A Review of Los Angeles Comic Con
by Kristen Rose
On any ordinary weekend in downtown Los Angeles, California, you would see people rushing to work or going to lunch. This past weekend, though, was much more exciting, as Los Angeles Comic Con came to town. The grounds surrounding the convention center were filled with beautiful acceptance, as people of all ages donned costumes, dressing as their favorite characters from various television shows, movies, and video games.
Once inside on the main floor, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are people everywhere, and so many things to see. But, if you take a deep breath and move forward, you will be rewarded with everything your heart desires.
Rows and rows are filled with artists, some with original work and some with “fan art”, all on different types of media, from canvas, to metal, to wood. You’ll even find a variety of vinyl stickers, pins, jewelry, and clothes. Everybody who exhibits their work shows such a large amount of talent. That alone will blow you away.
If the art doesn’t, in fact, blow you away, then the cosplay may do the trick. Not only are those who are exhibiting and selling their work talented, but the attendees are something to envy. Every cosplayer I saw put so much work into their costume, most to make it screen or game accurate. Having tried to do similar things myself, I am blown away at the amount of time people have put into these costumes. But, it is absolutely worth it because they are incredible.
If art and costumes aren’t really your thing, then check-out some of the panels. There are panels for anything and everything. Some of the “main events”, if you want to call them that, were “The Office” cast reunion, which featured cast members Oscar Nunez (Oscar), Kate Flannery (Meredith), Leslie David Baker (Stanley), Creed Bratton (Creed), and Phyliss Smith (Phyliss), the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” panel, featuring the men themselves, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, and the Zombieland: Double Tap segment, which featured members of the cast of the film, as well as the writers and director. Myself, being a large “Kim Possible” fan, attended the “Kim Possible” Reunion with Christy Carlson Romano and Will Friedle. Just before that panel, I caught the end to the “Spongebob Squarepants” Panel, featuring Tom Kenny and Rodger Bumpass, the voices of Spongebob and Patrick. You could say that all of my childhood dreams were coming true.
I don’t know that you will ever fine a place more accepting than any Comic Con. Or a place more chaotic. But, if you can move pass the chaos, you are presented with people who are just as enthusiastic as you about the things you love. And, it’s honestly a wonderful experience.
Until next year, LACC. Can’t wait to see you again.