Join us at Long Beach Comic Expo for two days of innovative programs that connect space exploration, science discoveries, movies, comic books, sci-fi and pop culture!
The highlights among the panels include learning the basics of building your own R2-D2 as well as "The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality."
Click here to view the exclusive full schedule of space & science programming at the Expo. The Space Expo is located at booth 1101! Don't miss your chance to see the coolest advancements in space technology. It's truly out of the world!!
FEB 8 2017
Register for LBCE 2017 Cosplay Contest
Hosted by Bernie Bregman from Nerds Like Us, the LBCE 2017 Cosplay Contest will be held on Saturday, February 18 in the Thunderdome (Main Ballroom) from 7:00-8:30 pm. Register now.
FEB 8 2017
Announcing the LBCE Program!
There is a lot to see and do in two days. Take a moment to review the event program so you can plan your weekend ahead of time.
Rikishi is a wrestling legend. His accolades include being an Intercontinental Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion, and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015.
Additionally, Rikishi has appeared in numerous videogames including WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role, WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17. Outside of the main series, he is featured in WWF No Mercy, WWF Raw, WWE Wrestlemania X8 and WWE Wrestlemania XIX
Fatu guest starred on the Nickelodeon show Victorious, as a sumo wrestler in the episode "Brain Squeezers."
The Cosplay Contest will be in the Thunderdome (Main Ballroom) from 7:00pm-8:30pm on Saturday February 18th at the Long Beach Comic Expo The space will be open for set up starting at 6:30pm.
Onsite Registration and Check In will be at the Nerds Like Us table in Cosplay Corner.
FEB 3 2017
JONNY CRUZ COMING TO LBCE!!!!
OH Let's break it down! Jonny has acted on the big screen, played roles on TV shows including Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Closer, and produced hilarious sketches for PowerUP! But where you'll likely recognize him is as everyone's favorite audio medic, Lucio, from the hit Blizzard game Overwatch. See him and many more! #LBCE17
Nicole Marie Jean is a cosplayer, artist, sculptor and designer from San Diego, California. Nicole began her journey into the cosplay and convention world in 2011. It was the previous year that she discovered what cosplay was. Nicole fell in love with the idea of being able to combine her love of comics and art to bring her favorite characters to life. During the past six years she has traveled around the country for numerous events and conventions as both an attendee and a guest. She has judged a number of contests and been a part of many panels. Nicole has won numerous awards for her costumes both at conventions and online.
Nicole has created over 100 costumes in the past five years and all are inspired by her favorite characters from comics, movies, books, video games and soon animes. Nicole is most well known for her take on Bane from the Dark Knight Rises film, which has given her the nickname throughout the cosplay community as "Lady Bane."
When Nicole isn't creating or debuting new costumes, she sculpts and makes items for her online store. She hopes to continue this journey for many years to come while meeting new people, teaching and inspiring others, entertaining those who follow her work and becoming better at her craft along the way.
Teacher by day, Podcaster by night and writer by even later night. DeWayne is the co-creator and writer of the all-ages comic The Adventures of Aero-Girl. He has also written for Action Lab Entertainment's Midnight Tiger and BOOM! Studio's Regular Show. DeWayne co-hosts The Final Issue Podcast where he discusses comic and pop culture news as well as offering creator advice.
We're excited to announce Le Geek So Chic will be showcasing the latest and greatest of nerd fashion with designers both locally and internationally at LBCE2017!
Le Geek So Chic is a high-end, professional fashion show that is a full scale show stopper event. We are proud promoters of body positivity and have models of all sizes, heights, genders, and ages in our shows. We believe geek fashion is an important expression on oneself, favorite fandoms, and is for everyone! Hosted by Lauren Matesic and Bernadette Bentley.
Comic Book Writer and Editor Bob Schreck is coming to LBCE!
Co-founder of Oni Press, Schreck worked for long stretches at both Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and IDW. He is currently editor-in-chief of Legendary Comics, the graphic novel arm of Legendary Pictures.
Distinguished Comic Book Illustrator Mike Zeck is coming to Long Beach Comic Expo!
Mike's comics series and covers have influenced generations of artists. His works include The Punisher, Captain America, Master of Kung Fu, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Deathstroke the Terminator, Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars and much more...
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including USA's The Starter Wife, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy's Showdown at Area 51 and Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats and Day of The Roses
Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company's critically acclaimed sciQfi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. Gigi stole the hearts of sciQfi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular,and at times controversial characters in the series. Recently the SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company asked her to host Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge.
Advance purchase a professional photo opportunity through Epic Photo Ops with Gigi.
Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry and is a special guest for Long Beach Comic Expo!
Co-creator of the X-men's Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O'Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on "The 'Nam," "Micronauts," "G.I. Joe Yearbook," and "Dr. Strange, " among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business.
Golden's work can be seen on covers from "The Walking Dead," the new Marvel "Civil War," the new "Rom," the new "Micronauts," "Spawn," "Nightwing", "Iron Man", "Heroes for Hire", "Exiles," "Demon's Regret," "Spiderman," "Vampirella," "Captain American," "The Punisher" to "The Hulk," as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. His zombie art if routinely used in conjunction with popular properties on TV and in print.
Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira," the children's book "Kerry and the Scary Things," "Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan," and "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash" among many others.
Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Superman," "Silver Surfer," "Conan The Barbarian," "The Punisher" special projects, and "Conan Saga," then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of "She-Hulk," at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.
She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on "X-Files," "Jurassic Park," "Xena" and "Hercules" and is the co-creator--with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, "Spartan X" which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material.
She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from "The Avengers" to "Spider-man" to "Captain America" to "Jurassic Park," among many, many others. "I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books," she says.
Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies "Rush Hour Two," "Red Dragon ," "To ease the lose," and "Swimming With The Virgin," among others.
Huge News!!! Jason Momoa will be joining us at Long Beach Comic Expo!
Advance purchase a professional photo opportunity through Epic Phots Ops with Jason. Autographed pictures are $60, and photo ops are $80, with up to 4 people per photo, and any children under 3 years of age.
Barbarian, Dothraki and soon to be Fish Whisperer in DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE movie and an AQUAMAN stand-alone spinoff, Jason Momoa is also headed to Netflix to star in the action/adventure series FRONTIER. Saturday only! SAVE THE DATE!
2016 Harvey Award Nominee and voted by fans as ComicAttack.net 's 2015 Best Colorist.
Creator and Writer of STAINED, a new 5-issue mini-series coming in March, 2017 from 451 Media Group.
Currently on exclusive contract with VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT, working on DIVINITY III, VALIANT HIGH and BLOODSHOT REBORN.
