An Insider's Take On "Extrosion!"
Zakarin, Billy West, Rachelle
Leah as Liberty Lass,
Jess Harnell, Daran Norris, and Roger Rose
it took a little while due to his responsibilities as CEO
of Creative Light Entertainment, but we finally coaxed a look
at the Con from a guy who wasn't just an attendee, but a presenter,
moderating a panel of the talent involved in Comic
Book: The Movie.
and gentlemen, Mr. Scott Zakarin...
so we were all a little conned in Vegas. The communication
to almost all the vendors I spoke to, including my own company,
Creative Light, was that there were somewhere between 20-30
thousand pre-registered attendees. Now, I don't have the official
numbers, but there couldn't have been even 7,500 attendees
over the 3-day weekend and that's being generous. But that
doesn't necessarily mean that the show wasn't worthwhile.
by most counts a fun and well organized con. Don't get me
wrong, I would have been far more excited if it had the crowd
blistering excitement of the great San Diego Comic-con International,
but this was a first year and I did get from some of the organizers
that they are committed to the show for the long-haul. They
expect to lose money for the next few years as they build
attendance. The problem they will face is attracting vendors
who were pissed that attendance was misrepresented.
thing about the smaller turnout was the available time to
give attention to the fans. Comic
Book: The Movie was the big fish in a small pond.
that we had what was clearly the biggest autograph signing session
and had a chance to talk with and take lots of pictures with
the fans. In this calmer setting, many of the fans became our
friends who we would see throughout the weekend and even party
with Saturday night at a happnin' music pub, Tommy Rockers.
The cast, led by musically gifted Billy West and Jess Harnell,
rocked on stage as the rest of us hung out over drinks and dancing
with comic con pals.
gang singing 'bout their four color world...
to many of the fans as well who were overall happy with this
con experience. Among the biggest complaints I heard were,
"not enough comic books," which was true. The show
seemed to be loaded with action figures but very few comic
retailers, and not a real committed showing by the big comic
did give the small publishers a showcase they deserve, a forum
where they could be the stars.
about Vegas at the con ranged greatly. One fan summed up the
downside of Vegas as a location by pointing out that kids
aren't allowed in casinos and yet the trek from your hotel
room to the convention floor (as does everything in Vegas)
took you straight through the casino. The con floor did not
in fact have many kids or even teenagers.
On a positive
note, a fan named John Rosenberger, told me "It's great
we finally have something to do in Las Vegas; while his friend
said "I'm not even into comics that much, I just like
doing nerdy things".
I know. I just like doing nerdy things, too. I like my video
games, my comic books and my DVD director commentaries. So
we took a gamble on Vegas and got a few lemons - I'm still
going back next year to try and score the ultimate pulp Jackpot!
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