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L.A. Comic Con 2022

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It felt odd to be at the Los Angeles Convention Center for an event other than Anime Expo. Having only ever visited that venue for AX, it’s a bit of a Twilight Zone or alternate reality experience. It has much the same layout with the vendor hall, panels, cosplay and food vendors, but instead of anime everywhere and the AX-themed marketing, it’s a comic con.
The LA Comic Con is a smaller convention compared to Anime Expo and it feels much less crowded. That’s a good thing for the average attendee who wants to peruse the vendor hall and maybe see some of the cool guests.
The South Hall lobby is the main entrance to the vendor hall.
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The South Hall lobby is the main entrance to the vendor hall.

“Smaller” is a relative term of course, and LA Comic Con is still quite large as comic conventions go. AX is a beast of a convention and one of the largest fan conventions in the US. There’s not much of a comparison other than the venue. While AX fills the entire venue with people everywhere, LA Comic Con has plenty of room to spread out. Take a look at my video and see how much empty space there was to move around and film. The lower Kentia hall is completely unused and the outdoor areas are essentially vacant. I spend 90% of my time at Anime Expo filming at the “horseshoes” area outside. For LA Comic Con it’s an off-limits valet parking area for the neighboring Crypto.com arena. It’s nothing to do with the weather. It was surprisingly almost the same temperature in December as it was in July, hovering around the low to mid 70’s F. You gotta love that LA weather!
The "horseshoes" area is a popular photography area during Anime Expo, but is just a valet parking area during LA Comic Con.
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The "horseshoes" area is a popular photography area during Anime Expo, but is just a valet parking area during LA Comic Con.

Outside of the aforementioned vendor hall and panels there was this whole anime area in the west exhibit hall which I didn’t even explore. As someone who prioritizes filming cosplayers, I just didn’t take a lot of time to look around. I didn’t even spend much time in the vendor hall. While vendors halls are more or less the same from con to con, it did seem like there were a lot of fun things to see and people to meet. There was an area dedicated to cosplayers and other influencer types, if that’s your thing. There were some surprising booths like the LA library and some that seemed like they were promoting health products. Those aren't the kind of booths I see at other conventions, but I guess the show runners would rather have odd booth vendors than empty ones.
The South Hall lobby experiences a range of lighting, from bright daylight mornings to dark and moody evenings.
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The South Hall lobby experiences a range of lighting, from bright daylight mornings to dark and moody evenings.

It was also odd to be there during the winter. It actually rained a couple of times, which is unusual for socal. There was an ice skating rink in the nearby shopping area, which was pretty neat with all the Christmas decorations and lights. It got dark outside a little after 4 pm and the south hall lobby felt a lot like a cave. It’s surprisingly dark for such a public area. Had I not brought a bright video light I would have been forced to move to better illuminated areas or to the brightly lit vendor hall to film. I personally don’t like filming in vendor halls because of how crowded they are. Also the lighting, while bright, is all downlight and often a mix of color temperatures and a source of flicker.
The things which I appreciate about this convention are the lower attendance and ease of access to celebrities. There were many guests in attendance including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Simu Liu (Shang Chi). William Shatner was there and you could just walk up to the stage and see him talk. The stage was at the center back of the vendor hall, open for everyone to see. At Dragon Con you would have had to wait in a long line which wrapped around the building and then maybe not even make it inside due to capacity limitations. While there were some queues for entry due to LA Convention Center security, they shrunk pretty quickly after the doors opened. The hall had late hours on Friday of 4 – 9 pm, which is great for people getting off work. There were no vaccination or masks requirements either, which greatly simplified things. It seems like it’s just a handful of anime conventions that are still holding on to COVID 19 precautions, but I expect those to eventually go away as we get into 2023.
The main stage is located dead center in the vendor hall.
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The main stage is located dead center in the vendor hall.

A look down an aisle in the vendor hall.
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A look down an aisle in the vendor hall.

All in all, LA Comic Con is worth a look if you’re in the socal area and want a fun weekend. Badges are easy to get and relatively affordable. There’s no need to worry about scorching hot weather or extremely long lines. It’s large enough to have a lot of vendors and guests, but not enough to overwhelm you and wear you out by waiting in long lines.

