Was Wizard World Long Beach Lame?
According to The Beat, yes it was. Despite appearances by "Buffy" and "Firefly's" (and soon to be the big screen version of Wonder Woman) own Joss Whedon and comic book icon Stan Lee, The Beat claims sales were sluggish for exhibitors making them cranky by the end. Their pictures also suggest that the crowd wasn't nearly as large as they usually are for these kinds of events. Maybe everyone is saving up for Comiccon and E3.
From comic books we go to comic strips and a story by local writer and illustrator Dennis Nishi. He recently did a piece for NPR's Marketplace about new strategies for cartoonists to get their work syndicated. Thankfully our favorite LA based strip, La Cucuracha, doesn't have that problem.