Your Checklist For Long Beach Comic Con, Just One Week Away

by Hannah Means Shannon

Long Beach Comic Con is coming up on September 2nd and 3rd marking the official end of the Summer convention season and the start of the Fall convention season (is there any divide really?).

The Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California welcomes back the annual Long Beach Comic Con for a weekend with guests, family-friendly entertainment, comic guests, video games, toy and film industry presences, and of course, cosplayers.

Long Beach Comic Con’s guest list features:

  • William Shatner – Iconic Actor from Star Trek, Twilight Zone, T.J. Hooker, Haven, Kingdom of the Spiders, Boston Legal, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Devil’s Rain, Free Enterprise & so much more! *VIP Meet & Greet Package Available!!
  • Dave Gibbons – Legendary Artist on Watchmen, Rogue Trooper, Green Lantern, Writer of the Kingsman comic series *VIP Meet & Greet Package Available!!
  • Sherilyn Fenn – Actress on Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, The Wraith, Boxing Helena
  • Howard Chaykin – Referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. Worked on American Flagg!, The Divided States of Hysteria
  • Amanda Deibert – Award Winning TV & comic writer on Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 77
  • Gene Ha – Four time Will Eisner Award winner; Top 10,The Forty-Niners, Mae
  • Pia Guerra – Co-Creator of Y The Last Man / Penciler on Hellblazer, Black Canary
  • Rikki Simons – Voice Actor on Invader Zim / Co-Creator & Writer on Robotech: Clone
  • Tony Harris – Co-Creator of Starman, Ex Machina / Artist on Doctor Strange, JSA: The Unholy Three
  • Sandy King Carpenter – Co-Creator and Editor at Storm King Comics
  • Rikishi – WWE Hall of Famer & former Intercontinental Champion
  • Shawn Kittelsen – Narrative Lead and Co-Writer of fighting game INJUSTICE 2; Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham City
  • Malachi Ward – Co-Creator of Ancestor from Image Comics
  • Arthur Suydam – Artist on Marvel Zombies, The Walking Dead, Deadpool, Batman
    *Arthur will be drawing FREE sketches for the first 150 kids ages 14 and under who come to his table on Sunday between 11 & 4!

Long Beach Comic Con also features Cosplay Corner with guests:

  • Nicole Marie Jean
  • Angi Viper
  • Bernie Bregman
  • Amber Brite
  • Alkali Layke and more!

This year’s festivities include:

– SpaceExpo fills a chunk of the show floor and an entire dedicated panel track with experts in their respected scientific fields talking about our biggest and most current findings alongside displays from actual space exploration and interactive experiments your kids (or big kids) will be talking about for weeks!

– Burger Con provides a fantastic option for Saturday night fun as music tastemakers Burger Records roll out a lineup of incredible bands to keep you rocking into the night. This year’s lineup includes DJ DON BOLLES, NOBUNNY, DWARVES, THE ZEROS AND WHITE FANG. Note that this event has a nominal, separate fee for entry. Further Info HERE!

– GeekFest Film Festival will provide two solid days of indie movie bliss, often with the film makers themselves on hand to discuss the ins and outs of their creations.

– South Bay Gaming Community’s “Fighter’s Ring” where gamers can challenge their friends and rivals at: Super Smash Bros.Wii U, Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and more. For those looking for an eSports experience, sign up for tournaments throughout the day and compete for special prizes against the best!

– The LBCC Fashion Show will feature ladies and gentlemen modeling the latest trends from top-level chic and geeky designers who are on the verge of breaking into the fashion world.

– LBCC’s Cosplay Contest will give the West Coast’s most inventive and artistic costuming wizards the chance to show off their fantastic talents and compete for prizes in categories including Best in Show, Best Fabrication, Best Construction, Best Couple/Group, Best SciFi, Best Anime, Best Villain, Best Hero and Best Kid! Register now. Spaces are going fast!

– Star Cars! Relive your favorite high speed chases and escapes from certain doom as you take pictures alongside instantly recognizable, film inspired vehicles including the Blues Bros Bluesmobile, the Back to the Future Delorean, Jurassic Park Jeeps, the Jokermobile, Bumblebee from Transformers, Speed Racer’s Mach 5, KITT from Knight Rider, the Eclipse from The Fast and the Furious and many more!

– Comic Creator Conference on September 1st is an event designed to connect professional comic creatives with other high-level industry professionals to empower them with exclusive and personal insight, as well as providing access to decision makers, peers, publishers, and other leaders within the industry. Learn how to make smart business decisions on the path to taking your creations into film, television, and interactive entertainment. Note that this event has a nominal, separate fee for entry and is open to industry professionals ONLY. Further info HERE!

Long Beach Comic Con also promises that if you’re peckish, you’ll find food trucks just outside.

Long Beach Comic Con tickets are on sale now, and you can find out more about the show right here: LongBeachComicCon.com