I'll post more about Image Expo tomorrow (including lots of pics and a Hero Blog exclusive - Robert Kirkman candidly answers my question "Walking Dead - do you have an endgame for the comic series and the TV series?"). But I just wanted to say, this expo is 100% Hero Blog approved. So if you're on the fence about attending today, get off the fence and get your butt down to Oakland.
This convention is exactly what I'd hoped it would be - the vibe is much more casual than WonderCon and all the creators seem to love being there - which means they are all pretty much happy to sign whatever you'd like them too and answer any burning questions you may have.
The Expo has fewer booths (but with great products/prices) and fewer people than WonderCon, but that's a good thing in my opinion. You don't have to wait nearly as long to get books signed (I had a 5 minute wait for Kirkman once he arrived, a 5 minute wait for Brubaker, 2 minutes for Hickman, and 10 minutes for Norman Reedus).
No - the place wasn't empty - there were a good amount of people there. But there were so many opportunities to meet artists/get stuff signed, that the lines were much shorter than they would be at any other Con.
See you back here tomorrow with more.