My First Time at Los Angeles Comic Con

My First Time at Los Angeles Comic Con
by Julie Perez –  https://twitter.com/JuliExplores

LA Comic Con has officially come to a close and as a first-timer attendee, I can say I’m sad to see the experience come to an end.

Comic Con is a place for movies, TV shows, comics, sci-fi, superheroes, art, pop culture and so much more. I wasn’t sure of what to expect but there I stood in the middle of the main floor surrounded by an eclectic crowd and completely in awe of the event happening around me.

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I’ll be honest with the fact that I felt completely out of place, at first it felt like everyone could tell how much I didn’t belong inside that building. I mean, I enjoy superhero movies but could not tell you one fact about any of them, I watch TV shows but can hardly get the character names correct (without using google) and I have never played a video game in my life. Yet by the end of the day I found the convention to be extremely inclusive and welcoming.

Though the event is definitely catered toward the fans that fall into the “nerdy” or “geeky” side of things; it felt like a good place to spend your weekend regardless of your general interests. The event contained a Jimmy Neutron cast reunion, autograph and photo opportunities with Ryan Hurst (maybe a chance to awkwardly tell him that you almost called out of work the day after his last episode of Sons of Anarchy), a chance to find new and wonderful artists, an introduction to comic books that you otherwise would have never known anything about and all of the panels you could ever want.

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To be inside a generally white cis male event and feel representation around every corner feels like a step in the right direction. The main floor contained artists from every background you could think of, there was a stand for the Transgender Wellness Center, they had LGBTQ-inclusive panels and signs reminding everyone about consent were around all the entrances and exits. Regardless of your reason for attending, LA Comic Con 2018 was the place for a good time this past weekend. It feels absolutely necessary to experience the event at least once, so do yourself a favor and plan your adventure for LA Comic Con 2019.

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