Greetings! Welcome to my latest photo gallery. I went to the Long Beach Comic Con and reconnected with quite a few people in the steampunk community and literary world. It's always good to see familiar faces. I met some new people too and that's also a plus. The Long Beach Comic Con is usually an annual event for me. It was pretty disorganized this year, but still very entertaining. You should scroll through this post to check out my rogues gallery. Have fun!
First, I encountered Fanbase Press. They're an independent comic book publisher and a local favorite. I see them regularly at the various cons. They're also very helpful to indie authors like me because they provide a lot of marketing support. The Margins is their newest comic book line. It's about a comic book author who creates stories that literally come to life. I assume it's in the realm of sci-fi or dark fantasy. You can find out more about Fanbase Press at www.fanbasepress.com.
I don't remember seeing this vendor before. AfterShock Comics has all kinds of comic books that would be great for someone like me. They publish titles in the horror, sci-fi, superhero, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic genres. Animosity is a post-apocalyptic series that focuses on an animal rebellion. It's a little bit like the tv show called Zoo. A Walk Through Hell is a psychological horror that throws a couple of FBI agents into deep trouble. Pestilence is an alternate version of the infamous Black Death in the form of a medieval zombie apocalypse. I purchased the first two volumes of a steampunk comic book series called Rough Riders. It's an alternate version of 19th century America with Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, and other historical figures playing the role of steampunk vigilantes. I haven't read the series yet, but I'm sure it's going to be exciting! www.aftershockcomics.com
I ran into Greg Rankin again with his steampunk poker set. He also wrote a steampunk graphic novel titled Amaranthine. I flipped through his booklet with the original illustrations. He has quite a few creative ideas. Maybe he'll write a second book at some point. You can find him on Twitter and Tumblr..
I ran into a fellow steampunk fan! He was quite dapper with a steampunk explorer outfit. Sometimes I wonder if steampunk is dying, but then I feel better when a lot of steampunk fans attend these events.
C&J Goods LA is a leathersmith who makes really good products for cosplay. Leather always works great for steampunk, but it can be handy for anything. People who cosplay The Walking Dead and the Wild West would benefit from this vendor. Their website is www.candjgoodsla.com.
Gears & Roebuck is another regular merchant at these events. I see Shannon at nearly every steampunk festival and Comic Con in Southern California. She's a real trooper and very delightful. I noticed a lot of new merchandise. Take a look at my photos to get the full idea of her products. You can also find Gears & Roebuck on Facebook.
Somebody had a remote controlled BB-8. Super cute!
I'm pretty sure this is Batman from a particular segment in Batman v Superman. He might also be from Gotham by Gaslight. Either way, it was a good costume.
I ran into a few Mandalorians. Surprisingly, I didn't see a lot of Star Wars cosplay this year. Although a Mandalorian R2-D2 is always a plus. Very cool.
It's not a Comic Con without Deadpool. Truthfully, Deadpool and Spider-Man seemed to be the biggest cosplay theme at this event. I guess there's still a lot of momentum behind Deadpool because his second film came out this year.
Tyrannical Piratical Treasures is another regular vendor at the LBCC. Cheral McGee makes jewelry that works really well for various types of cosplay or reenactments, including pirates, Renaissance Faires, steampunk, vampires, witches, Medieval fantasy, etc. Her merchandise tends to be reasonably priced too. www.etsy.com/shop/TyrannicalPiraticals
I ran into another acquaintance from the steampunk community. Tracy Davis is the C-3PO character from the Star Wars Steampunk Universe group. He has a really creative outfit. I usually run into at least one member from the SWSU at each Comic Con or steampunk festival. They're a busy group!
Then I came across the Gaslight Gathering. I regularly see these guys at the various cons. They host an annual steampunk festival in San Diego. Next year's theme is going to be the Athenaeum. It's a celebration of the earliest film making, which is cool for someone like me because I'm such a cinephile. The Gaslight Gathering will take place April 12-14 of 2019. They're already selling tickets online at www.gaslightgathering.org.
I concluded my outing with Ray Wise. Those of us who love sci-fi have probably seen him in multiple films and television shows. Some of his credits include Twin Peaks, Robo Cop, Star Trek, Swamp Thing, Jeepers Creepers 2, Lucifer, and Digging Up the Marrow. Usually, he plays villains, thugs, psycho killers, and corrupt businessmen. Needless to say, his characters tend to be gruff and creepy. Truthfully, he's not like that at all in real life. He was actually a real sweetheart. We had a very pleasant conversation and he was quite encouraging about my writing. He even signed a photo for me. Ray Wise is a really swell guy and I'm glad we met.
That's the end of my recap from the Long Beach Comic Con. I'm planning to attend again next year. There's going to be a couple more events on my slate before the end of 2018. I'll be attending the Gaslight Expo and Los Angeles Comic Con in October. Honestly, this is going to be my first outing at both events, so wish me luck. Watch out for more photos and thanks for visiting. Peace!
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