This weekend was our first time attending Long Beach Comic Con, which took place at the Long Beach Convention Center September 12-13, 2015! Violet provides a recap of our Saturday experience, which included a Daredevil panel, a panel with Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim and Agent Carter showrunner Tara Butters, plus some cosplay fun! Josh will provide a Sunday recap in a separate post. Read on for Violet’s Saturday recap!
Bad News, But a Good Solution
On the Tuesday following the long Labor Day weekend, Josh came home and reported that he would have to work on Saturday. This was annoying, considering that he almost never has to work weekends, and because the weekend coming up was Long Beach Comic Con! I definitely wanted to go on Saturday, because I had been hard at work putting together my Agent Carter cosplay (only my second cosplay ever!), and I was looking forward to doing my first cosplay group photo, which would take place that afternoon. The problem is, well, I don’t drive. I looked into taking public transportation, but it would take over 2 hours from Fullerton. I didn’t really want to deal with that, especially in costume, and on what was going to be a hot day.
Another thought was that Josh could drop me off early before he went to work. But then it turned out he had to be at work at 7:00am, which would mean we would have to leave Fullerton by 5:45 am to have time to drive to Long Beach and then to Santa Ana to be at work on time. That wasn’t going to work either, since I knew it was going to take awhile to do my Peggy Carter hair.
Then I thought of the Uber offers I’d seen online from time to time where you can get your first ride free, up to $30. I looked up a fare estimate to see how much it would cost to go from my house to the Long Beach Convention Center, and it said $31-$40. Not bad, especially once the discount kicked in. So that’s what I decided to do.
I got up at 6:00am to make sure I had time to get in a good breakfast, shower, put last minute finishing touches on my costume, and most importantly, do my hair. I had done a test run of my hair on Labor Day, and it turned out okay, but I thought I had figured out ways to fix it. Well, it still didn’t turn out great, and I ended up leaving later than I had intended. I had wanted to leave at 8:00am, but ended up not being ready until 9:00am. Then I had to sign up for Uber and figure out how to work that, since I’d never done it before. So by the time my Uber ride got to me, it was almost 9:30am.
I have to admit, I was a little self conscious about what my Uber driver would think of me in my costume. But the driver turned out to be a nice older lady who kept telling me how beautiful I looked as soon as I got in the car. We arrived at the Long Beach Convention Center right at 10:00am (it’s amazing how fast you can get around the LA area when there’s no traffic), and there were cars backed up trying to get into the parking garage by the convention center. Luckily, since we weren’t parking, she was able to just drop me off across the street, and go on her way down a street that no cars were coming. The total for my ride (after the $30 discount) ended up being $4.50, so I’d say that’s a pretty good deal!
I followed the crowds of people who were obviously going to Long Beach Comic Con and made my way to the front entrance. Once inside, I went over to Press Registration, where there was no one in line. I just had to give them my ticket print out and a business card, then they gave me a clip-on badge (no lanyard, sadly) and I was good to go!
The first panel I wanted to go to started at 10:30am, and the room happened to be right next to Press Registration. However, when I opened the door to go into the room, there wasn’t anyone inside. I figured we weren’t allowed to go in yet, so I went and waited off to the side. While walking around, someone stopped me and asked to take a picture with me, which was a really cool feeling, because it was the first time it had ever happened! A few minutes later, I noticed people going into the room, so I went in and got a seat in the front row on the right side.
The Psychology of Daredevil, Room 104A, 10:30am-12:00pm
This panel focused on Netflix’s original series, Marvel’s Daredevil, and featured Dr. Andrea Letamendi (who has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology), Daredevil writers Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, and Daredevil actors Tommy Walker (who played Francis), and Peter Shinkoda (who played Nobu). Tony Guererro, Editor-in Chief of Comic Vine, moderated the panel.
The panel started off with the moderator asking, “How stable is Matt Murdock?” to which Christos Gage immediately jokingly replied, “He’s nuts!” He then went into addressing the fact that Frank Miller wrote about Matt Murdock’s Catholicism when he wrote the comics, so Daredevil is one of the few superheroes where you actually know his religion. Drew Goddard, creator of the show, wanted this to be a big aspect of the show. As a result of his religion, Matt ends up struggling with the fact that what he is doing might damn his soul. Ruth spoke further about this subject, saying that Father Lantom was essentially Matt’s therapist, and was a catalyst to force Matt to question his feelings about what he was going to do.
