Comic Con Revolution makes its debut in Ontario, CA

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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/

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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.

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Bill Mosley – House of 100 Corpses and Devils Rejects are what I know him from.  Both very disturbing movies!

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David Naughton from An American Werewolf in London.

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.nr2

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.

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I am Negan

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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)

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Thumbs up from this Comic Con Revolution staff member!

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So until next year, Comic Con Revolution, that IS Cindy’s Spin.

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I will not kneel to Negan 😉

This is a friend of mine.  You can check out his con coverage The Nerd Cartel by clicking this link  https://www.facebook.com/nerdcartel/

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RuPauls DragCon April 29 & 30th 2017

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RuPauls DragCon returned for it’s 3rd year, bigger and better to the LA Convention Center. This convention brings out fans of all ages and backgrounds where they are able to meet and interact with celebrities and icons in a friendly environment. There is no doubt you will see some amazing “eleganza” walking the floor of this convention, as these ladies and gents know how to do it up right. This is always one of our favorites to cover but this year I went solo.

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As you head towards the entrance, Ru’s sign greets you, and if you watch the show, you can hear her in your head – “Hello, Hello, HELLO”   This is how she enters the room where the ladies get ready at the beginning of each show to give them their challenge.

Each year they do a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the opening of doors for the VIP ticket holders and media.  First year was great, 2nd year was a mess and this year was back to fantastic with a new PR firm running the show.  It was MUCH more organized.  I was a little late so I wasn’t able to be in the front, but hey, I made it.  The queens all hang out for a bit, entertaining the crowds and posing for photos for the press.  I was in the back so I just held up the camera and shot.  Got what I could though.

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Greeting the crowd

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Getting ready to cut the ribbon

Once the ribbon was cut, it was on and the crowds entered.  As they say on the show – “Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best WOMAN WIN”

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***Here is where I put in the WARNING –  Some photos may be offensive to certain viewers. You see ALL kinds of things at this convention. – You have been warned 🙂

I also am not going to review everything but mostly just post photos for your enjoyment

This convention has over 200 vendors and exhibitors, panels, autographs and photo ops all over the floor.   You don’t know where to begin there is so much going on. There was absolutely no method to my madness.

I figured I should start by heading back to where they had some of Mama Ru’s wardrobe on display.  This area gets crowded so I wanted to get some shots without all the people. I have to say, she has some gorgeous dresses!

Below is another popular photo op, so I figured now was a good time to get the shot before the crowd came in.

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I decided to check out the pressroom and see what they had going on in there and get off my feet before the chaos began.  Here are a few shots of the floor while just press and VIP ticket holders were in.  This was the calm before the storm, for sure!

Now onto the booths on the floor

Now we move onto the Queens!   The Drag Queens from the show were pretty hard to get to as the lines and crowds were insane waiting to meet them.   I shot a few and then took the other amazing ones I saw werking the floor! (yes work is spelled werk in this world) Some of the outfits they wear are insane and how they walk in those shoes, I will never know.  Lord knows I can’t handle those high heels anymore.

I was also there representing our media outlet for the celebrity signings they had going on.  When I say celebrity, I am referring to the non drag celebrities.

A few of the ladies from Little Women LA were there the day I was there. We met them last year and they are the nicest ladies!  http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/little-women-la

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Tonya Renee Banks  – she was there selling and promoting her Little Boss Body Activewear.

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Tonya, with her “husband to be”, Kerwin and her daughter

Elivra, Mistress of the Dark was also there.  She had a line for days, as she was a big draw here.

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Cassandra Peterson AKA Elvira – Mistress of The Dark

All and all I had a fabulous time attending and covering this event, as always.  Everybody you meet is so nice!  Drag Queens LOVE the camera!

I decided to make a last trip up to the media room for another shot of the floor before I headed out.  I knew how crowded it felt walking the floor but I wanted the birds-eye view. Needless to say, it was packed –   They said there were over 44,000 attendees this year!

My day came to end around 4:30 as it was time to head back to the OC. It was filled with lots of laughs, hugs, glamour, glitz, glitter and bling!   I did hear that RuPaul announced they would be holding their first East Coast DragCon being held in NYC, Sept 30 – Oct. 1st.  If you live near there, I highly suggest attending if you can.  You will not regret it.

As I headed out to the parking garage I saw the sign that bids you a sweet goodbye and is not what you want to hear if you are on the show.  Sashay Away my friends, until next year!

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