By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– As one of the first comic conventions of 2018, the Long Beach Comic Expo set the bar high.
Taking place over the President’s Day weekend, the comic expo once again held residence at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans were treated to rows of vendors, from comic book sellers, collectibles, action figures, imported statues, and more. A variety of publishers were on hand as well, including Aspen Comics, home of the popular Fathom series, and Top Cow, an imprint of Image Comics.
Cosplay was a huge factor with the convention, as cosplayers from around Southern California gathered to show how all of their hard work and imagination turned out. We saw so many high quality cosplayers, there were cosplays for every part of pop culture you could imagine. From a frighteningly well done Negan from The Walking Dead, a superb Wreck it Ralph, a spot on “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and sock hop versions of the Scooby Doo gang just to name a few.
The show was extremely well planned: from security to badge pick up to the layout of the booths in attendance. Long Beach consistently puts on a great convention, whether it’s the expo or their Long Beach Comic Con, which takes place in the fall. The Long Beach conventions are becoming a fan favorite, as more and more fans want to experience a comic convention before shows exploded with movie studios taking up most of the convention floor- the Long Beach Comic Expo is a perfect example of a well done con.
For more information on the expo, visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.