HELLO KITTY GETS HER OWN CONVENTION
Celebrating 40 years of bright colors, adorableness, and an iconic creepy blank stare, Sanrio's main mascott gets her own Hello Kitty Con in L.A. later this year.
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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty.Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, Hello Kitty Con 2014 will offer interactive experiences and events for fans and friends of all ages, including activities, art, exhibits, exclusives, workshops, lectures, panels, sneak peeks, tattoos, food, fun, and many more surprises!Join Hello Kitty and your friends at Hello Kitty Con 2014. As Hello Kitty always says, “You can never have too many friends!”

And here’s trailer for the event.

Not gonna’ lie… i kind of want to go.

HELLO KITTY GETS HER OWN CONVENTION

Celebrating 40 years of bright colors, adorableness, and an iconic creepy blank stare, Sanrio's main mascott gets her own Hello Kitty Con in L.A. later this year.

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Here’s The Line To Get Into San Diego Comic-Con Back In 1983
You know, before the rest of the world realized how cool it actually is to be a nerd.
(via Pete Salisbury)

Here’s The Line To Get Into San Diego Comic-Con Back In 1983

You know, before the rest of the world realized how cool it actually is to be a nerd.

(via Pete Salisbury)

Things I Bought at Tampa Bay Comic Con

I had fun bragging and showing off cool stuff I bought last month at MegaCon, so I’ve decided to post all my purchases from this weekend’s Tampa Bay Comic Con for all to see. I’m pretty lucky to live in Florida where a con literally happens twice a month, so expect more bragging posts in the future. Like last time, I’ll explain how much I spent on the item, how much they run for, and if I saved any cash buying the items at a convention rather than the Internet or Amazon.

Top photo, Volumes 1-3 of Tank Girl: This was a really neat find. Those of you who are really into Gorillaz should already know what this is about. Tank Girl is a comic book series started by Jaime Hewlett (illustrator and co-creator of the Gorillaz) and Alan Martin (writer), revolving around an outlaw girl who drives a tank (obviously) and dates a mutant kangaroo. Sick stuff, great art, and for the mature. The second and third trades run at roughly $10 new on Amazon, while the first trade is around $30 new on Amazon. I got each of these trades for a lousy $2 each. I spent $6 in total for these in almost near mint condition! They were even bagged and boarded.

Second and third rows of photos, Iron Man 1963 Fine Pewter Original Statue: I honestly don’t understand how I got this little pewter statue for so fucking cheap, but I paid $5 for it from some guy with a table of just over nine different busts. The picture’s a little blurry due to my camera lens not being able to focus on the background comic of the bust, but it’s the issue of Tales of Suspense which Iron Man originated from as the backdrop. This tiny statue is under seven inches, came with a certificate of authenticity, and is running for $75 new on Amazon, with sellers asking for $50. Maybe the dude I bought it from had it for a while and it’s brought him bad luck or something, but I’m glad I picked this little guy up.

Forth row photo, Heavy 3PO: The Coleman Chronicles of Scud the Disposable Assassin: I read about this comic book last month and bought it this weekend because of that reason. I have no fucking recollection of why I was actually looking into this comic book in the first place, but this trade was only $4. The writer, Rob Schrab, apparently also directed all seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as directing a couple of episodes of Parks and Recreation, Children’s Hospital, and Community. According to Wikipedia: “The protagonist of the series is Scud, an average Heart Breaker Series 1373 model assassin. On his first mission, he is sent to kill Jeff, a rampaging female mutant with mousetraps for hands, an electrical plug for a head, and a squid for a belt.” This is probably why I was subliminally interested in the series in the first place…

Fifth row, comic books: I mean, no shit, right? I went to MegaCon this year to find comic books and I didn’t get anything I was really hoping to grab. At a small comic convention in Tampa though, I managed to grab various issues of Sandman, Swamp Thing, Lone Wolf and Cub, Human Target, Hellblazer, and some comic book by Alan Moore called Skizz. I grabbed over 50 issues of these various titles, with at least 20 of them being Swamp Thing issues from Vertigo, and another 20 being Sandman issues. I spent less than $50. I don’t really have to explain how good of a deal this is — the beautiful cover art of Sandman and Swamp Thing alone are worth $3 an issue, in my opinion.  I’m framing some of these this week and throwing them up on my wall.

So yeah, add a price of $15 admission to the actual convention and I think I spent around $90 tops for one day at the con. Not bad with what I grabbed.

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Adorableness at MegaCon, Part 2

That last post was not limited to just kids. Dogs can dress up, too. Especially corgis.

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Adorableness at MegaCon, Part 1

While I did snag a lot of shots of adult and teenage cosplayers this weekend at MegaCon, let’s not forget about the little ones. These parents are super awesome and their kids are even cooler for enjoying it.

