There's a new animation expo in town - LightBox -and yesterday, I went. The last such event I attended was the World Animation Celebration in 1998, at the same location - the Pasadena Convention Center (newer building). My aversion to crowds keeps me away from such events, but every once in a while I nudge myself to get out there and network. Still, I dreaded the thought of it.
I convinced myself Friday would be less crowded than the weekend. 20 minutes before opening, there was a line of cars around the block for parking. I found an alternate lot a few blocks away and walked in the stinking September heat to the expo. To clarify, this was not specifically an animation expo. The LightBox site describes it as, "Over 250 of the best artists from the animation, live-action, illustration, and gaming industries coming together for the ultimate celebration of art." Being the first such mish-mash event I had ever attended, it was, by default, the "ultimate".