Over the weekend, a new comic book expo took over the OC Fairgrounds in Orange County.
ALT 98.7 debuted “Big Adventure” a two day festival that featured comic books and creators, tv show panels, live music, gaming, and of course, cosplay.
Here is the official press release:
Gear up for the must-see event of the year happening this fall, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure — a brand-new
music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, and comic con festival, coming to the OC Fair & Event Center in
Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Serving as a celebration of pop culture and
fandom of all sorts, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, set to immerse
attendees in a world where comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming collide with music and comedy.
During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite cast members and special guests
during the TV, Film, Gaming, and Comic Book panels, participate in interactive fan experiences, VR, laser tag,
table top and video gaming, and tech demos, and visit the artist alley where some of the comic book industry’s top
artists and creators will be speaking about their craft, selling artwork, meeting fans and signing autographs. In the
evening, the focus will shift to live performances, when fans will witness sets from acclaimed comedians including
Patton Oswalt and Jim Jefferies, along with some of today’s top alternative and dance music artists including
Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, What So Not, Rusko, and many more,
spread across three entertainment stages.
Produced by Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure will also boast a massive
comic con exhibitor village, a marketplace with a variety
handmade and exclusive items, carnival rides, games, and cosplay performers.
“More than just a comic con, more than just a festival, Big Adventure really is a one-of-a-kind celebration of pop
culture and fandom in all forms,” says Big Adventure co-producer Rob Tweedie. “I’ve waited in my fair share of
comic con lines over the years, sometimes even overnight. I love the tangible, face-to-face fan experience and the
freedom to be yourself that the cons offer. Our goal is to combine that great sense of wonder and community with
the excitement and energy of an outdoor festival to create an authentic entertainment event that is truly unique and
out-of-this-world. Big Adventure has been a passion project for us at SGE for a while and we’re buzzing with
excitement to see it come to life with all of you.”
The performance lineup for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is as follows (subject to change):
Live Stage: Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Echos, Nvdes, Allie X,
and Party Nails
Comedy Stage: Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Baron Vaughn, Emo Philips, Hari Kondabolu, Kristen
Schaal, Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Rhys Darby, and Ron Funches, hosted by April
Richardson and Marcella Arguello
Dance Stage: What So Not, Rusko, Bro Safari, Feed Me, Bonnie X Clyde, Luca Lush, Party Thieves,
Ducky, Nitti Gritti, and Chime
A preliminary list of participating comic companies include Skybound, Kodansha Comics, Boom! Studios, and
Top Cow Productions. Comic artists will include Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Chris Burnham, Ivan
Brandon, Matt Hawkins, Nick Dragotta, Andy Kuhn, Robert Wilson IV, Ande Parks, Brent Schoonover,
Farel Dalrymple, Jai Nitz, Justin Greenwood, Matt Horak, Matt Wilson, Matthew Southworth, Morgan
Breem, Ramon Villalobos, Brian Level, Tess Stone, Tim Doyle.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint correspondent, VintageClash was on hand at the event and had this to say about the festival:
The event was cool. Comic-Con and comedy shows during the day that turned into music festival at night. The vendors were cool but nothing like a traditional Comic-Con … typical fair style food that was good and pricey the sound was great for the music, the security was good, overall a good first run next year if they do it again should be cool.
Check out some images from the festival taken by VintageClash below: