This upcoming Saturday and Sunday (November 23-24) is the fifth annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, held at the Long Beach Convention Center. For horror and comic geeks alike, this annual event celebrates writers, artists, and creators of all forms of pop culture, including, of course, film. Much like its overpopulated cousin, the San Diego Comic Con, this event consists of exhibitors, vendors, discussion panels, guest signings, screenings, previews, educational programs, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Some of this year's guests include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, Conan O' Brien Show's Pierre Bernard, and Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.
I was able to interview the Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con, Phil Lawrence, who has had over 18 years experience marketing and advertising in the comics field:
Could you tell us about your role at the Long Beach Comic Con?
I am the co-owner and director of sales, and I help oversee all of the aspects of the show.
How did you first get into comics?
I worked for a retailer in college, traveling to different shows to help sell at his booth. I was hooked then!
What are you most excited about this year's event?
Meeting John K (Kricfalusi) probably. Also, our programming is probably some of the best we've put together.
What is your favorite horror film?
I don't know if I could name just one. But The Shining scare the hell out of me and so did John Carpenter's The Thing as well as The Serpent and the Rainbow.
Any exclusives we should look out for?
There will be some from all of the publishers as well as some prints from Basil Gogos, Ken Kelly, Sanjulian, Rowena Morrilla and Chris Achillios.
What improvements would you like to see in the future of LBCC?
We would love to see our floor expand! We've been in the same space for 4 years, and we would love to take over more space at the show.
Any last comments you would like to say to our readers?
They should definitely come to check out the programming and our large Artist Alley with over 200 artists and writers. You can also check out our new Cosplay Corner, our Auction put on by Premier Props, our 3rd annual Costume Contest.
This event's registration and tickets are available online at the official Long Beach Comic Con website. The Saturday tickets go for $25, Sunday tickets are $20, and $40 for both days.
Long Beach Comic & Horror Con Exhibit Floor Hours are as follows:
Saturday, November 23 - 10:00am - 7:00pm (advance ticket holders enter exhibit floor at 9:30am)
Sunday, November 24 - 10:00am - 5:00pm (advance ticket holders enter exhibit floor at 9:30am)
Some programming activities continue after the exhibit floor closes at 7:00pm.
Metro Rail Directions: Take the Metro Blue Line, L.A.'s first light rail transit system which runs from 7th Street in Downtown L.A., to downtown Long Beach. Bicycles are allowed on Metro Rail with some restrictions during peak hours and bicycle racks are available first-come, first-serve on Metro buses.