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MAR 11 2015
Promoters of Long Beach Comic Con Add New Jersey Comic Expo to Their Stable of Shows
MAD Event Management is proud to announce the third addition to their comic convention line up, the New Jersey Comic Expo which is scheduled for November 21 & 22, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Joining its sister conventions, Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, New Jersey Comic Expo will be part of a three-show series.

"The success of films and television shows based on comic book characters originates with the creators," said Martha Donato, President of MAD. "The comic shows we produce are first and foremost produced for anyone who has an affinity for comics, animation, games - really any type of pop culture that values content and its creators. We strive to create an environment that brings together a group of people who want to celebrate a culture and a lifestyle. And most of our team who produces the shows are based in the NY/NJ area, so this is a great place for us to do a home show."

To learn more about the show head on over to the show's website!
FEB 25 2015
LBCE Full Programming Schedule is Here!
Finally! We know you've been super patient waiting to get your hands on what we have planned for this years LBCE programming. Download a Programming Schedule here and get ready for a great weekend!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 24 2015
Our Programming News Across the Web!
Look at what everyone is saying about Long Beach Comic Expo and our stellar programming lineup. Here's what people are saying:

COMICVINE says " It's always a great time at the Long Beach shows." And they've got all the details on 2 full days of #makecomics programming for every aspiring creator who wants to learn about the creative process from some of the biggest names in comics.

All weekend long EAT.GEEK.PLAY will be hosting amazing one-on-one creator spotlight panels with major comic book creators: Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver!

COMICBOOK.COM has *ALL* the details about our animation programming from GI JOE to YOUNG JUSTICE!

COSPLAY CULTURE MAGAZINE had the exclusive reveal of our terrific Cosplay programming!

OC MOM BLOG asks, "Do your kids like comics? Superheroes? Then you're not going to want to miss the Long Beach Comic Expo." Check out all the terrific panels for kids (and their parents)!

HERO COMPLEX announced the finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in advance of the ceremony which will be held Saturday, February 28.

Magnet Releasing will present a screening of THE DEAD LANDS at 7 PM PT on Saturday. The film will be introduced by BLOODING DISGUSTING!

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE has a news story about the Blood on the Keyboard Crime fiction panel Sunday from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM. Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels!

13th Dimension says "Long Beach Comic Expo is a show after our own hearts." They have the scoop on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, which is Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM and will feature Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, Christy Lemire (What the Flick?!, Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, the Schmoes from Schmoes Know and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood).

FANBOY Comics will host an Indie Creators, Unite! A Guide to Self-Publishing panel Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon, Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, Rocket Salvage, Buffalo Speedway), Andrew Robinson (The Fifth Beatle), John Bring (Penguins vs. Possums), Jacob Semahn (Goners), and Bryant Dillon (Fanboy Comics President, Identity Thief, Something Animal).

ACTION FIGURE INSIDER calls the Four Horsemen panel (Sunday at 4 pm) "a great opportunity for West Coast fans to get to interact with some of the nicest guys in the industry!"

Like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Well, CraveOnline Comics Channel Editor Blair Marnell and Fandom Planet's Sax Carr will co-host a BUFFY Season 10 panel on Sunday from 4 to 5 PM with writer Christos Gage and BUFFY artist Megan Levens talking about Dark Horse Comics' fan favorite BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic book series and what's next for the Scooby Gang.

We're so excited for this show. Stay tuned for more programming announcements today. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

FEB 23 2015
Guest List Update
Due to health issues, Art Adams, David Gallaher, Len Wein and Marv Wolfman will be unable to join us at Long Beach Comic Expo this weekend. We're hoping that all four creators make speedy recoveries.

Art Adams will be at Long Beach Comic Con this September.
FEB 21 2015
Long Beach Comic Expo 2015 Show Teaser Video!
Check it out, like it and share it!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 18 2015
LA Times Hero Complex Announces McDuffie Award Finalists!
Head on over to The Hero Complex for the scoop on who's been nominated for the inaugural McDuffie Award.

Click here to for the entire story.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 10 2015
LBCE Announces Guests of Honor, Special Guests & Programming Highlights
Long Beach Comic Expo is unveiling legendary guests and buzzworthy panels, as well as innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 6th annual Long Beach Comic Expo, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 28 and March 1, 2015. The Expo will play host to more than 140 guests and 50 panels and, for the first time, it will be held in the full exhibit hall.

