If you want to read about a layman’s opinion of LA Comic Con in 2022 (just like last year’s edition), this is where you can get it. Complete with some amateur photography mixed into the bargain.
LA Comic-Con 2022: How to Get There
The first step to understand how to get to LA Comic Con 2022 is to understand where it is. As you can see above in the key art, LA Com takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 S Figueroa St., just in case other buildings are called the LA Convention Center. The building itself is not hard to miss. It’s a multi-story tall building sitting in its own plaza with great big banners for LA Comic Con 2022 hanging from it. You can’t miss it.
So how do you get to the LA Convention Center to attend LA Comic Con 2022 (as well as any future years)? Well, the fastest and easiest way is by car. The LA Convention Center does have its own parking, but there’s a flat rate of $15-$40 depending on the event that you have to pay. Also, there is only space for 5,600 vehicles total, so you might want to reserve parking if you want to use those spaces.
If you don’t want to pay parking rates though, then there is the LA Metro option. A single trip is $1.75 one way (with another $1.75 for the trip back), so you’d be saving a lot on parking. All you have to do is get off at Pico station on the A or E lines. It’s only a short walk to the LA Convention Center from Pico station, so you’d be saving your feet a lot of trouble by getting off there.
Oh, and an important note: unlike for the previous year, LA Comic Con 2022 does not appear to require a COVID-19 vaccination card to enter the LA Convention Center. At least, I was not asked to show such a card. Nor did I see anyone else showing their cards to the security guards. I have no idea if this is a new policy or if it’s just this year’s policy. All I know is that it’s one less hassle to deal with.
LA Convention Center: Booth Highlights
I’m the type of LA Comic Con visitor who has basically no interest in celebrity appearances and interviews. LA Comic Con 2022 is no exception for me. Thus, instead of celebrity pictures, I figure I would show you highlights of various interesting booths throughout this year’s Comic Con.
The Prism Comics booth was present at last year’s LA Comic Con, and was of course present for LA Comic Con 2022. As you can tell by the rainbow flag, Prism Comics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of LGBTQ creators, stories, characters, and readers. Thus, the Prism Comics booth is your stop for any LGBTQ comics, graphic novels, and other written media. As a bonus, the Prism Comics booth is also the one booth that consistently has manga available. So if you’re into LGBTQ manga, this is the booth for you.
The Dragonsong Forge booth at LA Comic Con 2022 is unique in that they’re the only booth selling real weapons. Yes, all of the swords you see in on display above are all real swords with live blades. The booth attendant was quite happy to demonstrate that with some of their business cards. Admittedly, one of the swords he used wasn’t quite as sharp as he would’ve liked it to be. But that’s what sharpeners are for. Furthermore, an uncut copy of Dragonsong Forge’s business cards revealed that they make working replicas of anime swords as well. So if you want a live copy of, say, one of the Hashira’s swords from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, then Dragonsong Forge seems to be the place to go.
Random Comic Book Booth:
Admittedly, this is less a highlight of a specific booth at LA Comic Con 2022 than it is a highlight of comic book booths in general there. These booths show off an endless array of random comic book issues and graphic novels. Browsing through them to see if there is anything you like is one of the best things about LA Comic Cons. If you’re interested, then head on over to one of these comic book booths and search for your perfect comic book.
LA Comic Con 2022: Extras
One of the main extra attractions of LA Comic Con 2022 is a reproduction of the DMC DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future Part II. You can tell because of the Mr. Fusion home energy reactor on the back of the vehicle.
This DeLorean time machine replica also includes the flashing lights of the flux capacitor. Although you can’t see it in this still photo. At the very least though, you can see the clocks on the dashboards necessary for any time traveler.
LA Comic Con 2022 doesn’t just have this version of the DeLorean time machine though. They also have the version from the first Back to the Future film.
Other attractions at LA Comic Con 2022 include a giant inflatable Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters, Sally Carrera from Cars, the Pizza Planet truck originally from Toy Story but is now a running cameo in numerous Pixar animated films, the Jeep from the first Jurassic Park all the way back in 1993, and the Ecto-1 from the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.
We also have the Pit Droid from Star Wars present at LA Comic Con 2022 as a life-sized but non-functioning replica.
Last but not least, LA Comic Con 2022 also featured someone with a remote controlled, life-sized replica of R2-D2. It was just rolling around doing R2-D2 things, and making those cute beeps and squeals we’ve all come to know and love.
LA Comic Con 2022: Complaints
Unfortunately, my complaints about LA Comic Con 2022 are similar to last year’s. My primary complaint is the lack of seating. It’s not as much of an issue as it was last year since I didn’t have to walk as far. But my feet were still definitely feeling the lack of rest by the time the convention came to a close. My advice is to include more seats next time.
My other complaint is, of course, the price of the food at LA Comic Con. The cheapest food I could find in the LA Convention Center itself was a bowl of rice and beans for $6. Frankly, I think the food vendors outside the LA Convention Center are cheaper than what you can get inside. If they want anyone to buy anything but the rice and beans, they might want to think about lowering their prices a bit next year.