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Long Beach Comic Con is excited to announce Daniel Glenn and Michael Glennon will be coming to #LBCC2018!


We’re thrilled to announce the moderator and one of the panelists for this year’s Space Expo at Long Beach Comic Con!

Moderator Daniel J. Glenn is an Analytical Mastermind and host of Podcasts and Web series FASCINATING FIGHTS, FASCINATING NOUNS, and FASCINATING GADGETS, GIZMOS, AND GEAR BASED TECHNOLOGIES.

Dr. Michael Dennin will appear on multiple panels. He is a world-renowned physicist and professor at UC Irvine.

You can hear them speak on the panels The Science of Black Panther and The Science of Acme Products.

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LONG BEACH COMIC CON Producers Announce Milestone 10th Edition Show



It’s COMICS FIRST as stalwart comic con reaffirms commitment to the creative arts, announces Guest of Honor Christopher Priest

Warwick, NY: MAD Event Management LLC, owners and operators of several pop culture conventions, formally announce the upcoming Long Beach Comic Con, scheduled for September 8-9, 2018, at the Long Beach Convention Center, located in Long Beach, CA. This iteration of Long Beach Comic Con – its 10th edition – marks a significant milestone for the event and its loyal fans, exhibitors and supporters from the creative community, one not lost on its Founder, Martha Donato.

“When I launched Long Beach Comic Con back in 2009, my hope was simply to create a meaningful and enjoyable event for fans of all ages and give something back to the comic community that supported me for many years,” said Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “To be sitting here today, planning for our 10th edition and reflecting on all we’ve accomplished in those years is both humbling and energizing.”

While the producers of Long Beach Comic Con have never been shy about experimenting with new programming and exhibition ideas, all were in agreement that the best way to celebrate the 10th edition would be to remain true to its roots.

“We are enthusiastically recommitting our focus to comic storytelling and the creative arts, first and foremost,” added Kris Longo, Managing Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “Our goal is to create an event that empowers the casual fan to explore comics in a deeper way, and to satisfy the fans who rightfully feel that many cons – including our own – have shifted focus away from comic programming.”

Making his Long Beach Comic Con debut and serving as the show’s Guest of Honor will be Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer and novelist Christopher Priest (BLACK PANTHER, STATIC SHOCK). “Having Christopher Priest as our convention’s Guest of Honor helps emphasize the COMICS-FIRST focus of Long Beach Comic Con,” says Ivan Cohen, Director of Programming of Long Beach Comic Con. “Even though the movies BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and BATMAN BEGINS were all directly influenced by his comics work, he’s known as a comics writer, editor, and creator more than anything else.”

To further that comics-first approach, the event will feature a significant increase in participating comic book publishers, including long-time supporters Aspen Comics, Top Cow and Prism Comics, while welcoming newcomers Valiant Comics (in partnership with Los Angeles-area retailer The Comic Bug), AfterShock and Charon Comics, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Long Beach Comic Con’s guest slate continues to take shape, with legendary writer Marv Wolfman, co-creators of the landmark graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC Dean Haspiel and Jonathan Ames, and illustrators Jim Calafiore and JK Woodward.

In addition to the comic programming, this year’s festivities will include:

– Space Expo will have a con-within-a-con show floor experience and dedicated panel track with experts in their respective 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!

– GeekFest Film Festival will provide two solid days of indie movie bliss, often with the filmmakers themselves on hand to discuss the ins and outs of their creations. Hosted by Gigi Edgley, the GeekFest Best of Screening and Awards will hand out awards to the best films as voted on by the viewers.

– KnokX PRO Wrestling Ring featuring RIKISHI is where comics and pro wrestling collide. Featuring two days of programming, matches in an official wrestling ring, and opportunities to meet wrestling superstars, including Rikishi himself, KnokX PRO Wrestling will be a fun addition to the show.

– 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.

