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APR 4, 2014
Long Beach Comic Con Announces Freshly Inked Logos, Websites & Extended Event Date
Long Beach Comic Con organizers are proud to announce a freshly redesigned Long Beach Comic Con website and logo in celebration of its six years of comic conventions in Long Beach. Along with the growing popularity of its Long Beach Comic Expo, organizers are also excited to announce an entirely new website dedicated its spring event along with a fresh new logo to match.

Both websites for Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo feature a user-friendly interface, updated contemporary designs, and added information regarding its spring and fall conventions. Both websites are accessible from each other. Check out the new designs at: www.LongBeachComicCon.com and www.LongBeachComicExpo.com.

Long Beach Comic Expo has also expanded from a one-day event to an entire weekend-event thanks to the support from fans, special guests and exhibitors who have made this one the most popular spring comic conventions in Southern California. Long Beach Comic Expo takes place Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

The consumer comic book convention known as the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con since 2011 was a nod to their dates near Halloween. With their move to September 27-28 this year, organizers have decided to go back to their roots and renamed their fall event the Long Beach Comic Con. The horror theme at the convention has firmly taken hold and will continue to be represented in future events.

“Long Beach Comic Con is always striving to keep our loyal fans and exhibitors happy by providing captivating special guest, panels, and vendors. We thought we would celebrate our six years of dedicated comic fans by updating the Long Beach Comic Con image with fresh websites and logos,” said Martha Donato, executive director and co-principal of the Long Beach Comic Con shows.

Enjoy a special weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.
DEC 25, 2013
Happy Holidays from the LBCHC Team!
We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! See you right back here in early 2014 for updates about both LBCE May 31 & Jun 1, 2014 and LBCHC Sep 27 & 28, 2014!
NOV 18, 2013
501st Legion & Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser!
LONG BEACH, CA (November 18, 2013) - Long Beach Comic Con organizers are proud to announce that the 501st Legion's Southern California Garrison is once again supporting Juvenile Diabetes (Type I) research in conjunction with the upcoming show.

This condition is less like the "Type 2" Diabetes with which most adults are familiar, but rather is more an immune-type disorder in which the pancreas just doesn't work. The parents or guardians of a child with Type I Diabetes (or the patients themselves as adults) have to monitor their insulin levels constantly. A dangerous blood sugar high one moment could become a dangerous low the next. And for little kids who are still growing, the numbers can fluctuate so quickly that even the most sophisticated devices can't keep up.

But what can keep up with the fluctuations in blood sugar levels is a Diabetic Alert Dog. We have been following the story, on Facebook, of a preschool-age boy Luke, and his Diabetic Alert Dog, a young Black Labrador named Jedi: https://www.facebook.com/#!/SavingLuke.

Jedi was trained (and continues to be trained) by a local charity, the Riverside-based Canine Hope for Diabetics. https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Canine-Hope-for-Diabetics/188543443647. This is a really good group that takes the time to place dogs with families, when the dogs (and families) are ready.

The 501st Legion will be holding a fund raising drive during the Long Beach Comic Con on November 23rd & 24th and ask for your support. Please visit our booth number 757 on the exhibit floor to find out how you can help support research on finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
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LONG BEACH COMIC CON GUESTS
We'll be adding guests all the time so make sure you check back often and see if your favorite creator or media star will be coming to the Long Beach Comic Con, September 27th & 28th, 2014.
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LONG BEACH COMIC CON 2014 EXHIBITORS
Long Beach Comic Con boasts a wide range of exhibitors which includes comic book publishers, small press publishers, video game companies, modern comic book retailers, gold & silver age retailers, toy retailers, manga & anime retailers and much more. We will be adding exhibitors often so be sure to check back.
  • Aspen Comics
  • Moonball Comics
  • Comic Madness
  • Phat Collectibles
  • Comic Wise
  • Pulp Fiction
  • CGC
  • R&K comics
  • The Devastator
  • Terry's Comics
  • Ed Robertson Comics
  • Tony Raiola Books
  • FVF Comics
  • Zombie vs. Human

  • Check back often as more exhibitors are added!
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    LONG BEACH COMIC CON ARTIST ALLEY
    Artist Alley is the heart of Long Beach Comic Con and we know it's why so many people come to comic cons. We are proud to have one of the largest Artist Alleys not only in California, but the entire U.S. With big name talent, indy talent, web comics talent, pencilers, inkers, colorists, letters and even writers there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
    Artist Alley is presented by:
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  • David Arroyo
  • Logan Lubera
  • Brian Buccellato
  • Jacqueline Monroe
  • Vito Delsante
  • Vy Nguyen
  • Barbra Dillon
  • Michael Pallotta
  • DeWayne Feenstra
  • Jerry Pesce
  • Keith Foster
  • Christopher Reda
  • Paul Jamison
  • Sam Rhodes
  • Tamara Jones
  • Mark Rivers
  • Valarie Jones
  • Justin Robinson
  • Jannelle Juarez
  • Patrick Scullin
  • Scott Koblish
  • Franco Te
  • Alejandro Lee
  • Rachel Walker
  • Abraham Lopez
  • Melody Wang
  • ABOUT THE LONG BEACH COMIC CON
    The Long Beach Comic Con is a two-day event held September 27th & September 28th at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available using the BUY TICKETS button on this site, or at your local comic book shop. Additional details about the event can be found on the FAQ page or by emailing Customer Service.

    What is Long Beach Comic Con?
    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.

    The Long Beach Comic Con Team
    Martha Donato (Executive Director, Co-founder/Principal) is the President of MAD Event Management, an all-purpose event planning facilitator. Donato has over 15 years of experience producing annual large-scale comic book and pop culture conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas, as well as smaller seminars and conferences.

    Phil Lawrence (Sales Director, Co-founder/Principal) is the President of InPrint Media, a full service agency dedicated to creating original content for clients for promotional needs, as well as advertising in the top comics in the industry. Lawrence has over 18 years of experience in marketing and advertising and the comics field. Lawrence has been involved in the comic book business most of his adult life, and continues to enjoy it personally and professionally.

    Mike Scigliano (Show Director) is a freelance sales, marketing, writing, web development and events manager. He has over 15 years in the events production field that encompasses not only the event management side but the exhibitor side as well. This unique experience helps LBCC to keep both the needs of the event as well as the needs of the exhibitor in mind. Most of the industry simply knows him as Scig and as the Show Director he provides floor management, exhibit sales, logistics, programming & guest relations. You can find him on Twitter: @mikescigliano.

    Caterina Toscano (Volunteer Manager) is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and works at a NYC Advertising Agency. She has been attending and working at comic-cons since she was a teenager. You can find her working in the Volunteer or Registration areas at Long Beach Comic Con!

    Steven Hoveke (Security Director) is the owner of Square 1 Press, an independent comics and art books publisher. He started in this industry in 2003 working for Palisades Toys. He has also worked as an independent contractor for Gentle Giant Ltd., Top Cow and Devil's Due, to name a few. A "jack-of-all-trades", his talents are seemingly limitless, from guest relations to personal security to booth construction, he does it all. He has been reading comics since he was seven.

    David Nieves (Programming Coordinator) is an LA based pop culture writer. When he isn't working freelance in the entertainment industry, he can be found reading comics. Along with being a comic nerd; Dave advocates for the industry by covering events and writing for such sites as Comics Beat, Bleeding Cool, and Nuke the Fridge.

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    EXHIBITOR HELP
    If you are interested in exhibit space, retail booths or Artist Alley tables at Long Beach Comic Con, please download the appropriate form and complete it. If you want to fax your completed form, you can send it to 310-641-2224 or 845-787-2499. If you have any questions, you can contact us:

    Martha Donato - Executive Director
    Phil Lawrence - Sales Director
    Mike Scigliano - Show Director
    EASY
    We have easy access to the show floor for move-in and move-out at both shows. The Long Beach Convention Center is a great facility to work with!

