Long Beach Horror & Comic-Con held its annual two-day convention on Nov. 23 and the 24th. Just like last year, popular replica cars from different franchises like Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are lined up at the entrance of the convention. I especially dig the TMNT cosplayers posing in front of the Turtle van. LBCC is a small and quiet local convention and this year, the most notable change is the huge artist alley right in the middle of the convention. I spent most of my time wandering the exhibit hall and snapping photos of cosplayers. Check out my photos below!
I literally had a quick whirl at Long Beach Comic Con this year. On Saturday night, I dropped by to hang out with the Guild of Extras. I unfortunately missed out on all The Guild events all day but I at least got to say hi and meet some people, plus I got to catch up with my friend, Nicole Eng. Here’s a great group shot taken with all of us plus Amy Okuda (Tinkerbella) and Robin Thorsen (Clara).
On Sunday, I stopped by for a couple of hours in the morning and hit the exhibition hall to say hello to everyone I could possibly know! Chatted a bit with Team Unicorn, Steve Niles,Â Nathaniel Osollo, Evan Spears, Rebecca and James Hicks (Little Vampires). I love that I can say hello to awesome people at a local convention. Long Beach Comic Con is a bit quieter this year but even though I was only there for a couple of hours, I did pay for a weekend badge. I’m all about supporting local comic book cons. It’s a little tough to get the whole team together during a Halloween weekend but hopefully next year, we will do a better coverage.
Again, I recommend this convention for anyone looking for a convention where they can enjoy the company of fellow comic nerds in a very relaxed environment.
Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past Saturday, a small convention dedicated to comic-lovin’ put together by the Long Beach Comic Con crew. Again, I am happy to have these conventions so close to where I live (I don’t have any stalkers out there, do I?)! My friend/co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, was covering the con for the hand that feeds us, LA Weekly, and I agreed to accompany her with my camera.
For me, the day started out extra early. I had bought a badge to be an extra for The Guild, season 5 since they were filming at the convention. All of us extras had to be there by 7:30am. Brutal. I was also on set the Thursday before the convention. It was a 8am to 8pm work day and I felt it. Shooting movies, films and webseries shows truly is a labor of love for these guys and I can not imagine doing it on a regular basis. I found newfound respect for the people of movie land.
Still, the experience to be an extra for my favorite web series was truly a dream come true! I’ve had fantasies about this, people! My mad love-girl-crush on Felicia Day is no secret! I can’t talk much about the details and what I witnessed but it’s all going to be coming out this summer time. That’s not too far away so hold on– I will probably make another blog post once the episode is out. Then I will reveal and tell all. I have to say that I did meet some awesome people on set, so shout out to all my fellow Guildie-extras!
Around noon time, I discarded my Hollywood dress and Liz and I met up and hit the convention floor. I love smaller conventions. I have been going to bigger conventions for many years and those experiences have prepared me for all-day-shenanigans… I often forget that this is not the case with small conventions.
In about two hours, Liz and I have walked in circles around the exhibit hall about 25 times and already met and talked to a bunch of creators. Liz’s articles are online:
It was real treat to meet Steve Niles (author of 30 Days of Night) in person. In my ‘woke-up-too-early-today’ daze, I completely walked by his booth and missed him. Luckily, he recognized me from my twitter account and flagged me down. I was fangirl-strucked for a couple of minutes (this only happens in front of comic book creators and theÂ Supernatural cast members… go figure) but quickly snapped out of my zombie state. We chatted with him for awhile and received copies of his newest project. Super cool and nice guy and I highly recommend tracking him down on the convention floor.
As Liz mentions in ‘Five Things We Love About Small Conventions’ – Long Beach Comic Expo was not only fun for comic book lovers, but a great way to meet some of the best artists, writers, etc. in the industry. Although the exhibit hall was somewhat crowded since it was a small one, it was completely possible to talk to the people at their booths and get to know these talents.
I can’t say enough good things about LBCC and everyone involved in the organization. Keep it up and I will be there every year!