– Comic Creator Conference on September 7th is an event designed to connect professional comic creatives with other high-level industry professionals to empower them with exclusive and personal insight, as well as provide access to decision makers, peers, publishers, and other leaders within the industry. Learn how to make smart business decisions on the path to taking creations into film, television, and interactive entertainment. Note that this event has a nominal, separate fee for entry and is open to industry professionals ONLY.

Long Beach Comic Con tickets are on sale NOW. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details on upcoming limited VIP packages, photo ops and more announcements about your favorite guests and programming. Kids 10 and under get in FREE! Grab your tickets and find out about all Long Beach Comic Con has to offer at LongBeachComicCon.com.

About MAD Event Management LLC

MAD Event Management functions as an owner/operator of several events of many sizes and provides expert consultant services to companies seeking to establish, grow or improve their event business. We have years of experience managing all aspects of live events, including large scale consumer and trade shows, meetings, conferences and exhibitor execution. MAD owns and operates several pop culture conventions: Long Beach Comic Expo, Long Beach, CA; Long Beach Comic Con, Long Beach, CA; New Jersey Comic Expo, Edison, NJ; C3: Comic Creator Conference; and C3: Havana, Cuba Edition. For more information, visit www.madeventmanagement.com.



Katie Zandonella

Promotions & Marketing Manager, MAD Event Management


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Long Beach Comic Con is excited to announce GUEST OF HONOR Christopher Priest!


Christopher James Priest, 56, is a critically acclaimed novelist and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer. Priest is the first African-American writer and editor to work in the comic book industry, with over 39 years of writing, editing, and publishing experience. His groundbreaking BLACK PANTHER series was lauded by Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice and is the platform for the 2018 major motion picture. STATIC SHOCK, which Priest co-created with Milestone Media, Inc., was the first nationally syndicated African American super-hero animated series, and the first act of 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS was largely based upon Priest’s BATMAN comic book work, as are the 2016 film CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and the 2018 major motion picture release BLACK PANTHER. QUANTUM & WOODY, which Priest co-created with artist M.D. Bright, is currently being developed for television.

Priest has also written and recorded numerous songs and served as producer and sideman for various bands and choirs, and has developed numerous properties for Hollywood including projects with former BET President and Milestone Media principal Reginald Hudlin (producer of DJANGO UNCHAINED), Hamm & Kitchens, Inc. (Tim Burton BATMAN films), Edward R. Pressman Productions Inc. and Eddie Murphy Productions. He has previously served as a Baptist pastor in Colorado Springs, where he founded PraiseNet Electronic Media in 2001. Priest is a 4-time American Advertising Federation Addy award winner for graphic and web design.

His publishing catalog includes the current DEATHSTROKE ongoing series from DC Comics as well as recent run on JUSTICE LEAGUE; a trio of GREEN LANTERN novels from iBooks/Simon & Schuster, the procedural crime novels DUAL and ZION, 1999, a serialized superhero-science fiction novel, PraiseNet Essentials, a nine-book ecumenical series of theological criticism; and hundreds of comic book stories, among them the collected editions BLACK PANTHER BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, and CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.

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Long Beach Comic Con is excited to announce Javier Hernandez will be coming to #LBCC2018!!


Javier Hernandez is a cartoonist and independent publisher. He launched his imprint Los Comex in 1998 with his first title EL MUERTO. A live-action adaptation of EL MUERTO was released in 2007, starring Wilmer Valderrama, for which Javier served as Associate Producer. In 2011, he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation’s first convention dedicated to spotlighting the work of Latino creators in comics and pop culture. Since 2013, he’s been teaching comic book classes, and also lectures on Latino comics at libraries and museums.

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Long Beach Comic Con is excited to announce Prism Comics is coming to #LBCC2018!


Prism Comics is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that supports LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics professionals, readers, librarians, and educators. Through our website and convention appearances, we promote diversity in comics, graphic novels, and popular arts. Prism is also one of the only organizations in the comics field that gives an annual financial grant to aspiring independent comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. And, in partnership with The Queer Comics Expo and The Cartoon Art Museum, Prism presents The Annual Prism Awards every year for excellence in LGBTQ comics from indies to mainstream.

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