After two years, two virtual conventions, and a lot of misplaced outrage, Los Angeles Comic Con is ready to finally welcome people back within its loving arms. Six feet, please. Virtual-only events did their best, but there is no replacing the in-person experience.
We’ve talked a lot with CEO Chris DeMoulin in the past, and you can ever see our most recent interview Here, and a lot of love, thought, and planning went into making this convention massive as it’s the largest Los Angeles Comic Con to date! Physically! They’ve increased their floorplan to include the entire convention floor. They’ve also got all their guests back who were planning to attend in 2020, and are ready to tear the roof of this convention center if it would keep everyone safe.
Before we get into that though, we have a promise to keep. When dealing with in-person events, we have to remind people that we are still in a pandemic, just on the downswing. So you should probably check out article “If You Should Go Out” Here. This is a public event with a lot of attendees. Masks are required indoors, but it’s still risky. You can do your best to protect yourself by being vaccinated and making sure to keep your distance and cleaning your hands. That being said there is still a risk. It’s important to note that to attend you must have a full vaccination or a negative COVID test for the event. If you have not obtained a vaccine or test, then you will have to submit to a 15-minute test provided by the convention. That’s a breath of relief right there!
With that out of the way, let’s jump into things happening at the convention.
With a lot more space, there may just be a lot more vendors! Check out who we are excited is attending the event!
With over 700 exhibitors, there are a lot of people and businesses to support and visit during the convention. We dug through the vendor list to check out who is returning, and who we are going to be visiting during the convention. Check out our list of exhibitors for when you are at the con!
CovenTree Olde World Market – Booth 1221
We recently fell in love with CovenTree Olde World Market when we had our child. My wife wanted a stuffed Anubis for our daughter. On top of the awesome plushies, they also have a bunch of hard figurines to meet a varied needs.
Cryptozoic Entertainment – Booth 1335
Cryptozoic Entertainment produces unique tabletop games, collectibles, and trading card games based on licensed and original IP meeting the desires of thier fans in the pop culture world. They will be at the convention showing off their wares. We actually recently interviewed Daryl Andrews, see the interview Here.
Hero’s Armory – Booth 808
We’ve actually talked about them before, specifically at Los Angeles Comic Con, see our article Here. This is a company that specializes on key blanks-themed like classic fandom items. Imagine a Master Sword that unlocks your front door. Hero’s Armory makes it a reality. They also have a variety of other nerd-themed items, like ties and tie pins.
VICIOUSKILL – Booth 759 and 2315
We always love to show off the amazing works of VICIOUSKILL every time we run into them at conventions. This custom shirt company makes unique shirts with exclusives per the convention live on site. Check out our prior coverage of them at Los Angeles Comic Con Here.
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co. – Booth 1156, 1900, and 2512
We have our own cup from years prior. The way their booths work is that you can buy a mug, or bring a prior purchased mug, and get their drinks for the whole day at the convention. If you buy a new mug it includes the day, if you have your own, you can purchase just that day’s drink. This veteran-owned business will have three booths set up throughout the convention, just stop in and get a refill whenever you want!
One of the staples of a good convention is it’s panels, and this convention has tons of great panels available! Here are what we suggest you check out!
Nichelle Nichols Family Panel
Friday December 3, 2021 5:30pm – 5:50pm @ Room 515
- For her last con, the friends and family are kicking off a long list of awesome content with a panel dedicated to sharing stories about how Nichelle has influenced them. If you’d like to see more of the things planned for Nichelle Nichols, you can find our prior article Here.
NFT’s – The Beautiful & Now Smart Digital Object
Saturday December 4, 2021 10:00am – 10:45am @ Main Stage
- Still need to learn about NFTs? Jessica Kill will educate you about the technology and give insights as to where they came from and where they are going.
JackBox – Live Gaming
Saturday December 4, 2021 10:15am – 11:00am @ Tiltify Arena Stage
- Join a huge and massive group of people from the main stage, and the audience as they play Jackbox! This sounds large and a ton of fun!
Bat in the Sun Presents “Dying is Easy”
Saturday December 4, 2021 11:30am – 12:50pm @ Room 406AB
- We love Bat in the Sun’s amazing Super Power Beat Down, and if you did too, then this is your chance to screen their latest film “Dying isn’t easy” and experience a Q&A afterward with Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, the cast and the crew of the film!
How To Make Giant Cosplays That Can Fit In A Suitcase
Saturday December 4, 2021 12:00pm – 12:50pm @ Room 308AB
- Cosplay is better the more intricate and large it is, but building giant cosplay can be difficult for travel. This workshop will show you tips and tricks to make your dream cosplay travel easier!
Geek Talk with Kyle Hebert
Sunday December 5, 2021 3:00pm – 3:45pm @ West Hall Workshop 2
- Join our personal friend and voice actor, Kyle Hebert who is known for his work on Dragonball Z, My Hero Academia, and Street Fighter, as he shares his thoughts on pop culture and tech.
There are so many special guests, with panels, signings and so much more. It’d be unfair for us to list a shortlist since we love almost 80% of the people listed on the special guest list. If you have someone going to the convention that you want to visit or get their signature, then we recommend you head to their signature page Here to pre-purchase your options before they sell out!
Other Things To Do!
There is a lot of options at the convention this year, so we wanted to showcase a couple of the events that they are running. All of these options are included with your ticket!
Official Scavenger Hunt
The convention has partnered with NFT friendly and tech company Liquid Avatar to create an AR-based scavenger hunt with the use of the Oasis Digital AR App (Apple/Android). You can also scan the QR code on this Site to download the app. Then click “Scavenger Hunt” and start hunting the signs throughout the convention! Prizes will be available at the Liquid Avatar Booth (#1241).
Kid’s Costume Contest
Bringing the young ones to the convention? Well, they are holding a cosplay contest for children on Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m.. To enter you must be 12 or younger, and limited to 50 entrants. The top 5 selected will win a prize provided by Hot Topic. There is no requirement for Costumes. Wear whatever you can make or even purchase!
Ultimate Celebration of Star Trek
For the final convention of Nichelle Nichols the con pulled out all the stops and has a complete Star Trek dedicated space, with members from the series, people from Nasa, and scientists all with the idea of creating the largest and most impressive Trek fan experience. We could go into detail about it all over again, but instead, you can find our article talking about the event Here.
Returning for its first in-person convention since COVID, Sideshow has been waiting for this moment. Now they are taking their virtual event and turning it back into a physical experience. We’ve covered their involvement with the convention in this standalone article Here.
So who are you going to check out at the convention? Should we keep an eye out for you?