“Arrow,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Daredevil” and “Boy Meets Girl” cast members are set to appear at the seventh Long Beach Comic-Con. The convention will host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors. The convention will be held September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center.
John Barrowman (Merlin from “Arrow”), Chloe Bennet (Skye on Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD”);
Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s “Daredevil”) and Maitland Ward Baxter (“Boy Meet Girl”) are scheduled to appear.
Other guests include TV and film writers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s “Agent Carter”); Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s “Daredevil”); Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow”); Jeff King (“White Collar”); Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, the creators of BEN 10 and the team/characters in “Big Hero 6.”
If you’re more interested in comic books, 150 comic book writers and artists are signed up including:
- Art Adams (“Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up”);
- Kris Anka (Marvel’s “Captain Marvel”)
- Joe Casey (“Sex”)
- Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
- Joshua Hale Fialkov (“The Life After”);
- Kyle Higgins (“C.O.W.L.”)
- Joe Kelly (“I Kill Giants”)
- Dustin Nguyen (“Descender”);
- David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Mouse Guard”;
- Duncan Rouleau (“The Great Unknown”)
- Stan Sakai, the creator of “Usagi Yojimbo”
- Steven T. Seagle (“It’s a bird …”)
- Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
- Star Wars artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
- Writers Len Wein (“Swamp Thing”) and Marv Wolfman (“New Teen Titans”).
“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.
Programming highlights include:
- Anniversary panel for 30 Years of Robotech animation
- Tenth year anniversary panel of “Mouse Guard” graphic novels;
- Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (“Batman ’66 Meet the Green Hornet”), Joshua Fialkov (“Afro Samurai: Resurrection”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow”) and Kyle Higgins (“The League”), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
- “Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD”) and Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow”);
- The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
- How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of “How to Train Your Dragon 3”), Mike Morris (Animator for “The Simpsons”), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 – Maker Studio/YouTube).
- Psychology of Daredevil panel with Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology,; Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original “Daredevil” series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu)
- Q &A with John Barrowman;
- Star Wars panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (“Star Wars: Moving Target”), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel’s best selling Star Wars comic books;
- Creating your character in video games
- Make comics panels for aspiring writers and artists
Don’t forget there is a GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films as well as short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical.”
Due to generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls—including 100 girls from under-served 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.”
Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover
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 Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain
The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.
LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site
A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament
CoastCardsAndCollectibles.com will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events. Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!”
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, for 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 and 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.
“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”
Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, 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.