Christos drew a parallel to Fisk, who although not a righteous man, did experience losing his best friend, Wesley. Tommy Walker recalled how upset Vincent D’Onofrio (who plays Fisk) was when he found out that Toby Leonard Moore (who plays Wesley) would be leaving the show, which he didn’t find out until very close to when it was going to happen. Tommy said Vincent was “heartbroken” because of the close relationship the characters Fisk and Wesley had. Tommy told us that Vincent describes Kingpin as “a child and a monster all in one,” and used the example of when Fisk finds Wesley’s body and pummels Tommy’s character, Francis, as an emotional response because he doesn’t know how else to process it. Tommy also talked about what it was like to work with Vincent, using the scene when Fisk throws Leland down the elevator shaft as an example. He said that just before Vincent did that scene he went into a corner and crazily screamed over and over again.
The moderator then asked Tommy and Peter how they get into character. Peter said that he can switch it on and off and shared with us a story about being on set, hanging out with Tommy and laughing, giddy because of the fact that he was just acting with Vincent D’Onofrio just moments before, and Tommy being in awe because Peter was just playing a sinister Japanese character, and now he’s over with him laughing. As for Tommy, he said it was easy for him because Francis didn’t talk much, and that it was pretty much an on/off thing for him as well. However, Tommy also said that he read the comics, and that Francis is pretty much an amalgam of all of the henchmen in the comics, so he created his own backstory. Tommy then revealed that there had been an idea that Kingpin was going to beat Francis to death when he beat him up in Episode 12, and Christos confirmed that was true.
Peter then spoke about his character, Nobu, and was of the opinion that the stakes may be higher for him than Matt. He revealed that people had critiqued his performance as Nobu as being too intense, but Peter pointed out that the program he was following had already been in place for hundreds of years, and he was almost at a point where he was going to complete his objective, and was so close to his goal. Ruth jumped in, talking about how they had wanted Daredevil to be street level, an ordinary person, and that Nobu was the only character where they “let the cat out of the bag,” revealing that there are bigger plans.
Christos revealed how there had been plans for Kirigi, a character from the comics, to show up in Episode 9, but then they realized that people who hadn’t read the comics would be confused as to who this person was. We then learned that Ruth was not only the only woman in the writers room, but was also the only person in the room who hadn’t read the comics! She kept wanting to read them, but Christos emphasized that they needed someone who had not read the comics. Ruth then talked about how they wanted the show to be grounded. She also talked about how she grew up on comics, such as Wonder Woman, and the Hulk, and that she was a big fan of Lois Lane — but that she came from somewhere that there was only one rack of comics to choose from, so she never read Daredevil. She then went on to point out that when she’s writing, she wants important things to happen to a character she knows, rather than a character that comes in randomly who we haven’t gotten to know yet.
Christos told us that showrunner Steven S. DeKnight was a big fan of Madame Gao, so that’s why they included her in the show. Steven wanted to use the quote “Flee my brothers, we are discovered,” which sounded familiar to him, but he wasn’t sure where it came from. It turns out he was quoting himself from Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Although they didn’t specifically plan any crossovers with the other upcoming Netflix Marvel shows, Christos said they did want to “set the table” for people working on those other shows to use if they wanted to. For example, when Madame Gao says that she’s going home, not to China, but somewhere much further, that apparently alludes to Iron Fist.
Dr. Andrea Letamendi weighed in with her perspective of what Matt Murdock’s mindset must have been like, saying that he would have considered things like what it means for his morality if he enters Fisk’s world, and whether he’s just becoming a cog in this brutal world. She noted that Matt was dealing with complex identity issues, and that he has experienced “post-traumatic growth,” which is something that can cause someone to become stronger and build character. Andrea also said that Matt seemed to have an exhilaration about being close to death, and that it actually pumps him up.
Christos pointed out that while guilt is a big deal for Matt, anger is a part of it too, and that he thinks Matt is angry at his father, saying that Stick channeled Matt’s anger into his fighting, like when he said, “I was looking for a soldier, you wanted a father.” Christos commented, “Poor guy, everyone leaves him – except Foggy,” and then pointed out what Matt did to Foggy: “He screws him!” Christos then talked about how Foggy was a moral center of the show.
The panelists went on to talk about the hallway fight scene, which was shot all in one take. They all praised the scene, and Tommy even confessed that he cried, as he had never before seen a fight scene so emotionally “gut wrenching.” Christos talked about how Daredevil fight scenes feel real because he has to give out a few hits before the other guy stays down, and that when people hit him back, you can see that it hurts. Ruth brought up how although Daredevil was nominated for several Emmy Awards, they were all upset that it didn’t get nominated for Best Stunts. Tommy and Peter expressed their amazement at the stunts as well, with Tommy saying how in awe he was that none of the stunt guys were on wires, and Peter saying how they never wanted to leave the set because they just wanted to stick around and watch the stunts.