A 20+ year vet of comics, with first published work being done at the age of 15. David has been a top color artist for DC COMICS with highlights including MULTIVERSITY, 52, PLANETARY, THE AUTHORITY, JLA, DETECTIVE COMICS (THE BLACK MIRROR), BATMAN BEYOND and GREEN LANTERN.
Jamisin is Resident Evil's Leon Scott Kennedy face model in five films and video games. Having trained in martial arts at a young age with coaches photo scanned for the original Mortal Kombat, perhaps it was destiny that he be photo and face scanned for the equally iconic Resident Evil series. Jamisin is also the blood-splattered demolition groom in My Chemical Romance's popular Life On The Murder Scene storyline and stars as the quintessential noir detective, Jack Anvil, in Donald F. Glut's upcoming Tales of Frankenstein. The founder of Jacorva, Jamisin creates personalized martial arts systems for others.
Since graduating UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts, Diane as been lucky enough to earn her living in many areas of the entertainments business, beginning with years on the road touring as a singer and theatre actress. But once she settled down in Los Angeles, she began doing voiceovers--cartoons, commercials, narrations, network promos, etc.--all of which she hopes to continue doing until she's carted off to the happy farm.
Overlapping her VO career, the years have also seen her finding success as a TV writer, romance novelist, film critic and radio disc jockey. Today, Diane counts herself extremely lucky to be someone who gets to work in an industry she loves; how many can say that?
Over the years, Diane has had lead cartoon characters in projects such as Flash Gordon, The Adventures of Mighty Mouse, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and Defenders of the Earth. However, she is most notable for her iconic portrayal as Poison Ivy in Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Gotham Girls, and Justice League. Her representation, CelebWorx, and Mad Event Management present Diane Pershing for her first Southern California convention appearance.
DEC 16 2016
Registration For the LBCE Cosplay Contest Is Open!!
Bernie Bregman from Nerds Like Us will be hosting the LBCE 2017 Cosplay Contest.
The Cosplay Contest will be in the Thunderdome (Main Ballroom) from 7:00pm-8:30pm on Saturday February 18th at the Long Beach Comic Expo The space will be open for set up starting at 6:30pm.
Onsite Registration and Check In will be at the Nerds Like Us table in Cosplay Corner.
DEC 15 2016
Jim Cheung Is Coming To LBCE
Jim is an exclusive penciler for Marvel Comics, who has most recently worked on SPIDER-MAN:THE CLONE CONSPIRACY. He has produced work on titles such as Avengers Vs X-Men, Spider-Men, Avengers:The Children's Crusade, New Avengers, Young Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Illuminati, Iron Man, Axis, Original Sin, Infinity, and X-Force. He currently resides in California.
He is responsible for co-creating the Young Avengers, and Scion (for Crossgen Comics), and his resumé includes projects for The New York Times, ESPN, Mattel, The Village Voice, Dorling Kindersley (DK Books), The Daily Mirror and Upper Deck.
With a background in animation and a love for comic books, Dan set out to make his own title back in 2009 that contained all the things he loved in pop culture such as Anime, Grindhouse exploitation films, horror movies, and Tokyo shock cinema. He named the comic "Zombie Tramp".
To much surprise, the book started to stir up lots of hype and soon became a cult hit.
Zombie Tramp is now on its 3rd successful year as a monthly series published by Action Lab Entertainment. But it doesn't stop there. Dan has now started on a brand-new title for 2017 to add to his Zombie Tramp universe. The title is called "Dollface, tales of the ball jointed witch hunter".
Dave Dwonch has been a comics writer and artist producing indie titles for over a decade. In 2010 he founded Action Lab Entertainment with fellow indie mavericks and as Creative Director for Action Lab helped produce several of their titles including the Eisner nominated series Princeless and Ehmm Theory. Recently he penned several titles, most notably Vamplets (with Gayle "My Little Pony" Middleton), Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab, CBR's Top 100 of 2013 series Double Jumpers. In 2017 he will debut two new titles, Infinite Seven and Party Monster.
Huge News! Mark Waid Is Coming To The Long Beach Comic Expo 2017!
"Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.
With over twenty-five years of experience in his field, Waid maintains this blog that is crammed full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both."
TeeTurtle makes funny, adorable, ultra-soft tees for gamers, geeks, and pop culture fans! The designs are not only cute and clever, they are also screen-printed onto incredibly soft and high quality t-shirts. Our tees are available online at TeeTurtle.com, but we love engaging with our fans at comic, anime, and pop culture events worldwide.
Todd Nauck is a well known artist of the comic book industry and has worked regularly for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics, with credits including Spider-Man, Deadpool, Nightcrawler, Teen Titans, Young Justice, Invincible Universe, as well as countless others.
Nauck is also the artist of the best-selling comic book of the 2000's: Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama Team-Up.
Nauck most recent projects have been the mini-series Amazing Spider-Man and Silk: The SpiderFly Effect, and Deadpool: Too Soon?, as well as Spider-Man/Deadpool #12.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Writer of DC "Secret Hero Society" published by SCHOLASTIC, and the Eisner nominated co-writer of Batman Li'l Gotham. A 17 year veteran of comics as a writer and artist, having worked for DC (Batman, Detective Comics, Arkham City, Teen Titans Go, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo), BOOM (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Clarence, Munchkin, WWE Then Now Forever) IDW (Back To The Future, Dexter's Laboratory, Ninja Turtles), and more.
Angelo Esquivel resides in Sacramento, CA and is artist with works in graphic design, paintings, and photography. He obtained a degree in Graphic Design and Business while in Columbia, and studied Photography at UC Davis.
While learning photography, Angelo discovered his passion for composition and striking imagery. He served as an assistant to the UC Davis faculty for 2-years and further developed his skills while providing guidance to students. Since then, Angelo has had multiple art shows showcasing his skill for eye-catching photography.
In 2010, Angelo had has first show utilizing black and white imagery with an emotional appeal. As his style developed, his images took on a more urban pop art style. Eventually, photography was replaced with paintings with pure pop art influences. This type of art allows lots of color and expression in multiple ways, which led to Angelo's most current themed art - comic inspired pop art.
One show, titled Dia de los Muertos Superheroes, combined two different cultures (traditional and comic) into beautiful and colorful paintings. Other works consisted of retro-pop art comic posters, Saint Valentine's Day comic themed cards, and Cross-over Superhero Comics posters, necklaces and coasters. Angelo's artwork crosses over from art galleries to comic conventions with the hopes it brings a unique and energized appeal to fans.
