“Silly Outlaw, ‘Cons’ are just for Nerds!”
Well before Geek Outlaw was even a twinkle in my eye, the attitude I held towards comic-cons (aka comic book conventions for those readers with normal hobbies and non-alien fornication-based obsessions), was what you might call, ignorant.
Ever since the day I learned to change a TV channel, my personal fixations have revolved around paranormal exterminators, cars that turned into robots, and turtles that ate pizza while learning the ways of life from a large talking rat in a Hugh Hefner robe. I figured my intense interest in those subject matters was no match for the role-playing, dragon-slaying, wand waving crowd that enjoys a good Star Trek re-enactment, oh say… every weekend.
All that is changed however. With the inspiration of my NBFF Hot Nerd Girl, a little creative ingenuity, and the desire to witness in-person incredibly attractive women who adorn super-hero outfits applied with nothing more than latex paint, I forged ahead into the wild world of convention pandemonium.
And it was good.
Needless to say, I was addicted to the Con-Life quicker than Honey-Boo-Boo is to spaghetti topped with Hersey’s syrup.
After taking in some of last year’s largest California shows like Wonder-Con, San Diego Comic Con and Long-Beach Comic Con; I started even earlier this year. Being that it was my birthday weekend, I decided to treat myself to the Los Angeles Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention this past January 13th, which was actually the first of several conventions being held in the Downtown LA area throughout the year.
Keeping with the ‘first’ theme, the show resulted in what proved to be Geek Outlaw’s first ever video interview AND first ever interview posted exclusively to YouTube… oh, and here of course.
Really, it’s OK to laugh… with me OR at me.
Known as the “Predatory Lender,” (named appropriately for his inclusion of the infamous extra-terrestrial with an attitude), this man on the street does his best ‘man-on-the-street’ type interviews with the cosplay crowd and a financially politically-humorous twist.
It’s definitely a unique, yet fun, concept that is worth a look for all those interested in something different that doesn’t typically ‘occupy 99%’ of what you see on the web (hint, hint, wink, wink).
Little did I know, that wasn’t my only date with a video camera that day. While moseying down an aisle, a random booth of gentlemen whose names escape me at the moment – actually I forgot to ask – stopped me in my tracks to compliment me on the Outlaw outfit.
When one of the gentlemen whipped out his camera and asked if I’d mind, I said not at all and quickly struck one of my particularly goofball Outlaw poses. After freezing in the pose for what seemed like 15 convention minutes, it wasn’t until he said ‘say something for the camera’ that I realized he was taking a video. If you somehow see this rare video make it to the inter-webs, please delete it from your browser history and memory… IMMEDIATELY!
The only other meeting worth noting was with none other than Maurice Evans, most remembered for his hairy portrayal of the super-intelligent Dr. Zaius from the original Planet of the Apes (1968). I told Mr. Evans I appreciated his work, but that still only got me a picture OF him and not WITH him. I figured I’d save the $20 bucks and just let you imagine me standing next to the former ape.
Luckily I saved my hard earned green backs, because I was able to pick up some sweet Spidey comics and this little gem…
Outside of those few choice encounters and some small souvenirs, it was a relatively quiet and relaxed affair, which is not to say that’s a bad thing. This was definitely a book and collector geared show which is all fine and swell, but my only gripe was the noticeable absence of artists. The silver lining is that it saved my credit card strip from getting further worn to oblivion.
Minus the lack of art, the LA Comic & Sci-Fi Convention was a fun little show to attend. While it was also the smallest show I’ve ever been to, there were enough vendors and signings to make it worth a visit for $8 if you happen to be in the area.
The next LA Comic & Sci-Fi event on Feb 24th features a few of The Walking Dead stars, Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Danai Gurira (Michonne), so it may be worth a visit for those that like their sci-fi unnaturally gory and extra sexy.