Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette Edition
by Adam Sibille
I am always excited when it’s time for any Comic Con event, so when iNoob decided to invade Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA, I was excited. We had planned to go to the con in Lafayette last year, but for one reason or another we didn’t make it out. This year, we were bound and determined to make the event come hell or high water and I am glad that we did.
Going to a new con is always an experience, especially when it’s held at a venue as large as the Cajundome. After checking the website, I noticed there were quite a few notable guests such as Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, Jeremy Bulloch from Star Wars, and the ever so charming Irishman Sean Patrick Flanery from The Boondock Saints. From the guest list alone I could tell that this could easily be as big as Wizard Con in New Orleans.
So, let’s talk about the bad first and get the unpleasantries out of the way. Honestly, I don’t have much to say bad about the con. We ended up going on the Sunday due to obligations on Saturday and we still felt like we had the full con experience. The main issue that I had with Louisiana Comic Con was how long it stayed open. Normally when we attend a con, we make an entire day out of it and usually stay until close. My family and I had planned on attending on Saturday, but since we wouldn’t be able to leave our home until 2:00PM, we decided instead to wait until Sunday when we could have more time. Personally, I would like to see the time extended on Saturdays from 6:00PM to something more like 10:00PM. This would give guests from the outlying areas more time to drive to Lafayette and browse around the con.
The only other issue I had was not being able to contact the event managers through the website. I sent multiple requests for a press pass but never received a response back. When arriving onsite, I explained to the box office who I was and gave them my credentials and was greeted at the door by the event manager Greg. Greg informed me there were some issues with the contact form which is most likely why they never received my information, escorted me in and took down my information. After we exchanged business cards, Greg apologized for the inconvenience and gave me a pass through. I must comment on the absolute professionalism by the event staff and I’m glad they were understanding. They could have easily told me to bug off and forced me to purchase a ticket.
With all that out of the way, let’s move on to the good side of this article. I’m going to take a second to commend the staff working at the Cajundome this past weekend. Typically, cleanliness isn’t something I notice, but the facilities themselves look immaculate. The concession stands were all open and filling the event with the aromas of popcorn and toasted almonds which smelled amazing. The floors didn’t have a piece of trash on them as if someone was picking up trash as it fell. So, kudos to everyone who worked the event from the Cajundome staff.
The con had three sections, making the traffic flow rather nicely for anyone who wanted to roam. The first area was located right when you walk in and was for club type groups and concessions. There weren’t many groups at the con, but the Star Wars and the Spiderman groups were in full costume and looking fantastic. The second location was upstairs and was dedicated to gaming. I thought this was a nice touch because it allowed people a quiet place to play games away from the hustle and bustle of the exhibition hall.
The exhibition hall was the third location and hosted all the special guests and vendors that attended the con. Honestly, this was probably the best laid out exhibition hall of any con I have ever been to. The tables were spaced out wide enough to where people could walk around without having to squeeze between people talking or bumping people with my backpack. I would also like to note that the temperature in the hall was around 72 degrees which was awesome considering some cons I have been to have had upwards of 80 degree temperatures making the environment quite smelly at times. There were also quite a bit of vendors selling different wares here and there. My son immediately purchased a Torchic plush to add to his Pokemon collection as well as a new Kirby. There were plenty of other items ranging from hats, t-shirts, and posters to even a replica of The Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda.
If original art is your thing, then there was also plenty of that to go around. Jessica von Braun made the trip from Dallas with a ton of unique prints and even some jewelry. Personally, I enjoy her work because it reminds me of a darker side of a chibi art with a twist of reality thrown in the mix. Jessica can be found on Etsy by searching for solocosmo. Lake Charles natives Johnny and Jacqueline Segura were also in attendance with their unique style of art including some fantastic 18+ material referred to as “The Dirty Works”. Johnny is a local favorite from the Lake Charles area and I’m glad to see they could make the trip to sell their magnificent art as well. If you would like to see more of Johnny’s work, you can find him on Facebook under The Art of Johnny J. Segura 3rd.
Overall I would say that this was probably one of the best laid out Comic Con conventions I have ever been in attendance. There were plenty of cosplayers in roaming about and everyone was more than happy to take photos. The event staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the event and I never felt overwhelmed at any point due to crowds or not being able to find a place to take a small break. I would like to say thank you to Greg once again for allowing iNoob in to roam around and critique the event and we hope to attend again soon.
Check out iNoob on Facebook for photos of the con and all the beautiful cosplayers in attendance!