"The name alone should tell you that Top Cow Productions is unique in the comic book publishing world. What sets Top Cow apart from the rest of the herd is its fierce commitment to quality entertainment, and an unmatched drive to deliver this entertainment to fans on a consistent basis. This may just sound like "common sense" to some, but those who know the business of comic publishing understand what this truly means."
This just in, Action Lab Entertainment is coming to the LBCE!
The Action Lab is a group of mad scientists who collectively have over 25 years of comic book creating experience. After slaving in obscurity and alone for lo, these many years, these quasi-evil geniuses have now gathered together from around the globe to form a secret research and development collective devoted to world domination through the purification of the comic book art form. The Action Lab has sworn to use its powers for a single purpose -- to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating yet benign control of the Action Lab.
Travis Hanson is an Eisner nominated fantasy illustrator with a huge imagination. His works include comics, children's art, fantasy and just fun illustrations that encourages the need for people to be creative.
"Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements, Aspen MLT, Inc. quickly carved its mark on the comic book industry."
Keron attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where he graduated with a degree majoring in Industrial Design and a minor in Illustration and Fine Art. While still in his junior year, Keron found himself working for Image Comics; and by the age 21, Keron already had his art published throughout DC Comics. Quickly, Keron found himself working with all of the major comic publishers on titles such as: Iron Man, Spider Man, Superman, and Fantastic Four among other major comics characters. From there, Keron also contributed designs and concepts for major motion pictures such as Transformers, The Matrix series, GI Joe, etc. as well as many blockbuster games like Suckerpunch Production's Infamous. Presently Keron's work can be spotted on a number of clothing items for companies such as Rocker Wear, Icon Motorcycle Gear, and Nike etc.
NOV 27 2016
Agnes Garbowska Wil Be Joining Us At LBCE!
Agnes has worked with many of the major comic book publishers, most recently illustrating titles for My Little Pony for IDW, Victories for Dark Horse, Li'l Vampi for Dynamite Entertainment. She has worked with Marvel Comics, providing artwork for Girl Comics and Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special. She is also the artist on this years Halloween Comic Fest comic, The Adventure of Ernie from Aspen Comics.
In addition to interior art, Agnes has been working as a cover artist for many IDW titles including Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and Littlest Pet Shop series. In addition to her IDW work she has illustrated cover art for many Dynamite Entertainment titles including Red Sonja, Li'l Vampi, Li'l Battlestar Galactica, Li'l Ernie, Li'l Bionic Kids, Li'l Red Sonia, and Doodle Jump. Her cover work also continues to other companies, illustrating covers for Soulfire and Damsels in Excess (Aspen), and Unity (Valiant).
NOV 2 2016
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO RETURNS ON FEBRUARY 18 AND 19, 2017!
Advance Tickets On Sale Now, First Guests Announced
(November 2, Long Beach, CA): MAD Event Management officially announced today the first four guests in conjunction with the opening of ticket sales to the 2017 show. The spring counterpart to Long Beach, CA's annual celebration of the best in comics and pop culture returns as one of the city's two best weekends of the year for fans and families! Attendees can meet celebrity guests, cosplay stars and comic book writers and artists including Agnes Garbowska, Keron Grant, Dean Haspiel,and Amy Reeder, with many many more to be announced in the coming months!
In 2017, the Expo returns to take over two entire exhibit halls with all of the features fans have come to expect; including over 150 exhibitors, featuring some of the continent's best vintage and modern comic book dealers, top comics publishers, over 100 creators in Artist Alley, Space Expo, Animation Island, Cosplay Corner, a kids area and of course, the annual Comic Expo Costume Contest.
Fans can enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 18 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 19 from 10:00 am - 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center.
SEP 20 2016
Nominations for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Are Open
Announcing Will J. Watkins As Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics & New Selection Committee Members Mark D. Bright, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham and Gail Simone
September 16, 2016: Mad Event Entertainment and Long Beach Comic Con announced today that nominations for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics are now open. This McDuffie Award has a new director, Will J. Watkins, and several new Selection Committee Members: Mark D. Bright, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham and Gail Simone. The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics reception will be held February 18, 2017, in Long Beach, CA during the Long Beach Comic Expo.
The motto of The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics comes from Dwayne's own words, "From invisible to inevitable."
"The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is the very first award ever established in my husband's name," said Dwayne's widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, "and we are tremendously proud that in just its third year, both the comic book and animation industries are already beginning to see some evidence of the DMAD's powerful mission statement demonstrably influencing reality by helping a more diverse range of outstanding creative voices finally find some inclusion in the media, with the careers of our first two winners and finalists starting to take off at major entertainment companies. To paraphrase Dwayne: Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the media. And everyone deserves to participate in telling their own story."
Bring the kids! Fun for the whole family! Kids 10 & under get in FREE!
And don't forget, the Long Beach Comic Expo is coming back February 18th & 19th, 2017!!
FEB 17 2016
Kelly Hu & Tony Todd Added To The Long Beach Comic Expo Line-up!
We are very excited to announce some awesome last minute additions to the Long Beach Comic Expo guest line up this weekend!
X-Men 2, The Scorpion King and Arrow actress Kelly Hu will be joining us on Saturday to sign autographs and take photos with fans. She will also be a part of The Spectacular Spider-Man TV show panel at 4pm in the Danger Room.
Also joining us will be Candyman star and The Crow actor Tony Todd, the fan fave veteran actor will be in our Celeb Area starting at 11am on Saturday.
Kelly will be signing autographs for our fans in our Celeb Area starting at 3pm on Saturday, as well as after her panel
You can also get a professional photo with Kelly or Tony from Epic Photo Ops and they'll print it up for you right there. Or you can get a digital copy.
Bring your friends! Up to 4 people are allowed in the pic!
To pre-purchase your photo with Kelly, Tony or any of our other celeb guests click here.
Photo-op sales on site are cash only at the Epic Photo Ops booth.
Additional fees apply for autographs, check guest listing for prices.
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 15 2016
Long Beach Comic Expo Programming Is Now Available!
You asked for it and now here it is! Comic Book Resources has all the info on programming for this weekend's Long Beach Comic Expo!
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 12 2016
Chris Claremont VIP Meet & Greet Packages Are Now Available!
Long Beach Comic Expo proudly presents an intimate and exciting meet & greet SPECIAL ACCESS event with industry legend and iconic writer, Chris Claremont.
This two hour session will include a number of limited edition amenities including Chris telling stories and chatting about his amazing career. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions as well.