I still can’t get over how cute that Link was this weekend!

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Cosplay Monday: MegaCon Edition (part 2)

Here are some more photos from MegaCon this weekend. The Cable and Dr. Doom is absolutely astonishing. Here’s part 1 to the post.

Any cosplay credit wanted, please contact cortez (at) albotas (dot) com and I’ll be happy to link it.

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Things I Bought At MegaCon: Day 3

Yo, I’m not gonna lie right now, I’m pretty fucking broke and upset with myself. I walked into the convention with $80 in my wallet and I don’t know where half of it went. This article isn’t helping me, either. This listing things I bought thing was a stupid idea.

First four rows of photos, comics: Obviously. I walked into this booth and say signs that read “Batman issues, 6 issues for $5.” Then I turned around and read “Marvel annual issues, 6 for $5.” Then I turned to the right and read four more signs along the same lines as the first two. Then I looked down and shit was literally oozing from my pant legs from excitement.

Most comic booths have a lot of shit they need to get rid of on Sunday night. Mainly because 1. They want last minute profit, and 2. They don’t want to carry boxes of shit that won’t sell back to their trucks. Usually on the final days of conventions, these booths do deep discounts on single issues/trade paper backs to lift some of that weight off. I would’ve been in heaven today if I hadn’t decided to spend all my fucking money on Friday and Saturday and saved it for comics today.

But I got some good steals. I spent $13 total for that stack of comics I got. The dealer sold me the comics at half price, meaning I was getting about 6 issues of random Batman, X-Men, Maxx, and other stuff for $2.50. Solid steals. I got the first issue of Ren & Stimpy and a couple of issues of Batman’s Knightfall storyline.

Fifth row, buttons: I don’t know what to say other than I really spent $5 on some fucking buttons.

Sixth row, the only thing I can say that was 100% worth it: a commission piece of Waka Flocka Flame. I asked this dude named Josh Hoye if he did commissions. He said yeah. I asked him if he could do something not really con-related. He said yeah. I said can you draw Waka Flocka Flame for me and ink it? He said yeah. So $30 later, here it is.

Friday I spent $76. Yesterday I spent $78. Today I spent $48. Tally that up and I spent a total of…$202…

But wait. Let’s count the food I paid for ($10 pizzas from Papa Johns that were less than 11 inches), parking, drinks, and change to hand to friends when they needed an extra buck or two. Now the total comes to about…

Three-hundred-fucking-dollars-are-you-fucking-kidding-me. I spent $300 at MegaCon. What the fuck.

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MegaCon 2013: Huge Success

I spent my entire weekend attending this year’s biggest/bestest Florida multi-genre convention, MegaCon, and I’m broke, exhausted, and super happy. MegaCon is the place to be for sci-fi, anime, comic book, fantasy, and gaming communities to meet up, hang out, see celebrities, spend money, and have fun. This year’s event was absolutely nothing short of spectacular.

Previous years have seen celebrities like Stan Lee and William Shatner come out and meet with con guests, but this year’s convention was the ultimate package. Folks had the opportunity to meet the entire original Star Trek: The Next Generation cast, including Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, and Will Wheaton. Voice actors Tara Strong and Vic Mignogna, comic book illustrator/writers Frank Cho, George Perez, Neal Adams, Clay Mann, and Steve McNiven, and star of the original Incredible Hulk television series Lou Ferrigno, were also in attendance, among other handfuls of guests and stars.

The real attraction here are the fans themselves — I saw some of the greatest cosplays I’ve ever laid eyes on over the past three days (we’ll be posting those photos later). A big sense of community was felt throughout the convention, even if some of that community were a tad bit irritating to walk by in a crowded dealer’s room. I attended a few panels (in which were very well put together and executed), purchased goods I’ve had an eye on, met new artists and creative people in the Artist Alley, talked with strangers about a favorite heroes and comic titles, and locked eyes with some celebrities I’d never thought I’d see. 

Seriously, MegaCon is one of the best conventions you can attend in the south of the nation. Florida has something special here. If you missed out this year, you have truly missed out on a fantastic time.

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Things I Bought At MegaCon: Day 1

MegaCon 2013 kicked off today in Orlando and I’m definitely feeling it in my pockets. Thing is, with most conventions I have a huge problem tallying and keeping track of the cash I spend, especially now with most booths offering payments from credit/debit cards via the Square app. I’ve decided to post my spendings for each day of this weekend’s convention to help keep track of my bad spending habits and link comparative prices to Amazon to see if I really saved or not. Also, I really just wanted to post and brag about all the cool shit I bought today.

Best tip I can offer to convention-goers regarding money spending situations: visit your bank’s ATM before heading to a convention. I didn’t follow that rule before heading to the con today and I’m surely feeling that worrying feeling regarding my checking account. You can avoid simple ATM fees, credit/debit card taxes/processing fees, and you can easily haggle prices with most booths with physical cash.

