You’ve been waiting for it: the Long Beach Comic-Con Programming has been announced! You can find the full schedules here or you can hit the jump and see some of the awesome highlights (broken down by room and time) we think will make your Saturday in Long Beach full of awesome!

 Danger Room (S1)

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.: A Marvel-ous Universe!

Andy Park (Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor/Lead Concept Artist), Craig Kyle (THOR producer & creator of X-23), Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Civil War II), and Nick Spencer (Captain America) discuss the Marvel comics and movies they are helping to shape and how it impacts the Marvel Universe in both aspects. Q&A to follow.

2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.: Celebrating Image Comics Past & Present

Join us as we celebrate the Morning Glories run of over 50 issues with Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma as well as Kyle Higgins’ two year run of C.O.W.L. and his eagerly anticipated new Image title HADIAN’S WALL! Discussion will include the path they took and the obstacles
they overcame to accomplish their long running success! Q&A to follow.

5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.: The Arkham Sessions Presents:A Spotlight on Jimmy Palmiotti Featuring the Psychology of Harley Quinn

Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and Jimmy Palmiotti as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on Harley Quinn.
Moderated by Brian Ward.

6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.: I’m Batman- How Pop Culture Can Help You Heal

Have you ever felt like your favorite characters were there for you? Have you felt like you are them, when you’re in cosplay? Pop culture can help people cope and sometimes heal from mental illness. Come join us as we talk about how pop culture can help you and how you too can be like them!

Smallville (S3A)

10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.: Follow Your Bliss: So You Want to Work in Anime

So you want to work in Anime? Here’s your chance to find out from Tara Jayne Sands (Pokémon) and Deborah Crane (Sailor Moon) how they broke in, what different careers are available, and what they wished someone had told them when they were just starting out. Moderated by GSGLA staff member RuthAnn Thompson, who also plays Bulma in the Dragon Ball Z fan film, DBZ: Light of Hope. Tips and advice from the best!

11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. Follow Your Bliss: So You Want to Work in Comics

So you’re a young female and you want to work in comics? You’ve heard and read so many different things! Hear from comic artist and colorist Beth Sotelo, Marvel executive and producer Jan Utstein-O’Neill, and editor (and lifetime Girl Scout!) Gwendolyn Dreyer about what their experiences were like, what led them to do what they do, and how you too can break into the industry and do what you love!

Cosplay Closet (S4B)

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. Geeks Got Your Back

Anti-harassment has become a hot topic within the geek community over the last several years. Whether it is anti-harassment policies or grassroots awareness (such as Cosplay is Not Consent), more and more geeks are looking for ways to make the geek community a better place to everyone. Come join us as we discuss ways in which we can all just be a little more excellent to each other.

1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.: Cosplay Comedy

COSPLAY COMEDY is a unique comedy show where Stand­Ups perform sets in costume and in-character! Hear your favorite heroes and villains say all the hilarious things you WISH they’d say in pulp and on the screen. Featuring a collection of LA’s funniest comedians,
including Paul Goebel (@Midnight, Beat the Geek’s TV Geek) as Capt Kirk, Richard Bain
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival) as Wonder Woman, Barbara Gray (SF Sketchfest, Lady to Lady Podcast) as Counselor Troi, Mike Black (The Comedy Store) as Lex Luthor, Julian Fernandez (Dana Carvey’s First Impressions) as Bane, Erikka Innes (Fox’s Laughs, Sirius/XM) as Harley Quinn, Aaron Haber (MTV’s Made) as The Incredible Hulk, Jeff May (Mint on Card) as Luigi, Darren Gendron (Mega Art Wars) as Voldermort.

3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.: Cosplay Makeup and Body

Painting: A Beginner’s Guide Cosplayer and makeup artist Linz Stanley will take you through a step-by-step makeup demonstration on how to ampup your cosplay makeup game. (This class isn’t just for the girls either, fellas!) Linz will teach you the basics of cosplay makeup, an introduction into body painting, and detailing such as contouring and highlighting. Come get your cos-paint on!

5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.:Cosplay Photography 101

Learn tips and tricks for Cosplay Photography with panelists Michael and Diane Greening , Robert Torres from Robert T. Photography, Morgue Anna from Con Woman Photography, Sonny Meas from Sonny Meas Photography, and Brandon Jackson from Chief Geek Photography. From lighting, posing, to Photoshop and locations/studios!

6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.: Beginning Cosplay. Where Do I Go From Here?

I want to start cosplaying, but where do I go from here? This is the panel that will answer all your questions! Join Yasu Tano (Hiro Creations), Crystal Rose Schaefer (Crystal Rose Creations), Gary Crowl Jr. (Beer Money Props) as they give you all the tips and tricks that can be be shared! Including (but not limited to); makeup, positivity (and how to remain positive), basics of prop/armor building, channeling the character (acting and posing), and making that first cosplay experience life changing!