Included with this package is: LBCE Weekend Pass ($50 value) Limited edition Chris Claremont Meet & Greet LBCE Badge A highly limited edition of a Chris Claremont Uncanny X-Men #137 script with editor's notes and an alternate ending (Limited to ONLY 50 copies) Access to the Chris Claremont Meet & Greet Session on Sunday February 21, 2016 Up to 7 comics, the limited edition script and badge signed by Chris Claremont during the Meet & Greet Session
Just $150! Limited to ONLY 50 attendees! Get yours while they last!
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 11 2016
Triple the Amount of Advance Ticket Check-in Staff for LBCE Next Week!
Big Updates for Advance Ticket Check-In!
We've spend a good deal of time here at LBCE HQ working on ways to improve our Advance Ticket Pick-Up process at each of our events. We've come up with a few great initiatives that we think will improve even further upon the check-in process -- most notably in the speed department.
We've DOUBLED the check-in counters Advance Ticket Pick-Up
We have increased our check-in staff to have minimum of TRIPLED the amount of check in staff with the ability to go higher if we need to.
FRIDAY TICKET PICK-UP: We've added Advance Ticket Pick-Up check-in time on Friday, February 19th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
We will be opening check-in at 8:00am on Saturday, February 20th.
The line to check-in can begin to form earlier. The earlier you get to the Long Beach Convention Center, the earlier you can get checked in. You will also get the best parking spots - big plus there, too.
On-site Ticket Sales will NOT begin until 10:00am. Prices will also increase by $5.00 per ticket if you purchase your ticket at the door.
Buying your tickets in advance and showing up early to check-in will not only save you money but get you onto the show floor early. And don't forget, kids under 10 are FREE with an adult ticket.
We are very proud of the comic con we have built with this year's Long Beach Comic Expo. We have one of the biggest Artist Alley's in the country, a HUGE guest list featuring both a heaping helping of first time and returning guests, our innovative Cosplay Corner, celebrities like Alan Tudyk, Peter Shinkoda & more, our biggest LBCE exhibit floor with over 300 exhibitors, over 75 hours of programming, our Kid's Area run by the Long Beach Public Library and The Lego Users Group of Long Beach and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some quick links to see what we have lined up for you.
FEB 10 2016
Announcing the Finalists for the Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
The finalists for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics were announced today.
The five nominated titles are:
ANDRE THE GIANT CLOSER TO HEAVEN by Brandon Easton (writer), Denis Medri (artist) (IDW Publishing); FRESH ROMANCE edited by Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press); MOON GIRL AND THE DEVIL DINOSAUR by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Writers), Natacha Bustos (Artist) (Marvel Entertainment); MS. MARVEL by Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist) (Marvel Entertainment); ZANA by Jean Barker (writer), Joey Granger (Artist) (Emet Comics)
The winner will be announced at the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 20 at 2:30 PM PT, on Dwayne McDuffie's birthday. Acclaimed comic book writer (GENIUS) and reporter (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) Marc Bernardin will be the event's Keynote Speaker.
"We were thrilled to receive more than three times as many submissions this year as we did for the inaugural award," said Neo Edmund, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. ""After weeks of careful deliberation, we were able to narrow down the submissions from over 100 titles to the five nominees, all of of which speak to Dwayne's inclusive vision for the industry in unique and significant ways."
The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen comic book series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. Nilah Magruder was the recipient of the first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for M.F.K..
"It's hard to believe Dwayne has been gone for 5 years this month," said his widow, Charlotte McDuffie, "but it is gratifying to know that his presence continues to be felt in the comic book industry, through this award in his name shining a spotlight on those creators and content that are carrying on his mission to make the world of comics more accurately reflect the diversity of the real world."
The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Selection Committee consists of six prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:
Neo Edmund - Novelist, animation and comics writer; Joan Hilty - Nickelodeon Comics Editor; editor-in-chief of Pageturner, former DC/Vertigo Senior Editor; Joseph Illidge - Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books; Heidi MacDonald - Editor in Chief, The Beat; William J. Watkins - Writer; Former owner, Chicago's first African American-owned comics store; Matt Wayne, Former Managing Editor Milestone Media.
"Diversity has been central to Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo since I co-founded the event seven years ago," said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. "The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics ceremony is one of the highlights of our programming slate and it's a great honor to have this historic and important event return to Long Beach Comic Expo this month.
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FEB 5 2016
Con Man & Firefly Star Alan Tudyk Coming To LBCE '16 - Saturday 2/20 Only!
We've got some very exciting news to share with you! Fan favorite actor and star of Con ManALAN TUDYK is coming to the Long Beach Comic Expo!
Alan won fans hearts on as Wash on Joss Whedon's cult icon Firefly and he will be joining us on Saturday February 20th for a special Con Man & Spectrum panel.
He will also be sticking around to sign autographs and take photos with fans!
Taking place at 1:30pm in our Thunderdome programming room, Alan will be joined by Con Man Executive Producer PJ Haarsma and comic writer & editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss the IndieGoGo financed series and Spectrum, the comic based on the fictional sci-fi show featured in Con Man.
Alan will also be available for professional photos with Epic Photo-Ops. Get your photo taken with Alan and Epic will print a beautiful 8x10 on site, and you can get a digital copy too.
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO COSPLAY CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
The following rules apply to ALL entrants, be they Individual Entries or Group Entries. Whether flying solo or in a group of any size, every individual person in the show will be held to the rules below! Entry into the event is at the discretion of the event staff, and we reserve the right to reject ANY entrant whose costume does not adhere to these rules! This also goes for any entrant displaying disrespectful, rude or hostile behavior.
CATEGORIES Entries for this year's Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest will include several categories. We will have prizes for the following categories:
Best in Show Best Fabrication (Sculpting & building) Best Construction (Sewing & use of fabric) Best Hero Best Villain Best Sci-Fi Best Anime Best Group or Couple Best Kid
JUDGING Judges will be scoring for the following categories: overall difficulty, creativity, accuracy(for recreation), and showmanship/character.
ONE ENTRANT, ONE CATEGORY Every entrant is limited to participating in ONE category. There will be no multiple registrations for any individual for more than one category, meaning you may ONLY register yourself as one member in a Group Entry, OR as an Individual Entry Participant.
GROUP REGISTRATION For those groups who are participating in a Group Entry must register the names of all individual participants and names of your costumes and theme i.e. DC Comics JLA Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Group entries are a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of six (6) people. That means no more than 6 people are allowed in a group entry! No Exceptions!
