Long Beach Comic Expo Review and Gallery

Jun 2, 2014

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This past weekend was Long Beach Comic Expo, at the Long Beach Convention Center.  This location holds a special place in my heart; it is here that I experienced my first convention many years ago when Wizard used to host their shows here.  Long Beach is my home town, one of the largest cities in CA.  The convention center is a picturesque venue with blue skies and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.  So why couldn’t geeks get a quality con here to sink our teeth into?The past few years Mad Events has been putting together Long Beach Comic Con as well as Long Beach Comic Expo, the latter being an event that has historically been for a little networking, and great indie comic sales, etc.  Each year they have been growing at a steady and manageable pace and I have often referred to them as the “little cons that could”.  This year was no exception, it was another quality event put on by Mad and White Star Communications.  What was noticeable this year was the increase in attendance, the geeks and non geeks came out in droves.  Like a community bursting at the seams, hungry for some representation of our culture.  I am hoping these are all signs for continued growth and expansion at this venue.  For a “smaller” con it is one of the better organized and well ran ones, most are rife with problems but everyone right down to the volunteers were welcoming and informative. I am absolutely looking forward to Long Beach Comic Con in September.

Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center every spring. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. www.longbeachcomicexpo.com

Long Beach Comic Expo Expands Again, Following Biggest Show Yet

Annual Southern California Comics Convention Celebrates Record Growth

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.

To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

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Photography: Ed Stuart