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There's a New Comic Convention in Town

Written By: Abel S. Pinedo

January 15th, 2017

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Hey everyone, Happy New Year! What better way to kick off a year full of great conventions and events than by checking out the new kid on the block, the Comic Excitement Convention. The storm clouds lifted this weekend, as I made my way to the Los Angeles Convention Center. While the official website didn't offer too much as far as content, I'm always up for trying new things.

When I first arrived on the show floor I was immediately stuck by how wide the aisles were in the vendor area. It was spacious and and well planned, which made it easy to navigate the many vendor tables. I really appreciate this because it allows for easier flow of foot traffic as opposed to the more crowded exhibit halls at conventions such as San Diego Comic Con.

There were not a lot of vendors but the few that were there provided an eclectic mix of products. You had your usual mixture of comic books, toys and art work. There also were vendors featuring such items as custom glassware, costumes and jewelry. Although the vendor area was small it still provided an interesting mix of products. It was definitely a good showing for a first time convention and I'm sure it will grow larger in the coming years.

Of course the biggest draw of the show was the celebrity guests. The show brought out two of the biggest names in science fiction TV and movies. The first star we met at the show was actor Sam Jones, none other than Flash Gordon himself! Mr. Jones signed autographs and posed for pictures with his many fans. I'm happy to say that he was truly a gracious gentleman and he appeared to be having a great time at the show.

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The biggest surprise of the show was the last minute appearance of Nichelle Nichols, who as you probably know, played Lt. Uhura in the classic Star Trek TV show and movies. It was amazing to see one of the queens of science fiction show up at this fledgling convention. She is such a big name in the genre that it was incredible just to see her in person.

For something completely different, there was a video presentation of the Hoverstar H1 which is described as a mini air to ground amphibious trike style manned hover-drone. It is capable of hovering up to five meters off the ground. The company actually had a cool looking prototype on display at the show. It was strangely appropriate to have a vehicle that resembled Flash Gordon's rocket sled at a show attended by Sam Jones. I only wish I could have gotten a picture of him riding it.

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There was also a C-750 single pilot drone on display, provided by Rotor F/X. This tiny one man helicopter was a big hit with attendees. I saw many people taking pictures of it as well as sitting in the pilot's seat. Finally, there was a large inflatable of the Columbia Space Shuttle, provided by the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

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The main draw of the show was the cosplay contest on Saturday and fashion show on Sunday. There was definitely an eclectic mix of cosplayers on Saturday, all vying for the $10,000 grand prize. There were also other categories such as Best Villain, Best Youth and Best Video Game Character, each receiving a smaller cash prize as well.

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The Comic Excitement Convention was a small show but it's off to a good start. There is potential for this show to become the first must-attend convention of the new year. It just needs time to grow. In the future we would like to see panels and discussions added to the show. With such a heavy focus on cosplay, it would be great to see this convention expand into adding panels on different tips and tricks on cosplay, be it makeup, costuming, props/weapons or even photography.

The show must also work on expanding its content. January is usually a slow month for conventions and events. This might prove helpful in booking more celebrities and special guests for future shows. As it stands now the first CEC was an impressive effort for a fledgling show and an untested new brand name. As I always say, with any first time show there is bound to be some rough patches but there is always room for improvement. Hopefully the future looks bright for Comic Excitement Convention.

About the Author: Abel S. Pinedo a.k.a. "Honest Abe" has written reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He can usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis & Butthead.

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