COSTUME COMPOSITION Store-bought costumes are NOT PERMITTED! Your costume needs to be one you made or modified yourself. Modifications will be carefully assessed by our judges and must be at least 30% modified from original piece. This applies specifically to accessories and the body of the costume itself; footwear and jewelry don't apply. Unfortunately, we cannot accept your entry if your costume has been commissioned by a costume maker. We do, however, allow props to be commissioned by prop makers. You are allowed to have had assistance for approximately 20% of your costume; if you had a friend assist you with your costume, please inform the judges what work was done. Our judges may ask to verify that it's an original construction or to confirm an acceptable amount of modifications to pre-existing materials. While we do allow for a few minor pre- made, pre-purchased items, we are looking for craftsmanship and creativity. You may also give credit to those fellow costumer and costume makers who assisted you during the construction of your costume entry. Note: Unfortunately, we will not have any repair kits on hand. You are responsible for your own costume and its integrity.
For children 6 and up modifications can be up to 60% to a store bought item and up to 70% completed by an adult in your group or your guardian from scratch.
KID-FRIENDLY There will be children present and your costumes and presentation should be suitable for ALL ages.
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS The minimum age for entrants is 6 years old for any category. NO EXCEPTIONS. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
PRESENTATION Anticipate about a one-three minute presentation of your costume to the judges during pre-judging. Depending on the complexity and detail, the judges may request additional time to observe and properly judge your costume during the actual show. There will be time for a small one-minute presentation on the main stage during the actual contest.
ENTRANT ARRIVAL On the day of the event, contestants must arrive no later than 4:00pm to check in. During this time, depending on entries, we may begin pre-show judging with the judges. We highly recommend you to stick around for pre-show judging just prior to the event, as there will be NO late entries once prejudging has ended. NO
EXCEPTIONS We also recommend making arrangements such as booth coverage, transportation, and costume prep well in advance, so that you can participate during pre-judging as it is mandatory. We've also limited the number of entries this year for a much smoother process of pre-judging and the event itself.
There will not be a contestant dressing area but the pre-judging area will be private. You are allowed to wear your costume on the expo floor during the day if you wish. You will receive an email detailing check in times and location once you are confirmed as an entry (separate email).
ORIGINAL DESIGNS If your costume is an original design or not a recreation of something pre- existing, please bring a printed image of the original design/concept for the judges and be prepared to speak a little bit about it. We are completely open to new and innovative designs, especially those never before seen for familiar characters.
PROHIBITED ITEMS There is absolutely no fire, liquids, toxic substances, or anything that may cause danger for you or others allowed on stage. That includes all stage weapons, swords, guns, bows, etc. However, your costume may require a stage/fake bow or sword, we kindly ask that those items be tagged during weapons check prior to entering the convention floor.
JAN 20 2016
Press Passes Available for Accredited Journalists/Photographers
Press passes are now available for this year's Long Beach Comic Expo. Journalists and photographers who would like to cover Long Beach Comic Expo for their respective media outlet are welcome to sign up for complimentary press passes. All you need to do is to click here and follow the directions to register for an LBCE Press Pass. Please remember that you will need to provide proof of press status when you sign up.
JAN 14 2016
Professional Registration Is Now Open
Professional passes are now available for this year's Long Beach Comic Expo. Long Beach Comic Expo welcomes credentialed professionals working in the comic book, animation, film, television and related industries to attend the show at no charge. All you need to do is to click here to register for LBCE as a professional. Please remember that you will need to provide proof of professional status. After 2/12/16 there will be a $15 fee in order to register as a professional.
JAN 5 2016
The 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo is Quickly Approaching!
Happy New Year to all our fans and friends! We wish you all the best in 2016!
And along that lines we are looking to get your 2016 off to a great start by bringing you some of the best geeky fun there is!
We are hard at work on the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo and everything is falling into place. We have already announced an awesome list of guests and there's still a lot more to come!
Just look at some of the great comic creators coming to the 2016 LBCE - February 20 & 21 at the Long Beach Convention Center:
Star Wars: Princess Leia artists Terry & Rachel Dodson.
Super Zero creators and Harley Quinn creative team Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti.
Marvel Comics artist Jimmy Cheung.
Artists Matthew Clark, Aaron Lopresti & Scott Kolins are all making their first appearances at the Long Beach Comic Expo.
And fan favorites Dustin Nguyen, Todd Nauck & Art Thibert are all back in Artist Alley.
So scroll on down for our full guest list, stay tuned to our social media for daily updates and we hope to see you all in February!
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
DEC 30 2015
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Opens Room Block for LBCE
It's that time! Do you need a room for the weekend? Now's your chance to grab a room at a show rate and save some cash. All you need to do is to click here and book your room. You can also call (888) 421-1442 and specify that you are booking for Long Beach Comic Expo. It's that easy!
Don't waste too much time as room blocks fill up pretty quickly.
See you in Long Beach!
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
DEC 9 2015
GeekFest Film Fest Returns to LBCE 2016!
We're excited to be partnering with the World's 1st and Largest Traveling Comic-Con Film Fest, GeekFest Film Fests Year 3.
GeekFest programs the best geek genre films into conventions across North America. If you create Science Fiction, Horror, Action, Fantasy, Fan Films, or anything Pop Culture related, they're looking for you!
All entries are considered for distribution on Stan Lee's World of Heroes channel.
Tickets for LBCE 2016 can be purchased by clicking here.
DEC 7 2015
The 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo Guest Rollout Begins!
We are hard at work putting together the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo coming up February 20th & 21st, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. We've begun rolling out our 2016 LBCE guest announcements and other big news will be coming soon!
You will get all the awesome geeky fun you've come to expect from the LBCE and some new stuff to boot.
Getting things started are DC & Image Comics artist Jeremy Haun, Farscape actress & Jim Henson's Creature shop host Gigi Edgley and long time comic vet & Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton all added to the 2016 LBCE guest list.
Watch for tons of news coming fast! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for daily updates!
LBCE Cyber Monday Sale! Long Beach Comic Expo LifeTime Passes Are Available!
They only come around once a year and here's your chance to get one! Long Beach Comic Expo LifeTime Passes are available again, but for a short time only!
The LifeTime Pass includes full weekend admission for one person to the Long Beach Comic Expo in perpetuity. Your pass will be sent to you automatically each year - you avoid price increases as the show continues to grow. This makes an incredible holiday gift!
A lifetime of geeky pop culture fun for one low price of $299.
These LifeTime passes are severely limited and we will only be offering 25 this year. After they are gone they won't be available again until next year. So act fast before they are all sold out.
*Long Beach Comic Expo LifeTime passes are for the LBCE only and do not include the Long Beach Comic Con.
NOV 13 2015
The McDuffie Award Opens for Submissions!
