Wizard World & Asianmodelpalooza

Hey everyone. Big thanks to Sean and Jason for letting me onboard.

Quick introduction: I’ve been an LA native, born and raised in South Central before moving to the San Fernando Valley. I went to UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Film Studies, and it was there that I was introduced to the Internet in January 1991. I got my first dot-com job in 1995, working out of a house just off Cahuenga and the 101 Freeway, and have worked at several other dot-com jobs ever since. I’ve been a contributing writer in the past to TrekToday and the Bloggie-nominated Whedonesque, and one aspect that I will focus on here are autograph signings and conventions, since, well, I’m a fanboy.

So… speaking of fanboys, this weekend is Wizard World at the Long Beach Convention Center. Think of it as a larger version of the monthly L.A. Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention at the Shrine Auditorium, yet smaller than the annual San Diego Comic-Con. As for celebrities in attendence, they include Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, James Marsden, David Carradine, and Stan Lee, as well as WWE’s Rob Van Dam (who lives in San Pedro and owns a comic book store in Lakewood called 5 Star Comics). And as for the obligatory “hotties”, they include Aria Giovanni, Devin Devasquez, Linda Tran, and Lizzy Strain (Julie Strain’s younger sister). One day passes are $20.00 and weekend passes are $35.00.

And… speaking of “hotties,” tonight there’s something called Asianmodelpalooza IV (link NSFW) at The Score in Downtown LA. General admission is a whopping $40.00 ($30.00 and two mandatory drink tickets). Looking at the lineup, I can’t say I’ve even heard of the majority of these women, but I suppose it could be fun. :)

5 Replies to “Wizard World & Asianmodelpalooza”

  1. My better (?) half works for a publisher, and he said the Long Beach con was chock-full of people yesterday, even though it had only been open for three hours. I think that bodes well.

  2. Indeed. And especially on a Friday as well.

    I have a few friends who went to the convention today and I’m eagerly awaiting what their experiences were like down there.

  3. Grrrr… damn bastards sold out of the Galactus HeroClix within 10 minutes of openning. BAH!!!!

    It was kinda cool (my first comic convention). Most everything seemed focused on book and toy sales… not quite as much ‘info’ as I would have liked (although the Joe Quesada talk was pretty cool).

    Other notable attendees were Lou Ferrigno (apparently he goes to all of these) and the scary clown dude from ‘House of 1000 Corpses’.

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