Long Beach Comic Con 2015 - Two Days of Pure Comic Overload

The Seventh Annual Long Beach Comic Con and MAD Event Management are bringing the comic world to life at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center beginning 10 a.m. on September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall. Long Beach Comic Con continues to put together a spectcular linuep as this year they will be home to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors.

Long Beach Comic Con will feature such celebrities as Chloe Bennet who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD will be at the convention on Saturday and John Barrowman from ARROW will attend on Sunday. In addition Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson in “Lost in Space” and Corey Feldman From “Goonies” and “Stand By Me”, both of whom will be on a panel called Raising Child Stars: What It Really Takes will be on hand. Actress Maitland Ward Baxter from “Boy Meets Girl” will officially attend as a guest for the first time. Maitland grew up in Long Beach and will be appearing throughout the weekend in four different cosplay outfits. There are also a seemingly endless list of events and activities that are so plentiful that you are going to find two days is just not enough time to take it all in!

“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts. In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle," said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. "We pride ourselves on being a family friendly event and to make things easier on the parents, we have tons of activities for the kids including art classes, a LEGO play area, Star Wars Laser Tag and much much more. Kids 10 & under get in free with a paid adult."

This year’s Long Beach Comic Con guest list is amazingly diverse with over 175 guests, including:
Popular TV, Film & gaming stars:
John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW);
Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD);
Corey Feldman (GOONIES and STAND BY ME);
Bill Mumy (Will Robinson in LOST IN SPACE);
Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)
Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL).

Acclaimed TV & Film writers:
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment's AGENT CARTER);
Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel's DAREDEVIL);
Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
The entire Man of Action team (Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), the creators of hits like BIG HERO 6.

More than 150 comic book writers and artists:
Legendary artist Art Adams (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TEAM UP);
Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)
Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE LIFE AFTER);
Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.)
Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER);
David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of MOUSE GUARD;
Stan Sakai, the legendary creator of USAGI YOJIMBO;
Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
STAR WARS artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
Legendary writers Len Wein (SWAMP THING) and Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS).

Cosplay fan favorites:
Nicole Marie Jean
Miss Chrissy Lynn;
Raychul Moore;
Destiny Nickelsen;
International Cosplayer Giada Robin;
Vampy Bit Me;
Vegas Power Girl.

Animation Island

Programming highlights include:
Anniversary panels for 30 Years of ROBOTECH animation and 10 years of MOUSE GUARD graphic novels;
Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET), Joshua Fialkov (AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION), Marc Guggenheim (ARROW) and Kyle Higgins (THE LEAGUE), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
“Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) and Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
Dwayne McDuffie Awards Announcements of nominees for the award, to be presented at Long Beach Comic Expo next spring;
GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films, short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical”;
How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3), Mike Morris (Animator for THE SIMPSONS), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 - Maker Studio/YouTube).
#PerformanceMatters. Creating your Character in Video Games. Troy Baker (BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM), Crispin Freeman (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), Phil LaMarr (MWETAL GEAR SOLID 2), Liam O’Brien (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), America Young (HALO 5) and Thom Willams (MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR)
Psychology of Daredevil. Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original DAREDEVIL series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on DAREDEVIL.
A Q &A with John Barrowman;
Shades & Shadows Reading Series including a live show;
A STAR WARS panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel's best selling STAR WARS comic books.
2 days of #MakeComics panels devoted to teaching aspiring writers and artists how to make comics.

Dead Pool at Long Beach Comic Con

• Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover Exhibitor Golden Apple Comics will sell a Long Beach Comic Con exclusive edition of STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE issue 1 with a cover by artist Phil Noto. The comic is an exclusive available through Golden Apple and GameFly. Golden Apple will be exhibiting at LBCC at booth # 1024.

• The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.

Captain America

• A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament CoastCardsAndCollectibles.com will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events.  Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!"

• The Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we're taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We've put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”

Comic Con is always fun and entertaining and this year in additon they will be working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site. Thanks to generous donations and grants, 200 girls from underserved areas take part in a program that includes meeting comic professionals, playing laser tag and attending a workshop where they can earn their Comic Book Artist badge.This year Chloe Bennet who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD will be giving the girls their badges which will be thrilling.

“At the Long Beach Comic Con, middle school and high school Girl Scouts will be able to work one-on-one with professional comic book artists, writers, editors, and young adult novelists to create a comic book page from start to finish,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is all about giving girls access to hands-on experiences that empower them to discover and pursue their passions, and this unique collaboration with the Long Beach Comic Con is a perfect example of that.”

Long Beach Comic Con will give you a weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors and engaging panels and much more!  The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available now through the website: LBCC.

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