The moderator then asked Tommy and Peter how they thought their respective characters handled fear. Peter answered that Nobu had superiors to answer to, so that was his driving force, and there was no way he could fail. Tommy answered that Francis looked at his job like loyalty in the military, though admitted that of course fear was involved, pointing out that the moment when Fisk learns of Wesley’s death, you can see that Francis realizes what is about to happen to him, and he’s like “Oh, sh*t.”
Next, the moderator brought up the topic of Vanessa, Fisk’s girlfriend. Christos pointed out that when Vanessa is first introduced in the Spider-Man comics, she is already married to Fisk, and did not have a maiden name, so they had to make up a back story for her on Daredevil. Christos also talked about how Vanessa was more upset about Fisk lying and deceiving her than the fact that he killed people as part of his business. Ruth spoke to the development of Vanessa’s character, and the fact that they didn’t want her to just be Fisk’s wife. She echoed what Christos had mentioned earlier, that Fisk and Vanessa’s relationship was the healthiest relationship on the show, as she accepted him for who he was, and loved him anyway.
Ruth also brought up Rosario Dawson, who played Claire, telling us that they had her for less time due to her busy schedule, so it was a challenge to give her character more depth. She was also supposed to be one of the moral centers of the show.
Tommy went on to talk about Vincent D’Onofrio’s acting style, saying that he wasn’t exactly method, but that you could see that he had a special relationship with the actress who played Vanessa, Ayelet Zurer, telling us how Vincent was very gentlemanly to her between takes, offering his coat to her if she was cold, and taking her hand before “action” was called, so that he was already there, rather than waiting. Ruth also shared a behind the scenes story about Vincent, where they were having a particularly hard day on set, and the day was going very long, and everyone was worn out, Vincent gathered all the actors around and shared stories to keep the morale up. Tommy then jumped in with another story about Vincent, when Ayelet was having trouble with then scene where Vanessa was foaming at the mouth, and Vincent joked “She’s Superman’s mom, we’re going to get it,” referring to the fact that Ayelet had played Kal-El’s Kryptonian mother in Man of Steel.
Ruth brought up that it was important that the audience believes that Fisk is doing what he thinks is best for the city, and that he’s not just a “garden variety sociopath.” She also mentioned that when Fisk killed his father, it was supposed to be a gentler death, but that Steven was like, “Oh hell no!” It was at the point when Fisk killed his father that he started becoming the “child and monster” that was mentioned earlier. Andrea pointed out that when Fisk killed his father, he employed the same things, the same brutality, that his father had taught him growing up.
Regarding the idea of being a vigilante, Christos said that Matt would have been offended if you called him a “superhero” because to him superheroes are the ones who came and wrecked his city. He also said that Matt is mostly beating up the guys that he thinks that’s the only way to deal with them. Going into the show, Christos and Ruth thought there would be more courtroom scenes, especially since they both used to write for Law and Order: SVU, but it ended up not turning out that way. Now that Matt has a Daredevil costume, Christos said that he’s more of a symbol now, and that some people are going to think he’s a good guy, and some people are going to think he’s a bad guy.
Wrapping up the panel, the moderator said to Peter, “Sorry you got burned alive,” to which Peter replied, “Just keep watching.” And the panel ended on that note.
Earlier in the panel, it had been mentioned that Nobu was a Hand Ninja, and that Hand Ninjas don’t always stay dead. So maybe Peter was hinting that Nobu will be back? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Couples Therapy, Room 104A, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Immediately following the Psychology of Daredevil, in the same room, was the Couples Therapy panel, with husband and wife Marc Guggenheim (showrunner for Arrow and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow) and Tara Butters (showrunner for Marvel’s Agent Carter). They were running a little late due to trying to find parking, so we got about a 10 minute break while we waited for them. KROQ’s Ralph Garman moderated the panel, which ended up also including Marc and Tara’s two young daughters, leading Ralph to joke that the panel had turned into “Family Therapy.”
Ralph started off the panel by asking about the family dynamics at home. Marc confessed, “This is the most I’ve seen of them this month!” Ralph then asked if there was any DC/Marvel contention between the two, and Tara said it’s a fun rivalry, but Marc said that the media just plays up the rivalry.
