Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention August 21, 2016

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This time, Chris Hernandez takes us on a trip to the LACBSFC … Took me a while to upload it, but thanks a lot Chris (and Khoi for editing it)!

I recently attended a convention that is very close to my heart. This convention has been running multiple shows a year for the last 39 years. The Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention (LACBSFC) was the first con I ever attended and it was there I met my first comic book writer and artist Todd McFarland. This convention always has something to offer and this past weekend was no different.

Environment and accessibility?

The LACBSFC is located at the edge of downtown Los Angeles at the Reef, which is what they call a creative habitat as it has “facilities for design, rapid prototyping and media production, sales, events, and exhibitions” (as quoted from their website). That is basically their way of saying it’s a multi-story large building which holds a con on one of the floor accessible via elevators. There is $15 parking right outside the building but you can also find other parking options driving around.

You ever been to comic prison, chon chon?

You ever been to comic prison, chon chon?

Were there pre-sale tickets (online/in-store) and could you get in early?

The con doesn't offer pre-sale tickets – there are walk-up sales only which cost $12. They offer early bird tickets which allow you to get into the con 50 mins early for 3 extra dollars. Once purchased, you are given a wristband for access. Freebies include posters for upcoming movie and comics. This time they gave away a free Wonder Woman #1 Rebirth Warner Brothers Tour Variant.

That’s me, the roguishly handsome one!

That’s me, the roguishly handsome one!

How many retailers were there?

In total there were about 50-60 retailers with booths and tables ranging in size.

Yay! Books!

Yay! Books!

How was the food and snack situation?

Inside the building were some vending machines and a food/coffee cart. They also had food trucks outside the building. I'm sure there were some places within walking distance as well.

How was the floor layout?

After buying your ticket on the first floor, you go up to the second floor of the building of which the con takes up the whole floor. There's five rows that you have vendors on each side to look through with more vendors lined up on 2 of the walls. Off to the left of the floor is where they have the celebrity and artist signing.

This could have been anyone since the pic is blurry but let’s pretend he’s famous.

This could have been anyone since the pic is blurry but let’s pretend he’s famous.

What was the most ridiculously over-priced book you saw?

I saw in some situations that a few dollar bin books were being sold for $10-15 and an outrageously priced New Mutants #98.

What was the highest priced book you saw?

I wasn't trying to spend too much money as I only took about $120 so I stayed away and unfortunately didn't pay much attention to the higher priced books but I did notice a few like a New Mutants #98 being sold for over $550 raw and I think a NM Batman Adventures #12 for $450.

What was your best bargain purchase? Why?

For going to the con you received a Wonder Woman Rebirth Warner Brothers #1 Tour Variant. For purchases I got a few VG Deadpool Vol 1 #1s for $7.50 and VG #69 for $4.50. Wonder Woman Vol 2 #141 for $3.

A small haul to compensate for my enormous...picture taking skills.

A small haul to compensate for my enormous…picture taking skills.

What was your favorite comic purchased? Why?

Besides the books named earlier. I got a great Dynamic Forces Emma Frost #1 signed by Greg Horn. It's such a “great” cover 😛

What was the rarest book you saw?

I saw a few rare books like Ms. Marvel #17 2nd print for $350 and NYX for $375. There were numerous bronze and silver age first appearance books. (Ok, maybe not so rare!)

What were some books you were surprised the dealers had priced so high?

Some of the first appearance and early single digit Walking Dead issues were over $100. New 52 Suicide Squad #1 for $150 raw.

Were any artists present? What were your experiences with them?

I didn't get a chance to meet him but DC and Marvel artist Ryan Benjamin, who did the The New 52 #1 iconic Harley Quinn cover, was there as was Art Thibert, who has worked on numerous DC & Marvel titles.

Were any media guests/celebrities present?

There were quite a few celebrities that attended including the headliners Teddy Sears (TV's Zoom/Jay Garrick), Elizabeth Henstridge of Agents of Shield, and Lorri Petty, who was Tank Girl!

 This one time, I went to a con and forgot my breath mints, but I knew they still wanted me.


This one time, I went to a con and forgot my breath mints, but I knew they still wanted me.

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Oh yea, that’s a look saying “come hither”!

If you were the promoter, what would you have done to make this show better?

I would get a grading service to attend for when they have a comic related guest for verified signing or at least sell certificates at an additional cost. I would also advertise more on a local level and on social media.

If you were selling comics, what would you have done?

Have all of my prices clearly labeled, I hate when I'm looking at a book and have to ask how much. Also have a display board to show off key books I'm trying to sell.

Did you see a dealer try to swindle a rookie? If so, explain?

I don't pay too much attention to other people’s transactions but I'm sure some happened. I did hear a vendor negotiating the sale of a bag and board for $1. Yes, just the bag and board!

How much was this con about just the comics?

This con is great because it's main focus is comics with at least 65-75 % of the things for sale being comic related. In all, nothing seemed too out of place, no swords, gel packs, just a cosplay “artist”.

How much was this con about the cosplay?

There were a few people dressed as The Flash and Flash related characters because of Teddy Sears being present, the actor who played Zoom this past year on The CW Flash TV series.

These were the non-bulge cosplay variants.

These were the non-bulge cosplay variants.

How pumped up was the crowd?

The crowd was mixed with mostly middle-age men, followed by 20 somethings and families. So for the most part, it's pretty mellow other than a few long box creepers that almost force you to smell their essence.

How strong was the haggleability?

Some dealers were very reasonable and in fact would just quote you a lower price for buying a few books, so I myself didn't have to haggle. Also I was there earlier in the show so if it had been much later I could have most likely got some good steals.

FINAL GRADE: 8.5 / 10

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