By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—Fans of comic books, cosplay, heroic and sci-fi television and more will want to flock to Long Beach this weekend as the Long Beach Comic Con takes over the main exhibit hall at the Long Beach Convention Center for the weekend.
Celebrities attending the show includes John Barrowman (Arrow, Doctor Who), Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil), Tommy Walker (Daredevil) and Maitland Ward Baxter (Boys Meets Girl). But that is just the start, as famed comic book creators and television writers will be on hand as well. This includes Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Art Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up), Adam Kubert (Uncanny X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Life After), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and more.
“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.”
Fans of cosplay will not be disappointed, as cosplay will have a huge presence at the convention. Cosplay favorites such as Nicole Marie Jean, Miss Chrissy Lynn, Raychul Moore, and Destiny Nickelsen. Of course, fans from all over California will have their cosplay on display as well. But this year, the convention has added something special as well: space.
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”
Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.