This is a small clip from a longer interview that I will post later. Sorry about the quality, shot spontaneously on an iPad at Pop Con LA July 6
OK, so the truth is, when I heard that Pop Con LA, a brand new convention, was going to take place just days before Comic-Con, I wasn't particularly optimistic about it. But I have a THING for conventions, don't know why, just like I used to have a thing for screenwriters, but that didn't turn out too well. Anyway, I digress. Day one of Pop Con was pretty much as I expected. A Friday, a work day, at a new convention five days before Comic-Con-- no surprise, it was dead. BUT, it actually turned into one of the funnest days for me...
I was there wearing two hats, well, actually three... My art was in the gallery, I was also selling my art at the Battlestar Galactica booth--I'll explain later about that synergy, and covering it for here, Pop Culture Today.
I realized pretty quickly that I wasn't going to sell any art the first day because I'd be surprised if there were actually ten paying attendees, but it was a great day to get to know the other exhibitors who were all wonderful, and chat with the "celebrities" who were sitting there twiddling their thumbs. I put a quote on "celebrities" because, really, they are actors, some who have had truly impressive long-standing substantial careers but would probably not be chased down by crazed paparazzi like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian who I would consider to be "celebrities," just by the fact that they are so in the public eye, for whatever reason... Anyway, I filmed some fun, spontaneous and kind of goofy interviews shot on an iPad that I will be posting here.
Day two was the most crowded, not packed, but a decent ebb and flow, but again seemed more about exhibitors schmoozing with other exhibitors, actors getting to know the other actors, kind of a slow paced party without the alcohol. Many of the actors, probably feeling silly sitting there with no one asking for autographs, left early. But this is L.A. You're likely to run into some sort of actor/celebrity every time you go to the supermarket... L.A. people are jaded and probably struggling actors themselves and are not going to plunk down 30 bucks for an autograph... And I have to say, there was something a bit depressing about the fact that some of these actors have had huge successful careers and are now sitting at an empty convention booth hawking autographs. They'd be better off writing a memoir and selling the book. Just a thought.
Then, day three, slow again. I'm talking, however, about the convention floor, the panels upstairs could have been more crowded for all I know, I never made it up there. And finally the award shows, two back to back, that started about three hours later than was planned. Corey Feldman who was supposed to MC both shows cut out early after the first show, leaving the job to be filled by the convention producers.
All in all, the convention was a bit of a mess, but a fun mess, and I'm sure it will be something that improves with time. Every convention has its growing pains and I'm wondering what the very first San Diego Comic-Con looked like, probably MUCH worse than this...
Spontaneous guerilla style video interviews of actors coming up as well a very strange fashion show, interviews with my exhibitor neighbor artists and parts of the award shows. I probably won't get to it all till after Comic-Con, so please check back here later!
Pop Con L.A. starts this morning and I will be there as an artist in the gallery and at the Battlestar Galactica booth selling my art and covering as much as I can for Pop Culture Today, hopefully with live blog videos from the convention center floor. This will be an interesting test to see how Comic-Con coverage will work.
Soooo, stay tuned! Click on pic for link to their site. Here is the info about the gallery: http://www.popconla.com/page.php?nid=49