Anyway, if this lot of bullshit I bought doesn’t look like much today, check out for this Sunday’s upcoming post. Should definitely be the day I spend the least amount of cash for an abundance of cheap comic books during the last hour on the final day.

Top photo, Young Avengers #1/Adventure Time #1
You guys may be thinking, “Why the Hell would Kevin (you don’t know my name, now you do) spend money on those two comics when he can buy them at any comic book store?” Well, yes, I might be able to if I looked hard enough, but I really can’t beat the prices I bought them for. Both of these titles are relatively new, with Young Avengers being out since January and Adventure Time out since early last year, yet both of these variant covers are hard to find.

The Young Avengers cover was done by Scott Pilgrim author, Bryan Lee O’Malley. In order for my local comic shop to get a shipment of the variants in, they had to order a certain high amount of issues. Thing is, what the Hell is my local comic shop going to do with 200+ copies of the same comic book variant? Hence why I can’t find it in my city. I got the issue for $6. It’s retailing new on Amazon for $7.50 + shipping.

Now the issue of Adventure Time #1 I picked up has a variant cover drawn by my favorite comic book writer/illustrator, Jeffrey Brown. Boom Studios decided that for their first issue of the Adventure Time comic, they’d released a slew of variant covers to make the launch extra special and cool. Of course, Adventure Time is super fucking popular, so those five different variant covers of the first issue sold out pretty fast. Right now, the first issue printing on Amazon is retailing, at cheapest, for $11.98 + $3.99 shipping. But that’s not the variant cover I got. The cover I got apparently is much harder to find and Amazon doesn’t link it. The comic book site I frequently order from, Mile High Comics, has the issue listed at $128 in near mint condition. I’m assuming I have a mint condition in my possession that I need to immediately read and seal up. I got it for $10 today from Boom’s official booth!

Second row, Minecraft and Wonder Woman decals, various patches: There’s a much cooler feeling looking at patches and decal stickers on a giant wall in person, rather than being on the Internet and browsing Etsy for an hour straight to find what you want. There were several booths that sold various decals and patches. I grabbed the Minecraft and Wonder Woman decals for my girlfriend and I at $5. Etsy lists most decals of that size between $2-$5.

I mean, I guess I didn’t have to buy it in person and I could’ve save a buck or two, seeing on how Etsy folk wouldn’t have charged me shipping to send paper anyway, but…whatever, it’s done with and I’m not going to already say I have my first buyer’s regret. It’s just $5 (right? right?!!?). No big loss here.

The patches are an entirely different story. Most conventions have a booth or three with patches being a big portion of sales. I’m pretty sure they’re all the same people with the same company, but that may just be a huge assumption I’m making based off of the sole fact that they all had some really shitty quality patches of the same thing. Cheap patches of anything you want could be found on Etsy for $7 or less. Good quality patches are usually sold at $7 or more. The booth I grabbed these patches with had a mixture of both good and bad, all with the same price. The deal was: $8 for one patch, two for $15, three for $20, and 10 for $60. My buddy grabbed five Star Trek patches, I grabbed that Bart patch, and my girlfriend got the other Harry Potter, Dead Space, and Wonder Woman patches shown. I think the savings here were a no brainer.

Third row, Itchy and Scratchy Funko plush toys: These were an awesome find since I haven’t been able to find them at any store in the city. My girl got these for me at $10 each, so $20 was spent on the two. Really happy to get me hands on them. Amazon has them for cheaper though, with Itchy going for $6.50 and Scratchy for $7.41.

Forth row, Psycho and Mr. Sparkles t-shirts: So this was about the time where I was really feeling the hurt on my wallet. A t-shirt booth with loads of shit you can’t find at your local Hot Topic. I kind of have beef with a majority of the items this booth sold. Prices were $22 a shirt, but $40 for two. As you can see, I purchased two shirts which ultimately saved me only around $2 since they charged my ass for using a debit card. Amazon’s got around the same prices, with the Mr. Sparkles shirt going for $20 and Hitchock’s Psycho shirt being sold about the same.

Big thing to watch out for in t-shirt booths is to not get ripped off. Around 40% of the shirts I found around this particular booth could be found at Walmart, Target, or Hot Topic at significantly cheaper prices. I don’t think anyone can justify buying a Gumby shirt at $22 a pop when Walmart sells those bitches for $6.50. Granted, the 60% of clothing offered is stuff that’s difficult to find offline, so I do think those hefty tags are worth it.


All of Friday’s purchases are listed up top, clocking me around a very roughly added $76 spent. I’m making another list of food expenses to add to this list at the end of the weekend. We’ll see if I come up short on rent this month or not.

