This past weekend was the Ohana Comic Con in Madera, CA. I've been looking forward to this for a while, as we don't really have any true comic conventions in the Fresno area (Yes, we have Zappcon, but not this year!).
This event had tons of vendors. I don't have a number, but the hall where the convention was held was packed. There were no empty spaces.
Tons of cosplayers. One of my favorite things about comic conventions is that it gives a great space for people to show their creativity and their fandom. This convention was no exception. There were plenty of Deadpools, lots of anime characters, a Captain Marvel (one of my favorite comic characters!) and a Space Ghost!
The crowd was super friendly. We've all been at conventions where people get pushy or are just plain rude. None of that here.
There were deals and collectibles galore. Several of the vendors I stopped at had their prices slashed in half. I was able to pick up a Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Jim Lee variant, and two Marvel Legacy back issues for a total of $9. At least one other guy had trades at half the cover price. Plus tons and tons of boxes of comics for $1 each.
If you were willing to spend a little more, there were lots of rare collectibles as well! I saw at least a half dozen of the SNES Classic Minis. Lots of Funko Pop all around too (I was so so tempted when I saw the Hot Topic Flocked Porg, but I restrained myself).
Parking. Now this is honestly outside the hands of the organizers, but it happened to be right across from a church. I got there right as the event opened and I got what appeared to be one of the last parking spots. Not a real biggie, but just a result of the time and location.
The lines. Where were they?? Long lines are a staple of conventions! I'm (kind of) kidding here. Line really are just a part of the huge conventions, which have their pros and cons. There was no waiting for anything here.
Overall, this event was a lot of fun! And the great thing is, the organizing group is continuing to do these conventions throughout the Central Valley. As we get things updated, you'll find links to the individual events on our Events Page.