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  • Long Beach Comic Expo and Con Announce Partnership with GeekFest Film Fests

    Geekfest

    Press Release:

    LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO & LONG BEACH COMIC CON ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH GEEKFEST FILM FESTS

    LBCE ADDS MORE GUESTS FOR 2015

    January 14, 2015, Long Beach CA) Long Beach Comic Expo and Long Beach Comic Con will partner with GeekFest Film Fests in 2015 to become the exclusive Los Angeles area venue to host the full slate of programming for the world’s 1st traveling film fest of “geek” films. The partnership will begin at next year’s Long Beach Comics Expo, which will be held February 28, 2015 & March 1, 2015 at Long Beach Convention Center.

    “We’re excited to bring the full slate of GeekFest Film Fest films exclusively to the Los Angeles area at Long Beach Comic Expo and Con,” said Bill Ostroff,  GeekFest Film Fests creator. “We’ve personally seen amazing growth in the con and its commitment to indie artists of all types. These shows have a great venue, room for growth and a forward thinking vision. We can’t wait to celebrate these indie geek genre films with this passionate audience.”

    The GeekFest Film Fest at LBCE will culminate in a ‘best of’ screening voted by the audiences, followed by an award ceremony and a cash award of over $2,500 for the top film. GeekFest will be also exhibit on the convention floor, where fans can meet directors, actors, producers and chat with filmmakers one-on-one, pick up swag, and get info on upcoming GeekFest events around the country.

    GeekFest Film Fests at Long Beach Comic Expo will include:

    • The award-winning feature film Post Human Project

    • The award-winning gaming documentary Good Game

    • The short films Valiant starring Camden Toy, The Visitant starring Doug Jones and Amy Smart, and the multi-award-winning short film, Far

    • Fan films like Star Wars: The Holo Experience, Red Shirts and Kirk vs Picard

    • Horror films Carolina Parakeet, Deal Travis In and Vivienne Again

    • Web series Progress the Series, Timekeeper and Caper Series, Executive Produced produced by Felicia Day

    “We look forward to hosting GeekFest Film Fests at Long Beach in the coming years,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Con & Expo. “The diverse slate of genre films is a great fit for our fans.”

    In addition to GeekFest Film Fest, Long Beach Comic Expo will host creator spotlights, an array of cosplay panels, #makecomics programming and more.  Announced guests for the Expo include writers Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN), Ken Kristiansen (THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH), Bob Layton (IRON MAN), Brian Wood (THE MASSIVE; DMZ), novelist Cecil Castellucci (TIN STAR), artist Gary Brown (THE MASSIVE), Bernard Chang (GREEN LANTERN), Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson (HARLEY QUINN), and JonBoy Meyers (SPAWN) animation writer and producer Greg Weisman (STAR WARS REBELS; YOUNG JUSTICE) and Cosplay favorites LeeAnna Vamp and Nicole Marie Jean.

    Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information

    You can join GeekFest on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website GeekFest Film Fests

    Facebook.com/GeekFestLA and on Twitter.com/rugeekie

     

    About GeekFest Film Fests

    GeekFest Film Fests is the world’s 1st traveling film fest, exhibiting the best geek content in indie science fiction, fantasy, action, horror, pop culture, gaming, fan films and more. Categories include features, shorts, web series, fan films, fan created trailers, parody music videos and more screening the best to audiences around the United States at pop culture conventions.

    About Long Beach Comic Expo

    Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming for 2014

    Press Release:

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming

    LBCC14_FullProgram LBCCLong Beach, CA (September 25, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con will present more than 80 panels over two days this weekend, September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The panels run the gamut of a wide array of pop culture topics, including:

    • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.

    • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.

    • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally  announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.

    • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.

    • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”

    • Cosplay panels.

    • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.

    • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl

    • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin

    • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

    “We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said  Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

    Earlier this month, Long Beach Comic Con announced the Guests of Honor for show:

    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)

    Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)

    Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER

    Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)

    Joe Casey (Man of Action, BEN 10)

    Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)

    Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)

    David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)

    Joe Kelly (Man of Action, BEN 10)

    JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)

    Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)

    James O’Barr (THE CROW)

    Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)

    Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)

    Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

    Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

    Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)

    Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)

    Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

    “In addition to the panels, fans will be able to talk to exhibiting publishers including Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, Man of Action/Image Comics, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Early online buzz, social media chatter and advance ticket sales all point to this being a terrific weekend. I strongly urge fans to buy their tickets in advance and arrive early both days before the show opens.”

    Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

    You can download the LBCC programming schedule as a PDF.

    About Long Beach Comic Con

    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    EXCLUSIVE: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 Announces Guests of Honor and New Initiatives, Teases Programming

    Amanda Conner LBCC

    Press Release:

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Guests of Honor & New Initiatives and Teases Programming for September 27-28, 2014

    Long Beach, CA (September 9, 2014) – To celebrate its sixth year, Long Beach Comic Con is unveiling new initiatives including the show’s first ever Guests of Honor, this year’s official sponsors including media sponsor the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex and programming devoted to a broad range of attendees — from cosplay enthusiasts to young adult readers. Long Beach Comic Con will be held on September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, where exhibiting publishers will include Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment, among others.

    For the first time in its history, Long Beach Comic Con is announcing guests of honor for this fall’s show:
    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)
    Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)
    Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER
    Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)
    Joe Casey (Man of Action)
    Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)
    Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)
    David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)
    Joe Kelly (Man of Action)
    JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)
    Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)
    James O’Barr (THE CROW)
    Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)
    Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)
    Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action)
    Steve Seagle (Man of Action)
    Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)
    Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)
    Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

    “We’re thrilled to have more guests at this year’s show than we’ve ever had before,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “We recognize that attending conventions is a major commitment for comic book creators and we want to honor and celebrate some of the people who’ve joined us for six years running, as well as the writers and artists who are traveling across the country to attend our convention for the first time.”

    As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:
    * Panels devoted to fan favorite comic book characters including Batman, the Crow and Hellboy.
    * Comic Book Publisher Spotlights moderated by BLOODY DISGUSTING, COMICVINE, IGN, THE NERDIST and others.
    * Hero Complex moderated panels of pop culture, running the gamut from Robot Chicken to Young Justice to Women in Comics.
    * A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
    * A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library
    * Cosplay panels.
    * Horror programming with guests like Dan Brereton (NOCTURNALS) and Mike Huddleston (THE STRAIN).
    * Kids programming with KaBOOM! and creators like Eric Esquivel (BRAVEST WARRIORS), Travis Hanson (TANNER JONES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MONKEY STONE), Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR) and Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME). There will also be interactive panels where Tone Rodriguez will teach kids how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and Peter Paul will teach “how to draw your dragon.”
    * Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons like GARGOYLES, SPECTACULAR SPIDER MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, X-MEN and DISNEY AFTERNOON, and appearances by Greg Weisman and the Man of Action Studio.
    * Screen Junkies Presents: Honest Trailers The Panel
    * #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book greats including Jon Bogdanove (POWER PACK), Tim Bradstreet (HELLBLAZER), Brian Buccellato (DETECTIVE COMICS), Joshua Fialkov (THE BUNKER) and Whilce Portacio (THE PUNISHER). Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and even publicizing the comic.

    “Our programming has been a huge growth area for us this year,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “We’re running more than 80 high quality panels over two days. There’s something for every fan, whether you want to hear about the latest from Image Comics or need tips for designing and building your first cosplay.”

    Growth also extends to the show’s official sponsors. The CW’s The Flash, GenZe by Mahindra, the Laugh Factory, SGX Print, and the SUN NEWS have already signed on as official sponsors, and additional announcements are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

    Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    “Our ticket sales are significantly up from last year at this same time,” said Donato. “If you’re thinking about attending this year’s show, I recommend buying your tickets in advance before we sell out and arriving both days before the show opens.”

    Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

    About Long Beach Comic Con

    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Long Beach Comic Con (September 2015)

    Long Beach Comic Con logo

    Convention Name
    Long Beach Comic Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://ww.longbeachcomiccon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/12/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/13/2015
    About This Convention
    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information.
    Venue Name and Address
    Long Beach Convention Center
    300 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    400
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces New Logos, Websites, and Extended Event Date for 2014

    Long Beach Logos

     

    Press Release:

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Freshly Inked Logos, Websites, and Extended Event Date

    Mark your Calendars:
    Long Beach Comic Expo is May 31 – June 1, and
    Long Beach Comic Con is September 27 – 28

    Long Beach, CA (April 4, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con organizers are proud to announce a freshly redesigned Long Beach Comic Con website and logo in celebration of its six years of comic conventions in Long Beach. Along with the growing popularity of its Long Beach Comic Expo, organizers are also excited to announce an entirely new website dedicated its spring event along with a fresh new logo to match.

