When we first walked into the exhibit hall we heard a muffled clashing sound toward the right/back wall area. It was early, so we figured it was the sounds of setting up and we didn’t think twice about it. As we walked the exhibit hall and got closer to the noise only got louder. Then we saw it, a wrestling ring?
I’ve seen wrestling stars at conventions before and have seen a wrestling ring with some quick demos or two but the difference this time: there was a full program with a set area for a crowd to gather and get in on booing the bad guys. There seemed to be a storyline building throughout the day and the narrative was paid off with a headlining event at the end of the night. Click here to watch the main event unfold with none other than 2015’s WWE Hall of Famer, Rikishi!
Rikishi’s KNOKX Pro Entertainment did a great job putting together an integrated, fun, and inviting, space for the kids (and parents) to enjoy live wrestling. The interactive experience was a bonus added layer of entertainment. As fans of wrestling during the Attitude Era, Steve (fellow Convention.Life correspondent) and I had a blast watching it all unfold.
The wrestling didn’t stop there, even the exhibitors "brought it." In this talent highlight we met with Carlos Flores, and when we say talent, Carlos is brimming with it from all directions. We were greeted by Carlos' fully branded booth promoting The Mighty Luchador, specifically his latest vinyl creation, Señor Fuego. Standing at a full 7” tall and a removable jacket, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I came back a few times and debated spending $65, show special price ($74.99 online).
I think I will regret not picking up this vinyl awesomeness but even more, I’m upset with myself for having such tunnel vision. I was so focused on the purchase of Señor Fuego, I forgot there were so many other options. At the very least a comic or even one of the sweet shirt designs. Well, if he doesn’t sell out before the next show I see Carlos, I HAVE to get something. All of Carlos’ works displayed at LBCC was just a taste of his talents. After chatting with him I learned he’s an Art Director, Filmmaker, and a well-versed Motion Designer. After checking out some of his projects on his site, I recognized seeing most, if not all, of them as a consumer. He’s created works for clients such as Beats, to The CW and some of the DC T.V. show opening titles, to Disney Infinity demos, to Coors Light, and even stage graphics for Demi Lovato. Here’s the best part about all of this, I had to dig this info out of Carlos. He didn’t blurt any of these things out to try to impress, he was there to share The Mighty Luchador works. He was so excited to talk about this passion project of his and what a fun creative outlet this it is for him.
It shows in the craft and care he puts in the work. Super talented and humble, I don’t think Carlos would say that about himself because, well, he’s so humble. But I’ll say it for him, he’s super talented and very humble. Next time you’re at a convention and you see The Mighty Luchador, don’t make my mistake of not getting something. Trust me, I won’t do that again. Señor Fuego shirt, I’m looking at you.
As for the rest of LBCC, it had everything else we love and look for in comic conventions from the comic books themselves, to rare collectibles, and the creative mashups represented in the many pieces of apparel and pins. Now that it’s over, the bad news: the next LBCC is a year away. The good news: LBCE is happening in only five months, oh yeah!