Long Beach Comic Expo Announces Special Guests, Sponsorships and Programming Highlights for February 20 & 21

February 16, Long Beach, CA - In advance of Long Beach Comic Expo, Mad Event Entertainment unveils an all star guest line up, along with sponsors, innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 7th annual Long Beach Comic Expo this coming weekend.  The Expo will play host to more than 120 guests and 80 panels and will take two exhibit halls of the Long Beach Convention Center.

SPECIAL GUESTS
Long Beach Comic Expo recognizes the following special guests for their unparalleled excellence in the realm of both comic books and animation.  As comic book culture remains at the core of Long Beach Comic Expo, we are proud to announce the following special guests appearing at this year’s show:

  • Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of Marvel’s DEADPOOL, which premiered in theaters on February 12, 2016
  • Chris Claremont, writer of THE UNCANNY X-MEN, of the most beloved and influential comic series in the history of the medium
  • Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, bestselling co-writers of DC entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN and co-creators of SUPER ZERO from Aftershock Comics
  • Rachel and Terry Dodson, comic book artists on STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA, TEEN TITANS, and HARLEY QUINN
  • Jae Lee, Eisner award-winning artist of Marvel’s INHUMANS, FANTASTIC FOUR; 1234, and DC’s BEFORE WATCHMEN, BATMAN/SUPERMAN
  • Greg Weisman, acclaimed animation writer and producer of STAR WARS: REBELS; YOUNG JUSTICE, and more.  Author of the fan favorite RAIN OF GHOSTS YA novels

Click here for a complete list of guests.

SHOW SPONSORS 

  • Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to welcome Academy of Art as its newest Premier Sponsor.  Academy of Art University is the largest private art and design school in the United States; offering classes online and at their expansive San Francisco campus.  Join them at their booth to discuss education, applying, and careers in illustrations, animation, game design, costume design and much more.  Several Academy of Art artists will be in attendance, presenting demos and instructing in live drawing sessions.
  • Additional sponsors include: Bernina, Comicraft, Lyft, SGX Pring, Sun Newspaper, and Triple 9

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:

  • The return of Space Expo, featuring two days of workshops and panels presented by the Columbia Memorial Space Center
  • Published panels featuring writers and artists from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image
  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists and fans can learn the entire process of making comics from comic book greats all weekend long.  Topics include How to Build a Portfolio, Breaking Into Comics, Writing and Marketing. 
  • The second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity event with renowned reporter (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) and acclaimed comic book writer (GENIUS) Marc Bernardin who will be the event’s keynote speaker
  • Amazing animation panels: DISNEY AFTERNOON, GARGOYLES, and YOUNG JUSTICE, featuring major voice actors
  • GeekFest Film Fest films at Long Beach Comic Expo, the only Los Angeles area venue to host the full slate of programming for the world’s 1st traveling film fest of “geek” films
  • Kids programming including How To Draw Comics for Kids
  • A Saturday night Cosplay Contest and Cosplay panels

Long Beach Comic Expo has two additional discounts to offer attendees this year.  Attendees who present their badge at the popular Aquarium of the Pacific will gain admission to the aquarium for only $9.00, discounted from the normal rate of $29.95!  This discount is good, both the weekend of the show, as well as the following weekend.  LYFT will be the official car service of this year’s show, offering discounted rides to attendees.  Details can be found on site at the show.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 21 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.  

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ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO: Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center  that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture.  At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities.  Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.  To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.