Review by James Vallesteros
October 25, 2014
With all of the fun and excitement we experienced from attending Long Beach Comic Expo earlier in the year, we were determined to return and attend their premiere show, Long Beach Comic Con. We enjoyed the up close and personal interactions with artists, vendors, cosplayers, and attendees from its smaller sister con that we were afraid that would all be voided by its larger show. However, all presumptions were thrown out the window as it still managed to deliver that feel.
The Jean BookNerd team have attended many convention over the past couple of years and by far, LBCC felt like a con for comic book lovers. Although the presence of cosplayers is just as strong as any other con, LBCC gathered up a tremendous group of creative professionals and artists. We were blown away by the large amount of writers and artists on their guest roster. We knew we were in for a treat when big names like James O’Barr (The Crow), Mike & Laura Allred (Silver Surfer), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and a list of other talents in the industry.
The two-day extravagant is sure to deliver fun and entertainment to any age group. There are plenty of big name people to see and more importantly, meet. There are no crazy lines to see your favorite writers, artists and cosplayers. They were all readily available for opportunities for questions, photos, or a plain ol’ “hello, nice to meet you”. The exhibit hall is easy to navigate around and we had no problem locating people and vendors we wanted to see.
Apart from the sights to see, there were plenty of activities. There was a laser tag course in the back of the hall where you can play with other attendees. It was a sight to behold seeing a Star Wars character trying to hunt down Lara Croft, or that Bounty Hunter was the one actually being hunted. The lobby is very spacious and provided the right lighting and setting for those awesome photos we see online. The cosplay community brought their talented work to LBCC and there was no disappointment. It is amazing to see these talented people showcase their endless hours of creativity for all to see and have unique interactions with attendees.
We also had the opportunity for MiniBobaFett to be part of one of the panels at LBCC. The Kids Can Cosplay panel hosted by Trinity All-Stars provide great information for anyone that ever considered cosplaying for their children. Trinity All-Stars' Jay John as Magneto, Hit-Girl, Nerdpool, along with Kid Coulson and MiniBobaFett discussed the various ways to be proactive in the cosplay community, the do’s and don’ts of children cosplaying, with sprinkles of laughs and jokes. The panel rooms are spacious but small enough to have that unique feeling of being up-close-and-personal.
The attendees, cosplayers, vendors and guests were all friendly and we couldn’t even count the number of memorable conversations we’ve had with people. We enjoy sharing our passion with people and the instant conversation because of similar likes and LBCC provided the perfect venue to encapsulate such a wonderful and unique experience. The staff is friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable of the events and locations during the two-day show. Long Beach Comic Con is set to return September 12-13, 2015, but not before its sister con, Long Beach Comic Expo on February 28-March 1, 2015. If you are looking to go to con with a more unique and personal experience, we highly suggest attending either of the two events. You are guaranteed to have a fun-filled and memorable weekend.For more information, please check out their website at: www.longbeachcomiccon.com