The Cosplayers

For those interested in cosplay, there's plenty of that to be had. Whether you enjoy people watching or participating in cosplay, it’s a great place for both. The lobby is spacious and can easily accommodate group cosplays and photography setups. A couple of photographers had backdrops and lights on stands setup along an unused wall. I used my light on a stand the whole weekend and no one said a word about it. Some venues have rules about these things and will ask you to move if they think it’s a problem. If you schedule photo shoots you literally have the entire venue open to you, other than the horseshoes area. I even got a couple of shots outside after it rained that looked really cool.
@lena_kitsune Morrigan from Darkstalkers
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@lena_kitsune Morrigan from Darkstalkers

@lilmewboo Black Cat
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@lilmewboo Black Cat

@_linzzbinz_ Blackfire from Teen Titans
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@_linzzbinz_ Blackfire from Teen Titans

@rosewatercosplay Raven from Teen Titans
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@rosewatercosplay Raven from Teen Titans

@dilcia._.guzman Mirabel from Encanto
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@dilcia._.guzman Mirabel from Encanto

@armoredheartcosplay Avacyn from Magic the Gathering
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@armoredheartcosplay Avacyn from Magic the Gathering

@graciethecosplaylass Spiral from X-Men
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@graciethecosplaylass Spiral from X-Men

@briannamruiz Maleficent
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@briannamruiz Maleficent

@onlyalicat Agatha Harkness from Wandavision
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@onlyalicat Agatha Harkness from Wandavision

@backslash_alex Fearne Calloway from Critical Role
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@backslash_alex Fearne Calloway from Critical Role

@baninabear Ganyu from Genshin Impact
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@baninabear Ganyu from Genshin Impact

@born2burn__ Himiko Toga from My Hero Academia
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@born2burn__ Himiko Toga from My Hero Academia

anonymous - Ahri from League of Legends
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anonymous - Ahri from League of Legends

@bellakellyofficial Raynare from High School DxD
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@bellakellyofficial Raynare from High School DxD

@graciethecosplaylass Mystique from X-Men
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@graciethecosplaylass Mystique from X-Men

@madi2themax Aziraphale from Good Omens
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@madi2themax Aziraphale from Good Omens

Soul Eater
@pipcosplays Crona
@aphoraa Maka
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Soul Eater @pipcosplays Crona @aphoraa Maka

@whoachriswhoa Blade
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@burlapped Vaporean and Mimikyu from Pokémon
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@burlapped Vaporean and Mimikyu from Pokémon

@darkmattercos Black Widow gala dress
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@darkmattercos Black Widow gala dress

My Hero Academia group
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My Hero Academia group

@bukkitbrown Alice in Wonderland
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@bukkitbrown Alice in Wonderland

anonymous - Jinx from Arcane
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anonymous - Jinx from Arcane

Atlantis: The Lost Empire
@caoimhe Mole
@mayabrownee Kida
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire @caoimhe Mole @mayabrownee Kida

Team Rocket from Pokémon
@rachallday Jessie
@claruspolaris James
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Team Rocket from Pokémon @rachallday Jessie @claruspolaris James

@beautyandbrainswithatwist Electra
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@neonbolis.cos Tracer from Overwatch
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@neonbolis.cos Tracer from Overwatch

@daniella.claire.cosplay Barbie
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Avatar: The Last Airbender
@luciferbob Ozai
@slightlyidentical Azula
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Avatar: The Last Airbender @luciferbob Ozai @slightlyidentical Azula

@mahoufairy Lexi from Chucky series, 2nd season
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@mahoufairy Lexi from Chucky series, 2nd season

@rachallday Spider-Gwen
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@rachallday Spider-Gwen

@amberarden Padmé Amidala
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@amberarden Padmé Amidala

@roseygcosplay Invader Zim
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@roseygcosplay Invader Zim

Street Fighter
@rye_n_cosplay Vega
@dkarthall Cammy
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Street Fighter @rye_n_cosplay Vega @dkarthall Cammy

@sunday_slays_cosplay Drukhari Archon from Warhammer 40k
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@sunday_slays_cosplay Drukhari Archon from Warhammer 40k

