Long Beach Comic & Horror Con kicks off today

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While for some thoughts are turning to Thought Bubble in Leeds or the Miami Book Fair, ou on the west coast, it’s the fifht anniversary edition of the Long Beach Horror & Comic Con. It’s set in the scenic environs of the Long Beach Convention Center, which is one of my favorite con spots on the west coast. Long Beach puts the emphasis on comics, and has a strong guest list which you can read below. (You may recall that one of the show organizers, Mike Scigliano, gave us a behind the scenes on the making of the show last year.) Publishers include Aspen Comics, IDW, Top Cow, Boom! Studios, Hero Initiative, and Skybound. You can see all the programming here. The organizers sent along some pics from last year to get things going. It sounds like a fun show…send me any con reports you have!

Guests:

Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, Hellblazer)
Brian Buccellato (Flash, Detective Comics)
Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, Before Watchmen)
Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Gene Ha (Action Comics, Justice League)
Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans)
Amy Mebberson (My Little Pony)
Jimmy Palmiotti (All Star Western, Batwing)
Whilce Portacio (Wetworks, Incredible Hulk)
Norm Rapmund (Teen Titans)
Darick Robertson (Happy, Transmetropolitan)
Marc Silvestri (Cyber Force)
Mark Waid (Daredevil, Shadow Walk)
Len Wein (Before Watchmen, Swamp Thing)
Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans)
Plus tons more industry talent

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On the Scene: Long Beach Comics Expo Photo Extravaganza

The semi-annual Long Beach Comics Expo landed on May 11th with a substantial line-up of guests and also some smart choices in programming. Guests included Rich Avons, Joe Benitez, Brian Buccellato, Ale Garza, Joel Gomez, Ray-Anthony Height, Vince Hernandez, Drew Johnson, David Mack, Frank Mastromauro, Dustin Nguyen, Nei Ruffino and more, showing a strong representation in comics artists and a few colorists as well as a writer or two. Programming ranged from “Creating Awesome Female Characters” to focus panels on designing your own web series, writing animation, and “Marketing on a Shoe String Budget”.

It’s the one-day runner up to the falls longer and heftier Long Beach Comic Con.

For a small con, there’s plenty of ambition for growth at Long Beach, and though it welcomes a variety of pop culture guests, they seem to be keeping the comic in con on a regular basis. Friend of The Beat, pop culture photojournalist Michele Brittany was there to tell the tale in pictures for us good folks who couldn’t make it to the show:

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