EXCLUSIVE: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 Announces Guests of Honor and New Initiatives, Teases Programming
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.”
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.
Marc Silvestri appears at Collector’s Paradise on Saturday, September 6th from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm!
Collector’s Paradise 20th Anniversary Celebration starts in style as we welcome a very long time friend of the store, artist extraordinaire and founder of Top Cow Productions, Inc., Marc Silvestri. Collector’s Paradise has always had a fantastic relationship with Marc and the rest of Top Cow. Dozens of Signings over the last 20 years, including two previous signings with Marc.
Mr. Silvestri has agreed to raffle off two sketches. For every $20 spent on Top Cow Productions or Image Comics comics or Graphic Novels, you will get a Raffle Ticket.
In addition to the signing, that day is the first day of the Weekly Sale, with ANYTHING in the store, besides Comics & Graphic Novels being 25% OFF.
For more information on our 20th Anniversary MONTH LONG Celebration please click here…
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306
Image co-founder MARC SILVESTRI appears at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day! Marc is debuting his BRAND NEW Top Cow/Image comic: RISE OF THE MAGI #0.
Here is some updated event info:
*Marc Silvestri signing Rise of the Magi #0 at noon … first come, first served!
*Cartoonist Scott Shaw! will be handing out FREE Simpsons Bongo Comics and sketching for 20 lucky winners!
*Added GRAB BAG Prizes:
– 20 original Hand Sketches from Cartoonist Scott Shaw!
*2PM Signing; JOSEPH HENSON
Creator/Writer of the new Indy comic: The Heroes of Echo Company. FREE copies while supplies last.
*FREE TMNT & Transformers Movie posters…while supplies last
*FREE Jarritos soda…while supplies last
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
On November 1st-3rd, 2013, the Los Angeles Convention Center was home to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo! After an extremely successful first year, the guest list was even better, the show moved from the parking lot to the main floor, and even added an extra day to maximize the con! Although it was primed to be better than ever, the show this year was a bit flat compared to the previous year.
The show floor seemed a bit out of sorts, with artist alley scattered all over the place, and it lacked the charm of the first show. Friday also didn’t seem to work out for the expo, as it was mostly empty. The crowds were definitely better during the weekend, but still lacked the excitement of the inaugural show. It was still a good show, with some cool panels and some great guests, but I think the appeal with the groupon deal last year was a huge part in why families flocked to the show. And I think Friday isn’t necessary in LA, especially when people have to battle Friday and Laker game traffic. I’m looking forward to next year’s Comikaze to get better as they adjust to the growing pains of a new show, and know that the best is yet to come!
Now, on to some photos!
Welcome to Comikaze 2013!
What good is Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, without the man himself? Here he is signing autographs!
A shot of the special stage reserved for the main panel!
Have you seen Eee vah?
An awesome Masters of the Universe display!
The Aspen booth set up and ready to go!
Nerd Machine representing at Comikaze!
One of the best exhibits at Comikaze. Old school arcades and video games!
Fan favorite artist Marc Silvestri interacting and signing for fans.
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Spiderman artist Humberto Ramos drawing one of his many commissions during the show!
Who you gonna call He-Man?
Ecto 1 was the coolest car on display….
… Or was it???
Thor and Iron Man 2 exhibits!
Along with Iron Man armors from all 3 movies!
If you’re tired, take a seat next to Iron Man!
Artist Noa drawing live at Comikaze!
Comic Book Men strike a pose! A never ending line all show!
John Romita Jr. greeting his long line of fans!
But not long as the line for Bruce Campbell!
And now, onto some cosplay pics!
WHERE IS THE PRINCESS???
Awesome dark helmet.
Battle of the Planets!
Amazing Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn!
Go go Power Rangers!
April O’Neill posing with the TMNT book from IDW!
You have failed this city!
Got a light?
Are we in the new movies?
Pretty awesome Wolverine and Rogue!
Cutest cosplayers of the show!
The best costumes of Comikaze!
Stay classy Los Angeles! See you next year!
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Veronica Mars creator confirms SDCC 2013 signing, NYCC adds Marc Silvestri, and Stan Lee will be at the Frank and Son Collectible Show on Saturday. All that and lots more!
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Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, and Rahsan Ekedal sign at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm! The first ten people in line plus five lucky raffle winners will receive a free head sketch from Silvestri!
16532 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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Marc Silvestri signs at Collectors Corner on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from noon until 9:00pm!
Superstar Artist, Creator of The Darkness and Cyber Force, Image Comics Co-Founder, Top Cow Production Inc. Founder & CEO, MARC SILVESTRI is Signing here at Collectors Corner!
Saturday, November 24th –
The First 25 People in Line Get a Head Sketch on 1 of the Limit of 3 Items Signed + 1 FREE Collectors Corner Logo Bag.
12 Noon til Last Person’s Items are Signed.
Signing Starts at 12:00 Noon.
Line will be Capped at 500.
Marc will Sign until the Last Person in Line with the 500 Person Capped Line.
Limit 3 Items Per Person Signed.
CGC Signature Series Will Available for 1 Item Per Person, counting toward the Limit of 3.
The NEW Cyber Force #1 Will be Given Out for FREE Pre-Signed by Marc to the First 200 In Line.
Plus The Walking Dead #100 Marc Silvestri Cover will be Available for a Minimum of $5 Per Person with the Full Amount going toward Hurricane Sandy Relief. This Cover May be Purchased to get Signed In Addition to the 3 Item Limit Per Person.
(We have a Limited Quantity of 200 Copies, First Come First Served)
Line will be permitted to form as early as 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. Camping out is encouraged but hold your place in line if you decide to camp out the night before.
A CGC Witness will be on Hand for Signature Series Service.
7911 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234
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Creator/Artist Marc Silvestri and writer Matt Hawkins sign at Collector’s Paradise on Sunday October 21, 2012 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. They will give away FREE copies of the new Cyberforce #1! Also the first 25 people in line will receive a free head sketch from Silvestri and the first 100 people will receive a free exclusive print with a Minimum purchase of $10.00.
319 S. Arroyo Parkway #4, Pasadena, CA 91105
Creator/Artist Marc Silvestri and writer Matt Hawkins sign at Phat Collectibles on Saturday October 20, 2012 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. They will give away FREE copies of the new Cyberforce #1! Also the first 25 people in line will receive a free head sketch from Silvestri and the first 100 people will receive a free exclusive print with a Minimum purchase of $10.00.
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804