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Barbara Randall Kesel will be with us this year at LBCC!

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Barbara has been in the comic book industry since she wrote a Batgirl backup story for DC Comics’ Detective Comics while sitting in the tech booth during a college play. Since then she has written scripts for just about every major comic company on titles from Aliens to My Little Pony. The series Hawk & Dove (DC) and Meridian (CrossGen) are special favorites. Her professional life in comics began at DC Comics, where she worked in editorial on titles including The New Teen Titans, the Flash, the Eisner-award-winning Watchmen, and the DC/TSR line of Dungeons & Dragons-inspired comics. She then moved on to Dark Horse Comics, editing comics from Star Wars to Alien, and creator-owned comics from Hellboy to Body Bags. A span of years as a freelance writer/editor followed before she was asked to help start up CrossGen Comics, the first comics company to bring all its creative personnel together under one roof. Post CrossGen, she returned to the freelance life as a writer/editor. Her current projects include the Shadowzone graphic novel with Ryan Odagawa and a new startup company that will unite comics and technology.

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Craig Miller at LBCC!

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Craig Miller worked as a publicity and licensing consultant on films including Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, The Thing, The Black Cauldron, Splash, Altered States, The Last Starfighter, Real Genius, Excalibur, The Wicker Man and many others before turning his creative energies to writing. He has been writing, developing, and producing for TV, films, comics, and games for over 25 years. The majority of his work has been for the children’s and young adult market. His 104-episode TV series Pocket Dragon Adventures was seen seven days a week on the BBC and in over 100 countries around the world. His work in animation ranges from the multiple Emmy-winning Curious George and The Smurfs to Beast Wars to The Real Ghostbusters. He and his work are in demand outside the U.S. as well. For CCTV, the official Chinese TV network, he co-developed and wrote episodes of the series Flute Master, which has been a major hit in China, playing to over 265 million viewers. He’s developed and written series for companies in Australia, Italy, France, Latin America, and other countries. Most recently he’s developed and supervised the writing on two series for the Middle East’s new Majid Kids Network. Miller has been a speaker on filmmaking, writing, and animation at the Annecy Animation Festival in France, Cartoons on the Bay in Italy, Animayo Animation & VFX Festival in Spain, and the Interactive Entertainment Festival in Scotland, as well as for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), KidScreen Summit, the Writers Guild of America, the World Animation Summit, Animation Expo, the San Diego Comic Con, and many other events.

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Susan Lee is coming to LBCC!

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Susan Lee is a comic book creator, a fine artist, a writer, and a director. She has been a writer since she could use the alphabet, writing poetry no one will ever read, and volumes and volumes of prose hidden in numerous notebooks throughout her various living spaces. Her novel, “Shadow of the Knight” (available on Amazon.com) has been praised as “a solidly written, fast-paced psychological thriller” and “a rollercoaster ride of a story that dragged me along unable to sleep, unable to put it down”. Her graphic novel, “Wraith of Love” (also available on Amazon.com), is a three part series which she wrote, drew, inked, et al., inspired by Frank Miller and Jim Steranko. Despite the black white nature of her comic book work, Susan is a trained Impressionist painter and specializes in portraits. She has been teaching fine art and traditional drawing techniques for more than a decade. Never one to be still, Susan has also been a theater and film director for most of her adult life. She lives to create. And to hang out with her weirdo cat, Indiana Jones, because every creative needs to have their familiar. — Comic book creator, a fine artist, a writer, and a director. Her novel, “Shadow of the Knight” (available on Amazon.com) has been praised as “a solidly written, fast-paced psychological thriller” and “a rollercoaster ride of a story that dragged me along unable to sleep, unable to put it down”. Her graphic novel, “Wraith of Love” (also available on Amazon.com), is a three part series which she wrote, drew, inked, et al., inspired by Frank Miller and Jim Steranko. Despite the black white nature of her comic book work, Susan is a trained Impressionist painter and specializes in portraits. She has been teaching fine art and traditional drawing techniques for more than a decade. Never one to be still, Susan has also been a theater and film director for most of her adult life. She lives to create. And to hang out with her weirdo cat, Indiana Jones, because every creative needs to have their familiar.

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Scott Koblish at Long Beach Comic Con 17!

