Tuesday, July 21, 2009
First AACC Recap
(Photo by Jeremy Arambulo)
The first Asian American Comicon was a great success. I had no idea what to expect, so I can safely say it easily surpassed my expectations? There was lots of constant traffic and everyone seemed very energized and engaged. I left feeling very inspired. This show had a very different vibe than any other comics show I've been to. As advertised (how often does that happen?), this show was more about conversation and an exchanged of ideas and information than a glorified flea market. It was more about the panels and discussions than an "exhibit hall," which is rare in comics. Overall, one of my favorite convention experiences ever.
So a great big pat on the back to Jeff Yang, Greg Pak, Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, and all the other organizers and volunteers for putting on such a great show. And thank you again for having me!
And of course, big thanks to everyone that came out! It was awesome to meet all of you guys at the signing. So many awesome Asian American in the world... It does my heart good.
Jeremy Arambulo has a great recap of the show here with lots of photos.
The Wall Street Journal even covered it with a great video. (Thanks, Christina!)
Lastly, just wanted to leave you with my favorite highlight:
(photo by Jeremy Arambulo)
Keith Chow exploding on stage with "Mama Said Knock You Out!" Totally stole an already awesome karaoke bonanza! God, that was fun. (Seriously, an Asian American anything wouldn't be complete without a drunken karaoke party, folks.) Please note the stone-faced KJ. This was his face, I swear to god, for the entire 3 or 4 hours we were there. Totally cracked me up. Love him!