The McDuffie Award returns to Long Beach Comic Expo for it's second year this February and the call for submissions has begun. This one of a kind award will be granted on February 20, 2016 to an American comics work, published in print or digitally in 2015, deemed by the Selection Committee to promote diversity. In the spirit of Dwayne McDuffie, "promoting diversity" can be judged as either broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, or adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium.
The Dwayne McDuffie Award will be stewarded by Award Director, Neo Edmund, with the support of McDuffie's wife, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie. "Dwayne would have been pleased by an award that recognizes so much new and exciting work," Fullerton said.
"This award is a celebration of diversity in the medium of comic books," said award director Neo Edmund. "It is intended to raise awareness of the need to broaden the racial and gender representation of the characters we see on the pages of comic books, and to also broaden such representation of those who create this beloved form of visual storytelling."
For more information and to submit your application click here.
The deadline for completed submissions is December 31st, 2015.
MAR 11 2015
Promoters of Long Beach Comic Con Add New Jersey Comic Expo to Their Stable of Shows
MAD Event Management is proud to announce the third addition to their comic convention line up, the New Jersey Comic Expo which is scheduled for November 21 & 22, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Joining its sister conventions, Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, New Jersey Comic Expo will be part of a three-show series.
"The success of films and television shows based on comic book characters originates with the creators," said Martha Donato, President of MAD. "The comic shows we produce are first and foremost produced for anyone who has an affinity for comics, animation, games - really any type of pop culture that values content and its creators. We strive to create an environment that brings together a group of people who want to celebrate a culture and a lifestyle. And most of our team who produces the shows are based in the NY/NJ area, so this is a great place for us to do a home show."
To learn more about the show head on over to the show's website!
FEB 25 2015
LBCE Full Programming Schedule is Here!
Finally! We know you've been super patient waiting to get your hands on what we have planned for this years LBCE programming. Download a Programming Schedule here and get ready for a great weekend!
Look at what everyone is saying about Long Beach Comic Expo and our stellar programming lineup. Here's what people are saying:
COMICVINE says " It's always a great time at the Long Beach shows." And they've got all the details on 2 full days of #makecomics programming for every aspiring creator who wants to learn about the creative process from some of the biggest names in comics.
All weekend long EAT.GEEK.PLAY will be hosting amazing one-on-one creator spotlight panels with major comic book creators: Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver!
COMICBOOK.COM has *ALL* the details about our animation programming from GI JOE to YOUNG JUSTICE!
OC MOM BLOG asks, "Do your kids like comics? Superheroes? Then you're not going to want to miss the Long Beach Comic Expo." Check out all the terrific panels for kids (and their parents)!
HERO COMPLEX announced the finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in advance of the ceremony which will be held Saturday, February 28.
Magnet Releasing will present a screening of THE DEAD LANDS at 7 PM PT on Saturday. The film will be introduced by BLOODING DISGUSTING!
CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE has a news story about the Blood on the Keyboard Crime fiction panel Sunday from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM. Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels!
13th Dimension says "Long Beach Comic Expo is a show after our own hearts." They have the scoop on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, which is Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM and will feature Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, Christy Lemire (What the Flick?!, christylemire.com) Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, the Schmoes from Schmoes Know and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood).
FANBOY Comics will host an Indie Creators, Unite! A Guide to Self-Publishing panel Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon, Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, Rocket Salvage, Buffalo Speedway), Andrew Robinson (The Fifth Beatle), John Bring (Penguins vs. Possums), Jacob Semahn (Goners), and Bryant Dillon (Fanboy Comics President, Identity Thief, Something Animal).
ACTION FIGURE INSIDER calls the Four Horsemen panel (Sunday at 4 pm) "a great opportunity for West Coast fans to get to interact with some of the nicest guys in the industry!"
Like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Well, CraveOnline Comics Channel Editor Blair Marnell and Fandom Planet's Sax Carr will co-host a BUFFY Season 10 panel on Sunday from 4 to 5 PM with writer Christos Gage and BUFFY artist Megan Levens talking about Dark Horse Comics' fan favorite BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic book series and what's next for the Scooby Gang.
We're so excited for this show. Stay tuned for more programming announcements today. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 23 2015
Guest List Update
Due to health issues, Art Adams, David Gallaher, Len Wein and Marv Wolfman will be unable to join us at Long Beach Comic Expo this weekend. We're hoping that all four creators make speedy recoveries.
Art Adams will be at Long Beach Comic Con this September.
LBCE Announces Guests of Honor, Special Guests & Programming Highlights
Long Beach Comic Expo is unveiling legendary guests and buzzworthy panels, as well as innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 6th annual Long Beach Comic Expo, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 28 and March 1, 2015. The Expo will play host to more than 140 guests and 50 panels and, for the first time, it will be held in the full exhibit hall.
Guests of Honor & Special Guests
Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce bestselling writer Chris Claremont and bestselling artist Ethan Van Sciver as the Long Beach Comic Expo Guests of Honor. Mr. Claremont has written some of the most beloved and influential comic books of all timeÍ¾ 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of his first issue of THE UNCANNY XMEN.
Mr. Van Sciver is one of the most popular artist in comicsÍ¾ this year marks the 10th anniversary of his iconic work GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. Both guests will be making their very first appearance at a Long Beach convention.
Comic book superstars Arthur Adams (GUARDIANS TEAM UP) and Rachel and Terry Dodson (HARLEY QUINN) are being named Long Beach Comic Expo Special Guests in recognition of their astounding careers as comic book artists.
The convention is proud to recognize the following Special Guests for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics:
Cecil Castellucci, the young adult novelist (TIN STAR) and writer of the influential YA graphic novel THE PLAIN JANES
Steve Ellis, the artist of the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY and MAGIC THE GATHERING cards
The Four Horsemen Studio, influential toy designers of Mattel's Masters of the Universe, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, DC Universe Classics and Man of Steel toy lines, among others
Stan Sakai, the writer/artist of the award winning USAGI YOJIMBO graphic novels
Greg Weisman, acclaimed animation writer and producer (GARGOYLESÍ¾ YOUNG JUSTICE) and author of the fan favorite RAIN OF GHOSTS YA novels
Brian Wood, writer of the influential graphic novels DEMO and THE NEW YORK FOUR
Programming Highlights As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:
One on one creator spotlight panels with Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver hosted by EAT.GEEK.PLAY.
Publisher panels hosted by Jesse Snider, including the 40th anniversary of X-Men celebration, The Lion Forge & IDW Publishing Presents Miami Vice: Remix, and much more.
