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Comic-Con 2018 begins Thursday, July 19, but comic-loving Angelenos don't have to drive two hours south to immerse themselves in the comic book world. If you're still feeling the pain of Meltdown Comics' closing in April, you're not alone, but the stores listed here are all doing their part to serve the local comics community and preserve the genre while proving that the essence of the culture isn't cosplay or blockbuster movies — it's storytelling, art and fantasy.
May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You — get it?) has become the established excuse for all walks of Star Wars fandom to celebrate the spirit of the franchise by participating in special events, themed parties, one-day sales and exclusives and the like. Basically, flaunting their self-expression and letting their galactic freak flags fly.
At Sick City Records in Silver Lake — and now Echo Park, too — music fans gather for Record Store Day and every day.
Monsterpalooza celebrated its 10th Anniversary in SoCal by filling all 100,000 square feet of the Pasadena Convention Center over the April 13-15 weekend. Monsterpalooza hosts 250 exhibitors, live makeup demonstrations, special guest signings and more, making it the place to be for fans and professionals in film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters. All photos by Hannah Verbeuren.
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"A reporter's lot is not easy, making exciting stories out of plain, average, ordinary people like Robin and me." —Adam West as Batman
Last weekend the line stretched out the door to see the Hollywood Museum's Batman ’66 Retrospective. The first museum exhibit to explore the TV show that defined Batman for generations is a must-see. It features never-before-seen props, costumes and rare collectibles, such as the original Dr. Cassandra costume worn by guest villainess Ida Lupino — from 1968 episode "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra."
The Hollywood Museum, housed in the old Max Factor building, has much to offer for those who love Hollywood history, with more than 10,000 props, set pieces and costumes. We love the specially re-created color tones to the rooms Max Factor used with his clients, with a nice cool green for the redheads.
Batman '66 is only around for a limited time, with the exhibit set to run through March 17, so pack your shark repellent, hop in your Batmobile and drive on over to the Hollywood Museum because, as Batman said, "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."
All photos by Star Foreman
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