Comic Con Revolution made it’s debut on May 13, 2017. This is the first full scale comic con to hit the Inland Empire. They had over 80 guests in an exhibit hall that featured over 200 exhibitors along with panels throughout the day.
I decided to venture out there to check it out, as I wasn’t even aware that Ontario CA had a convention center. It was a really nice place and the area was nice as well. I wasn’t expecting anything much of this con, as it was it’s first year so I figured it would be small.
I arrived early so I could cover the ribbon cutting ceremony, which featured the Mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon, doing the honors, but first, the big reveal. 😉 The Mayor showed his superhero side by representing in his Captain America shirt.
The doors were now officially open and the crowd headed in. Upon entering the floor, I knew this would be a short day, as it was very small. I walked the rows and checked out the vendors and guests to see who and what was there. They had a good variety of vendors mixed in with artists for their first year.
There was a big crowd early in the morning, which was great for the debut. It was hard to photograph the booths and navigate around the crowd but I managed. The aisles were narrow so not a lot of wiggle room, especially when the cosplayers began showing up in their costumes.
Here are a few of the booths I shot while wandering the floor. There were many familiar vendors there, but I guess when you attend as many of these as we do, you get to know everybody at some point.
Of course I couldn’t not stop by and chat with our friend at Tee No Evil. They make the coolest shirts! Check them out here – https://www.teenoevil.com/
Next, I wandered over to where the celebrity guests were. Being that it was the 1st year, it wasn’t a very big list and it was super crowded in their area, tucked away in the corner. Not easy to navigate by any means. Something they will need to possibly set up differently next year.
Of course, no con would be complete without a visit to my friend from high school, Norm Rapmund. He is at every one of these conventions I go to doing what he does best. It is a must do, to stop and say hi and get a selfie with him. It is on his cell phone, so I don’t have it.
I didn’t spend a long time at this convention as I covered the whole room numerous times and was done by 1:30 pm. I did notice the cosplayers were starting to float in more in the afternoon hours. I had made a comment at how few there were when the doors opened. I took a few shots of cosplay, but not many as I was ready to head home.
All in all it was a fun convention and for it’s first year I think they can call it a success. Rumor has it that next year they will be taking up more of the convention center, which I think needs to happen. It was way too crowded on the floor with not much room. The area where the signings were was also not well laid out as one of the people back there had a huge line and it was blocking pretty much everyone else. I think next year will be much better with more space and I will definitely be back to see the changes and growth. If you are interested, mark your calendars – May 19th and 20th, 2018. It will be 2 days next year. They only did one this year because it was on Mothers Day Weekend and they didn’t want to take away from the moms. (I heard them talking about it)
So until next year, Comic Con Revolution, that IS Cindy’s Spin.
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