If you can believe it, with the age of the geek going strong, I have never been to a convention of any kind. I am no newb when it comes to the Northern California Renaissance Faire or the Dicken’s Faire, but I have never been to a Convention.
Until last Friday.
Foxy Husband and I attended the soft opening of the 3rd annual Salinas Valley Comic Con of 2016. It was held in the Student Center of Hartnell College and organized by the Steinbeck Center and the local library. There was no doubt about the organizers trying to attract the emerging adult crowd, 18-25 years old. Though the local paper advertised a 4pm opening, booths were still being set up at 6pm when we were living.
Salinas is a small town so it it had that small town feel; mostly local artists and people selling old (or new) collectables. There was a few game tables (tv screens, computers, consoles) set up, but yet working. However, they did have a reading area where you could take your comics and chill. They were supposed to be giving out food and raffle prizes but we must have left before that happened. Plus, Pop Funko characters at 75% of the booths. SO MANY POP FUNKOS!
One freelance artist table that really caught my eye, Rob Gardner. His fan art ranged from movies to television; Marvel to DC, Star Wars to Star Trek, Walking Dead to Game of Thrones. The original prints were impressive too, though mostly provocative, busty women (belly dancers, mermaids, etc.). You can find the art at Rob Gardner .
Foxy Husband walked away with roughly 30 comic books and I got a free bookmark (ha! nerd!). Not your usual Comic Con souvinir, but I didn’t have the funds to really come home with anything. If I had my choice, I would have come home with a J&R Fan Art soft and puffy Dr. Who Tardis Tank Top. You can find his work at J&R FanArt.
In the end, the soft opening was cute, but not enough to make me want to come back. If there were more known vendors, or at least one bigger name at the meet and greet, SVCC could have potential.
One thing I know for sure, I am ready to brave a more established con.