MAD Event Management and Hero Initiative Announce Special Dave Gibbons VIP Experience at Long Beach Comic Con

One month after the doors closed to the incredibly successful Long Beach Comic Expo, advance tickets have gone on sale now for Long Beach Comic Con's return to the Long Beach Convention Center on September 2 and 3! MAD Event Entertainment announces legendary artist Dave Gibbons attending this year's show, with a special VIP package in partnership with Hero Initiative!

MAD Event Management and Hero Initiative announce a special $135 VIP Package, which includes:

  • 2-day Long Beach admission
  • VIP ticket pickup
  • Custom lanyard and badge (Hero will provide the lanyard)
  • ORIGINAL Dave Gibbons Rorschach sketch on a Hero Initiative sketchcard (2.5-by-3.5 inch)
  • Signed and numbered Dave Gibbson Whaaat? mini-print (8.5-by-11)
  • Signed and numbered Dave Gibbons w00tstout print (11-by-14)
  • VIP seating at Dave Gibbons panel
  • Private 1-hour reception with Dave where ticket buyers can get their own items signed (limit 10 items)

"We are thrilled to have Dave at this year's show, and to partner with our friends at the Hero Initiative to offer attendees this very rare treat" says Martha Donato, executive director and founder of Long Beach Comic Con. "This year is already shaping up to be our best yet!" 

"We are looking forward to rejoining the team at Long Beach Comic Con for another great convention this September," says Jim McLauchlin, president of Hero Initiative. "Last year was a tremendous success for us, and we are thrilled to have comics legend and friend Dave Gibbons there with us to raise money for creators in need, through a once in a lifetime experience for fans."

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 2 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 3 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders at 9:30 AM on Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday. Tickets are available now through the website:

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The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

Long Beach Comic Con 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 Con, 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 Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit