Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Long Beach Comic Expo 2013!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to Long Beach Comic Expo 2013 for a huge weekend of superhero enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California over the weekend of November 23-24, Long Beach Comic Expo 2013 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow comic book fans. Our exciting trip to Long Beach Comic Expo 2013 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend.  Main events, panels, and workshops featured Guests of Honor from the movie and comics industry.  The Masquerade hosted a colorful cavalcade of excellent costumes and lots of nice prizes for the winners.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Long Beach Comic Expo saw lots of inspired costumes from Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Transformers, Avengers, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spiderman, Punisher, Star Wars, Star Trek, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Long Beach Comic Expo stock convention archives!
Report: Held since 2009 debuting at 5500 attendees, the two-day Long Beach Comic Expo gathered over 10,000 attendees for 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center in late November, well past the summer blockbuster convention season. LBCE is a smaller and cozier version of comic book conventions with plenty of dealers, artists, cosplayers, panels, and unique exhibits. One could say itís about a quarter the size of Wondercon and quite puny compared to San Diego Comic Con. Numbers aside, I had a great time and its small size added to the weekend enjoyment factor.

Weekend or day tickets are easily available online or at the door and when I arrived in the morning, there was no line which made badge pickup super fast. Most everything is hosted inside the lower levels of the convention center, accessible by escalators, with additional panel rooms located on the street-level floor. There is nothing available on the second level. Once inside the exhibition hall, you are greeted with a vast assortment of booths containing comic book sellers, sci-fi and fantasy artists, guest cosplayers selling photo prints and doing autographs, stages interviewing industry veterans and movie actors, a laser tag area where you could go up against some Stormtroopers from Star Wars, and plenty of dealers selling new and vintage nerdly toys, movie posters, and apparel.  I was highly successful in scoring a rare Loki vinyl figurine for a friend as well as several toys and an autograph from an actor from the original fast and Furious movie for another friend.  The convention center has affordable dining options but outside the convention are there are plenty of excellent restaurants right across the street.

Outside the convention center were almost a dozen exclusive celebrity vehicles from various movies and TV shows including KITT from Knight Rider, Batman's BatMobile, the GhostBusters car, the Delorean from Back to the Future, and even fan-inspired vehicles like a modified Nissan Z dressed as a Tatooine land speeder from Star Wars. The convention center is attached to the Hyatt Regency hotel, making it a quick stroll back to your room to drop off anything and head back to the fun.

The Masquerade was a quick and easy process to sign in and attend. I helped a friend enter it with a Transformers costume I made for her and she won a small prize, her first one ever and first stage experience as well. There were probably 35 entries or so and many costumes were really nice to see. The most notable was a truly spectacular Doc Oct from Spiderman with huge mechanical arms. The staff were super nice and friendly and everyone generally had a pleasant time.  What I enjoyed most about the convention were the attendees, mostly older folks who just came to peruse the booths and collect comics and toys.  No long lines for hot swag or insane crowds in front of booths fighting for deals that would take up valuable hallway space.  There were plenty of attendees dressed up in great-looking costumes so taking pictures of them on the side was never a problem.

If a truly relaxing and affordable comic con located in Southern California is what you desire then by all means, try out Long Beach Comic Expo. Itís certainly not big and uber-popular but it has a lot of charm and the hotel elevators are never crowded.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Long Beach Comic Expo stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Long Beach Comic Expo!

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