It was my first time attending the second annual Beach-Con in Huntington Beach, Ca. It is not quite a convention, but it is a fun cosplay gathering. There is good friends, new people to meet, food and drinks, photo shoots, and a dip in the ocean.
This convention was actually called, “Comikaze”, before changing the name. It was still a lot of fun! The after party was amazing as well! My friends, The Library Bards, performed. For those who do not know who they are, they are like Weird Al. They perform geeky/nerdy versions of popular songs. They are awesome! Check them out!
The Flux Capacitors performed amazing covers, including Oingo Boingo’s hit song, Dead Man’s Party. The one and only Jason Paige, who famously sang the first theme song for the English Pokemon series, joined them on stage to sing the Pokemon theme song.
I attended a virtual reality expo and I was surprised to see that one of the keynote speakers would be Justin Roiland, the creator of Rick and Morty. It was hilarious, by the way.
I saw a booth for Facebook 360. Using a Samsung phone and VR goggles, I was looking at what looked like a menu that you would see on a Smart TV screen.
There was some musical VR that I tried out, where you were creating these patterns using different brush strokes with some music playing. There was another booth with music VR that had people playing guitar and drums. I did not try that, but it was interesting to watch.
Since this event took place before Easter, there was a huge booth with this forest setting. People had goggles on that, I’m guessing, showed the locations of the Easter eggs.
Hype VR took you to a few different locations such as Vietnam and a Football field. It was an interesting experience. I couldn’t interact with anything or anyone, but the scenery was nice.
My friend, The Steel Shark, shot video of me at this booth called, Antilatency. It was like a scene from The Matrix. While there wasn’t a big, red couch, there were two chairs, a table with some items, and an old, analog TV. You can view my interaction with it below.
There was a John Wick booth where people ducked for cover in a shootout. That booth was quite fun. It was worth the wait. We even overheard the raffle that we entered to see if we won anything. We didn’t. Here is more footage of me ducking for cover while shooting my enemies.
There was an event at Raleigh Studios in downtown Los Angeles and I decided to go when it was open to the public. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. There were different time frames when the would let people come in with different colored wristbands. I got in at 3pm, though I arrived there around 10:30am. As they were about to let us in, they passed out tickets for free food.
They led us into one of the studios in the studio lot and someone was throwing Nintendo Switch hats into the crowd. I was lucky enough to get the first one!
It was a really big room with many different sections for each video game. There were games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bomberman, Mario Kart 8, Sonic Mania (probably my favorite) which is a return to the original games sans 3D, Disgaea 5, and many others.
There were games played on the main stage called, 1-2-Switch, and Arms. 1-2-Switch looks like a variety of party games and Arms is a fighting game with really long arms. I took video of these games that you can view here.
It was a fun event! I played two levels from Sonic Mania and some Mario Kart 8. Both were fun.
To close out the event, they played N’SYNC’s, Bye Bye Bye, as we existed the room. They gave us cookies too!
I saw that they were out of churros, so I got two hot dogs, ice cream, and a soda. You got to love free food!