While we plug away at the newly released Long Beach Comic-Con programming schedule to find the panels we think you’ll love, we can’t forget all the amazing things that are going to happen in Long Beach that weekend. Here are some of the highlights come the 17th and 18th of September that you can get ready for!

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Let’s start this off the best way. I loathe reboots, remakes, and the majority of prequels (i.e. The Phantom Menace Syndrome). Is there really nothing new under the sun? Is there no creativity left in the minds of our writers? No flash of inspiration or enlightenment in all this murky, mundane, reality television saturated swill?

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Thoroughly creeped out by the new attractions coming to Knott’s Scary Farm this year? Well don’t worry, you still have all of the returning favorites to sate the remaining part of your appetite of fear!

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When you think about Halloween and haunt attractions, there is always one name at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to theme parks: Knott’s Scary Farm. This year is no different! We were able to attend the big event announcing this years thrills and chills and are bringing all the news right to you!

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I’ve been following the varied works of Boom! Studios since they were running Ducktales and the Farscape sequels. They’ve evolved into a studio that caters to varying audiences with wide appeal and some for a (seemingly) very specific crowd. In the case of The Backstagers, it seems like a foray into the latter of the two categories. With variant covers referencing both Broadway sensation Hamilton and video-game classic Pac-Man, I knew that this book was going to hit home with me.

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2016 is steadily approaching! As the end of October draws closer and closer, we’ll start to see more and more announcements about what attendees will be able to see, hear, and meet during the convention taking place October 28th-October 30th. The list of special guests has already begun to be posted to the Comikaze website, and we have the list so far for you!

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We mean, to give you some insight on Bastion’s origins. Blizzard’s newest Overwatch related short gives us a glimpse into the voiceless Omnic Bastion’s past. And–spoiler alert–it’s pretty upsetting.

If you haven’t seen the short yet, give it a watch! It’s pretty spectacular on several levels, and gives Overwatch fans a little bit more background information concerning the world of Omnic and human warfare.

Tweets as the short dropped basically consisted of ugly crying and demands to know why Blizzard felt the need to make us feel all the things. Because this short makes you feel ALL the feels. Turns out Bastion encapsulates PTSD in a powerful, highly resonating way.

As Reddit user jimmysaint13 comments, “The thing is that PTSD episodes are often referred to as flashbacks, but that description isn’t quite accurate. You don’t think that you’re literally back in the war.

You think that the war has come to you.”

We may have already suspected that Bastion is secretly a sweet, precious little Omnic angel who wouldn’t normally hurt a fly–or in this case, bird–but the short both confirms that theory and puts a devastating twist on Bastion’s involvement with warfare.

Yeah, we’re kind of sort of retracting the constant cursing of Bastion’s mere existence as we’re being ruthlessly gunned down as we try to reach the payload by shooting our enemies in the face. A little bit.

Gotta write ’em all! The upcoming Pokemon film has reportedly found its writing team. According to Comic Book Resources, Legendary Studios has found the two that they feel would be best to write the film, which will focus on Detective Pikachu (who is, if you do not know, an electric mouse type Pokemon.)

Legendary is reportedly in negotiations to hire Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Alex Hirsch (“Gravity Falls”) to pen the upcoming film adaptation.

The Pokemon live-action film has been in the news for quite some time. We had been following the story involving the long bidding war which ended with Legendary gaining the rights to the project.

For some background on the Pikachu character that will take the central part of the film, it’s important to note that “the character of Detective Pikachu — a talking, mystery-solving version of the iconic Pokemon — starred in the Japan-only Nintendo 3DS game “Great Detective Pikachu.” An English version of the game has been petitioned by fans since the Japanese release.” So, English audiences have not seen this up close and personal, so what better way to introduce it than in film form! We think that the folks behind Guardians of the Galaxy and Gravity Falls are the right people for the job!

Like a leaf on the wind, Firefly continues to soar. Whether its in the hearts of fans new and old, brand new fan-made animation of the intrepid crew, or the continued presence at convention after convention, just the name Firefly can bring in a crowd. While the event needs no help doing that, Long Beach Comic Con is bringing two of the cast to the convention this year. Special Guest announcement after the jump!

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Let’s face it. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a name hot on the lips of people all over Hollywood and Broadway (we bet you’re singing lyrics to any one of Hamilton‘s songs right now in your head.) Disney knows this, especially with his current work on the music for their upcoming film, Moana, as well as his involvement with their new Mary Poppins project. What better way to keep the heat in their corner with a little announcement of just three words: The Little Mermaid

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