Welcome to Neko’s Shiritori coverage of Silicon Valley Comic Con! Wow did SVCC start off with a bang in its debut! Just upon arrival anyone could see that parking was challenging as nearly every conceivable parking slot was occupied by attendees, industry, staff, and guests alike! It was packed with a total of 60,000 attendees!
Our major focus of the convention was to observe the overall ambience as well as cover various booths that are excited about upcoming projects. Silicon Valley definitely managed its numbers well by having staff at every entrance, as well as a wristband system that tracked every entry and exit.
First we took a look at Swipe, an app for artists and storytellers of various levels to easily create manga and comic book projects. We also checked out their panel where Satoshi Nakajima introduced the app and demonstrated its advantages. Satoshi’s history in computer engineering dates as far back as the late ‘70s when he started coding at the age of 17.
Our next destination was to check out Legion M which was headed by Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison. Legion M is the first crowdfunding fan-owned Hollywood studio that spawned from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) that was created back in 2012. It wasn’t until October 2015 when Title III, the section that allows equity crowdfunding, that Legion M truly got into the works. Paul and Jeff described their goals and things to look forward to in the summer which have been achieved at this time. We thank Abbie Sheridan for the interview arrangement.
In addition we got to visit Topps to get an overview of their app which utilizes electronic trading cards to grant bonuses for tuning into baseball games. Using electronic currency, you can tune into the app to further your baseball card collection. For example if a star player like Mike Trout was up to bat, you can bring out your Mike Trout card and get a special bonus depending on how he performs at the bat.
Lastly we looked at SCOTTeVEST, headed by Scott Jordan, a company that aims to bring comfort and efficiency in one jacket. They make carefully engineered clothes which gives quick access to things you need to carry, such as wires. Other designs include rechargeable battery sources. These clothes distributed weight evenly to allow a slim fit.
Along with the technology and crowdfunding companies, big name guests in the comic industry such as Stan Lee were also present. With the convention at record capacity, it was a sight to behold!
Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose on the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.