Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con 2017 Round Up

By The Collectress and the Collected Mutineer

Well, it’s the end of con season, and this year we wrapped up our year at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, AKA our favorite convention. It was a great weekend, full of laughter, shopping (so much shopping), and a lot of walking. Here are the highlights: 

Katee Sackhoff

I’m a longtime and diehard BSG fan, so when it was announced that Starbuck herself, Katee Sackhoff, was going to be at LACC, I nearly lost my mind.

Ask the Mutineer, she can verify.

Anyway I made sure that we made it to the convention well in time to attend Katee’s panel, and the panel’s theme was all about how she kicks ass onscreen…and in real life too. For those of you unfamiliar with Sackhoff’s work, she is best known for being a badass fighter pilot on Battlestar Galactica, and a kickass sheriff’s deputy on Longmire.

It was really quite moving to hear Sackhoff discuss how she moved from doing bit “stereotypical blonde” roles to more substantial, more kickass roles. It wasn’t easy for her; originally she was told that she was ‘too young’ to play Starbuck (Sackhoff was in her early 20s at the time) but she kept at it until she got the role of Kara Thrace.

Sackhoff will appear in an upcoming episode of The Flash, and the sixth and final season of Longmire premieres on November 17.

Master of the Sun-The Zombie Chronicles

Comic books aren’t just for superheroes anymore, and the Black Eyed Peas made an appearance at LACC to discuss their new graphic novel, which combines elements of hip hop with a zombie apocalypse. Watch the video below to hear what they have to say about Master of the Sun.

Nerd Culture

I think we write this every year, but the thing we love most about Comikaze is that it’s so fandom-friendly. Cosplayers are welcomed and embraced, nerd fashion is everywhere, and it’s a family-friendly event. Can we tell you how happy we were to see entire families in costume? To hear strangers bond over shared interest in Yuri On Ice! or Star Wars? To see art for every fandom imaginable?

It’s glorious and it’s why we continue to go to conventions.

Wanna see one of the best moments of the convention? Watch this Captain EO have a dance off with MJ.

The Rock

I never thought that I would be categorizing Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson under the “1 thing I didn’t like” about anything. I love the Rock. Everyone loves the Rock. This section has nothing to do with the Rock.

My beef is with how LACC handled the Main Stage area during the time when the Rock was supposed to come out and promote his new film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Unlike other conventions I’ve attended with big-name celebrities, LACC chose to have the Rock come out onto the Main Stage, a part of the convention floor with no seating. That’s right, it’s standing room only. And you know what else? There were no staff, personnel, security, or literally anyone from the convention monitoring the flow of people into this area. Which meant people were jammed in like olives in a jar.

If we had been in a normal panel room, there would have been an organized line with someone letting people in. Instead, we had a disorganized mess with people shoving and stepping on each other in order to get a glimpse of the Rock. And when he did finally come out, they didn’t project him on screen, which meant the majority of people in the crowd couldn’t see anything. It ended up being a huge disappointment, not to mention an intense experience for people like the Collectress and me, as we’re both sensitive to crowds in small spaces. Long story short: if anyone from LACC is reading this, please handle things differently the next time you have a big name like his!