One place I’ve always wanted to tell you about is The Frank and Sons comic and collectibles show. The show has been going on since I was a teenager. I’m not sure of the exact year it started or when it exactly became a twice a week nerd paradise. But the thing I can tell you it has been going on a long time at this point. I went sometime in my early teens and as of this writing I’m 42 years old.
Now I got my kids going. In fact it is one of the first places I took my daughter alone while she was still in a stroller. Now me and the two kids take off and give mom a few hours off sometimes. I enjoy going on Wednesday’s after work when the weathers nice and cool. When I can look at the multitudes of stuff lining the concrete floors without such a big crowd.
Close to where the 57 and 60 meet in Los Angeles county the show takes places twice a week in the City of Industry. Located in the middle of a bunch of shipping warehouses is the show. I guess the Frank in Frank and Sons also ran a shipping operation at some point. The location leads probably to the biggest problem about the show. It may be the only problem. The parking !! But lets talk about the good stuff.
Imagine an indoor swapmeet dedicated to collectibles. It started as a comic book show but has always been evolving with the times. The good news is you can still find a lot of comics. Besides that they have everything else. I went through my early Ebay and toy collecting phase mostly buying stuff here. The prices are always much better than the “big conventions”, and the assortment never fails to amaze. Now when I go with the kids I look at bargain graphic novels and trade paperbacks, toys and used Dvd’s, the kids like POPs and Pokemon, Wonder Woman and Lego figures. They also have a dedicated section for card games like Magic that you can rent a table and play with other people. Plus quite a few sports memorabilia vendors. Occasionally they have a special occasion like Raiderfest where they had a bunch of player come down and sign autographs and such. I made the mistake of going one of those days. It was crowded and I don’t like crowds. This is one of the reasons I don’t like Comic Con. Parking is already a problem but on the special event days, it is a mess. But if you really want see some of the big names in comics and sports or pro wrestling. You might need to brave the crowd and parking. It’s probably not as bad as I’m making it sound.
Besides, the parking is literally the only bad part. The show is free, the shitty parking is free. They even have tons of food and drink on site. The food looks good even though I’ve never ate anything. If you live in the area or are coming to Los Angeles and you have some time to kill I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking. Check out my pictures.
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