Guests of Honor & Special Guests

Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce bestselling writer Chris Claremont and bestselling artist Ethan Van Sciver as the Long Beach Comic Expo Guests of Honor. Mr. Claremont has written some of the most beloved and influential comic books of all time; 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of his first issue of THE UNCANNY XMEN.

Mr. Van Sciver is one of the most popular artist in comics; this year marks the 10th anniversary of his iconic work GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. Both guests will be making their very first appearance at a Long Beach convention.

Comic book superstars Arthur Adams (GUARDIANS TEAM UP) and Rachel and Terry Dodson (HARLEY QUINN) are being named Long Beach Comic Expo Special Guests in recognition of their astounding careers as comic book artists.

The convention is proud to recognize the following Special Guests for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics:

  • Cecil Castellucci, the young adult novelist (TIN STAR) and writer of the influential YA graphic novel THE PLAIN JANES

  • Steve Ellis, the artist of the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY and MAGIC THE GATHERING cards

  • The Four Horsemen Studio, influential toy designers of Mattel's Masters of the Universe, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, DC Universe Classics and Man of Steel toy lines, among others

  • Stan Sakai, the writer/artist of the award winning USAGI YOJIMBO graphic novels

  • Greg Weisman, acclaimed animation writer and producer (GARGOYLES; YOUNG JUSTICE) and author of the fan favorite RAIN OF GHOSTS YA novels

  • Brian Wood, writer of the influential graphic novels DEMO and THE NEW YORK FOUR

Programming Highlights
As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:

  • One on one creator spotlight panels with Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver hosted by EAT.GEEK.PLAY.

  • Publisher panels hosted by Jesse Snider, including the 40th anniversary of X-Men celebration, The Lion Forge & IDW Publishing Presents Miami Vice: Remix, and much more.

  • Panels for Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comics and Star Wars Rebels: Kanan the Last Padawan comics.

  • The Dawn of the Rise of the Devastator: Funny Books for Humans panel , with writers from Cracked, CollegeHumor , Funny or Die, The Meltdown and The Onion.

  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists and fans can learn the entire process of making comics from comic book greats all weekend long. T opics include How to Build a Portfolio, Breaking Into Comics, Writing and Marketing.

  • The first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity event with keynote speaker Reginald Hudlin.

  • Amazing animation panels: DISNEY AFTERNOON, GARGOYLES, GI JOE, and YOUNG JUSTICE, featuring major voice actors.

  • Major media panels including Rotten Tomatoes and Screen Junkie's Honest Trailers & Movie Fights.

  • A special screening of the upcoming Magnet Releasing film THE DEAD LANDS.

  • GeekFest Film Fest films at Long Beach Comic Expo, the only Los Angeles area venue to host the full slate of programming for the world's 1st traveling film fest of "geek" films.

  • The Dollar Baby Film Festival.

  • The comic book convention premiere of the SHE MAKES COMICS documentary.

  • Publishing panels devoted to YA & crime novelists.

  • Kids programming including How To Draw My Little Pony.

  • Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, will commence its celebration of 10 years of the groundbreaking Graphix imprint and participate in a panel with acclaimed cartoonists Jennifer L. Holm and James Burks and other creators.

  • A Saturday night Cosplay Contest and Cosplay panels.

Don't have your tickets to LBCE yet? They can be purchased by clicking here.
FEB 6 2015
LBCE Announces Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) as Guests.
Creative power couple Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter) and her husband Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) were recently profiled by the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER in a far ranging and candid interview here.

And now Guggenheim and Butters, will be attending a Long Beach convention for the first time as guests of Long Beach Comic Expo. Stay tuned for major announcements next week about Butters, Guggenheim and all LCBE guests.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 1 from 10:00 am - 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now at

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
JAN 23 2015
Giant Cosplay Contest Comes to LBCE - $3000 in Cash Prizes to be Won!
With our move this year from the Ballroom, where the LBCE started, into the MUCH larger Hall C at the Long Beach Convention Center we are going to be adding a bunch of new stuff. And we're excited to announce that one of these is the addition of a Cosplay Contest to this year's LBCE line-up!

