Wizard World Los Angeles
The internet's barely abuzz about Wizard World this weekend. I'd reckon that's because it was pretty lackluster. Downtown Los Angeles is just not friendly for this sort of thing, unless it E3 which is so massive it's sort of a town unto itself. Aside from the hot dog vendors, there's pretty much no food within a walkable distance, parking is a nightmare, and well, everybody who lives in L.A. knows that. Compared to last month's Wondercon, which is usually one of the most low-key shows I go to, WWLA was just a massive disappointment. I'm thrilled we didn't exhibit, because I know we would've lost our shirts, and frankly, there's enough other ways to do that in this business. That being said, I got to see a lot of friends I rarely get to catch up with, despite living in the same city, and had some pretty interesting business conversations. So, it was good, it just wasn't the kind of show it should be. Considering the insanity that apparently way NYCC, you'd think Wizard would step up their game, all signs, though, point to not so much.
Oh, and guys, seriously, March in Los Angeles? Rainy Season. People who live in L.A.? Don't like driving in the rain. Don't have a convention in an inconvenient location during rainy season. Oh, and the whole 'marathon' thing, too. Who has a convention the weekend of the Los Angeles Marathon, mere blocks from the start and finish line? Whether it made the convention center inaccessible or not, I know everyone I talked to was making a point to stay home on Sunday just to avoid what might have been nothing.