As a representative of Occhi Magazine, I attended my first Comic Con in Las Vegas, and it was intense. Entering the parking lot, there was a $10 dollar parking fee. When it was my turn to pay, I only had $100 dollar bills. They couldn’t take $100 dollar bills, so the security guard gave me a free parking pass, and that was an indication of how the day would go. From the elaborate costumes to the legendary Icons in attendance, it will definitely have a lasting impact on me. I regularly attend conventions, and in terms of access, this one was no different. It was packed, but I was able to bypass the line with my press credentials, and a little street savvy.
The lines were really long like a major mega concert, with over 3 million square feet located within three miles and over 100,000 guest rooms, it’s safe to say thousands of people were there. I had the opportunity to set up some interviews with some of the exhibitors, Owners, Graphic Artists, Animators, Comic Book Creators, actors, producers, etc. It was a family friendly environment, with parents dressing their children up, to let them parade around for fun. While strolling through the convention, I ran across a number of Comic Con goers, in full costume. Many said that they were wearing their Halloween costumes from last year, some said that they travel around to the various Comic Conventions as a hobby, (quite an expensive hobby), while others said they simply dress up for fun.
I had the opportunity to take pictures of Ray Park, Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I, Toad in X-Men and Snake-Eyes in the G.I. Joe films. I took some photos of Peter Mayhew of which I am a huge fan. Peter Mayhew is best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. I shot some great photos of the iconic BATMOBILE from the hit TV series Batman & Robin starring Adam West (RIP) and Burt Ward. To top off my experience, I was able to take photos of Mr. Marvel himself, Mr. Stan Lee. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 50 years or so, Stan Lee is an icon, the legendary co-creator of the Marvel Universe with Spider-Man, Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, X-Men and dozens more. He was in the very back of the building surrounded by security, and even a few police officers. They were charging an outrageous $120 dollars per autograph, and a whopping $400 dollars per photo. However, due to my press credentials, and again a little street savvy, I was escorted by the police to the front of the line, where I was allowed to take as many photos of Stan Lee as I wanted to. All in all, it was a great experience, and please keep an eye out for the upcoming interviews from the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con.
Make sure you check out the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. Today is the last day to attend. It’s open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PST). Visit https://www.amazingcomiccon.com/amazing-las-vegas or follow on Twitter @amazingcomiccon, Facebook @AmazingLasVegasComicCon and Instagram @amazingcomiccon today!
Charlie Mac is a Music Entrepreneur, music publisher, music supervisor, music producer, composer, songwriter, recording engineer, public speaker, consultant, author, executive producer, and a highly sought after A&R executive, with years of experience in the music business. He is the CEO of MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK, former SR VP of A&R for Makaveli Music Group, Music Supervisor for Black Noise Media, Program Director for Wutz Hood Radio, and Music Supervisor for MACFLY FILMS. He has had major success with multiple music placements involving major brands like, MTV, EPIC, VH1, GUNIT, SHADY, AFTERMATH, BIO, ATLANTIC, 40 ACRES, CASH MONEY, DTP, DEF JAM, NBC, WARNER BROS., CMT, ELEKTRA, ASYLUM, INTERSCOPE, DISCOVERY, LUKE, NBA, GEFFEN, GOOGLE, JIVE, MUZAK, TLC, KONVICT, ROCNATION, TIME, NIKE, VIOLATOR, MERCURY, VIACOM, etc., plus countless other major corporations, and international entities.