@thecalacahomies
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@thecalacahomies

Transformers
@tonytonecosplay Megatron
@legionofcosplay Bumblebee
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Transformers @tonytonecosplay Megatron @legionofcosplay Bumblebee

@lolaurea Dani from Midsommar
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@lolaurea Dani from Midsommar

@nat_torious Neyteri from Avatar
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@nat_torious Neyteri from Avatar

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
@hannahjoslyn Rebecca
@little_bear_main Rebecca
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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners @hannahjoslyn Rebecca @little_bear_main Rebecca

@sadiehoneycat Velma from Scooby Doo
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@sadiehoneycat Velma from Scooby Doo

@markwgray Jedi Santa
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@markwgray Jedi Santa

@gabsgasmmm Wednesday from The Addams Family
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@gabsgasmmm Wednesday from The Addams Family

@gabgasmmm Wednesday from The Addams Family
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@gabgasmmm Wednesday from The Addams Family

@mawthika Chompette
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@mawthika Chompette

@nikkimiyamoto Shippo from Inuyasha
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@nikkimiyamoto Shippo from Inuyasha

@themorganjo Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service
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@themorganjo Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service

@ash_._bash Yaoyao from Genshin Impact
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@ash_._bash Yaoyao from Genshin Impact

@hanii.mae Kitsune Fox Spirit Kiriko from Overwatch
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@hanii.mae Kitsune Fox Spirit Kiriko from Overwatch

@cicioffici.al Psylocke from X-Men
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@cicioffici.al Psylocke from X-Men

@daretaylorofficial Woody from Toy Story
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@daretaylorofficial Woody from Toy Story

@spiderjoce Frankie Stein from Monster High
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@spiderjoce Frankie Stein from Monster High

@nikkimoxxi Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy
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@nikkimoxxi Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy

@daniella.claire.cosplay Debbie from The Wild Thornberrys
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@daniella.claire.cosplay Debbie from The Wild Thornberrys

@mitchandmeg.cosplay City Peach and Toad from Super Mario Odyssey
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@mitchandmeg.cosplay City Peach and Toad from Super Mario Odyssey

@rosewatercosplay Sonic the Hedgehog
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@rosewatercosplay Sonic the Hedgehog

@_imdarkphoenix_ Martha May Whovier from The Grinch
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@_imdarkphoenix_ Martha May Whovier from The Grinch

@sindiroocosplays Strawberry Shortcake
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@sindiroocosplays Strawberry Shortcake

@kitsunekuma Black Cat
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@kitsunekuma Black Cat

@thegirlwithagreatsmile Hella gala dress
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@thegirlwithagreatsmile Hella gala dress

@rachallday Cammy from Street Fighter
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@rachallday Cammy from Street Fighter

@santanamaynard Vi from Arcane
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@santanamaynard Vi from Arcane

@hannahjoslyn Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa
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@hannahjoslyn Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa

@born2burn__ Dabi from My Hero Academia
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@born2burn__ Dabi from My Hero Academia

@cassalanaa Lucy Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
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@cassalanaa Lucy Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

@mawthika Makima from Chainsaw Man
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@mawthika Makima from Chainsaw Man

@acetimetraveler GLaDOS from Portal
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@acetimetraveler GLaDOS from Portal

@thefatjediknight Beefsquatch from Bob's Burgers
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@thefatjediknight Beefsquatch from Bob's Burgers

@bukkitbrown Merida from Brave
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@bukkitbrown Merida from Brave

@mitchandmeg.cosplay Princess Luigi and Prince Daisy
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@mitchandmeg.cosplay Princess Luigi and Prince Daisy

@_animetric_ Velma from Scooby Doo 2 live action movie
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@_animetric_ Velma from Scooby Doo 2 live action movie

@masapuff Nurse Makima from Chainsaw Man
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@masapuff Nurse Makima from Chainsaw Man

@sss_mithy Sirius Black from Harry Potter
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@sss_mithy Sirius Black from Harry Potter

@_linzzbinz_ Rias Grimory from High School DxD
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@_linzzbinz_ Rias Grimory from High School DxD

@mustardpancakez Harley Quinn
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@mustardpancakez Harley Quinn

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