Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is officially wrapped up!!
The 5th anniversary of this uprising Con was a spectacular event! A great weekend in a great area for all to visit.
This year was exceptionally great with so many artists and writers in store for the fans. All signing for free and loving the attention! Some even had sketches available, other works, and were creating custom sketches during the Con. I had the chance to get Harley Quinn #0 signed by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmioti, and Dan Panosian; Batman Beyond 1 & 2 signed by Ryan Benjamin; Thor 294 signed by co-creator Len Wein; Batman B&W and The Walking Dead #100 Variant signed by Marc Silvestri, and even more!! I also had a custom sketch by Peter V Nguyen on a Batman B&W blank variant; a simple and great design done so well by his artistic style!!
I also met Leeanna Vamp, the ‘Ghoul of all our dreams’. She was super sweet, had different cosplays each day of the con, and of course, looked beautiful as always!
Other cosplayers and groups were there as well, including Vampy Bit Me, Agents of C.O.S.P.L.A.Y., Trinity All Stars, 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and The Bat. Many, many more arrived in cosplay, along with myself! I arrived as Rorschach for a little bit on Saturday! All my cosplay photos will be at the bottom of this post!
LBCHC was fantastic for comic collectors as well; dozens and dozens of comic shops and vendors set up for hundreds of thousands of comics to choose from! I was able to snag Before Watchmen: Rorschach 1 & 2, a few Batman: Beyond issues, some Blank variants, and others. That is one of the best parts of LBCHC, the creators keep the small-con vibe with so many comic book vendors, giving the fans and attendees the chance to actually connect through comic books!
Pop Culture and top media is minimal, and that myself, along with others, can widely enjoy; no need to worry about shoulder to shoulder crowds, smells you can’t imagine, and running for wristbands and exclusives. Great deals, great finds, great people and great weekends.
Unfortunately, I could not have time to attend any panels this year around, too busy finding artists/writers, friends, and some collection additions, but I am sure there were some notable ones (Young Justice, Dr. Who, Cosplaying How-Tos, etc)
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and if you could not attend, come back in May for the (now) 2 day expo, and back again in September for LBCHC 2014!!
EXCITING NEWS!! THIS WEEKEND NOVEMBER 23-24 IS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF LONG BEACH COMIC CON!!!
Long Beach Comic and Horror Con (#LBCHC) is a rising convention in the heart of Long Beach; held in the Long Beach Convention Center, it is returning for it’s 5th year and it is expected to be HUGE!
LBCHC is here for it’s 5th year! This event has come such a long way, grown so much, but still gives the fans and guests the anticipation of the following year. This will be my third straight year, and I can tell you just from the last two years, 2013 will not disappoint! LBCHC is generally more focused on comics and collectors; pop culture has slowly been increasing each year, as well as panels and popular guests. Artists and writers have the most connection with fans here, as it is a more subtle environment than the exceptionally larger cons.
A brief history/past of LBCHC:
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-con-about.phpLaunched in 2009 to over 5500 attendees!
- Stan Lee participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony
- IDW, BOOM!, Top Cow, Lionsgate, Nintendo, Sony, and more companies have participated in LBCHC
- LBCHC 2012 had over 10,000 attendees!
- 2013 is in the making
This year has a HUGE lineup of artists, writers, and special guests! To make it simple, I will post the links but highlight here some of my favorites:
- Eric Basaldua
- Ryan Benjamin
- Brian Buccellato
- Amanda Conner
- Noel Gugliami
- Derek Fridolfs
- Tom Hodges
- Mark McCorkle
- Rob Paulsen
- Marc Silvestri
- Alex Sinclair
- LeeAnna Vamp
- Vampy Bit Me
- And MANY MANY MORE!
Long Beach Comic Con is also great for its wide array of panels; in smaller rooms and more spread out, you will be able to attend more and actually hear what the panelists or other attendees are saying! In the past I have attended a few artist & writer panels, a 501st Legion cosplay building panel, and a creating comics panel! A few notable this year:
- Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Special, Live from BBC (Saturday, 11 AM)
- Cosplay w/ 501st Legion (Saturday, 12 PM)
- Young Justice Voice Acting (Saturday, 2PM)
For the full list of programs:
This year at LBCHC also brings the Premiere Hollywood Props auction! You have the chance to win Bumblebee’s head!! Check it out early on Saturday to get your bids in!
Tickets are still available, $25 for Saturday, $20 Sunday, or $40 for a weekend pass. There are also a range of ticket packages and VIP packages with exclusive prints, gifts, and more! Get those tickets now!!
If you’d like some personal experience from the past, check out the next link; this is my experience from 2012.
For more info, check out their main page http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/index.php and hope to see you there!
I have the written review in an earlier post, so here is the video review!
My video review for the Gentle Giant PGM Republic Commando!