This past weekend, Long Beach Comic Con took over their usual home at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (30th August-1st September 2019), and this was the fourth straight year I made the trek up to it – safe to say, I’m a fan of the event.
As in past years, the convention mostly concentrated on the comic book side of entertainment with quite a number of incredibly interesting panels in the programming schedule. I was able to sit in on a few of them, including Howard Chaykin and Robert Crais: Super-Buddies, Mark Waid: 50 in 50, and – one of my favorite ones of the weekend – the In Conversation with DC Comics’ Dan DiDio panel.
The Dan DiDio panel quickly turned into in a quick-fire Q&A session which, if you’re a fan of DC Comics and Dan’s work, is one of your few chances to get your questions answered directly by DC Comics’ Co–Publisher himself, uncut and unfiltered.
The ’50 in 50 with Mark Waid’ was also a lot of fun, as the veteran comic book writer (and Director of Creative Development for comic book publisher HUMANOIDS) attempts to answer 50 questions from the audience during the panel on a variety of topics. (Spoiler alert: he was successful.)
The guests the show organizers brought in from the comic book industry also included such notable names including Matt Wagner, Barbara Randall Kesel, Denys Cowan, Marat Mychaels, Matt Hawkins, and Howard Chaykin – a veritable who’s who of comics.
As in the past, the convention had both Space Expo and GeekFest Film Festival programming, as well as a wrestling ring set up towards the back of the exhibit hall for matches that took place during the show.
Of course, as is usual for this convention, there were quite a lot of terrific, high-level cosplayers in attendance, found in every square corner of the building.
I thoroughly enjoyed this edition of Long Beach Comic Con, taking in as much as I could of the show including the incredible Artist Alley, picking up a couple of sketches, such as a Spider-Man from Matt Wagner, and a Wolverine from Jeff Johnson.
What a show! No dates for the 2020 incarnation of Long Beach Comic Con have been announced yet (or indeed, their sister show Long Beach Comic Expo, aside from it being in January), but when they are we will post them on our social media channels.
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