By Michele Brittany, a West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
This was my second year attending the nation’s largest convention dedicated to anime and manga, the (AX) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3 – 6. Last year I only attended one day (Saturday) and knew that the expo had too much going on to take it all in one day, so this year, I purchased the four-day pass. I attended Friday through Sunday. In those three days, there were several things I observed – good, bad and different – when comparing the expo with the Southern California comic cons I attend throughout the year.
Let’s start with the problems I saw with the expo. Lines and particularly line management. With 61, 000+ attendees (last year’s figures according to Wikipedia), this expo needs to be able to move a lot of people from point A to point B, efficiently and quickly. I arrived up to an hour early to pick up my badge Friday morning and waited probably an hour, which I felt was not bad because line did not have long periods of standing, more of a stop and go feel to it.
However, there were no lines once inside and everyone was forced to huddle in a mass waiting for the doors to open. Lines were funneled down to three escalators or from a second area near the food court on the second floor, where that crowd was funneled down into a single line to enter the hall through one door. Unfortunately, I don’t think lines could have been formed efficiently in the lobby area, but one thing that would have helped: open up a little early to relieve the stress of the waiting crowds. Wondercon typically opens up 30 minutes early and let me tell you, attendees remember cons that let you in early so you don’t have to wait nearly has long in a line. Unfortunately, the expo took the opposite response to the burgeoning crowd; they opened the doors up to 10 minutes late each morning I attended.
I experienced some stress Saturday because the program had a misprint and I was looking for a volunteer that could direct me to a particular panel. It so happens that a head volunteer was trying to move people from a balcony area, so he could tape off a path for attendees waiting to attend some other panel. He actually demanded that the red vested volunteers in the area to not answer or assist attendees that were trying to ask for help. I know that getting the tape up was important, but so is helping people who have paid hard earned money for a ticket to the expo.
Just founf this about it in arts and crafts
180 BEAD VENDORS come to BEAD EXPO â FRI -SUN
Bead collectors, jewelry designers
and aficionados â take note!
For the first (and only) time, the acclaimed
Bead Expo holds its annual extravaganza in the Bay Area, April 12-15 at the Oakland Convention Center
More than 180 leading bead vendors, many of them never before seen locally, will display their temptations for three full days.
â¢ Antique and vintage beads - a dozen top dealers in rare material from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
â¢ Contemporary art beads - artists working in glass lampwork, polymer, metals and other media
Just went to the 28th annual Art Deco
And Modern Expo here in Annandale Va..... Very cool.. if you are in the area.. it's well worth it...
I scored another Murano vaseline glass ashtray for my collection of Murano ashtrays..and a bitchin' Deco book holder...
Unfortunately.. I didn't have the 20k it would have taken to buy the really cool shit.. :(
Time (prior to ww II) was the 'art deco' period in this country (taken from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris)
the architecture from that period is reflective of a style that used ânewâ building materials that were not used (traditionally) in buildings â things like glass blocks, polished metals, and plastics
That was also right about the time that Georges Claudeâs first public display was two 38-foot long tubes at the Paris Expo in December 1910, so since that was so new, it only makes sense that it would be incorporat