PopLurker would like to thank the Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo for providing us with Press Passes in exchange for event coverage.
Santa Clarita is in desperate need of a show like this, and the Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo does not disappoint!
This twice-annual show run by local comic book store owners Razmik and Lisa Simonian of Kimzar Kollectables in Saugus, CA takes place at the College of the Canyons right off of Valencia Blvd. It is a perfectly executed and straight forward show– this is an expo for people who want to go shopping. (Ah, music to my collecting ears). Filled to the brim with toys and comics (both new and old), anyone who comes to this show is going to find something to take home.
In my case, I found a vintage Transformers, a Skeletor toy, and a Puddy. Go me!
Much like a Farmer’s Market of collectibles, the Santa Clarita Toy and Comic Expo was a no-frills experience. By which I mean there are no panels or celebrity guests. However, there were definitely industry artists with their tables set up, ready to draw and talk to patrons. That said, there was plenty for families to do. With a scavenger hunt and free face painting (and of course, toys galore) even my own wiggly kids were happy to walk around and treasure hunt for over an hour. And if you’re like me with kids who are three and five, with the older one on the Autism Spectrum (which makes for shorter coping time in his case), you’ll know that’s like, five hours in dog years.
On a personal level, I loved seeing some of the local vendors and artist I’m friendly with from other conventions and expos in the Los Angeles area. However, the Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo introduced me to a whole new set of vendors from the Antelope Valley and Simi Valley areas, which was really exciting! People who may not have the desire to set up shop in some of the bigger expos (or the super tiny swap meet ones) settled comfortably in the vendor hall and offered some excellent shopping additions.
At the Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo, the energy was high, the music was at the perfect volume, the DJ was fun and professional, and the set up was great. A food truck was available outside for people to grab a snack, and the college itself is large and quiet (in case your kid is like mine and gets sensory overload.)
Overall, the show is a really awesome day event. I’m very much looking forward to the next show, which will be held on Sunday February 24th, 2019.
Cheers to Razmik and Lisa for another successful expo.
PopLurker’s Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo Gallery: