Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Con-Man: October Wind Down

There's only two shows on my convention radar this October, the Twin Galaxies Entertainment Festival starting this Friday, 10.2 through Sunday 10.4 and Comikaze Expo 10.30 - 11.1. Twin Galaxies takes place out in Banning, towards Riverside at the Museum of Pinball, a private gaming facility only open to the public a few times a year. Over 800 retro and modern arcade and pinball machines will be set to free play along with live music, guests, exhibitors, food trucks, tournaments and more! We'll be attending on Friday where freeplay goes from 2:00 PM to Midnight then you've got the Intellivision Decathlon, Pac-Man Tournament, An Hour with designer and programmer Warren Davis, musical performances by Digital Lizards of Doom and DJ Ken and a panel with World Record Holders. A stone's throw from the Morongo Casino and Resort along with a couple of outlet malls should make for a fun weekend of gaming, prime rib, buffets, shopping and The Martian!

On Halloween weekend it's off to Downtown for the 5th annual Comikaze Expo, basically LA's biggest comic book flavored show. Guests of Honor include Stan Lee, Grant Morrison, Elvira, Sam J. Jones, William Shatner, Marc Silvestri and Mike Mignola alongside the likes of Casper van Dien, Walter Koenig, a bunch of Power Rangers and comic book staples such as Norm Rapmund, Arthur Adams, Livio Ramondelli and Tim Bradstreet. Attendance had steadily risen from a solid 35,000 attendees in 2011 to an estimated 65,000 in 2014. The exhibition floor and Artist Alley are always quite large here then you've got a couple dozen food trucks outside. You're also only a few steps from LA Live if you need to catch a flick or some Yard House to rest up.

Here's hoping Twin Galaxies has Alien VS Predator or G.I. Joe and I can find some collected Judge Dredd at Comikaze, see you at the shows!

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