As I write this, I'm about ready to head down to Long Beach for the Long Beach Comic Expo, which takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. Today is the last day to buy advanced tickets online. You can buy tickets HERE. Buying in advanced saves you money and gets you into the show an hour early on Saturday and Sunday.
Who's going to be there? What panels are taking place? What can you expect to see? You can visit the official website to find out about the Artist Alley list, the Exhibitor list, the Guest list and you can download pdf of the show floor.
I'll be representing Comic Vine, taking Cosplay pics, doing the Mystery Art Challenge, and possibly attending some panels.
Here's some more info
Everybody's talking about Long Beach Comic Expo and our stellar programming lineup. Here's what people are saying:
COMICVINE says " It's always a great time at the Long Beach shows." And they've got all the details on 2 full days of #makecomics programming for every aspiring creator who wants to learn about the creative process from some of the biggest names in comics.
All weekend long EAT.GEEK.PLAY. will be hosting amazing one-on-one creator spotlight panels with major comic book creators: Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver!
COMICBOOK.COM has *ALL* the details about our animation programming from GI JOE to YOUNG JUSTICE!
COSPLAY CULTURE MAGAZINE had the exclusive reveal of our terrific Cosplay programming!
OC MOM BLOG asks, "Do your kids like comics? Superheroes? Then you're not going to want to miss the Long Beach Comic Expo." Check out all the terrific panels for kids (and their parents)!
HERO COMPLEX announced the finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in advance of the ceremony which will be held Saturday, February 28.Magnet Releasing will present a screening of THE DEAD LANDS at 7 PM PT on Saturday. The film will be introduced by BLOODING DISGUSTING!
CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE has a news story about the Blood on the Keyboard Crime fiction panel Sunday from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM. Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels!
13th Dimension says "Long Beach Comic Expo is a show after our own hearts." They have the scoop on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, which is Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM and will feature Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, Christy Lemire (What the Flick?!, christylemire.com) Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, the Schmoes from Schmoes Know and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood).
FANBOY Comics will host an Indie Creators, Unite! A Guide to Self-Publishing panelSunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon, Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, Rocket Salvage, Buffalo Speedway), Andrew Robinson (The Fifth Beatle), John Bring (Penguins vs. Possums), Jacob Semahn (Goners), and Bryant Dillon (Fanboy Comics President, Identity Thief, Something Animal).
ACTION FIGURE INSIDER calls the Four Horsemen panel (Sunday at 4 pm) "a great opportunity for West Coast fans to get to interact with some of the nicest guys in the industry!"
Like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Well, CraveOnline Comics Channel Editor Blair Marnell and Fandom Planet's Sax Carr will co-host a BUFFY Season 10 panel on Sunday from 4 to 5 PM with writer Christos Gage and BUFFY artist Megan Levens talking about Dark Horse Comics' fan favorite BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic book series and what's next for the Scooby Gang.
Hope to see you there!