and webseries shows truly is a labor of love for these guys and I can not imagine doing it on a regular basis. I found newfound respect for the people of movie land.

Still, the experience to be an extra for my favorite web series was truly a dream come true! I’ve had fantasies about this, people! My mad love-girl-crush on Felicia Day is no secret! I can’t talk much about the details and what I witnessed but it’s all going to be coming out this summer time. That’s not too far away so hold on– I will probably make another blog post once the episode is out. Then I will reveal and tell all. I have to say that I did meet some awesome people on set, so shout out to all my fellow Guildie-extras!

Around noon time, I discarded my Hollywood dress and Liz and I met up and hit the convention floor. I love smaller conventions. I have been going to bigger conventions for many years and those experiences have prepared me for all-day-shenanigans… I often forget that this is not the case with small conventions.

In about two hours, Liz and I have walked in circles around the exhibit hall about 25 times and already met and talked to a bunch of creators. Liz’s articles are online:

Comic Book Series 140 Crowdsources Twitter, While Chafed Imagines Internet as Human

Long Beach Comic Expo: Five Things We Love About Small Conventions

It was real treat to meet Steve Niles (author of 30 Days of Night) in person. In my ‘woke-up-too-early-today’ daze, I completely walked by his booth and missed him. Luckily, he recognized me from my twitter account and flagged me down. I was fangirl-strucked for a couple of minutes (this only happens in front of comic book creators and the Supernatural cast members… go figure) but quickly snapped out of my zombie state. We chatted with him for awhile and received copies of his newest project. Super cool and nice guy and I highly recommend tracking him down on the convention floor.

As Liz mentions in ‘Five Things We Love About Small Conventions’ – Long Beach Comic Expo was not only fun for comic book lovers, but a great way to meet some of the best artists, writers, etc. in the industry. Although the exhibit hall was somewhat crowded since it was a small one, it was completely possible to talk to the people at their booths and get to know these talents.

I can’t say enough good things about LBCC and everyone involved in the organization. Keep it up and I will be there every year!

Check out my LA Weekly Slideshow from the convention!

Meeting The Guildies!

Meeting The Guild!

I spent my Friday at work, worrying about how I might not make it to Golden Apple Comics on Melrose in time for The Guild comic book signing. Felicia Day along with the rest of the Guildies hosted a cocktail party inside the comic book store at 6:00 pm that night. The event was scheduled to end at 8:00 pm! I made it there by 7:30 and was way lucky to be the last person in line for the signing. Whew!

I was pretty nervous to meet Felicia and everybody. I just have so much respect for that girl– she’s a geek, smart, an amazing writer, and an even more amazing actress. What’s not to look up to?

The autograph started with Robin Thorsen (Clara), Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo), Jeff Lewis (Vork), Amy Okuda (Tinkerbella), Vincent Caso (Bladezz), and then Felicia sat at the end. Everyone was so accommodating and full of smiles. Especially Robin, she told me- “Looks like they saved the best for last!”

I seriously wanted to squeeze them all in giant hugs- but I settled for babbling like a fangirl and telling them how much I enjoyed them and the show (I couldn’t think of anything cool to say the whole time I waited in line… such a nerdling I am). Although, I did ask Vincent to do a Bladezz sexy face for Giselle, who couldn’t be there.

Meeting The Guild!

I told Felicia she was my hero and we kind of had a gushy-gushy conversation. She is so incredibly nice in person that I have more respect for her now. I am looking forward to seeing and supporting more of her future projects.

Meeting The Guild! Meeting The Guild!
Meeting The Guild! Meeting The Guild!
Meeting The Guild! Meeting The Guild!
Meeting The Guild! Meeting The Guild!

Meeting The Guild!

Check my flickr gallery for a couple of other photos and short videos!