Event Date: September 2 & 3, 2017
Long Beach Comic-Con (the sibling convention to Long Beach Comic-Expo) took place this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. My original plan was to set up an official photo booth, only to realize that they'd still want me to pay a fee to get a booth in the expo hall. I decided on passing and doing the whole "wander around and take photos" deal like I've done in past conventions there.
A couple of days prior to the event, I got one of their email blasts, saying that they were having their event at the main building of the convention center, the side that has my favorite spot to shoot at a convention.
It's a spot I found back at Anime California 2015, and I swore to myself that I'd always setup there when given the chance. So the chance came and instead of ghosting outdoors, I dropped some money and got myself a ticket to steal that spot before anyone else could.
Here's the result of my excitement.
Event Date: November 19-20, 2016
So for a while I've been doing these pop-up photo studios at cosplay events. I haven't really seen anything similar to these so I figured why not try to market it more.
With convention season dying down, I was planning to see what I could bring up for next year's con, when out of nowhere, I get asked by the organizers of Palm Springs Comic Con if I'd be interested in setting up a pop-up studio. I think about it for a bit, and what it would entail, but after asking some friends, I decided to go for it.
I got there friday night, a little later than I'd hope because of some travel complications so I end up getting up ridiculously early to set up Saturday morning. I notice my space was a little more snug than what I'm used to working with in terms of a studio, but I make the best of it and some really cool stuff came the weekend.
I was super happy that this wasn't a convention where I knew nobody, and that I ran into some friendly faces like Maid of Might, BBoySpiderman, LostWeasleyChild and countless more. For a first time convention that far from some of the other major cities, the weekend was success. It was bustling, but not crowded and the vibe was an overall positive experience.
In spite of the rocky start, I couldn't recommend this con enough for those looking to not be overwhelmed by what the bigger city conventions would bring.
With that, here are the shots I took over this weekend.
Sidenote: The Kitchen at The Hard Rock Hotel was amazing.