    Both websites for Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, feature a user-friendly interface, updated contemporary designs, and added information regarding its spring and fall conventions. Both websites are accessible from each other. Check out the new designs at: LongBeachComicCon.com and LongBeachComicExpo.com.

    Long Beach Comic Expo has also expanded from a one-day event to an entire weekend-event thanks to the support from fans, special guests and exhibitors who have made this one the most popular spring comic conventions in Southern California. Long Beach Comic Expo takes place Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

    The consumer comic book convention known as the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con since 2011 was a nod to their dates near Halloween. With their move to September 27-28 this year, organizers have decided to go back to their roots and renamed their fall event the Long Beach Comic Con. The horror theme at the convention has firmly taken hold and will continue to be represented in future events.

    “Long Beach Comic Con is always striving to keep our loyal fans and exhibitors happy by providing captivating special guest, panels, and vendors. We thought we would celebrate our six years of dedicated comic fans by updating the Long Beach Comic Con image with fresh websites and logos,” said Martha Donato, executive director and co-principal of the Long Beach Comic Con shows.

    Enjoy a special weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.

    Long Beach Comic Con will take place this fall, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets for both shows are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

    About Long Beach Comic Expo
    Long Beach Comic Expo has expanded for 2014 – it is now 2 days! Long Beach Comic Expo is Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 2014. Long Beach Comic Expo is a true comic con focused on creating a unique experience that both fans and exhibitors in the Long Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles areas will enjoy. With something for everyone, Long Beach Comic Expo is at the Long Beach Convention Center. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

    About Long Beach Comic Convention
    Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is now the Long Beach Comic Con! Long Beach Comic Con is Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014. Long Beach Comic Convention is a true comic con focused on creating a unique experience that both fans and exhibitors in the Long Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles areas will enjoy. Maintaining its horror theme, the Long Beach Comic Con has something for everyone. Long Beach Comic Convention takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Long Beach Comic Con (September 2014)

    Long Beach Comic and Horror Con

    Convention Name
    Long Beach Comic Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/27/2014
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/28/2014
    About This Convention
    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please use the FAQ button on the website (www.longbeachcomiccon.com). Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC.

    Questions?  Please contact CustomerService@longbeachcomiccon.com.  We use a bar code system for tickets purchased online, so please keep a copy of your receipt to bring to the Expo.  Refunds are available until Sept. 27, 2014 when requests are made in writing to CustomerService@longbeachcomiccon.com and include the order number, order date and email address of the attendee.  Tickets are also available for sale at the Door and at your local Southern California Comic Book Shop.

    Venue Name and Address
    Long Beach Convention Center
    300 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    500
    Projected Attendance
    25000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles

    Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

    Herb Trimpe
    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

    LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

    Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

    Schedule is as follows:

    March 7-9
    Wizard World Sacramento
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

    March 14-16
    Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
    http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

    March 21-23
    Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
    http://www.MegaConvention.com/

    March 28-30
    Emerald City Seattle
    http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

    April 4-6
    Wizard World St. Louis
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

    April 18-20
    Awesome Con Washington DC
    http://awesomecondc.com/

    April 25-27
    Reed Chicago C2E2
    http://www.c2e2.com/

    April 24-27
    Calgary Comic Expo
    http://calgaryexpo.com/

    May 2-4
    Wizard World Minneapolis
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

    May 17-18
    Big Wow San Jose
    http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

    May 31-June 1
    Long Beach Comic Expo
    http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

    June 5-8
    Phoenix Comic Con
    http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

    June 20-22
    Charlotte HeroesCon
    http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

    July 23-27
    San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
    http://comic-con.org/cci

    August 21-24
    Wizard World Chicago
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

    September 5-7
    Baltimore Comic Con
    http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

    September 27-28
    Long Beach Comic Con
    http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

    October 2-4
    Wizard World Austin
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

    October 9-12
    Reed New York Comic Con
    http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

    October 31-November 2
    Wizard World Ohio
    http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

    About The Hero Initiative

    The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

    Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

    Long Beach Comic Con 2013 Con Report!

