By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—As the summer winds down, Long Beach is going to be the place to be this Labor Day weekend as the Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) returns in full force.
Taking place September 2nd and 3rd at the Long Beach Convention Center, the convention brings back their unique flare and combination of comic books, video games, cosplayers and family fun. Not only that, but the LBCC hosts a number of activities that are both fun and educational.
The Long Beach Comic Con boasts a star studded list of pop culture icons, headlined by the iconic Star Trek actor, William Shatner. Legendary artist of the classic graphic novel Watchmen, Dave Gibbon will also be on hand. Other guests include Howard Chaykin, Gene Ha, Pia Guerra, Tony Harris, WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, and more. Cosplayers include Nicole Marie Jean, Angi Viper, Amber Brite, and more.
The Long Beach Comic Con offers a unique experience for hardcore pop culture fans and casual visitors just looking for a day of stress-free entertainment. This year’s festivities include:
– SpaceExpo fills a chunk of the show floor and an entire dedicated panel track with experts in their respected scientific fields talking about our biggest and most current findings alongside displays from actual space exploration and interactive experiments your kids (or big kids) will be talking about for weeks!
– Burger Con provides a fantastic option for Saturday night fun as music tastemakers Burger Records roll out a lineup of incredible bands to keep you rocking into the night. This year’s lineup includes DJ DON BOLLES, NOBUNNY, DWARVES, THE ZEROS AND WHITE FANG. Note that this event has a nominal, separate fee for entry. Further Info HERE!
– GeekFest Film Festival will provide two solid days of indie movie bliss, often with the film makers themselves on hand to discuss the ins and outs of their creations.
– South Bay Gaming Community’s “Fighter’s Ring” where gamers can challenge their friends and rivals at: Super Smash Bros.Wii U, Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and more. For those looking for an eSports experience, sign up for tournaments throughout the day and compete for special prizes against the best!
– The LBCC Fashion Show will feature ladies and gentlemen modeling the latest trends from top-level chic and geeky designers who are on the verge of breaking into the fashion world.
– LBCC’s Cosplay Contest will give the West Coast’s most inventive and artistic costuming wizards the chance to show off their fantastic talents and compete for prizes in categories including Best in Show, Best Fabrication, Best Construction, Best Couple/Group, Best SciFi, Best Anime, Best Villain, Best Hero and Best Kid! Register now. Spaces are going fast!
– Star Cars! Relive your favorite high speed chases and escapes from certain doom as you take pictures alongside instantly recognizable, film inspired vehicles including the Blues Bros Bluesmobile, the Back to the Future Delorean, Jurassic Park Jeeps, the Jokermobile, Bumblebee from Transformers, Speed Racer’s Mach 5, KITT from Knight Rider, the Eclipse from The Fast and the Furious and many more!
Two days of geek-tastic fun wrapped around 60+ hours of panels with topics including My Little Pony, Star Wars Collecting, Horror, Star Trek, Writing for Comics & Video Games, Comic Industry Ins and Outs and so much more, a massive Artist Alley where creators in all genres gather and share their original works at the heart of a full show floor packed with vendors selling comics, toys, handmade items and art, and when you’re ready for a bite to eat, you’ll find Food Trucks just outside.