    PROMOTIONS
    Are you interested in helping us promote Long Beach Comic Con? We can offer you free tickets to the show to use for promotions. We can also offer reciprocal banner ads. Contact Martha, Phil or Mike to set it up.

    SPONSORSHIPS
    Do you want to get involved with our shows? Promote your brand or product? Click here to find out how or contact Martha, Phil or Mike for a personal consultation. We'll work with you to craft a sponsorship package to fit booth your needs and budget.

    2014 Exhibitor Kit
    Exhibitors, Small Press, Dealers, Fan Groups & Artist Alley: Check Back soon!

    2014 Show Floor Map
    Exhibitors, Small Press, Dealers, Fan Groups & Artist Alley: Check back soon!

    EXHIBITORS: Download a registration form here!
    RETAILERS: Download a registration form here!
    ARTISTS: Download a registration form here!
    PROFESSIONALS: Check back for more details!

    Long Beach Comic Con 2014 - September 27th & September 28th, 2014
    Show Hours:
    Saturday September 27 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday September 28 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

    LONG BEACH COMIC CON POLICIES
    All programming rooms have limited capacity as set by the Long Beach Fire Marshal and subject to available seating. Although your LBCC badge is required for entry into all events, it doesn't guarantee you access to any programming session if it has reached its capacity, subject to the discretion of Long Beach Convention Center and Long Beach Comic Con staff members. We don't clear our programming rooms between sessions.

    Long Beach Comic Con believes in creating an environment where every attendee, exhibitor and staff member is treated with respect and dignity, and does not tolerate any act of bullying or harassment. If an attendee of any type is believed to be in violation of our rules, they will be asked to leave immediately without reimbursement of any kind. Long Beach Comic Con employs professional security guards who enforce our rules and regulations, as do our staff members. Volunteers are NOT staff members and are assisting us in exchange for certain reimbursement and experiential value. Please report any serious incidents or concerns to a Long Beach Comic Con Staff Member, as identified by their badge.
    LONG BEACH COMIC CON VOLUNTEERS
    Volunteer to be Part of Our Team!

    We are accepting applications for a few awesome Volunteers for the Long Beach Comic Con on September 27 & September 28, 2014. Please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form and then email it to Caterina Toscano if you would like to be added to the wait list.
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    When is the convention?
    Long Beach Comic Con is being held on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014. Show hours are: Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    How much are tickets?
    Tickets to the show are $15 per person for a one day ticket - a weekend pass is $25 and children age 10 and under are admitted for free with an adult admission (limit of 2 per adult please). Senior citizen, military, police & fire fighter discounts are available. Tickets are also available at the door.

    I bought my ticket online or at a comic book shop, what time can I arrive to pick up my ticket?
    Advance ticket sales will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 27 and 8:30 am on Sunday, September 28. Walk up tickets WILL NOT be available for sale until 9:30 am.

    Can I buy tickets on-site?
    Yes, you can buy tickets at your local comic book shop, on our website or at the door. Day-of ticket sales at the door will open at 9:30 am both days. Ticket pick-up & on-site sales are in the Lobby!

    When is the Costume Contest?
    The Costume Contest will begin at 7:oo pm Saturday, September 27th. The event will run roughly two hours, and doors will open at 6:45 pm for audience seating. No flash photography of the show is allowed. Any photos or video taken must be for personal, non-profit use only!

    I am a Professional interested in attending the show. What do I need to do?
    Long Beach Comic Con is pleased to offer credentialed, published industry professionals, and those in the related industries of film, television, animation, guilds, gaming, etc. complimentary admission to the Show - use the "BUY TICKETS" link on the homepage to register for free until August 1, 2014. We welcome Professionals who register after the August 1st deadline, but please note we will charge a $15 fee. Once you've registered online, please remember to bring samples of your work and/or a business card to the show.

    Where do I pick up my badge? What about pre-registration?
    There will be a clearly-marked booth in the Lobby of the Convention Center for walk-ins. Pre-registrants will take their barcode scan copies or use their smart phones at the Advance Ticket Registration Area. It's that easy!

