Hey, everyone! Well, I got back from the weekend in beautiful, hot, Las Vegas a couple hours ago. Now that I’ve done all the standard “back home” checklist, it’s time to fill you in on what went down while we were there.
(I’ll do this in various posts, of course, including the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, the Haunted Vegas Ghost Tour and Hunt, the Queen + Adam Lambert show, and I’ll touch on the ridiculous effort it took to get into our hotel room…holy crap.)
First, let me just give a big shout-out to one Ben Gilbert, who was able–with 24 hours notice–to add me to the approved media list for the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, and without whom I probably wouldn’t have made it. Thanks, Ben.
That’s done, now on to the show.
I’ve covered comic cons–that exist mostly in their new, more generally pop-culture-centric form–from Salt Lake to Portland, to Texas, to Los Angeles, and the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is the one that has borne the most resemblance to those “classic” cons, where comics comes first and foremost.
There were a lot more comic vendors than I recall seeing at other, perhaps larger, cons, and the emphasis was clearly on comic creators and artists.
The jewel in the event’s crown here, of course, would be the appearance of Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, and very well-known for his work on various iterations of Spider-Man, Venom, and even Batman.
Well, actually, that’s not entirely true, since the real jewel in the crown wasn’t Todd, but rather the appearance of a once-again-healthy Stan Lee. I don’t care how many events he’s doing on his farewell tour, he deserves to do one, and frankly, he gave us a bit of a scare up here in Salt Lake when he had to cancel his appearance at March’s FanX event due to health problems.
Glad to see him back on the circuit, for however long.
There were some cosplayers about, from Anakin Skywalker,
to a decked out for the extreme Vegas heat Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.
Hawkman and Hawkwoman also made a very impressive appearance in Vegas:
And, though not a cosplay, Jabba the Hutt made an appearance for fans to get photos with:
Everyone looked like they were having a very good time, overall, but the event was not without its problems.
First, the opening day entry procedures were… flawed.
Two lines to redeem tickets for wristbands, one for GA and one for VIP, was not enough. At 4:30 the line to redeem was still a couple hundred people long at least, and not moving very quickly, at all.
The bag checks at the floor entry point went fairly smoothly, though. I didn’t see a ton of back-ups there.
Photo ops, courtesy of Froggy’s Photos, were… adequate. A single photo booth, with one line for buying tickets, and one person printing photos off of 4 printers. I suppose if you’re only taking one set of photos at a time, printers would be enough, but I’m just accustomed to seeing a damned military operation when it comes to photo ops.
Let me just say, though, that the gentleman working the printer was A-Okay in our book, as he rejected the first print of our photo with Peter Mayhew (you know: Chewbacca?) because it wasn’t centered well enough for his liking, and so he manually tweaked it to bring the photo up to his standards. (The stuffed wookie my wife was holding was a little to close to the edge of frame for him, lol, so he re-centered the pic to bring it farther into view.)
I like people who take their jobs seriously.
The crowd at ALVCC was ample for the size of the space (although there were TWO other conventions going on, both in the aesthetics department, which limited the available floor space, which made everything a little tighter than I would have liked. There felt as if there were a lot more artists than general “con stuff” vendors, which is right for this type of event. I highly recommend supporting the artists at these cons, by the way, especially the ones that have their own style instead of simply aping the established “look” of a character. Originality is important.
So, overall I can say that I had a pretty good time at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, and would certainly be interested in attending again. For any comic fans in the west who are looking for an excuse to go to Vegas for the weekend, I’d say to keep an eye out for the next iteration of this event.
Nicely done, Las Vegas!