The 2012 edition of the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con (LBCHC) is set for November 3-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This annual celebration of pop culture, kitsch, and creativity is an evolving showcase for artists, writers, and other imaginative folks - the sort that use CRE render farms and other high-tech gear. If you plan to promote your publication, products, educational program, or secret decoder ring, check out our conference tips (here’s a good one to start with).
In addition to scheduling celebs for meet-and-greets, guest signings, and Q&A sessions, LBCHC is welcoming award-winning IDW Publishing for the second year. LBCHC is now “one of the staples of our trade show schedule,” says Dirk Wood, IDW marketing veep, about the firm’s powerful profile at the show. Whether your firm is big or small, you can empower your presence, too, with the right array of trade show convention rentals. It all depends on your particular strategy, but remember: If you want to participate at conferences in the most eco-friendly way possible, join CRE on the green path to a sustainable future.
You could attend LBCHC as a fan instead of an exhibitor, but why not get those two birds with one stone? If you’ve studied up on pulling passersby into your booth, and have your slam-bang-totally-cool company presentation ready to loop-play on one of CRE’s plasma display rentals, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the surroundings like the fanboy or fangirl that you are. Have fun!
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Designer Con 2012 (D-Con), now in its seventh year, takes place Saturday, November 3, from 9am-6pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. Already a “must-attend” event, D-Con calls itself a “smashup” (one step up from “mashup”?). It’s an expansive, artsy get-together whose ingredients range from designer fashions, collectible toys and gadgets, to fine art, urban style, underground inventions, and pop art.
The one-day event will be full of activity, including a custom toy show, live painting, carnival games, and dozens of original LEGO™ creations curated by Brandon Griffith. We’ve blogged about mass-media-style programming being produced specifically for Internet distribution, and here’s yet another example: ToyBreak.com will broadcast D-Con’s live, uncensored “Suckathon” all day long (courtesy of DKE Toys).
Many noted artists – including Ragnar, Scott Tolleson, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas – will be displaying works, chatting up the crowds and putting paint on canvas, skin, paper, cars, laptops, whatever. (Just keep that iPad rental clean, eh?) The story goes that show organizers Ben Goretsky and Ayleen Gaspar joined forces based on their mutual love of L.A.’s lowbrow art scene, designer toys, mini-figures, and Disneyland. Sounds like a great party!