Hosted by Nerd Like Us' Bernie Bregman & Bernadette Bentley the contest takes place on Saturday 2/28 at 7pm in the Seaside room. International Cosplayer, Designer & Model Ivy Doomkitty and Pro-Cosplayer Soni Aralynn will serve as judges with additional judges chairs to be filled soon.

Categories & Prizes:
  • Best Costume: $1000

  • Best Fabrication (Sculpting & building): $500

  • Best Construction (Sewing & use of fabric): $500

  • Best Hero: $250

  • Best Villain: $250

  • Best Sci-Fi: $250

  • Best Group or Couple: $250

Slots will fill up fast so we've set up pre-registration here.

You must ALSO send an email to You must include your name, email, age, costume name and number of participants in your group (if applicable).

Additional details regarding costume inspection, times and place will be sent by email.

Tickets must be purchased for Long Beach Comic Expo (Saturday only, weekend or lifetime passes will be honored at the door) in order to participate. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
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Long Beach Comic Expo boasts a wide range of exhibitors which includes comic book publishers, small press publishers, video game companies, modern comic book retailers, gold & silver age retailers, toy retailers, manga & anime retailers and much more. We will be adding exhibitors often so be sure to check back.

Our exhibitor floor is now accepting registration forms for 2015! Contact James Ross by clicking here.
Artist Alley is the heart of Long Beach Comic Expo and we know it's why so many people come to comic cons. We are proud to have one of the largest Artist Alleys not only in California, but the entire U.S. With big name talent, indy talent, web comics talent, pencilers, inkers, colorists, letters and even writers there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Artist Alley is presented by:
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Artist Alley is now accepting registration forms for 2015! Contact Gabe Fieramosco by clicking here.
The Long Beach Comic Expo is a two-day event held February 20th & 21st at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available using the BUY TICKETS button on this site, or at your local comic book shop. Additional details about the event can be found on the FAQ page or by emailing Customer Service.

What is Long Beach Comic Expo?
Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.

The Long Beach Comic Expo Team
Martha Donato (Executive Director, Founder/Principal) is the President of MAD Event Management, an all-purpose event planning facilitator. Donato has over 19 years of experience.

Mike Scigliano (Show Director) has over 15 years in the events production field that encompasses not only the event management side but the exhibitor side as well. This unique experience helps LBCC to keep both the needs of the event as well as the needs of the exhibitor in mind. Most of the industry simply knows him as Scig and as the Show Director he oversees floor management, exhibit sales, logistics, programming & guest relations. He is also is a freelance sales, marketing, writing, web development and events manager. You can find him on Twitter: @mikescigliano.

Caterina Toscano (Volunteer Manager) is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and works at a NYC Advertising Agency. She has been attending and working at comic-cons since she was a teenager. You can find her working in the Volunteer or Registration areas at Long Beach Comic Expo!

Arlene So (Art Director; Design Ninja) has been a graphic designer for over 20 years and ever so briefly, worked security at a comic con a while back. She is also a producer for an award-winning web series called Haywire.

Gabe Fieramosco (Social Media Maniac; Cosplay Consigliore & Ambassador to Artist Alley) has more than 10 years experience in events production and promotions. Gabe and his company, Outbreak Marketing handle all LBCC & LBCE social media. He also books our cosplay guests and manages our cosplay events. Most recently Gabe added overseeing Artist Alley tables to his collection of hats. You can find Gabe on Twitter & Instagram @ItsMeGabe.

Kris Simon (Programming Manager) has written and edited comics for over 10 years, and introduced hundreds of middle school girls to the comic book industry as a Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Her love for the medium can only be surpassed by her love for a good burger.

David Nieves (Show Coordinator, Programming) is an LA based pop culture writer. When he isn't working freelance in the entertainment industry, he can be found reading comics. Along with being a comic nerd; Dave advocates for the industry by covering events and writing for such sites as Comics Beat, Bleeding Cool, and Nuke the Fridge.

Amanda Caggiano (Event Coordinator, Programming) is a graduate of U-Mass Amherst and has been working with the Long Beach Comic Con team for two years - with a stint where she built houses for Habitat For Humanity. Amanda recently left behind the cold New York winters for sunny days in California.

David Hyde (Publicity & Promotions) is the founder of Superfan Promotions, a Los Angeles based boutique publicity company that creates campaigns for some of the biggest names in comics. Superfan works with authors, artists, conventions, festivals, stores, entertainment companies and publishers. Prior to launching Superfan Promotions, David was the Vice President of Publicity at DC Entertainment. You can follow him at @superfanpr.

