LABOR DAY IS FULL OF CONVENTION ACTIVITY! LONG BEACH COMIC-CON IS TRYING FOR A PIECE OF THE ACTION!
Firstly, there is an expansive Artist’s Alley. However, there were notably fewer “big name” creators. Mike Mayhew, Phillipe Briones, Mark Waid, and Howard Chaykin are well-known names to many comic fans. From there, there are interesting independent creators. However, conventions usually need big names on the list to entice fans. Even without them, Long Beach Comic-Con became extremely busy in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the panels run the gamut. There are fan debates, author discussions, scientific history panels, and creator stories. Moreover, there is an interesting level of cosplay in the afternoon. This is a very active community, although not a crack-of-dawn group.
The things that make Long Beach Comic-Con different are its exhibits in science and pro wrestling. The Space Expo Pavilion has booths dedicated to space travel sci-fi inspired machinery. Meanwhile, the Wrestling Annex is run by KnoxPro Wrestling. Additionally, there is a table with WWE Superstar and Hall of Fame’er Rikishi. There is a full wrestling ring surrounded by a steel cage. They run entertaining matches every hour in cosplay.
While talking with some fans, I found out that the Dealer’s Hall and Artist’s Alley are notably smaller this year compared to prior years. Although, this convention is usually late in the month. It is possible that the competition with other Labor Day conventions took a lot of the available vendors and creators.
In a crowded field, Long Beach Comic-Con isn’t necessarily special. However, it is a solid experience for comic book fans.