Anime Los Angeles 2020

Anime Los Angeles (ALA) returned for its 16th year for those in Southern California! This convention is best known for its massive cosplay and those whom ultimately want to shrink away from the mayhem of Anime Expo. ALA was held at Ontario Convention Center but this tome for 4 days, January 9-12th).

Since moving to Southern California in 2013, I have been in attendance of ALA since then with exception of 2019. The atmosphere of the convention is a community of anime fans with activities and events held at both the convention center and Doubletree by Hilton hotel, which included this years fashion show. Also there are plenty of hotels around the convention center to accommodate the guests all within walking distance.

Ribbon collecting is what ALA is most known for. Some attend ALA solely for ribbon hunting instead of the cosplay. I am always impressed by the dedication of the attendees over the years I have attended.

The culture of gaming is continuing to grow as well as conventions adjusting to the vast variety of the community. Fan can attend panels that include idols and guests, time with your favorite voice actors and even controversial topics on race, discrimination, the POC community and the 18+ crowd.

Anime Los Angeles continues to bring an engaging lineup of guest from the anime industry. The highlight of the evening was the performance of the J-Rock band BRATZ. They played to a packed crowd of anime fans including the opening act from FEMM.

Here are some of the amazing cosplay at Anime Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Comic Con 2019

Cosplayers and fans from all over came down to the Los Angeles Convention Center for Los Angeles Comic Con (formally Comikaze and Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con) on October 11th-13th.

The main stage is in the centers where the major panels happened, including: Jay and Silent Bob, an X-Men Animated Series reunion, and many others. The biggest for Friday night is the cast of Mr. Iglesias with Gabriel Iglesias, Sherri Shepherd and Jacob Vargas.

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Going through the exhibit hall you will find hundreds of exhibitors, artists, guests, and much more. Artist alley and a lot of indie exhibitors did not disappoint. Tom Cook, who is the original animator/director for most Hannah Barbara cartoons as well other famous guests. EI Makeup School is always at attendance with their full body makeup demonstrations. Also Hot Topic was still the biggest spinster this year not only promoting exclusives but their foundation for mental health.


You can’t have a comic con without cosplayer and there were some very good ones this year with a lot of cosplay mash ups and Joker’s (days after the movie release. On the 11th, I cosplayed as Marionette from Five Nights at Freddys. On the 12th, I cosplayed as Joker from Arkham Nights (which many loved and respected). On the 13th, I cosplayed as Freddy Kruger.

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LA Comic Con was a successful event overall but it wasn’t without it’s needed improvements. With that many people packed into the smaller hall of the LA Convention Center, it was a question as to why they didn’t have it in the largest hall. The food options at the convention center were limited to where people were stuck with convention center food. The signing and meet and greet area was a jam. There were tightly packed lines to see the different personalities and celebrities. I believe that a lot of the convention center could have been utilized a little better. Overall, the event was a success and will be back September of 2020.

NostalgiaCon (80’s) 2019

NostalgiaCon hosts another 80’s decade event from September 28th-29th in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention center. Slipping into those leg warmers, watermelon lip balm, neon lights and pop a cassette tap into the boombox will bring back some memories.

Christopher Lloyd from back to the future, Corey Feldman and Sean Astin from The Goonies were among top featured talent. Not only were there guest but also retro gaming and on-theme and venders.

Did I mention the music from Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and Old School Hip Hop in the background as you experience the convention. Also with 1980’s icon the original MTV’s VJ Mark Goodman. By nightfall, it gets even better with a roster of artists whom performed this weekend: The Sugar Hill Gang, Dokken, Doug E. Fresh, TKA and Monie Love.

Flash Gordon played by Sam Jones

Flash Gordon played by Sam Jones

Original Glow girls!

The Original Glow Girls!

Mary Ann played by Dawn Wells from Giligan’s Island

Mary Ann played by Dawn Wells from Giligan’s Island

There was even a live band playing the 80’s classics, which was pure joy.

Cosplay was definitely recommended along with all things Ghostbusters and of course the DeLoreans.

What else could you not love about the 80’s decade than to just go down memory lane and enjoy it.