    Do I have to wear it at all times?
    Even if it wasn't a stunning accessory that the Sex In The City gals would pay hundreds of dollars for, yes - you need to wear it inside the hall at all times, or we may think you are some sort of undesirable who snuck in and we will be forced to ask you to leave.

    I want to dress my dog up as my sidekick and bring him. Can I?
    Sorry, no pets, except for registered service animals. And in that case, they shouldn't be playing dress up.

    Can I take pictures?
    Generally, you can take photographs at Long Beach Comic Con of the conventioneers and exhibits. Please respect the privacy and ask before taking a picture of a celebrity, as some of them charge for their photo and autograph.

    Where can I park and how do I get there?
    There are parking lots located at the Long Beach Convention Center and all around the area that are privately owned. The prices vary, but expect to pay $10 per day. Note: the Convention Center parking lot only accepts cash. Directions are available on the Long Beach Convention Center website: www.longbeachcc.com or use 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 in your GPS for directions.

    Where are the ATM machines?
    Cash machines are located in the main lobby, and in the Aquarium entrance.

    Where is Lost & Found located?
    Lost & Found is located in the main lobby at the Registration Booth.

    Do I have to pay extra to get autographs?
    Some guests charge for their autographs, and some don't. Please ask first.

    I really need to take this call, it's my agent...
    Then really, take it outside. Please be courteous and no cell phone usage when you are at panels, events or in programming rooms.

    To complete my costume, I carry a large battle-axe that I hone to razor sharpness every day. It's cool for me to bring that, right?
    Ummm, seriously? Props are one thing, but anything that could take an eye out, could hurt someone, or make the cops (or my mother) take it away from you, is not allowed.

    Where's the coat check?
    Welcome to California in November. Unless weather patterns change drastically, our almanac predicts sunny and warm. No coat required.

    I need to blog frequently... is there wi-fi?
    Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC - hey, those are OUR initials, too!) does offer wi-fi service on the promenade level for a small fee. Launch your browser and you'll reach their homepage.

    Who are the mysterious people behind the curtain of the Long Beach Comic Con?
    A strange cabal of comic-book loving monks, who often craft long chants praising whoever developed fil covers back in the 90s. MAD Event Management is group of professional event organizers with years of experience in creating events just like this one. For a particular staff person, .

    LONG BEACH COMIC CON 2014 TICKETS
    Buy Your Long Beach Comic Con Tickets today! For Long Beach Comic Expo tickets Click here
    Long Beach Comic Con - September 27 & 28, 2014!
    Saturday hours: 10:00am-6:00pm | Sunday hours: 10:00am-5:00pm


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    LONG BEACH COMIC CON RECENT UPDATES
    Check back here for updates to our guest list, artist alley, convention exclusives, programming updates and more!
    Artists
    Added March 19th
  • Joy DeCapua - Black Jack Comics
  • Scott Koblish
  • Stephanie Ong - Usagi and Kohng
  • Justin Robinson
  • Patrick Scullin
  • Zac Skellington Conley
  • Mojgon Vatanchi - Mojgon
  • Clint Wolf - Lab Reject Studios
  • Dawn Wolf - Lab Reject Studios

  • Exhibitors
    Added March 19th
  • Tony Raiola Books
  • Dollman Collectibles
  • Pen 2 Paper Entertainment

  • Programming
    Coming Soon

    Exclusives
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    HOTEL
    Hyatt Regency Long Beach
    200 South Pine Avenue
    Long Beach, California, 90802
    Tel: 1-562-491-1234
    Fax: 1-562-983-1491

    Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel
    Treat yourself to the premier setting of Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Only steps from major attractions, shops and entertainment, our luxurious hotel in Long Beach lets you easily explore the entire area. Easy access to the Aquarium and Queen Mary, stroll along the harbor, play on the beach or take in a performance at the Convention and Entertainment Center right next door.

    With famous theme parks just a short drive from our Long Beach hotel, even the busiest business traveler can share some of the fun. Within our inviting accommodations, enjoy deluxe guestrooms, exciting new dining, extensive business amenities and the world-class service that have made us the standout hotel in Long Beach. Please contact the hotel directly and mention you are there for Long Beach Comic Con to receive the special convention rate for a regular room.