Panels for Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comics and Star Wars Rebels: Kanan the Last Padawan comics.
The Dawn of the Rise of the Devastator: Funny Books for Humans panel , with writers from Cracked, CollegeHumor , Funny or Die, The Meltdown and The Onion.
#MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists and fans can learn the entire process of making comics from comic book greats all weekend long. T opics include How to Build a Portfolio, Breaking Into Comics, Writing and Marketing.
The first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity event with keynote speaker Reginald Hudlin.
Amazing animation panels: DISNEY AFTERNOON, GARGOYLES, GI JOE, and YOUNG JUSTICE, featuring major voice actors.
Major media panels including Rotten Tomatoes and Screen Junkie's Honest Trailers & Movie Fights.
A special screening of the upcoming Magnet Releasing film THE DEAD LANDS.
GeekFest Film Fest films at Long Beach Comic Expo, the only Los Angeles area venue to host the full slate of programming for the world's 1st traveling film fest of "geek" films.
The Dollar Baby Film Festival.
The comic book convention premiere of the SHE MAKES COMICS documentary.
Publishing panels devoted to YA & crime novelists.
Kids programming including How To Draw My Little Pony.
Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, will commence its celebration of 10 years of the groundbreaking Graphix imprint and participate in a panel with acclaimed cartoonists Jennifer L. Holm and James Burks and other creators.
A Saturday night Cosplay Contest and Cosplay panels.
Don't have your tickets to LBCE yet? They can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 6 2015
LBCE Announces Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) as Guests.
Creative power couple Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter) and her husband Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) were recently profiled by the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER in a far ranging and candid interview here.
And now Guggenheim and Butters, will be attending a Long Beach convention for the first time as guests of Long Beach Comic Expo. Stay tuned for major announcements next week about Butters, Guggenheim and all LCBE guests.
Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 1 from 10:00 am - 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.
Giant Cosplay Contest Comes to LBCE - $3000 in Cash Prizes to be Won!
With our move this year from the Ballroom, where the LBCE started, into the MUCH larger Hall C at the Long Beach Convention Center we are going to be adding a bunch of new stuff. And we're excited to announce that one of these is the addition of a Cosplay Contest to this year's LBCE line-up!
Hosted by Nerd Like Us' Bernie Bregman & Bernadette Bentley the contest takes place on Saturday 2/28 at 7pm in the Seaside room. International Cosplayer, Designer & Model Ivy Doomkitty and Pro-Cosplayer Soni Aralynn will serve as judges with additional judges chairs to be filled soon.
Categories & Prizes:
Best Costume: $1000
Best Fabrication (Sculpting & building): $500
Best Construction (Sewing & use of fabric): $500
Best Hero: $250
Best Villain: $250
Best Sci-Fi: $250
Best Group or Couple: $250
Slots will fill up fast so we've set up pre-registration here.
Additional details regarding costume inspection, times and place will be sent by email.
Tickets must be purchased for Long Beach Comic Expo (Saturday only, weekend or lifetime passes will be honored at the door) in order to participate. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
JAN 15 2015
GeekFest Film Festival Comes to Long Beach Comic Expo!
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 prizes valued at 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, 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, Exec-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."
JAN 14 2015
Long Beach Comic Con Named Best of the Beach
The Long Beach Post has named the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con "the Best of the Beach."
For two weekends out of the year, nerds, geeks and cosplayers swarm the streets of Downtown Long Beach as the Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) rolls in.
Held in the Spring and Fall of each year, LBCC started in October 2009 and focuses on the creators in the comic book and animation industries.
"The success of films and television shows based on comic book characters originates with the creators," said Martha Donato, Executive Director of LBCC. "The Long Beach Comic shows are first and foremost show for comics, for readers, and we've also begun creating convention programming that will appeal to book readers. Our plan is to do more panels with novelists in 2015 and beyond."
Steve Goodling, President and CEO of Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, said LBCC is a unique and popular event.
"Comic Con is one of the unique conventions that brings together a group of people that wants to celebrate a culture and a lifestyle," he said.
Donato said in 2015, LBCC fans can expect two conventions--the Long Beach Comic Expo from February 28 to March 1 and the LBCC from September 12 to September 13. She said the Comic Expo will be expanded and will also include a "geek film festival."
Thank you Long Beach, from all of us at the Long Beach Comic Con!
JAN 9 2015
Long Beach Comic Expo Welcomes Art Adams!
We are excited to announce that legendary artist Art Adams is coming to the 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo - 2/28 & 3/1. Adams is the legendary Artist on properties such as Longshot, The Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, X-Factor,Fantastic Four and Hulk.
He will be appearing all weekend in the huge Artist Alley section of the show.
JAN 6 2015
Long Beach Comic Expo Welcomes Ethan Van Sciver!
Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce that Ethan Van Sciver will be a guest at the February 2015 show. One of the most popular artists working comics today, Ethan Van Sciver is best known for his work on the mini series that brought back Hal Jordan, GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. He's also penciled SUPERMAN/BATMAN and the special issues introducing readers to the Green Lantern nemesis THE SINESTRO CORPS, and is one of DC's top cover artists. For Marvel Comics, Van Sciver has worked on X-Men.
NOV 25 2014
Lifetime Passes for Long Beach Comic Expo!
In advance of Cyber Monday, Long Beach Comic Expo will make available 50 Lifetime Passes which will grant fans access to the annual event. The passes are available at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com for $249.99 through December 31st, 2014. After that date, the a lifetime pass will cost $349.99.
Next year's Long Beach Comics Expo will be held February 28, 2015 & March 1, 2015 at Long Beach Convention Center. Announced guests include legendary writer Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN), acclaimed comic book writer Brian Wood (THE MASSIVE; DMZ), fan favorite animation writer and producer Greg Weisman (STAR WARS REBELS; YOUNG JUSTICE) and Cosplay favorites LeeAnna Vamp and Nicole Jean Marie.
"The Lifetime Passes are a great gift and a wonderful idea for the comic book and cosplay fans in your life," said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Con & Expo. "For the cost of a season pass at a resort, you can give a lifetime experience of comics."
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SEP 27 2014
Long Beach Comic Con Launches the Dwayne McDuffie Award
Long Beach Comic Con was proud to announce today the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. The only comics award of its kind, the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award will be granted the weekend of February 28, 2015 to an American comics work, published in print or digitally in 2014, deemed by the Selection Committee to promote diversity. In the spirit of Dwayne McDuffie himself, "promoting diversity" can be judged as either broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, or adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium.
