This weekend marks the return of Long Beach Comic Con! Sure to be bigger and better than ever, this years con boasts some fantastic guests including William Shatner, Sherilyn Fenn, Dave Gibbons, and more. Sure to be a blast and a great alternative to the over-crowded, poorly run, San Diego Comic-Con. There will be tons to see and do, comics and collectibles to buy, and fun to be had by all!
You can read on for plenty of details about the con which kicks off September 2!
Long Beach Comic Con 2017
Annual Pop Culture Celebration Returns to Southern California September 2-3
Vacation time has been spent, and our thoughts turn to children making their way back to school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and a slight chill in the air. Before you break out your box of sweaters and slip into your usual fall rhythm, we’d just like to remind you… It’s Time for LONG BEACH COMIC CON! The Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California welcomes back the annual Long Beach Comic Con this September 2nd and 3rd for a weekend jam packed with family friendly entertainment, special guests from the comics, video game, toy and film industries, all-star cosplayers around every turn and hours of panels that will pique your geek AND nerdy interests with fun and educational content to inspire our next generation of artists and scientists alike.
Excited at the possibility of meeting your favorite comic book creators and icons of screens large and small? 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!
And many more! Long Beach Comic Con also features Cosplay Corner with guests:
- Nicole Marie Jean
- Angi Viper
- Bernie Bregman
- Amber Brite
- Alkali Layke and more!
Long Beach Comic Con strives to offer a unique experience for hardcore pop culture fans and casual visitors just looking for a day of stress-free entertainment. 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!
Two days of geek-tastic fun wrapped around 60+ hours of panels with topics including My Little Pony, Star Wars Collecting, Horror, Star Trek, Writing for Comics & Video Games, Comic Industry Ins and Outs and so much more, a massive Artist Alley where creators in all genres gather and share their original works at the heart ofa full show floor packed with vendors selling comics, toys, handmade items and art, and when you’re ready for a bite to eat, you’ll find Food Trucks just outside!
Long Beach Comic Con tickets are on sale NOW. Check in for details on limited VIP packages and photo ops with your favorite guests. Kids 10 and under get in FREE! Grab your tickets and find out about all Long Beach Comic Con has to offer at LongBeachComicCon.com
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