Ralph brought up the “Captain America Adventure Hour” for which he was the radio announcer in Agent Carter, and Tara said that it was a lot of fun. She then talked about the show moving to take place in Los Angeles next season, because she loved LA noir and wanted Hollywood glamour. Tara revealed that next season there will be more corruption in the SSR, and greater powers. She also revealed that the villain will be Madame Masque, for whom casting will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Ralph commented that it must have been a challenge to find period-appropriate villains, and Tara replied that it was a case of looking at who’s out there, and who they can co-opt. She said she thought it would be fun for Peggy to go up against a female villain. Tara confirmed that Dottie will come back, and that she’s a precursor to the Black Widow program.
Ralph then talked to Marc a little bit about Legends of Tomorrow, which Marc described as “pulling a Marvel” and that they’re doing “Avengers for television,” referring to the fact that they have so many characters. Ralph had mentioned that seeing the first image of Hawkman and Hawkgirl earlier that week made his mind explode, and Marc revealed that we would be seeing both of them on Arrow and The Flash before seeing them on Legends of Tomorrow. He went on to say that Legends of Tomorrow is “so much fun” and “the most comic book show ever.”
The panel was then opened up to audience questions. The room was fairly small, so whenever an audience member wanted to ask a question, they would raise their hand, Ralph Garman would call on them, and then they would just shout out their question.
The first question was whether Tara had been afraid Agent Carter would not get renewed. Tara acknowledged that they were definitely “on the bubble,” but she also expressed how supportive ABC was. Tara explained that it’s really hard to get people to watch a show in January, due to the holidays, and ABC understood the challenge they were up against. In the end though, Agent Carter did exactly what ABC needed them to do, which was to hold the Agents of SHIELD audience so that it could come back to the same numbers after its break, unlike last season, when the numbers had dropped upon the show’s return. She also said that they had noticed how many people were coming to the show late, and mentioned that the DVDs would be coming out this month, and she thought the show would be on Netflix in December.
Ralph then asked Tara what it meant to her to be writing this female hero. Tara said that it’s a “gateway show to Marvel” for her daughters, and told us that whenever they watch something Marvel together, her daughters keep asking, “Is Peggy in this?” Tara went on to say that Peggy’s superpower is that people underestimate her. She also talked about how people complain that there aren’t very many shows with strong female lead characters, to which Tara said, “This is a business. If you watch it, they will put it on,” explaining that if you tune in, then the networks will make more of it, and that you can’t complain if you don’t support the shows that are already out there.
Marc then spoke about strong female characters on Arrow, saying that they cast actresses who are strong without the mask. Marc talked about how Felicity is a positive impact on Oliver. We learned that at the beginning of Season 4, Oliver is going to try to be both the Green Arrow and Oliver at the same time, but Felicity says that at least this time he’s not doing it alone.
Another audience member brought up Mister Terrific, an African-American character who will be a part of the Arrow cast next season, and asked Marc whether it was a conscious effort for diversity. Marc confirmed that they do make an effort to have a diverse cast, and that with the Yamashiros’ story arc having ended last season, they needed to replace the diversity that was being lost. They brought in Mister Terrific because they wanted someone in Felicity’s life that could replace Ray, not in a romantic way, but that she could banter with and that was also intelligent. The idea for Mister Terrific came at the end of Season 3, and they ended up casting the first person to audition for the role, Echo Kellum.
Ralph prompted Tara to tell us more about what we can expect on Agent Carter in Season 2. Tara said that Peggy’s world would expand, we’ll get to meet Jarvis’s wife Anna, and Dottie will show up. We’ll see a lot more of the Jarvis/Peggy dynamic, and Peggy will get a potential love interest! When Tara writes for the show, she leans into its humor and charm, and said that’s it’s more “situational comedy.” Tara revealed that there will be a “tad more Marvel” in it this season, as she confessed that they “realize we can’t compete with Arrow,” to which Marc bantered, “No, you can’t!” Tara expressed excitement about the new look of the show, which will have a more “Chinatown” look to it.
Back to audience questions, the couple was asked whether they would consider working on something together. They pointed out that they had worked on the Halcyon comic book together, and they’re not opposed to working together again, but they’re just so busy that it’s not really possible.
Another audience member asked if there would be a Vixen crossover, which is an animated series on CW Seed that takes place in the same universe as Arrow and The Flash, using the voices of the same actors for their characters. Marc revealed that it’s something that they “constantly talk about,” but that they “don’t want to do something just to do it,” and that instead they “want it to happen organically.” For example, in the Season 4 episode of Arrow when Constantine shows up, he has a real role to play.
