This upcoming weekend, September 12th and 13th, the convention loving crowds will descend upon Long Beach, California, for the seventh year of Long Beach Comic Con. Held within the main Exhibition Hall of the Long Beach Comic Convention Center, the convention will play host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors, as well as the excited convention goers!

Featured Guests!

Long Beach Comic Con is boasting a great list of talented stars across all of popular culture (TV, Film, Gaming, Comics, and more) that will be participating in panels, signings, and more. Some of those names include:

John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW)

Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD)

Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)

Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL)

Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s AGENT CARTER)

Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)

Marc Guggenheim (ARROW)

Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)

You can see the full list of guests of this year’s Long Beach Comic Con by heading to their website and clicking “guests” in “THE SHOW” dropdown. There’s talent from everywhere!

Cosplay!

What convention would be complete without cosplay, and Long Beach Comic Con is sure to have it’s cosplayers out in full force showing off their creations. Heading to a convention and seeing these displays of creativity and fun are one of the highlights to why we head to conventions, and it’s always so rewarding to see what cosplayers, beginners or professionals alike, come up with.

cosplay contest webThe Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest will showcase cosplay in all its glory with over $3000 in cash prizes! Hosted by Nerds Like Us’ Bernie Bregman & Miss Chrissy Lynn, the contest takes place on Saturday 9/12 at 7:30pm in Room 104A in the Long Beach Convention Center. Judges of this year’s contest include international Cosplayer Giada Robin, Pro-Cosplayers Vegas Power GirlRaychul Moore and prop-maker extraordinaire Shawn Reevesof ReevzFZ. 

Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest categories and prizes are:

Best in Show: $1000
Best Fabrication (Sculpting & building): $500
The Best Construction Award for Excellence in Sewing & Use of Fabric, sponsored by BERNINA: $500 and a voucher for a free BERNINA 215 Simply Red
Best Hero: $250
Best Villain: $250
Best Sci-Fi: $250
Best Anime: $250
Best Group or Couple: $250
Best Youth: $100

We can’t wait to see what cosplayers bring to the competition!

Beyond guests, programming, and cosplay, Long Beach Comic Con is also hosting a few awesome new initiatives that we would be silly not to attend!

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles!

The first is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to do something truly special. With the help of generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls, including 100 girls from underserved communities, will 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 and Novelist badges. This year actress Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, will be presenting the girls with their Comic Artist badges.

“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.”

Convention Exclusives!

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 Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo!

We’re pretty excited about this one, seeing as space has always been something we found news-space.expointeresting, and who better to put something on like this than the Columbia Memorial Space Center!

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with LBCC 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. Such panels include:

Sci-Fi Space vs. Reality

Planning a Martian Roadtrip with Engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New Horizons and Pluto

On top of that, 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. This is definitely something not to be missed!

Long Beach Comic Con runs Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

One of these Nerds doing Stuff. Can be found drinking cider on the weekends, and attempting to sing any Disney song in his brain that he can come up with in the shower. Thinks albums sound better on vinyl. Collector of useless trivia and references. Puns a plenty.

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