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We’re pumped to announce- Scott Koblish, artist on Deadpool for Marvel Comics is coming to Long Beach Comic Con!

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William Shatner at Long Beach Comic Con!

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William Shatner is joining the fun at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 2nd from 10:00AM- 2:00PM. VIP Experience tickets available starting, July 19th at 5:00PM!
VIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Weekend pass to Long Beach Comic Con
  • Private Meet & Greet
  • Priority seating in Main Stage room
  • Advance Access to Photo Ops
BUY YOUR VIP EXPERIENCE NOW!

Angi Viper will be joining us this September!

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Angi Viper is a skilled cosplayer, performer, wig stylist, makeup artist and crafter who has been cosplaying since 2000. Since then, she has created hundreds of costumes, wigs and props for herself and others as well as started a successful commission business Viper Creations through which she provides high quality costume recreations and original designs.

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Amber Brite is joining us at Long Beach Comic Con 17!

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Amber Brite is a professional prop maker from Arizona, specializing in recreating aliens and other creatures from all kinds of sci-fi/fantasy worlds. Her Star Wars headpieces are sold around the world, and will be on display at her booth for you to see up close!

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Norm Rapmund at LBCC17!

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The Flash, Booster Gold, Teen Titans, Ravagers, Nightwing, Batman/Superman

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Alkali Layke is coming to Long Beach Comic Con!!!

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Alkali or Ally as she’s known to her fans, got her start in Cosplay after appearing at a convention as a Special Effects Makeup artist. After that, it wasn’t her makeup skills making the headlines…it was her cosplay! Ally still does special effects for short films and commercials when she’s not jet-setting across the country to geekfests and comic conventions.
Ally considers herself an “equal opportunity geek” because she regularly geeks out on a multitude of fandoms.

Although she prides herself on her ‘90s Saturday cartoon knowledge, she’s also a HUGE Star Wars fan, loves X-Men (hint hint…take another look at her cosplay name), Game of ThronesBatman, and anything on the SyFy channel. Ally’s most popular cosplays include WonderFETT (a mashup of BobaFett and Wonder Woman), Harley Quinn, Dark Phoenix, SheRa Princess of Power, HarleyPOOL (another mashup), and many more! She is also the proud LadyBOSS of a company called Level40Two, a monthly Cosplay Fan Box.

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BJ Ward will be with us this September!

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For over 40 years B.J. Ward has made a living as a Singer, Actress and Voice Actress. In G.I. Joe, B.J. was the depiction of quintessential female heroism as she was the voice of the character Scarlett. She is also best known for voicing iconic character Velma Dinkley in over fifteen animated movies, television cartoons, and commercials. As Velma Dinkley, she captured the hearts of millions in overly successful Scooby Doo projects such as Zombie Island, Witch’s Ghost, Alien Invaders, and Cyber Chase. She was the voice of Princess Allura and Witch Haggard in Voltron, Wonder Woman in Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, and Casey Kelp in Snorks. In the original My Little Pony, she voiced North Star, Surprise, Peach Blossom, Forget-Me-Not, and Baby North Star. Other Animated Project Include: Jana in Jana of the Jungle, Queen of Hearts in Pagemaster, Janya Wonder Twin in The Legendary Super Powers Show, Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk, Judy Jetson in Rocking’ with Judy Jetson, Googie in Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Gertrude in Jetsons: The Movie, Whopper in Pound Puppies, Iris the Computer in Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and Betty Rubble in numerous Flintstones series. As an actress and singer, B.J. has worked with such composers as Stephen Sondheim, Maltby & Shire, Barry Manilow, Jerry Herman, Jones & Schmidt and Stephen Schwartz. Her successful one-woman show “Stand-Up Opera” delighted audiences from coast to coast. “Stand-Up Opera” played most of the major opera companies, philharmonic centers and theaters across the United States including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia. B.J. spent three years as a member of the Groundlings troupe with Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens among others. She has guest-starred on television where she has played an assortment of doctors, lawyers, newscasters, moms, and neighbors. Long Beach Comic Con and her official convention representation, CelebWorx, are proud to announce B.J. Ward as a guest of Long Beach Comic Con 2017. Long Beach Comic Con 2017 will mark B.J. Ward’s first California convention appearance!

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