    On November 23-24th, 2013, the Long Beach Convention Center was home to the 5th annual Long Beach Comic and Horror Con! Usually held around Halloween, this show was pushed back to late November, making this one of the final comic cons of 2013! In addition to the date change, they also got rid of the Friday evening show and I believe it was the right call. Saturday was booming, with lines going out the door and a steady flow of patrons all day long! Sunday slowed down quite a bit and while still a lot of foot traffic, not enough spending.

    With the usual talent of comic creators attending Long Beach, including mainstays of LBCC Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Whilce Portacio, Tim Bradstreet, and Todd Nauck, joined by special guests Gene Ha, Carlos D’Anda, Marc Silvestri, Mark Texeira, Art Thibert, Andrew Robinson, Mark Waid, and several other awesome comic talent, LBCC did close out the 2013 con year nicely.

    While Comic Cons seem to be growing every year, it seems harder and harder for each show to bring something new. I did love the fact that there was an awesome car display in the front of some of the most famous cars in pop culture, along with a lot of retailers in prominent display at the show. One thing also appreciated was that comics were far more emphasized than pop culture stars, and that’s one thing I always do appreciate at LBCC. Hopefully next year, they’ll bring over the bigger hitters in comics to really close the year with a bang. Star power does draw more crowds, and I for one would love to see LBCC thrive and succeed for the next 5 years and beyond. And now, onto some photos!

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    Lance Henriksen is greeted by a friendly alien. Don’t miss more incredible moments at LBCC 2014!

    Hero Initiative at Long Beach Comic Con 2013

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in need, will attend Long Beach Comic and Horror Con November 23rd and 24th at the Long Beach Convention Center in an entirely new way—with foosball!

    That’s right! Hero will have a foosball table at its booth, #406, all weekend. The table comes courtesy of Foosball Master Tour, and you can test your skills in special challenge matches against well-known artists Jon Bogdanove, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darick Robertson, and Alex Sinclair to raise money for Hero Initiative. Get practicing now!

    The convention continues its dual traditions of Helping Hero and producing AMAZING limited edition prints with its They Live, Halloween, The Birds and The Hunger prints! Each print is limited to only 100 copies each, and available at $30 each at the Long Beach Con store in the main lobby. In addition, 30 copies each of They Live and Halloween will be available autographed by legendary director John Carpenter for $50 each at the Storm King Productions booth, #913 on the floor. All proceeds from They Live and Halloween benefit Hero, along with partial proceeds from The Birds and The Hunger!

    And Hero is having a special $1 sale all weekend! You can pick up great product such as the Salimba graphic novel, Vision Machine graphic novel, and even Hero T-shirts at a mere $1 each! There’s a limit of one per item per customer, and supplies are limited, so get to booth #406 FAST!

    And make sure to visit the outstanding Long Beach Artists Alley, where creators are collecting money for Hero Initiative. Please visit Jon Bogdanove (booth #1009), Amanda Conner (#1300), Gene Ha (#1412), Jimmy Palmiotti (#1301), Whilce Portacio (#1200), Brian Pulido (#508), Norm Rapmund (#1901), Darick Robertson (#1709) and Alex Sinclair (#1410). Check them out, and kick in a buck when you ask them to sign your books. It’s a win/win for everyone!

    Drawing the Line at LBCC 2013

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    Are you an aspiring artist and/or student interested in pursuing a career in TV animation production? Curious to know some of the inner workings of some of your favorite animated TV shows? Then look no further than ” Drawing The Line: Breaking into TV Animation.”

    This highly informative panel will feature discussions, tips and information on breaking into the industry as told by artists and directors from some of today’s hottest animated TV shows.

    The panel features Emmy Award-winning Character Designer Phil Bourassa (FlashPoint: Paradox/Young Justice), Storyboard Artist Chris Copeland (Marvel’s Avengers: Assemble), Director/storyboard artist Jay Oliva ( FlashPoint: Paradox/Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2/ Man of Steel) Creative Producer/Director LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/The Boondocks) Director Alan Wan ( Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Producer Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra Books 1 and 2), moderated by Will Feng (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Thundercats).

    A staggering collection of talent you will not want to miss. The panel will be held at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday November 23rd at 5:00pm in Room 104A!

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