10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.:#MakeComics: Writing Tips & Techniques for the Aspiring Comics Writer or Novelist

Whether you’re writing a comic or a novel, hear from the pro’s in both fields as they give you insight into their process. Q & A to follow. Featuriing Brandon Easton (Shadowlaw OGN, The Joshua Run, Roboy, and the biographical graphic novel about the life of pro-wrestler Andre the Giant), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Captain America: Steve Rogers), Samuel Sattin (The Silent End novel, Legend comic), and Peter Tieryas (United States of Japan, Bald New World).

11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.: #MakeComics: Ask An Editor

Do you have a burning question that only a comics editor can answer? How do I break in? What does an editor do? Are you doing portfolio reviews? All these questions answered plus more with editors Vince Hernandez (Aspen), Beth Scorzato (Lion Forge), Shannon Eric Denton (Wildstorm) and Barbara Kesel (CrossGen).

6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.: Animation: The Full Picture

Chris and Justin Copeland, brothers and Storyboard artists at WB animation on the WB/DC line of Direct To Video movies including “Batman: The Killing Joke” “Justice League Vs. Teen Titans” and “Batman: Bad Blood” along with WB Animation Producer Matt Mahoney strike up a candid conversation about the inner workings of the animation industry from the Warner Brothers Animation perspective. In this panel they will talk about some of the lesser known jobs in animation that are available and have just as much impact on the final product as any drawing job.


1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.” “Holy Bleep, Batman!” or Censorship and Animation

What can’t you say in a cartoon? What can’t you show? Why? Who says? Writers, producers, and studio executives tell tales out of school about Broadcast Standards & Practices, sponsor demands, what they didn’t get to do, and what they got away with. Featuring Craig Miller, Brian Hohlfeld, Kaaren Brown and Bob Skir.


10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.: Fiery Heroines

Authors and Actors discuss what it takes to create strong heroines that leap off the page, inspire and triumph in spite of realistic flaws with Jenna Lind (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Rebekah R.Ganiere (Fairelle Series, President of Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, RWA Chapter), Katrina Law (Actress-Arrow), Gigi Edgley (Actress-Farscape, Star Trek Continues), Karan Ashley (Actress-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Yellow), ModeratorJames Ganiere (Chief Editor Fallen Angel Press, CEO-Rio Vista Universal).

11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.: BattleBots

In its 7th Season, this competition show features robots competing to take each other down in a series of rounds. This can’t-miss panel features members from three teams that have competed during past seasons, and they are making themselves (and their robots!) available to answer your questions about what it’s like to compete on the show, how they got into it, and the skills it takes to build your own robot that qualifies. Featuring The Disk O’Inferno, Splatter, Lock-Jaw, Invader, Escape Velocity, Bad Kitty, and SawBlaze!

1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.: Pokemon (Go!)

Tara Sands (voice for Ritchie, Bulbasaur, Sammy Oak, Bianca and more), Craig Blair (Tracey and Giovanni) and Bill Rogers (Brock, Scott, Drew and more) discuss their roles in Pokemon, how it feels to be a part of the pop culture phenomenon and answer the real questions…do they play Pokemon Go, and what level are they on?

7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.: LBCC Cosplay Competition, hosted by Art Rhapsody & ChadHatter

Join us for one of the most celebrated aspects of the Long Beach Comic Con! Awards will be given for: Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Youth, Best Group, Funniest, Best TV/Movie, Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy, Judges’ Choice, and of course, Best in Show. Judges will be scoring for overall difficulty, creativity, accuracy (for recreation), and showmanship/character.


12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.: History of Teen Titans

Join Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go), Brett Booth (artist for Teen Titans, part of DC’s New 52), and Jonboy Meyers (artist of Teen Titans: Rebirth) for a discussion about their influences, experiences and inspiration. Q & A to follow.

1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.: Batman: The Animated Series

In celebration of DC Entertainment’s recently announced Batman Day, Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester reunite for this special panel, to revisit their roles as The Dark Knight and Boy Wonder. Hosted by Gary Miereanu, don’t miss Conroy and Lester reflecting on their work as the 25th Anniversary of the landmark series approaches.

2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.:Con Man

Join Nathan Fillion & PJ Haarsma as they talk about the awesome new Con Man game based on the wildly successful show of the same name!

3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.: Shiny! The Official Firefly Panel

Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher plus a special guest get together for a rare look back at the fan favorite sci-fi classic TV series, Firefly. It’s the panel that fans have been waiting for! Hosted by Aaron Couch from The Hollywood Reporter, this panel is a can’t miss event that will stay with you until long after it’s over.


1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.: Doctor Who LIVE!

Doctor Who Live is a group of comedic actors that improvises a complete, 45-­minute episode of “Doctor Who” with made-­up, non-­canon Doctors, companions, and enemies. The only thing we know before the show starts is who’s playing the Doctor and companion — that’s it! We begin by taking a suggestion from the audience to create a title that will inspire our fully improvised episode of “Doctor Who” – never before seen on TV or stage and never to be seen again!

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