    To make your reservations, please call 1-800-233-1234 and refer to the group name: Long Beach Comic Con or use this link. Specify Dates: September 26 - 27, 2014.

    LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
    Located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, the Center is within walking distance to first-class accommodations (more than 5,000 rooms citywide, most within the downtown area), shopping, dining, attractions, sightseeing along picturesque bays and 5 1/2 miles of sandy beach.

    The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is a spectacular multi-purpose complex - one of the few waterfront facilities nationwide, featuring more than 400,000 square feet of flexible exhibit and meeting space, two theaters, an arena and 34 meeting rooms. The glass concourse and lobby offer expansive views of the scenic harbor and downtown skyline. A pedestrian promenade links hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions with the Pacific Ocean.

    PRESS INFORMATION
    About Long Beach Comic Con:
    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each fall. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information.

    Media Contact:
    AnnaMaria White, White Star Communications
    annamaria{at}whitestar-communications.com
    Please submit requests for press passes to White Star Communications

    About MAD Event Management:
    MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 15 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD's capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

    Show Photos:
    Official show photographer Ning Wong Photography

    2013 Long Beach Comic Expo official photographs are available through NingWongPhotography.com or contact Ning Wong at ning@ningwong.com
    TESTIMONIALS
    See what people are saying about our shows...

    "I had the opportunity this last weekend to walk the Long Beach Comic Con. The past 3 years I have attended as a budding young (well old) artist and enjoyed my time in the Artist Alley. From the veteran creators of the comic industry to the new faces looking to tell their own stories, there is an overall drive of creativity, energy and passion for the comic medium. The diversity of styles, content, ages and viewpoints just show how much people love comics."
    - Chris Waterman for Bleeding Cool.com

    "While the convention is still in its nursing stage, only four years old, the enthusiasm each attendant brought that day makes it easy to say that the LBCC might one day match the San Diego Comic Con in both attractions and participants."
    - Fredy Tlatenchi for Daily Sundial.com

    "Long Beach Comic Con treated the pros and the fans to a real treat. I especially enjoyed the relaxed surroundings and actually got to spend some time with some real special people as well. This is the kind of show we will keep coming back to year after year. congrats to everyone that made it happen."
    - Jimmy Palmiotti

    "Intimate enough to mingle with the artists, yet big enough to inspire awe.... the LB Comic Con started something that will hopefully continue to grow and inspire year after year!"
    - Jim Lujan

    "It was a pleasure to attend the Long Beach Comic Convention. What I liked best was how easy it was to get to the convention. The best part of this comic convention was it was about comics!!! The main reason I attended was to browse Artists Alley. I saw all my favorites and noticed a few new ones. I think the venue was perfect. Downtown Long Beach offers a beautiful view to go along with the shopping center around it. Thanks for a great time and I can't wait to attend next year, and many more to come."
    - Jarrod Kawashima, Geoffrey's Comics

    "A Comic Book Convention with more comic books on the vendor floor than anything else! How refreshing! I loved that I could speak with comic book artists without feeling overwhelmed by humongous crowds."
    - Rachel Bieber, City of Torrance Reference Librarian

    "You could not have asked for a better comic con, than the Long Beach Comic Con. It being the first year of the show, we (Fiction House Mafia) had no idea what to expect. We had heard the buzz of guests that would appear. J. Scott Campbell, Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee- to name a few. One of the best things about the show is that it was well rounded. Where some of the shows you don't really get the chance to converse with your favorite creators and they managed to pull it off. It was awesome!!! If you're an independent creator take into consideration this convention, because the focus that they put on their booths, artist alley tables, is really second to none. We had an artist alley table and sold out of every book we took."
    - Albert Morales (Artist, El Mystico), Fiction House Mafia

    "I had such a blast at Long Beach Comic Con! There was a wide variety of things to see and do and a great lineup of guests. As a creator it was a great chance to network with other creators but I also had fun attending the show as a fan!"
    - Brendan Creecy

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