In what may be a horrible scheduling conflict, the extremely popular annual gathering of Doctor Who fans in Los Angeles, called Gallifrey One is happening at the same time as the Long Beach Comic Expo… in Long Beach.
The three day Whovian convention runs February 17th – 19th and will feature guests including Paul McGann (the 8th Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) all at the Marriott Hotel near L.A.X. More information on this event can be found here.
The two day comic con runs February 18th-19th and will feature guests including Jason Momoa (Aquaman), George Perez, Michael Golden and Mark Waid all at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information on this event can be found here.
I have attended both shows in the past. Long Beach is a good show that happens twice a year, the Expo in end of winter and the Convention in end of summer. The shows are usually well attended and well managed. Artist Alley is always full of talented folks, but outside of Jason Momoa and the cast of Ghostfacer, there aren't many big name celebrities. It's a fun show for a family and caters to a diverse audience from Anime to comics to film to video games to wrestling and all points in between.
Gallifrey One is a unique convention in that the show itself is tiny. You can make your way through the vendor area in no time at all. The main draw of the show are the guests / panels and the mixing with other fans. This is a show that usually sells out in minutes but doesn't have the content to justify moving to a larger location. Instead of adding in other genre series, they've kept it focused on Doctor Who and in the small venue. But what this has done has created a terrific camaraderie among the attendees that carries over after hours into the hotel restaurant, bar and lobby.
And if neither of those float your boat… there is a Chocolate and Art show going on at the Vortex that weekend as well.
Guess the headline should've been Doctor Who Vs Comics Vs Chocolate…