A few weeks ago, Long Beach Comic Con (one of the two Long Beach comic conventions of the year) happened over the weekend, and once again passed my expectations. Long Beach Comic Con, to me, has consistently been one of the best comic book conventions I’ve attended, and this year was no different.
The greatest thing about LBCC is that it’s the perfect stepping stone for anyone who’s never been to a convention before, but has always wanted to. It’s not too crowded with people, and has plenty of famous comic book personalities and celebrities to turn anyone into an excited five-year-old again.
One of the most surprising events to happen this year was the cast of Firefly had a panel and a meet-and-greet. I couldn’t be there for the panel, but walking down the celebrities aisle and seeing Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin), Kaylee Frye (Jewell Staite), and Dr. Simon Tam (Sean Maher) sitting in the same place made me and other fans really giddy.
Speaking of geeking out, I needed to calm down from this sighting, so I knew I needed to walk away. Unfortunately, I walked into the same aisle as the one and only FLASH GORDON. I know his name is Sam Jones, but to me and a lot of other people, he’ll alway be Flash Gordon! Across from and next to the quarterback who fought against the evil Emperor Ming though, was the Dynamic Duo themselves: Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Robin (Loren Lester)!
The Geek-Out was too extreme, so I had to step outside, and ran right into the world of cosplay.
It wouldn’t be a convention without the dedication and creativity of cosplayers. I’ve always admired how great these costumes can turn out, but as much as I love taking pictures with my favorite heroes, there’s one aspect I want to give them a ton of credit for: how they handle themselves in front of kids.
Cosplayers would stay in character and have fun with the kids, who were already super excited to meet them. They make the moment all about the kid, even offering their props to hold in photos. When I got to speak to some of them, they’d either stay in character if I played along, or would share what work went into their costumes. One of my favorite cosplays of the convention was a giant white dog that had The NeverEnding Story crest on its collar. The dog’s name was -- wait for it -- FALCOR!
(That wasn’t an impromptu name or inside joke, the dog actually responded to Falcor!)
Because of all this, I’ll always suggest Long Beach Comic Con to anyone who wants to go to a con, but doesn’t want to pay the incredible prices that San Diego has. It always has a great line-up of creators, star, and cosplayers, all willing and able to geek-out with you. And great news: their next convention, the Long Beach Comic Expo, will be February 18th and 19th next year!