Dwayne McDuffie was a comic book and television writer, famous for writing and producing the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10, and for creating the animated series Static Shock. McDuffie also co-founded Milestone Media, a minority-owned-and-operated comic-book company. During his career, McDuffie earned three Eisner Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, and won the Inkpot award, a Humanitas Award and a WGA Award.
"Dwayne was an incredible creator, and used his talents to help bring more diversity into comics," said Martha Donato, co-founder of Long Beach Comic Con. "His influence on comics is incredible, and we look forward to helping preserve his legacy through this award."
The Dwayne McDuffie Award will be stewarded by director Matt Wayne, with the support of McDuffie's wife, Charlotte. "Dwayne would have been pleased by an award that recognizes so much new and exciting work," she said.
"Excellence is a given in this award," Wayne said. "We're honoring work that, through its artistic merit, has brought a greater variety of stories and creators into comics."
The Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew Dwayne and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:
- Neo Edmund - Novelist, animation and comics writer - Joseph Illidge - Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books - Len Wein - Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former E-I-C, Marvel, Disney; Former Senior Editor, DC Comics. - Heidi MacDonald - Editor in Chief, The Beat; former DC Editor - Glen Murakami - Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien - Joan Hilty - Nickelodeon Comics Editor, Former Senior Editor, Vertigo; Creator of Bitter Girl - Eugene Son - Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated - William J. Watkins - Writer; Former owner, Chicago's first Black-owned comics store; Former DC editorial assistant
The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Awards will be announced at the Long Beach Comic Expo on February 28, 2015. The recipient work will be chosen from five nominees. The call for submissions was launched today at Long Beach Comic Con.
LONG BEACH, CA (June 9, 2014) - Building on year over year growth and a hugely successful fifth anniversary show, the Long Beach Comic Expo team is proud that the 2015 show will move February 28 and March 1, 2015, with five-times more floor space, offering more exhibitors, creators and programming all weekend.
"This is a fan and family-friendly convention, and it's a place that is very receptive to artists," said Pierre Bernard, Jr., graphic artist on Conan, publisher for Totally Graphic. "It's a great size show, because there are a lot of fans and exhibitors, but it's not too big that creators get lost."
As Hollywood moves into the biggest conventions, comic creators and publishers are looking for more opportunities to connect with fans. The Long Beach Comic Expo hosts star creators and award winning publishers and cultivates an atmosphere where comics are still king.
"Everyone I know has a great time when they come to Long Beach," said Craig Miller, president, Wolfmill Entertainment.
"More and more people are finding something they love about comics conventions, and we are honored to support the fans of Southern California," said Phil Lawrence, Co-Founder and Sales Director of the Long Beach Comic Con. "The Expo has grown every year, filling a real demand for a classic convention where fans, creators and exhibitor can all enjoy interacting with each other."
Join Long Beach Comic Expo in celebrating the sixth anniversary with a weekend full of special guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am to 6pm, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Advanced ticket holders gain early admission, starting at 9:30 am on Saturday.
Plus, visit the Long Beach Comic Con on September 27th and 28th, 2014. Register for Long Beach Comic Con today at LongBeachComicCon.com, and follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about this year's show.
About Long Beach Comic Expo Long Beach Comic Expo is a true comic con focused on creating a fantastic family friendly experience for both fans and exhibitors alike in Southern California. With something for everyone, the Long Beach Comic Expo will mark its sixth anniversary on February 28 and March 1, 2015, with a big convention floor, more exhibitors and creators, and an action-packed weekend of programming.
JUN 4 2014
Thank you for an awesome Comic Expo!
LONG BEACH, CA (June 4, 2014) - The organizers of the Long Beach Comic Expo want to thank everyone who participated in the event, including our attendees, exhibitors and guests. The show was a celebration of comic books and featured some of the best cosplay we've ever seen.
Please check out our Facebook page for photos (facebook.com/LongBeachComicCon) and coverage recaps of the educational and entertaining panels that were happening all weekend.
The 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo will be held on February 28 & March 1.
MAY 22 2014
Programming and Panels Announced for Long Beach Comic Expo
Long Beach Comic Expo today announced its weekend packed schedule of panels, kid's programming and more on May 31 and June 1, at the beautiful ocean side Long Beach Convention Center.
"We are very excited about the huge range of panels and programs at this year's Expo," said Phil Lawrence, co-founder and sales director of Long Beach Comic Expo.
The newly expanded Expo will host dozens of panels, including spotlights of Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, and Steve Niles, anti-bullying and body positive cosplay panels, and informative discussion for aspiring creators.
In "Body Positive," famous cosplayers including Ani-Mia will host a discussion about body image, bulling, and how to create a positive environment in a negative world. The conversation continues in "Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent," covering the challenges and stereotypes cosplayers face when they express themselves in public.
Creator-focused panels include inside looks at comic book writing, drawing and lettering, tips for making the most of a convention, and more.
The next generation of artists are encouraged to bring their parents to the "Kids Draw Comics," lead by Super Siblings cartoonist Patrick Scullin. Bring your sketchbook and favorite drawing tools for a lesson in how to draw your favorite characters.
To view our 2014 Long Beach Comic Expo Programming Schedule click here.
MAY 6 2014
Editor and Writer Barbara Randall Kesel Hosts Portfolio Review
Long Beach Comic Con is proud to announce that comics industry veteran Barbara Randall Kesel is joining the spring event, Long Beach Comic Expo, and will host portfolio reviews and her renowned "Where Do Ideas Come From?" panel.
Kesel's impressive bibliography includes work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Crossgen, Image Comics, and Dark Horse Comics. Kesel first got involved in the comics world after writing a 10-page letter to editor Dick Giordano regarding the portrayal of female comic book characters. Since then, Kesel has been known for her strong female characters.
"My goal is to help create or guide the creation of strong, vivid characters of all kinds. I do this through my writing, being a freelance editor, and helping new creators to develop their skills and find the best ways to show them off," said Kesel.
"We are excited to announce such a talented comics pioneer, editor and writer as Barbara Kesel at Long Beach Comic Expo this year," said Phil Lawrence, co-founder and sales director of Long Beach Comic Expo.
To take part in this fantastic opportunity, bring a copy of your portfolio to the Expo, and include your name and contact info on every page. Drop off the packet in the morning at our professional registration counter, and then join Kesel at the designated portfolio review panels later in the day. Kesel will also be available in the LBCE signing area at designated times. Please check the programming schedule for times and locations.
In 1995, Kesel was a Harvey Award Nominee for Best Anthology and Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Material for, respectively, Instant Piano and Hellboy: Seed Of Destruction. She was also nominated again with Scott Allie in 1996 and won the award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August.