Frank & Son Collectible Show has it's own warehouse in an industrial complex near Walnut. Parking is free with two lots and street available. No fee to get in either. Usually the show only runs on Wednesday and Saturday but extended to Sunday this week as Stan "The Man" Lee was special guest. I haven't been here in years and was very surprised to see how Con like this show was without the Con. It was just rows and rows of stalls and vendors hocking toys, video games, cards, knives and trinkets. All those booths you check out at conventions outside Artist Alley at any other show, that's this place, all the time! While there were toys, toys and more toys to check out, I was surprised at the lack of comic books for sale. There were a handful of big spreads selling issues new and old but I just didn't feel like skimming through boxes of unorganized comics hoping to find a gem. I recognized several vendors from shows around town and everyone was very chill and polite. A couple were a little overzealous in trying to sell stuff when all I wanted to do was see what they had but ah well. Then we randomly started chatting with a vendor who ended up being writer and author Pat Jankiewicz. Nice guy and a fellow #MovieBro, we rapped about flicks, actors and our favorite conventions.
Seems like the Big Trouble In Little China Funko's haven't shipped yet so I had to be contented with picking up a Rocketeer ReAction figure along with a Funko mini-mystery figure where helmeted Cliff Secord runs 1 out of 72 and was already fetching a $50 price tag. For $7 bucks, my luck held steady and I pulled out a 1 out of 12 Robocop. There's an exhibition hall in the middle where guests sign. Frank & Son have a variety of actors and athletes come through for special events, reunions, etc. Towards the back was a gaming and tournament area as well as a discount household goods store(?!) selling clothes, tools and supplies. Going strong since 1988, Frank & Son is definitely the place to come to pick up your favorite swag but I think it's more fun to do that at in a convention setting where you can walk the floor, take in a panel, go back, etc.
That's all the Cons I got for January, see you in February for Long Beach!