Ralph Garman asked Marc if there might be a Green Arrow radio program, and Marc revealed that they were actually trying to work in an Agent Carter Easter egg into Arrow. Tara backed up his claim, telling us about how when she was working on Reaper and Marc was working on Eli Stone, Marc managed to get a work bench from Reaper onto Eli Stone as an Easter egg. Speaking of Reaper, Tara announced that Ray Wise, who played the Devil on Reaper, would reprise his role as Hugh Jones on Agent Carter.
Another audience member was curious as to whether we’d see a lot of John Barrowman next season on Arrow, and Marc confirmed that we would see a lot of him, relishing his role as Ra’s al Ghul. Ralph asked Marc if there was any trouble getting the rights to use Ra’s al Ghul in the show, and Marc explained that it took baby steps to secure the rights to use specific things one at a time, like Nanda Parbat, and the League of Assassins.
The next audience member asked about Sharon Carter, but Tara wasn’t very forthcoming about that. She did say that we will learn a lot more about Peggy’s background story this season, and that they will eventually work toward Sharon. Tara also mentioned the Dubsmash Wars campaign, and told us to make sure to check out this week’s, that it’s “really good.” She also said there was one final Dubsmash that still has yet to be done.
In response to another audience question, Tara and Marc offered advice to aspiring writers. Tara said that you should just keep writing, and don’t stop, because you get better the more you do it. Marc said that when he writes, he first considers how the character starts and ends, and what gets him there, saying that it’s a mistake to jump into plot first. Whereas in Legends of Tomorrow the character dynamics are more like a chemical equation of how each reacts with one another, in Arrow every character has a “moment to shine.”
An audience member wanted some Rip Hunter insight, so Marc told us that they would be playing up the Time Master element of the character. He also said there will be a lot of surprises, but that we will start learning about him very quickly. As for Constantine’s episode, they’ve already written and shot that one — and he doesn’t die at the end!
In regards to their favorite character to write, Tara quickly answered Peggy and Jarvis. She teased that there would be a flamingo in the first episode, and that this came about because they were sitting around and randomly thought, “How funny would it be for Jarvis to try to catch a flamingo?” As for Marc, he said he loves writing Felicity, and that this season he likes writing Felicity and Curtis (Mister Terrific), saying that “their dynamic is terrific.” On The Flash, Marc loves writing Cisco.
Ralph and audience members tried to get Tara to divulge information about whether certain characters were returning. Tara said she couldn’t say if Howard Stark is returning. As for Dottie, Tara said they would delve into what she’s been up to and who she’s working for. Regarding Angie, Tara said that if they can figure out a way, then they’ll do it.
Ralph switched gears, asking Marc about the participation of the Rogues in Legends of Tomorrow, and Marc admitted that “it doesn’t come without a lot of pain and difficulty.” Apparently, Dominic Cooper, who plays Rory/Heat Wave, kept ad libbing calling Ray Palmer “Haircut” and they kept it in! Marc then revealed that Snart and Rory approach the circumstance of joining the Legends in two different ways.
Going back to Tara, Ralph asked what this season’s theme on Agent Carter would be, since last season’s theme was Peggy in a man’s world trying to prove herself. Tara thought that the Season 2 theme is “We each choose our own path.” She elaborated a bit, saying that the season will focus on two strong women who deal with major struggles in different ways. Additionally, Tara went on to say that Peggy’s flaw is that she “needs to be able to see the gray.” Marc jokingly asked his wife, “Does being married to me make it easier to write a character who’s always right?” On that note, the panel ended.
After the Couples Therapy panel wrapped up, I decided to go find a place to sit down while I checked on Josh’s status and figured out what I wanted to do next, since the two panels I went to had been my main panel goals for the day. There were actually a few nice lounge areas, and I took a seat in a nice comfy chair as I watched a long line of people picking up their pre-purchased badges. It was a steady stream that never slowed. Meanwhile, further down, there was no line to buy tickets on site.
