Friday, November 22, 2013
Con Man: Long Beach Comic & Horror Con '09
What's even nicer is the surrounding area, you're right next to an outdoor mall complete with movie theater, bars and eateries. Hopefully the $1 bookstore is still open. Nearby you can walk to the water for a serene time out where more shops and restaurants await, as does a view of the Queen Mary.
For whatever reason, you get some real honesty and heartfelt answers from guests at Long Beach. In 2011, Shane Black made an appearance as he was prepping to direct Iron Man Three and shared great insights like "Marvel invented copper wire by stretching a penny" and "You know Mel Gibson isn't a bad guy right? He's just a drunk". Artist extraordinaire William Stout told some great stories of his time in Antarctica, working on Masters of the Universe, not being credited with designing the Universal Citywalk and what it's like being a portrait artist at Disneyland. Maybe it's the lack of huge lines and crowds or San Diego Comic Con like hustle and bustle but Long Beach Con is just about the best kind of show you can ask for. Not too big, not too small. Not too busy, not too slow. Parking and food are aplenty and one year they hosted a record breaking zombie parade.
Oh yeah and the Auld Dubliner across the street is one of two bars I've ever been to that has Magner's on tap. Magner's is cider, like Strongbow but is Irish. I want to say it was a touch drier than the Bow but it's been a long time, guess I'll have to reacquaint myself tomorrow.