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Long Beach Comic Con Highlights Panels, Guests and Partners


The 8th annual Long Beach Comic Con will be held on September 17 and 18, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center, featuring an impressive array of more than 120 pop culture guests, more than 130 panels, and unique partnerships with the Columbia Memorial Space Center and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Among the guests attending Long Beach Comic Con for the first time are Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester who played Batman and Robin on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite from Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY, Andy Park (Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor and Lead Concept Artist) and acclaimed comic book creators including Peter David and Colleen Doran (AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE), Steve Epting (VELVET), Joelle Jones (LADY KILLER) and Joe Eisma and Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES).

“Our plans for this year’s show are expansive, with a guest list that will impress both long-time fans and first time attendees,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Long Beach Comic Con is dedicated to celebrating the world of pop culture and we’re thrilled to present some truly unique and creative programming with important local organizations like the Columbia Memorial Space Center and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.”

14107799_10154535709149470_5265625972968973804_oThe Columbia Memorial Space Center will partner with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2016, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that connects comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery.  This year Long Beach Comic Con will also have more than 400 Girl Scouts in grades K–12 attending Long Beach Comic Con, with nearly 100 of them coming from underserved areas. Depending on their grade level, the girls will earn Comic Artist, Drawing, Senses, Novelist, or career exploration-related badges for meeting with talented creators and participating in interactive workshops.

As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:

  • Programming spotlighting TV shows like BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, CON MAN, FIREFLY and GI JOE
  • DOCTOR WHO Panels at the Long Beach Public Library
  • Two fulls days of cosplay panels and a cosplay contest on Saturday night
  • Panels devoted to fan favorite comic book characters including Batman, Harley Quinn and the Teen Titans and publishers Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, First Comics, Image Comics and Marvel
  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book pros
  • Kids programming
  • The popular GeekFest Film Festival
  • A screening of the popular Harry Potter fan film SEVERUS SNAPE & THE MARAUDERS

Bernina of America is the premier sponsor of Long Beach Comic Con. Associates sponsors include SGX, Sun Newspapers & Comicraft, GrubHub, EVIL DEAD 2: The Official Board Game by Space Goat Productions and SNOWDEN from Open Road Films, in theaters September 16.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 18 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders at 9:30 AM on Saturday and 10AM on Sunday. Tickets are available now through the website:

“Long Beach Comic Con is a show that’s produced by a team who collectively have over 100 years of experience in the comics and entertainment industry,” said Donato. “We’ve worked hard over the years to create an experience that we would enjoy if we were attendees, so whether you want to meet your favorite comic artist or publisher or get a photo with a member of the FIREFLY cast, or even learn to build your own R2D2 you can do it all here.”


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