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We’re Going to MegaCon
I don’t know how many of our followers are from Florida, but just a heads up to those going to MegaCon 2013: We’re going too. Well, I am at least.
The con’s from March 15th through the 17th in Orlando, Florida. Media guests include Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Billy West, Paul Blake, and a handful of other celebrities from Star Wars/Star Trek, and voice actors. Comic book guests include Neal Adams, Jason Adams, Frank Cho, Gail Simone, George Perez, and a TON of others I can’t even list without this being an obnoxiously long post.
So yeah, come out, I’ll see you. I’m taking photos (A giant gallery will come, cosplayers. I promise.) and doing a write-up of the event the week after. I might even take video. Maybe some of you will be in them.

We’re Going to MegaCon

I don’t know how many of our followers are from Florida, but just a heads up to those going to MegaCon 2013: We’re going too. Well, I am at least.

The con’s from March 15th through the 17th in Orlando, Florida. Media guests include Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Billy West, Paul Blake, and a handful of other celebrities from Star Wars/Star Trek, and voice actors. Comic book guests include Neal Adams, Jason Adams, Frank Cho, Gail Simone, George Perez, and a TON of others I can’t even list without this being an obnoxiously long post.

So yeah, come out, I’ll see you. I’m taking photos (A giant gallery will come, cosplayers. I promise.) and doing a write-up of the event the week after. I might even take video. Maybe some of you will be in them.

Albotas Goes To Wizard World Philly

Wizard World is a wrap! I emptied a good portion of my bank account on comic books, oggled cosplay buttcheeks, and my fiancee (sporting her homemade Captain America duds up top) and I took lots and LOTS of pictures.

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Albotas Goes To Wizard World Philly!!!
Hey there, loyal Albotians! It’s brownkidd here, your faithful founder/editor-at-large and I just wanted to let you know I’ll be at Wizard World Philly this Friday - Sunday. I’ll for sure be hitting up the drink and sketch meetup tonight and the GeekNation launch party tomorrow night.
Anything else going down I should know about? Any of you guys hitting this up? Maybe we can have some kind of reader meetup or something. Let me know in the comments!
Oh, and follow Albotas on Twitter and Facebook and follow @brownkidd on Twitter (thaaaaat’s meeee!) for all the Wizard World updates your brains, faces, and pants can handle!

Albotas Goes To Wizard World Philly!!!

Hey there, loyal Albotians! It’s brownkidd here, your faithful founder/editor-at-large and I just wanted to let you know I’ll be at Wizard World Philly this Friday - Sunday. I’ll for sure be hitting up the drink and sketch meetup tonight and the GeekNation launch party tomorrow night.

Anything else going down I should know about? Any of you guys hitting this up? Maybe we can have some kind of reader meetup or something. Let me know in the comments!

Oh, and follow Albotas on Twitter and Facebook and follow @brownkidd on Twitter (thaaaaat’s meeee!) for all the Wizard World updates your brains, faces, and pants can handle!

Marvel Con 76 Ad (by Drive-In Mike)

You had me at “free Kung Fu exhibitions.”

Marvel Con 76 Ad (by Drive-In Mike)

You had me at “free Kung Fu exhibitions.

Albotas went to Templecon ‘11

Templecon is an annual convention mostly dedicated to Steampunk and table-top gaming. However, Templecon 2011 featured the second-annual King of Fighters Anthology Tournament officially sponsored by SNK Playmore. I came, I saw, I almost conquered. Hit the link for the recap!

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Want to beat me up?
Saturday, Feb. 5, you will be able to beat up an Albotas writer — depending on you skills of course. Come to TempleCon 2011 in Warwick Rhode Island, where I’ll be covering (and participating in) the second-annual King of Fighters Anthology Tournament. The games will all be played on authentic Neo Geo cabinets. And if KoF isn’t your thing, come back the following day for the Samurai Showdown and Mark of the Wolves tournaments. Or just hang around for the whole con which covers a broad range of hobbies, from tabletop gaming, to CCGs, to Steampunk. There will be several guest there, including The 501st group who customize and sell storm trooper helmets from Star Wars. Hit the source link for all the info you need.
[Via TempleCon]

Want to beat me up?

Saturday, Feb. 5, you will be able to beat up an Albotas writer — depending on you skills of course. Come to TempleCon 2011 in Warwick Rhode Island, where I’ll be covering (and participating in) the second-annual King of Fighters Anthology Tournament. The games will all be played on authentic Neo Geo cabinets. And if KoF isn’t your thing, come back the following day for the Samurai Showdown and Mark of the Wolves tournaments. Or just hang around for the whole con which covers a broad range of hobbies, from tabletop gaming, to CCGs, to Steampunk. There will be several guest there, including The 501st group who customize and sell storm trooper helmets from Star Wars. Hit the source link for all the info you need.

[Via TempleCon]

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