Kris Longo (Sponsorhip Sales; Special Events) is the founder of Geek Riot Media, the first and only fuly integrated geek culture advertising and sponsorship representation firm. Prior to Geek Riot, Longo managed East Coast advertising sales for DC Comics and served as Vice President of Business Development for Bonfire Agency.

James Ross (Sales Manager; Floor Manager) is a veteran in the trade show/events industry. He has been in the conventions and events industry since 1999. For the past 15 years he has specialized in exhibit sales & sponsorships, event logistics and floor management. He has been involved in comic book convention genre for over 10 years.

Bobby Marmolejo (Event Coordinator, Registration; Dealer Sales) has been with Long Beach Comic Con since the start. He has over 16 years experience in comic book and pop culture retail.

Steven Hoveke (Security Manager) is the owner of Square 1 Press, an independent comics and art books publisher. He started in this industry in 2003 working for Palisades Toys. He has also worked as an independent contractor for Gentle Giant Ltd., Top Cow and Devil's Due, to name a few. A "jack-of-all-trades", his talents are seemingly limitless, from guest relations to personal security to booth construction, he does it all. He has been reading comics since he was seven.

Phil Lawrence ( Co-founder) Lawrence has over 18 years of experience in marketing and advertising and the comics field and has been involved in the comic book business most of his adult life, and continues to enjoy it personally and professionally.

MAD Event Management
If you are interested in exhibit space, retail booths or Artist Alley tables at Long Beach Comic Expo, please download the appropriate form and complete it - we'd rather you sent it in via email, but if you want to fax your completed form, you can send it to 845-787-2499. Have security concerns when using your credit card for payment? We also have a secure online exhibitor registration site that you can use our website by clicking here. If you have any questions, you can contact us:

Martha Donato - Executive Director
Mike Scigliano - Show Director
We have easy access to the show floor for move-in and move-out at both shows. The Long Beach Convention Center is a great facility to work with!

Are you interested in helping us promote Long Beach Comic Expo? We can offer you free tickets to the show to use for promotions. We can also offer reciprocal banner ads. Contact Martha or Mike to set it up.

Martha Donato - Executive Director
Mike Scigliano - Show Director

Do you want to get involved with our shows? Promote your brand or product? Contact Kris Longo by clicking here.

2015 Exhibitor Kit
Exhibitors, Small Press, Dealers, Fan Groups & Artist Alley: Click here!

2015 Electrical Form
Download an electrical form here!

2015 Show Floor Map
Download a show floor here!

EXHIBITORS: Download a registration form here!
RETAILERS: Download a registration form here!
ARTISTS: Download a registration form here!
PROFESSIONALS: Click here to go to the tickets section to register your professional pass.

Long Beach Comic Expo 2016 - February 20 & 21, 2016
Show Hours:
Saturday February 20 - 10:00am - 7:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)
Sunday February 21 - 10:00am - 5:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)

All programming rooms have limited capacity as set by the Long Beach Fire Marshal and subject to available seating. Although your LBCE badge is required for entry into all events, it doesn't guarantee you access to any programming session if it has reached its capacity, subject to the discretion of Long Beach Convention Center and Long Beach Comic Expo staff members. We don't clear our programming rooms between sessions.

Long Beach Comic Expo believes in creating an environment where every attendee, exhibitor and staff member is treated with respect and dignity, and does not tolerate any act of bullying or harassment. If an attendee of any type is believed to be in violation of our rules, they will be asked to leave immediately without reimbursement of any kind. Long Beach Comic Expo employs professional security guards who enforce our rules and regulations, as do our staff members. Volunteers are NOT staff members and are assisting us in exchange for certain reimbursement and experiential value. Please report any serious incidents or concerns to a Long Beach Comic Expo Staff Member, as identified by their badge.
Volunteer to be Part of Our Team!

We are accepting applications for a few awesome Volunteers for the Long Beach Comic Expo on February 20 & 21, 2016. Please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form and then email it to Caterina Toscano if you would like to be added to the wait list.
When is the convention?
Long Beach Comic Expo is being held on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2016. Show hours are: Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!) | Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!).

How much are tickets?
Prices for the show will be $30 for a Saturday only ticket; $20 for a Sunday only ticket and $45 for a weekend ticket. Children age 10 and under are admitted for free with an adult admission (limit of 2 per adult please). Senior citizen (65 & older), military, police & fire fighter discounts are available (use code MilitaryLawEnforcement or SeniorCitizen). Tickets are available at the door but will be priced higher.

I bought my ticket online or at a comic book shop, what time can I arrive to pick up my ticket?
Advance ticket sales will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, February 20 and 8:30 am on Sunday, Febraury 21. Walk up tickets WILL NOT be available for sale until 9:30 am.

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 9:30 am both days. Ticket pick-up & on-site sales are in the Lobby!

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 Expo.
To register use our secure site by clicking here.
We welcome Professionals who register after the deadline, but please note we will charge a $10 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 - badges are for professionals only.

Where do I pick up my badge? 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?
Even if it wasn't a stunning accessory that the Sex In The City gals would pay hundreds of dollars for, yes - you need to wear it inside the hall at all times, or we may think you are some sort of undesirable who snuck in and we will be forced to ask you to leave.

I want to dress my dog up as my sidekick and bring him. Can I?
Sorry, no pets, except for 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?
There are parking lots located at the Long Beach Convention Center and all around the area that are privately owned. The prices vary, but expect to pay $10 per day. Note: the Convention Center parking lot only accepts cash. Directions are available on the Long Beach Convention Center website: 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, and in the Aquarium entrance.

Where is Lost & Found located?
Lost & Found is located in the main lobby at the Registration Booth.

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...
Then really, take it outside. Please be courteous and no cell phone usage when you are at panels, events or in programming rooms.

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.

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 LBCE team 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.

Buy Your Long Beach Comic Expo Tickets today!
Long Beach Comic Expo - February 20 & 21, 2016!
Saturday hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)| Sunday hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)

We offer discounts to senior citizens (65 & older) and members of law enforcement and military - use promotional code MilitaryLawenforcement or SeniorCitizenDiscount when you purchase your ticket below. You will be asked to show proof of status when you arrive at the event to pick up your tickets.

Long Beach Comic Con - September 12 & 13, 2015!
Saturday hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!) | Sunday hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (9:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)

Click here for Long Beach Comic con This September 12 & 13!
Check back here for updates to our guest list, artist alley, convention exclusives, programming updates and more!
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Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California, 90802
Tel: 1-562-491-1234
Fax: 1-562-983-1491

Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel
Treat yourself to the premier setting of Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Only steps from major attractions, shops and entertainment, our luxurious hotel in Long Beach lets you easily explore the entire area. Easy access to the Aquarium and Queen Mary, stroll along the harbor, play on the beach or take in a performance at the Convention and Entertainment Center right next door.

With famous theme parks just a short drive from our Long Beach hotel, even the busiest business traveler can share some of the fun. Within our inviting accommodations, enjoy deluxe guestrooms, exciting new dining, extensive business amenities and the world-class service that have made us the standout hotel in Long Beach. Please contact the hotel directly and mention you are there for Long Beach Comic Expo to receive the special convention rate for a regular room.

To make your reservations, please call 1-800-233-1234 and refer to the group name: Long Beach Comic Expo or use this link. Specify Dates: February 20 - February 21, 2016.

Located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, the Center is within walking distance to first-class accommodations (more than 5,000 rooms citywide, most within the downtown area), shopping, dining, attractions, sightseeing along picturesque bays and 5 1/2 miles of sandy beach.

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is a spectacular multi-purpose complex - one of the few waterfront facilities nationwide, featuring more than 400,000 square feet of flexible exhibit and meeting space, two theaters, an arena and 34 meeting rooms. The glass concourse and lobby offer expansive views of the scenic harbor and downtown skyline. A pedestrian promenade links hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions with the Pacific Ocean.

The Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California, 90802
Tel: 1-562-436-3000

The Westin Long Beach
Halfway between Los Angeles International Airport and Orange County Airport, The Westin Long Beach is renowned for both its convenience and beautiful location. Only a mile from the beach, and a few minutes from the new Aquarium of the Pacific, guests can experience the best of California.

At The Westin Long Beach, our staff is here to help you. Our dedicated associates will help you arrange your next event in one of our various meeting rooms, including our Centennial Ballroom, which can hold over 1,500 people. Enjoy a delicious meal at our newly renovated restaurant, The Grill.

