That’s right, you read the eye-grabbing title correctly. A comic-con finally came to Geek Outlaw, that is if your definition of “came to” is noticing there was going to be a comic-con up the road from you because of a random Living-Social e-mail.
Truth be told, the fact that the C4 Central Coast Comic-Con held its first annual geek-fest in Ventura, Calif. just 20 minutes from my driveway, gave me the impression it was a con held exclusively for me. Based on the attendance, anyone might have come to the same conclusion.
Not surprisingly, I’m jesting on that last one as I have been known to tell a joke from time to time (whether they are good is an entirely different topic of discussion). Jokes aside, I was actually impressed with the turn out for the C4-Con especially when one considers it was the inaugural year and the Ventura area in general is not one of high population like other more congested regions of California are.
As has become standard procedure, I attended the con with none other than Hot Nerd Girl herself, along with her photog and friend ESBMike. I also brought my own photographer and Outlaw movie maven, Erika “Spunky Destructor.” To her credit, she spent 98% of her day speaking with Geddy’s Moon writer John Mulhall and over the full length of our visit, took roughly two pictures.
Overall, it was an appropriately small con with a cozy and neighborly feel. That isn’t a bad thing though, as more and more I’m finding myself preferring the smaller con atmosphere, particularly following the mind-numbing experience that is SDCC. The main floor was large but not overly massive, and there were plenty of vendors offering art, books, comics, toys, and unique trinkets to drain ones bank account of weekly food money. (That said, looks like I will be fasting another few weeks.) One of the more intriguing things that caught my eye was the high ratio of cos-players walking the floor. If I had to guess, at least one in four geeks appeared be dressed to impress, which wasn’t too shabby for a first time con.
Before I keep rambling about minute details you could truly care less about, I’ll get straight to the picture pudding…
***(This green goddess is Angi Viper and can be found @ Facebook.com/AngiViper)
***(This ripped gentleman does some killer Logan cosplay and can be found @ Facebook.com/Lonstermash where part of his proceeds go to charity.)
***(The Legion of Nerds can be conveniently found at LegionOfNerds.com)
***(Get more info on John and his first novel Geddy’s Moon at, you guessed it, Geddysmoon.com)
“Michael, there are geeks all around us, this could turn into a very dangerous situation. Michael?”
***(80’s cars courtesy of Martin’s Movie Cars – Facebook.com/BTTF2Christine )
One of the few minor downfalls of this first year offering were the panels, more specifically, trying to figure out if there were any. For starters, the website itself was absent of any info and the graphics showing the attending guests seemed to require a decoder ring to view properly. Nonetheless, the schedule of events were literally written with magic marker on poster board and then taped to the hall entrance well after the first panels took place.
If my words sound scathing, I swear they really aren’t. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt to the organizer – who went by the name of Matt – since he was the ONLY person on-site running and organizing the event due to some last minute employment issues with those that were supposed help out but never made it. In light of his workplace no-shows, Matt was a consummate professional and took time out from running around like a chicken with his head cut off to make sure Hot Nerd Girl and I had everything we needed and even brought us press members drinks at one point during during the day. Despite the panel communication snafu, all ran very smoothly. I was very impressed, although it should be noted that anyone that can walk and chew gum simultaneously impresses me.
Fortunately, the presence of actors like Noel G, writers like John Mulhall, and cars like KITT and the Back the Future Delorean, were on display to give the show an “official” feel. In combination with the free beverages Matt delivered, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the C4-Con and wouldn’t hesitate to drive 15 miles up the highway to experience next year’s festivities, assuming of course they use a little bit thicker Sharpie markers on the signs.