Anyway, so only a few minutes after I sat down, Josh texted me that he had arrived and just parked. I met him outside of the main front entrance, after warning him that if he saw a long line of people, not to get in that line! We walked over to Press Registration, where there was still no line, and got Josh’s Press badge immediately. At this point, it was about 1:30pm and we were both hungry, so we decided to see what our food options were. There was a small food court inside of the convention center that had a long line. There were only 3 or 4 food trucks, and they all had long lines. So we decided to check out the restaurants across the street. Well, as we walked by California Pizza Kitchen, I heard someone tell their group that it was a 45 minute wait. Then we went to Islands, where it was an hour wait. We walked even further down the street to Chili’s, then Outback, both with a 45 minute wait. Finally, we ventured just a little bit further and found a mostly seafood place called Gladstones, which had absolutely no wait, thankfully.
By the time we finished lunch and made our way back over to the convention center, it was about 2:40pm. Upon walking up the stairs, we noticed there was a Deadpool dance party going on. A group of about 5 people in Deadpool cosplay had a crowd of people watching them dance. From time to time, they would pull other cosplayers into the circle to dance. It was pretty funny. I quickly realized that since I was in costume, they might pull me into the circle, so I backed away! Soon, many more interesting Marvel cosplayers walked by on their way to the Marvel cosplay photo shoot, so they had better victims — er, volunteers — to choose from.
Cosplay Group Photo Shoot
At close to 3:00pm, a lead photographer called all the Marvel cosplayers over to the front steps, saying that included movies, comics, and TV (which included me!), so I swapped out my flats for my heels and headed over to gather on the steps. At this point, Josh headed into the convention center Exhibit Hall to walk around, since he hadn’t actually gotten to experience the con at all, and we were planning on leaving at 4pm.
It was an interesting and fun first experience of being part of a group cosplay photo shoot. There were tons of photographers out in front, though the lead photographer was the one giving the directions. The first group photo was all Marvel, so I found a place to stand, and interestingly, the other Peggy Carters seemed to all congregate to the same area, so that we were all standing together. After looking in the middle, the lead photographer had us look to the right for a bit, then look to the left for a bit, then do an action shot, where pretty much if you had a weapon you pointed it. I had a pistol, so I got to put that to use. Then the lead photographer yelled out different groups to take pictures of, such as Avengers only (which got a nerdy response of “Movies or comics?” and I believe turned out to be both), or Spider-Man only, or Deadpool only. Meanwhile, our Peggy group (which I had never met any of them before) happened to all congregate off to the side together. Two other Peggy cosplayers had the same idea as I had – switching back into flats while we waited! But then Captain America was called, and one of the Peggy cosplayers decided we should crash that photo — after all, “we” were in the first movie, and all the Winter Soldiers were getting into the photo, and he wasn’t even in the first movie, so we should definitely be in the photo. So we quickly slipped our heels back on, ready to join the photo. But then we didn’t at the last minute for some reason. The lead photographer asked if there were anymore requests for certain groups, so we did a Peggy Carter group shot.
Then at 3:30pm, that lead photographer left, and a new lead photographer took over for the Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter group photo shoot. Again, after we did the whole group shot, we did different group combinations, such as Agents of SHIELD only, and Agent Carter only, the latter of which also included other characters from the show, such as Howling Commando characters and Jarvis. Another cool photo we took was Agent Carter versus Agents of SHIELD, in honor of the Dubsmash Wars campaign. Also, Agents of SHIELD costume designer Ann Foley stopped by and took a few photos with us! Click here to see more pictures from the photo shoot, taken by Mark Chu-Lin of Avengers Initiative, who was gracious enough to let me use a couple of his photos since I didn’t have any of my own!
When we were all done with the photo shoot, cosplayers were invited to a SHIELD 50th Anniversary raffle inside. But before everyone dispersed, one girl wanted to do a Dubsmash video. She originally intended it to be with the Captain Americas and Peggy Carters, but it seemed like all the Captain Americas aside from her had already left, and we even had already lost a couple of Peggy cosplayers. It ended up being 4 Peggy cosplayers doing a Dubsmash to “L-O-V-E” (you know, the one that goes “L is for the Way You Look At Me…”), as the girl had wanted to do it to a song that was of the show’s era. I’d never done a Dubsmash before (which, if you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a 10 second video where you lip sync to a clip of a song), so I was pretty nervous. It turned out pretty cute though! You can watch it below:
At that point, it was 4:00pm, and I met back up with Josh, who had already come outside and was watching us shoot the Dubsmash video, and apparently had caught some of photo shoot, but he hadn’t been able to get close enough to take any pictures himself. Anyway, that wrapped up our Saturday at Long Beach Comic Con, as we wanted to get home to Fullerton in time to watch the 5:00pm kickoff of the USC football game! But we would be back at Long Beach Comic Con on Sunday. See below for more pictures from our Saturday at LBCC 2015!