Most of our 469 guest rooms and suites offer stunning harbor views. Each room boasts our signature Heavenly Bed, with a pillow top mattress and five pillows.

To make your reservations, please call 1-562-436-3000 and refer to the group name: Long Beach Comic Expo or use this link. Specify Dates: February 20 - 21, 2016.

Run away and find your way back. The best things to do in Long Beach are all close to The Westin Long Beach hotel, where the action begins and the fun never ends. From the regal Queen Mary and spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific to stirring Broadway shows, live music venues and hundreds of exclusive dining destinations, you'll find all of the top things to do in Long Beach centrally located minutes from The Westin.

About Long Beach Comic Expo:
Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center every spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit for additional information.

Media Contact:
AnnaMaria White
Please submit requests for press passes to

David Hyde
Please send interview requests for convention guests and Martha Donato, the Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Con & Expo, to

About MAD Event Management:
MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 15 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD's capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit for additional information.

Show Photos:
Official show photographer Ning Wong Photography

2014 Long Beach Comic Expo official photographs are available through or contact Ning Wong at
See what people are saying about our shows...

"The Long Beach Comic Expo has truly outdone itself this year. One of the main reasons I go to cons is for the cosplayers. I love to bring my kids and have them experience the excitement of meeting cosplayers up close. It brings the comics to life and they get such a kick out of it. This year, you guys brought a lot of my favorite cosplayers like Ivydoomkitty, Vegas PG Cosplay, Bernadette Bentley, Nicole Marie Jean, and Soni Arlynn. I am a Long Beach resident, so its even better because I wont have far to travel. I just want to express that I appreciate this con more than ever. You and your staff are a huge reason for that." - Richard Dillard

"Long Beach Comic Con treated the pros and the fans to a real treat. I especially enjoyed the relaxed surroundings and actually got to spend some time with some real special people as well. This is the kind of show we will keep coming back to year after year. congrats to everyone that made it happen."
- Jimmy Palmiotti

"Long Beach Comic Con has such a great feel for a Southern California show! Really well run and brings in an awesome crowd of fans. Thanks to the hard work of Mike Scigliano and the gang, I'll definitely be going back again and again."
- Mike Kunkel

"I had the opportunity this last weekend to walk the Long Beach Comic Con. The past 3 years I have attended as a budding young (well old) artist and enjoyed my time in the Artist Alley. From the veteran creators of the comic industry to the new faces looking to tell their own stories, there is an overall drive of creativity, energy and passion for the comic medium. The diversity of styles, content, ages and viewpoints just show how much people love comics."
- Chris Waterman for Bleeding

"Intimate enough to mingle with the artists, yet big enough to inspire awe.... the LB Comic Con started something that will hopefully continue to grow and inspire year after year!"
- Jim Lujan

"It was a pleasure to attend the Long Beach Comic Convention. What I liked best was how easy it was to get to the convention. The best part of this comic convention was it was about comics!!! The main reason I attended was to browse Artists Alley. I saw all my favorites and noticed a few new ones. I think the venue was perfect. Downtown Long Beach offers a beautiful view to go along with the shopping center around it. Thanks for a great time and I can't wait to attend next year, and many more to come."
- Jarrod Kawashima, Geoffrey's Comics

"A Comic Book Convention with more comic books on the vendor floor than anything else! How refreshing! I loved that I could speak with comic book artists without feeling overwhelmed by humongous crowds."
- Rachel Bieber, City of Torrance Reference Librarian

"You could not have asked for a better comic con, than the Long Beach Comic Con. It being the first year of the show, we (Fiction House Mafia) had no idea what to expect. We had heard the buzz of guests that would appear. J. Scott Campbell, Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee- to name a few. One of the best things about the show is that it was well rounded. Where some of the shows you don't really get the chance to converse with your favorite creators and they managed to pull it off. It was awesome!!! If you're an independent creator take into consideration this convention, because the focus that they put on their booths, artist alley tables, is really second to none. We had an artist alley table and sold out of every book we took."
- Albert Morales (Artist, El Mystico), Fiction House Mafia

"I had such a blast at Long Beach Comic Con! There was a wide variety of things to see and do and a great lineup of guests. As a creator it was a great chance to network with other creators but I also had fun attending the show as a fan!"
- Brendan Creecy

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