It was Halloween Day! Where did we end up? At the Long Beach Comic Con, of course! My boyfriend and I got out of bed and into our costumes- he wore his Fei Long as Kato costume while I wore my Pikachu kigurumi. It only took us a few minutes to get to the convention since I lived closed by, and picked up my professional badges without any trouble. I have to say, the people running LBCC are the nicest. I’ve said it before, but I really do want to support the growth of this convention and I hope to help entice more and more attendees each year.
This year is their second, and despite the small size, the convention has a lot to offer already. They have great guests and an amazing artist alley. Seriously, so many talented artists are at this con, it’s exciting! I got to take a photo of Steve Yuen and Adrian Kali Turner, who are actors from new AMC series, The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel. Other notable guests included Stan Lee (of course!), Jeph Loeb, and Amanda Conner. My favorite “guest” was most definitely the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future.
There were a lot of people in costumes, encouraged by the spirit of Halloween to dress up! Most tables and booths had a bucket of candy ready to generously hand out to kids and adults alike. There are enough exhibitors to offer a variety of merchandise for shoppers with great discounts and deals on books, toys, etc. Overall, it was a peaceful and fun comic book convention- a must for the true comic book lovers.
I am definitely happy to have this convention in my city. Again, I wish them the best of luck… and I’ll be there again next year!
Check out our slideshow of photos below, or go directly to our flickr album HERE to check them out!
The first Long Beach Comic Con came and went this past weekend. I was only in attendance on Saturday, but I felt like the convention was a success. I had a relaxing time walking around the exhibit hall, poking through the artist alley, and chatting with local friends. I loved the “small con” feeling! Unfortunately, none of the panels really interested me but that didn’t subtract from the ultimate experience.
The line for Jim Lee took a long time to move as he was late to his signing, but the line was not long at all. Although by the time it was our turn to see him, he was rushed and couldn’t take the time to do but a quick autograph and doodle, instead of a sketch. I guess you can’t really complain though!
I didn’t have much of meet-and-greet agenda which made it a more pleasant surprise to meet actor and writer, Mike McMillian of Archaia Comics.
What a fantastic guy! He was completely personable. I have yet to see an episode of True Blood, but he is currently playing one of the bigger roles in the TV show. He didn’t give off a Mister-Hollywood-Vibe though. It was unfortunate that his presence wasn’t advertised enough because there was no line during his signing. I even went back a second time to chat with him and get a second signed poster for a friend. I hope his comic book series will become a success! The encounter peaked my interest in Archaia too and will probably check out more of their books in the future.
I hope this convention keeps coming back every year! It was loads of fun!
Next month, I will be attending the first ever Long Beach Comic Con! I’m so excited to have this local convention already jammed pack with awesome guests. Stan Lee will even be doing an inaugural ceremony and opening the convention with a ribbon cutting. Hopefully Stan’s blessings will be enough to keep this convention around and growing, yeah?
The usual suspects will be in attendance, including Seth Green, Lou Ferrigno, and… Jeremy London?
The convention will also be sporting big comic book names (the important part!) such as Jim Lee! Plus, top companies such as Top Cow will be in the exhibit hall. It’s not San Diego Comic Con (yet???), but I would love to be in a smaller comic convention after the madness that is SDCC! I was deprived of Wizard World this past year, after all…!
In October, Long Beach, California is hosting its first ever Comic Book Convention! Well, besides when Wizard World used to reside in the Long Beach Convention Center… Stan Lee will be opening the convention with an inaugural ribbon cutting.
Speaking of Stan Lee, yesterday the interwebs exploded with news of Disney buying Marvel out. There were definitely a lot of fear among the comic-book fans, but for me, it wasn’t a big surprise or a big deal. Marvel was already on its way to becoming a household name with the success of its films. I don’t think the company will loose any of its identity with this merger.
I think it will be a lot like the Disney/Pixar relationship. Although we somewhat associate Pixar with Disney; we still refer to their movies as “Pixar” films and NOT Disney films.
Marvel is certainly iconic and there is no way Disney can budge out Spider-Man out of the picture! Plus, why would they want to mess with the Marvel characters? They’ve been around maybe longer than most of Disney’s Princesses.
I think there will be a lot of advantages for both companies, without the Disney and Marvel franchise suddenly rolling together in one giant tumbleweed. Though it would be amusing to see Kim Possible team up with the Marvel superheroes…