Comic & Toy Expo Returns with Fun & Funko
It takes a lot of courage, creativity, hustling and straight-up hard work to organize an event. But calendars of days past are littered with countless “first annual” conventions, meetups, and concerts that are never seen again. The real mark of commitmentÂ is when you make magicÂ happen again, so I was delighted when organizer Francisco Figueiredo gave me a heads up for this second annual expo.
I blogged about the first expo last April, and Francisco’sÂ vision for “a pure comic and toy show” like those seen in Honolulu in the 1990s. He had modest expectations and visions of a small show, withÂ about 20 exhibitors. I brought my family down to check it out, and the place was packed (check out my photos here). He definitely found his people.
“This year’s event is larger, with 40 vendors featuring comics, toys and local comic artists,” he tells me.
Like last year, those island artists include Sam Campos, Andy Lee, and Theo Lee. New this year isÂ local boy Jon “Free” Isabelo, who now publishes “The Contraptor“Â out ofÂ Las Vegas, who isÂ back in Hawaii for the expo.
The other half of the expo, of course, are the toys, and there will be dozens of dealers and collectors sharing and selling their collections. If you’re looking for unusual, limited edition items, there are two thingsÂ to look for at the expo.
If you ever played “Magic: The Gathering,” you may be familiar with the card featuring the character of Dack Fayden. Well, the character art was based on a real person: Zach Crittenden. And Zach will be there on Sunday to sign cards.
Meanwhile, the toy to snag at the expo is the official Funko vinyl collectible for theÂ Aloha Plate Truck, winners of the Food Network’sÂ “Great Food Truck Race.” And team leader Lanai Tabura will be there to sign them.
The Hawaii Comics & Toy Expo runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Ala Moana HotelÂ (410 Atkinson Drive). Admission is just $3 (but free for children under five). For more information, visit the official website.