Frequently Asked Questions
When is the convention?
Long Beach Comic Expo is being held on Saturday, February 16 & 17, 2019
Show hours are:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
(Advance ticket holders can enter at 9:30 am)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Advance ticket holders can enter at 10:30 am)
How much are tickets?
Early bird pricing is in effect through December 31, 2018. Ticket pricing is as follows:
** Saturday Only: $45 per person
** Sunday Only: $30 per person
** Weekend Pass: $60
Children age 10 and under are admitted free with an adult admission (limit of 2 per adult please). Senior citizen (65 & over), military, police & firefighter discounts are available by using code SeniorCitizen or MilitaryLaw at checkout (ID required at check-in).
Tickets will be available at the door, but prices will be higher.
How do I reserve a hotel room for Long Beach Comic Expo?
We have a room block at the Renaissance Hotel, just one block from the Long Beach Convention Center on Ocean Blvd. We have a special discounted rate of $199 - deadline: January 12, 2019. Make your reservations online using this link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49836321
If you are making a reservation by phone be sure to mention LBCE to obtain the group rate. Please note that the discounted group block is subject to availability and is not guaranteed. Rooms are available on a first come first served basis, so be sure to book your room early!
I bought my ticket online or at a comic book shop, what time can I arrive to pick up my ticket?
Advance ticket pick up will open at 8:30 am on Saturday, February 16 and 9:00 am on Sunday, February 17. Walk up tickets WILL NOT be available for sale until 10:00 am. Advance ticket holders will be allowed early admission to the exhibit hall at 9:30 am on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday.
Can I buy tickets on-site?
Yes, you can buy tickets at your local comic book shop, on our website or at the door. Day-of ticket sales at the door will open at 10:00 am both days. Ticket pick-up & on-site sales are in the Lobby!
On-site ticket pricing: $45 for a Saturday only ticket; $35 for a Sunday only ticket; and $65 for a weekend pass.
When is the Costume Contest?
The Costume Contest will begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 16. The room will open for advance seating at 6:00 pm and is offered on a first-come first-serve basis. No flash photography of the show is allowed. Any photos or video taken must be for personal, non-profit use only!
Please visit the Nerds Like Us booth in Cosplay Corner during the day on Saturday to sign up for the contest. No flash photography of the show is allowed - any photos or videos taken must be for personal non-profit use only. Pre-judging for the participants in the contest goes from 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
All costumes must be hand-made, and are subject to inspection by our panel of judges. If you are participating in the Contest, please arrive by 4:30 pm to line up.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories:
Best in Show
Best Youth (kids 12 and under)
Best Space Theme
I am a Professional interested in attending the show. What do I need to do?
Long Beach Comic Expo is pleased to offer credentialed, published industry professionals, and those in the related industries of film, television, animation, guilds, gaming, etc. complimentary admission to the Con.
Registration will open in mid-December so please check back. Once open, complimentary professional pass registration will be open until January 31, 2019. We welcome Professionals who register after the deadline, but please note we will charge a $20 fee. Once you've registered online, please remember to bring samples of your work and/or a business card to the show. We do not offer a guest option – Professional badges are for Professionals only. Please note if you try to bring a guest in we will show you this exact excerpt- so we’ll say it again for good measure, your Professional badge only allots one person, not two, not five, not your entire rugby team... one! If the guest you were planning on bringing is a Professional, they can register as well! To avoid paying a late fee, sign up before January 31, 2019.
Where do I pick up my wristband? What about pre-registration?
There will be a clearly-marked booth in the Lobby of the Convention Center for walk-ins. Pre-registrants will take their barcode scan copies or use their smart phones at the Advance Ticket Registration Area. It's that easy!
Do I have to wear it at all times?
If you want to be in the Exhibit hall and programming rooms at all times, yes. If you don’t have it on, we may think you are some sort of undesirable who snuck in and we will be forced to ask you to leave.
I purchased my Long Beach Comic Expo ticket in advance but never received an e-mail confirmation. What’s up with that?
This could be for several reasons. The most popular? The e-mail is sent from Eventbrite, not LBCC, so search your inbox for an e-mail from Eventbrite. The PDF tickets will be attached. If you still can’t locate your tickets, the e-mail address entered may be incorrect. If that is the case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the full name of the person who purchased the tickets and we’ll resend the ticket confirmation! Please note, if we are unable to locate the tickets, your order may not have gone through. Double check that the order was processed on your bank statement. If it was, we’ll use other ticket buyer information to find it.
Major Bummer- I purchased my Long Beach Comic Expo ticket in advance and just found out I have to work... is it possible to get a refund?
First, are you sure no one can cover?! If no one can, refund requests are accepted up until 30 days before the event. Be sure to request the refund via Eventbrite for it to be processed. Please note, refunds may take up to 3-5 business days to return to your account. We’re bummed you won’t be able to make it, but, we hope to see you at our Long Beach Comic Con show on August 31 - September 1, 2019!
I want to dress my dog up as my sidekick and bring him. Can I?
As much as we would love to see a pup dressed as Harley Quinn, unfortunately, no pets are allowed except registered service animals.
Can I take pictures?
Generally, you can take photographs at Long Beach Comic Expo of the conventioneers and exhibits. Please respect the privacy and ask before taking a picture of a celebrity, as some of them charge for their photo and autograph.
Where can I park and how do I get there?
Parking is $15 per car, per entry, you are able to purchase parking passes once you arrive at the convention center.
Directions are available on the Long Beach Convention Center website: www.longbeachcc.com or use 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 in your GPS for directions.
Where are the ATM machines?
Cash machines are located in the main lobby!
Where is Lost & Found located?
Lost & Found is located in the main lobby at the Registration Desk.
Do I have to pay extra to get autographs?
Some guests charge for their autographs, and some don't. Please ask first.
I really need to take this call, it's my agent...
Please be courteous and refrain from using any device while you are at panels, events or in programming rooms. Filming is NOT allowed.
To complete my costume, I carry a large battle-axe that I hone to razor sharpness every day. It's cool for me to bring that, right?
Ummm, seriously? Props are one thing, but anything that could take an eye out, could hurt someone, or make the cops (or my mother) take it away from you, is not allowed. Please refer to our policies for more clarification.
I need to blog frequently... is there wi-fi?
Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC - hey, those are OUR initials, too!) does offer wi-fi service on the promenade level for a small fee. Launch your browser and you'll reach their homepage.
Who are the mysterious people behind the curtain of the Long Beach Comic Expo?
The LBCEteam is comprised of people who celebrate what they love. They put in countless hours to create the best experience they can for fans, guests and exhibitors alike.