I've lived in California my entire life and I have never heard the term "Central Coast"… so you can imagine my surprise when I was invited to attend the Central Coast Comic Con or C4 for short. (C4, like the explosive? Anyone who remembers the ill-fated Las Vegas Extrosion will avoid making cons that sound like things that blow up)… But regardless of the name I have signed up and will be out there this coming weekend. Where is it? At the Ventura County Fairgrounds from 10 to 8 on Saturday (Sept 7th) and 10 to 7 on Sunday (Sept 8th).
I will be there promoting the books I write and trying to find more stories for Bleeding Cool… other guests include: Amber Benson, Sid Haig, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Howard Chaykin, Scott Lobdell, Matt Hawkins, Joe Benitez Richard Starkings, Marat Mychaels, E-Bas, and Angus Oblong. The show will also have cosplay girls, famous movie cars (Ecto 1, the General Lee), musical guests and the bridge from the Enterprise (Next Generation). For a full list of guests check out their website.
The convention is being put on by WTFEvents and the event lead Kris Blackburn had this to say: "I want to let you know that this event is so much more than an opportunity to meet your favorite celebrity, creator, or cosplayer. This is a unique opportunity to show how different types of pop culture can come together and demonstrate that we are more than capable of making a significant charitable contribution".
So if you are in California this weekend and are looking for something to do… say in the Central Coast area… come on out. Conventions are like Comic Stores, we need all the good ones we can get and they only exist if we support them.
Oh, and there is also a charity Pre-Party: