Program Schedule & Highlights
Who’s bad? Long Beach Comic Expo answers that question with some of the top creators in comics on Saturday January 11 as DOCTOR DOOM writer Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) and Ringo Award “Best Villain” winner Rylend Grant (ABERRANT) headline a panel on what makes bad guys great. Will we see YOU there?
Who Would Win?
Popular podcast WHO WOULD WIN? makes its Long Beach Comic Expo debut with an in-person episode pitting pop-culture creations against each other in a spirited discussion featuring audience participation and special guests! Take part in the fun Saturday, January 11!
Star War IX
Dying to talk about THE MANDALORIAN? Ready to share your thoughts about Episode IX (sorry, but you have to wait until that one comes out…)? Join bestselling novelist S.T. Bende (VIKING ACADEMY) and others on Saturday, January 11 for the first post-Skywalker saga STAR WARS panel of 2020 at Long Beach Comic Expo!
Fanbase Press 10th Anniversary!
Cutting-edge comics publisher Fanbase Press returns to Long Beach to celebrate its tenth anniversary! A highlight of the weekend’s celebrations is at Saturday, January 11’s 10th Anniversary Panel! Join featured guest Sebastian Kadlecik (creator of the acclaimed QUINCE), his QUINCE collaborators Kit and Emma Steinkellner, writers of NUCLEAR POWER Desiree Proctor and Erica Harrell, and more for the fun!
Women of Sci-Fi
Join the Women of Sci-Fi as the popular Geekfest panel returns to Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday, January 11! Join panelist Jackie Dallas along with Aliza Pearl, Michele Specht, and Nakia Burrise.
The Long Beach Comic Expo Cosplay Contest is coming on January 11, 2020! Pre-registration is open NOW!
Space Expo Presents Dinosaurs
Space Expo returns to Long Beach Comic Expo with incredible panels and experiences, including an unexpected panel where a team of paleontologists talk about the latest science on dinosaurs and fossils, and talk about pop-culture takes on the animals that once dominated the world!
Pop Paleo: Dinosaurs & Other Extinct Creatures in Pop Culture From classic films like The Valley of Gwangi to modern tales like Jurassic World and Game of Thrones, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures have inspired amazing stories in pop culture. But, just how well do these fictional depictions of long gone animals reflect what scientists actually know about them. Join our special panel of paleontologists as they breakdown what’s real and what’s inspired! Hold on to your butts – it’s going to be a wild (and scientific) ride through the history of pop-culture paleontology! Brought to you by the Cosplay for Science Initiative!
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Writer/creator Kayden Phoenix (JALISCO) returns to Long Beach, leading a Sunday (1/12/20) panel on Latina superheroes with JALISCO artist Amanda Julina and meeting fans all weekend in Artist Alley!
Long Beach’s funniest hour of cosplay is back on Saturday, January 11! History shows it’ll be a crowded house, so get your seats early! And get your tickets early, too!
FULL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
Name of Panel: Fanbase Press At 10: A Decade of Celebrating Fandoms & Creating New Ones
Description: Cutting-edge comics publisher Fanbase Press returns to Long Beach to celebrate its tenth anniversary! Join featured guest Sebastian Kadlecik (creator of the acclaimed QUINCE), his QUINCE collaborators Kit and Emma Steinkellner, writers of NUCLEAR POWER Desiree Proctor and Erica Harrell, and more for the fun!
Moderator: Barbra Dillon
Panelists: Bryant Dillon, Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner, Emma Steinkellner, Desiree Proctor, Erica Harrell
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Name of Panel: Who’s Bad?: Comic Book Villains
Description: Some of the top creators in comics, among them DOCTOR DOOM writer Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY), FEMALE FURIES writer Cecil Castellucci, Ringo Award winner for “Best Villain” Rylend Grant (ABERRANT), and SPENCER AND LOCKE’s David Pepose join in a discussion of how great villains are key to great stories!
Moderator: Sam Humphries
Panelists: Christopher Cantwell, Rylend Grant, David Pepose, Cecil Castellucci
Name of Panel: Building Worlds: Making and Breaking the Rules
Description: Creators from comics and television share the methods and madness behind how they infuse fictional worlds with a distinct point of view. A powerhouse panel from television writer and podcast host Marc Bernardin (TREADSTONE, FATMAN BEYOND, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE), comics writers Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, SAVAGE AVENGERS) and Amanda Deibert (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS), and comics writer and animation creator Steven T. Seagle (BEN 10, BIG HERO 6)!
Moderator: Ivan Cohen, Marc Bernardin
Panelists: Marc Bernardin, Gerry Duggan, Amanda Deibert, Steven T. Seagle
Name of Panel: Who Would Win? LIVE: Wonder Woman vs. Deadpool
Description: Wonder Woman takes on Deadpool in another live Who Would Win? Show. The popular podcast returns to Long Beach with an in-person episode pitting pop-culture creations against each other in a spirited discussion featuring audience participation and special guests!
Moderator: James Gavsie
Name of Panel: Star Wars: Nothing But Star Wars (*and related current properties)
Description: Dying to talk about THE MANDALORIAN? Ready to share your thoughts about Episode IX? Join novelists Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET) and S.T. Bende (VIKING ACADEMY), former Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Craig Miller (STAR WARS MEMORIES), and artist Tony Fleecs (STAR WARS ADVENTURES) for the first post-Skywalker panel of 2020! Moderated by FATMAN BEYOND host Marc Bernardin.
Moderator: Marc Bernardin
Panelists: S.T. Bende, Craig Miller, Tony Fleecs, Cecil Castellucci
Name of Panel: Playing With Other People’s Toys: Creating Licensed Comics
Description: Licensed comics give creators the chance to play with some of their favorite characters in movies, television, and more. Join writers Cecil Castellucci (FROZEN, THE LITTLE MERMAID, STAR TREK: WAYPOINT) and David Avallone (TWILIGHT ZONE) and artists Cat Staggs (SMALLVILLE) and Drew Johnson (GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK) for the challenges and rewards that come with working with such famous properties. Moderated by Ringo Award winner Rylend Grant (ABBERANT).
Moderator: Rylend Grant
Panelists: David Avallone, Cecil Castellucci, Cat Staggs, Drew Johnson
Name of Panel: Space Expo Presents Pop Paleo: Dinosaurs & Other Extinct Creatures in Pop Culture
Description: From classic films like THE VALLEY OF GWANGI to modern tales like JURASSIC WORLD and GAME OF THRONES, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures have inspired amazing stories in pop culture. But, just how well do these fictional depictions of long gone animals reflect what scientists actually know about them. Join our special panel of paleontologists as they breakdown what’s real and what’s inspired! Hold on to your butts – it’s going to be a wild (and scientific) ride through the history of pop-culture paleontology! Brought to you by the Cosplay for Science Initiative!
Panelists: Billie Guerrero, Brittney Stoneburg, Kiersten Formoso
Name of Panel: In Conversation with DC Comics’ Dan DiDio
Description: Dan DiDio invites you to join this afternoon chat to talk about your favorite comic book memories and why we all love this medium. All are welcome; no RSVP required!
Moderator: Dan DiDio
Name of Panel: The Fantabulous Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey
Description: With BIRDS OF PREY just weeks away from being released, celebrate the former Harleen Quinzel and her friends with a raucous roster of creators who know her best. Current HARLEY QUINN writer Sam Humphries and former BIRDS OF PREY writers Julie and Shawna Benson take the stage to talk about the comics behind Hollywood’s newest franchise.
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Sam Humphries, Julia Benson, Shawna Benson
Name of Panel: David Mack: Guest of Honor Spotlight
Description: Join David Mack for a discussion of his life and career, including COVER, his new creator-owned series (with Brian Michael Bendis) at DC, inspired by his overseas work for the U.S. State Department as a Cultural Ambassador in North Africa, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. This special look at his work and process will also explore his Emmy-nominated work on the main titles of JESSICA JONES (Netflix) the film titles of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER; and directing role on music videos for Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Dashboard Confessional, and more; as well as his work as the DAREDEVIL comics series for Marvel and his work on his acclaimed series KABUKI as a comic and as an in-development TV series at Sony.
Name of Panel: Chaykin/Seeley: Sex, Science Fiction, and Super Heroes
Description: This one’s for the grown-ups: Comics legend Howard Chaykin (AMERICAN FLAGG!, HEY KIDS! COMICS!) and modern comics superstar Tim Seeley (BLOODSHOT, MONEY SHOT) talk about their work, the controversies that sometimes come with more-mature content in comics, and more.
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Tim Seeley, Howard Chaykin
Name of Panel: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: What Comes Next
Description: With the CW’s unprecedented CRISIS crossover coming to an end this week, join DC DAILY’s Sam Humphries and FATMAN BEYOND podcast co-host Marc Bernardin for a discussion of what’s happened so far, what happens next, and what you – YOU – have to say about it! We’re all fans here, and every voice counts!
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Marc Bernardin, Sam Humphries
Name of Panel: Gerry Duggan: Super-Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Description: Gerry Duggan, writer of the new X-Men title MARAUDERS and the Conan-starring SAVAGE AVENGERS, shares stories of how he makes these two very different team books work. Moderated by Long Beach Director of Programming Ivan Cohen.
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Gerry Duggan
Name of Panel: Alterna Comics
Description: Indie publisher Alterna Comics returns to Long Beach! Join TINSELTOWN: LOSING THE LIGHT writer David Lucarelli and fellow Alterna creators Hank Tucker (THE ACTUAL ROGER), Stephanie Cannon (THE ACCURSED), and more for a panel walking attendees through the process of how a comic goes from idea to a finished, published work.
Moderator: David Lucarelli
Panelists: Hank Tucker, Stephanie Cannon
Name of Panel: POD 49 LIVE!: Celebrating LODGE 49
Description: Join the hosts of the LODGE 49 conversation podcast, POD 49, as they celebrate this remarkable show with an extra-length panel and live podcast recording. They will be joined by actors David Ury, Sam Puefua, Vik Sahay, and Alex Klein, Britt Rentschler, director Alethea Jones (CIRCLES, ESTRELLA Y MAR), and composer Andrew Carroll, along with other surprises!
Moderator: Bart DeCoursy, Chris Lawrence, Jim Flood
Panelists: Alethea Jones, Alex Klein, David Ury, Sam Puefua, Vik Sahay, Britt Rentschler, Andrew Carroll
Name of Panel: Cosplay Comedy
Description: Long Beach’s funniest hour of cosplay is back! History shows it’ll be a crowded house, so get your seats early! Cosplay Comedy is a unique stand-up show where comics perform in costume and in-character! See your favorite heroes and villains take the stage and hit the mic! Featuring some of the geekiest comics from the LA scene. Our LBCE lineup includes Batman, Spider-Man, Mega Man, Darth Vader, and more!
Moderator: Kyle Chrise
Panelists: Sharra Lou Arriola, PJ Baio, Greg Benevent, Jim Bruce, Nik Estes, Jeff Hopkins, Veronica Kwiatkowski, Justin Merchant, Jorge Riverol
Name of Panel: “Fanbase Press Presents: All About QUINCE – The Latina Superhero We Need”
Description: Fanbase Press’ QUINCE – the Eisner-nominated, bilingual comic book series about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera – is launching its hardcover edition Long Beach Comic Expo! A celebration panel brings together series creator Sebastian Kadlecik (PENGUINS VS. POSSUMS), writer Kit Steinkellner (SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS), artist Emma Steinkellner (THE OKAY WITCH), and Peter Murrieta (Executive Producer, MR. IGLESIAS) to discuss the series and the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium!
Moderator: Barbra Dillon
Panelists: Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner, Emma Steinkellner, Peter Murrieta
Name of Panel: Cosplay Pre-Judge
Name of Panel: Cosplay Contest
Room 102C (GeekFest)
Name of Panel: Women of SciFi Panel
Description: Join us for a discussion about gender equality, female empowerment, and women in the workplace in the indie science fiction Film/TV industry.
Moderator: Gigi Edgley
Panelists: Nakia Burrise, Jackie Dallas, Aliza Pearl, Michele Specht
Name of Panel: Program 1: SciFi
Description: Horizon – Logan Lee – Hello World – Home in Time
Name of Panel: Program 2: Gamer
Description: Life Upgraded – Push the Point – Life XP – Would You Like To Try Again? – Zero Lives Left
Name of Panel: Program 3: Geek Girls Direct
Description: The Weighing of the Heart – A Typical Fairytale – Girls Game
Name of Panel: Program 4: More SciFi
Description: It Came Nameless in Spring – To Your Last Death (RATED R)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Name of Panel: Make It ????? : STAR TREK Trivia Contest from THE FLEET
Description: With STAR TREK: PICARD debuting in just a few weeks, now’s the time to test your knowledge of all things Jean-Luc (and STAR TREK in general) with a trivia panel run by fan group STAR TREK — THE FLEET! Think you can beat the STAR TREK Trivia Beast? It’s guaranteed fun for TREK fans old, new, and in-between.
Moderator: Admiral Morganthaler
Name of Panel: Designing Toons: How Artists Create the Look of the Characters We Love
Description: Animation designers spanning from COOL WORLD and X-MEN: EVOLUTION to KIM POSSIBLE and CLERKS: THE ANIMATED SERIES all the way to the upcoming ANIMANIACS revival share stories of how the characters we love took their very specific shapes! Join Steven E. Gordon, Stephen Silver, and Genevieve Tsai and YouTube’s ILoveKimPossibleALot for an unforgettable panel!
Panelists: Steven E. Gordon, Genevieve Tsai, Stephen Silver
Name of Panel: Fanbase Weekly Presents: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes 40
Description: Join the hosts of Fanbase Press’ flagship podcast, The Fanbase Weekly, for one of their trademark “”Fanbase Feature”” panel discussions – this time focusing on the 40-year anniversary of STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Featuring STAR WARS MEMORIES writer Craig Miller (Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations from 1977-1980), and STAR WARS: RESISTANCE writer/executive producer Brandon Auman and writer Gavin Hignight, and THE STORY GEEKS co-host Sandra Dimas, this panel will examine the plot, characters, themes, as well as the massive impact of this iconic film. Spoiler warning: Luke Skywalker’s parentage is likely to be discussed. Moderated by Fanbase Press President Bryant Dillon.
Moderator: Bryant Dillon
Panelists: Brandon Auman, Gavin Hignight, Sandra Dimas, Craig Miller
Name of Panel: Engineering STAR WARS: Build Your Own R2
Description: Can’t get enough droids? Want R2 or BB-8 on all your adventures? There’s a whole club of people dedicated to building R2-D2 and the other droids of Star Wars! Come learn the basics and see what it takes to build your own Astromech droid from several women that build their own!
Panelists: Keri Bean, Naila Browne
Name of Panel: Hip Hop Meets Comics: Lord of the Mic L.A.
Description: Aspen Comics editor Vince Hernandez has created a runaway Kickstarter success with SIRIA: UNDERWORLD PIMP HUSTLA. To commemorate the launch of this amazing accomplishment, he’s launched an MC battle with a $500 prize, taking place one week after LBCE! Now, a murderer’s row of experts – including veteran hip-hop journalist and comics industry gadfly Hannibal Tabu and voice actor James Mathis III (AVENGERS ASSEMBLE’s Black Panther, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS) – talk about the project and the intersection between music and sequential art.
Moderator: Vince Hernandez
Panelists: James Mathis III, Hannibal Tabu
Name of Panel: Rise of the Latina Superhero
Description: In the expanding universe of superheroes, Latina superheroes are on the minds of all. Where are they? How will they look? What are their powers? And, most importantly, when. The public has spoken, and the time is now. Join Kayden Phoenix, (writer and creator, JALISCO), Amanda Julina Gonzales and Gloria Felix (illustrator and colorist, JALISCO), cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty, and Barbra Dillon, Editor-in-Chief and founder of QUINCE publisher Fanbase Press for this timely panel.
Moderator: Kayden Phoenix
Panelists: Amanda Julina Gonzales, Gloria Felix, Ivy Doomkitty, Barbra Dillon
Name of Panel: So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay
Description: So they say you shouldn’t cosplay? Hear differently on a special panel led by Ivy Doomkitty. The panel will discuss diversity in cosplay, including body image/type, skin color, age, disability, genderbent cosplay, and more. Learn how to push past boundaries that others try to place against you and discover various techniques to build confidence. After all, cosplay is for everyone. It is not limited to one demographic. Q&A to follow.
Moderator: Ivy Doomkitty
Name of Panel: Cosplaying the Strong Women of Marvel and DC
Description: There is a crisis in the multiverse, and who will come to the rescue? Who are these Paragons? Who are the Avengers that will assemble? Who will answer the call to come to the Women of DC and Marvel panel! Women from these universes, cosplayers you know and love unite! We will be here discussing such topics as women we have chosen to cosplay, how women are portrayed by DC and by Marvel. What are their stengths and their weaknesses. What do we see in the future for female characters?
Moderator: Patricia A. Miller
Panelists: Molly, Toni Adams, Mahalia Mouzon, Myriam LP, Liz Cobb, Amy Peltola, Kate Peltola, Clara Becka, Mina Shadrick
Name of Panel: The New, Young (Sometimes Newly Young) Heroes of Comics
Description: Many comic-book heroes are much older than their classic target audience. This panel showcases creators whose characters – even ones created decades ago – have been re-imagined to reflect today’s younger readers and the world they live in. Join Cecil Castellucci (BATGIRL, THE PLAIN JANES), Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, the upcoming CABLE), Norm Harper (HAPHAVEN), and Bobby Timony (THE NIGHT OWLS, GOBLIN HOOD) for a discussion of their work, their inspirations, and just how young the future seems to be.
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Cecil Castellucci, Gerry Duggan, Norm Harper, Bobby Timony
Name of Panel: How to Dominate on Social Media
Description: Are you having trouble connecting with people on social media, building quality friendships, and getting people excited about your work? Join USA TODAY bestselling author Russell Nohelty as he guides you through the easiest, most impactful, and most fun way to go about building your social media account in less than an hour a week, and have fun doing it. These are the secrets that Russell has used to build engaged accounts for himself and dozens of other authors, raise over $125,000 on Kickstarter, and launch books successfully again and again.
Moderator: Russell NoheltyRoom 103C
Name of Panel: Robin: The Character Find of 1940 turns 80
Description: With Dick Grayson turning eighty this year (he looks great), join comics creators Tim Seeley, former NIGHTWING writer Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN, DC DAILY), and more for a birthday panel that talks about what makes the character tick, and how Robin has gone beyond just being a sidekick to being a valuable character all his own. Moderated by Director of Programming Ivan Cohen (TEEN TITANS GO!).
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Tim Seeley, Sam Humphries, more
Name of Panel: Beyond Traditional Comic Books: New Ways to Reach an Audience
Description: The twenty-page “floppy” ain’t the only game in town. Tony Fabro (THREE PANEL CRIMES on Instagram), Steven Prince (DESTROYOR), and Christie Shinn (DEMON BITCH) talk web/social media comics. Russell Nohelty primes us to play the anthology game. And writer Steven Peros (STOKER & WELLS) shares his experiences working on longform graphic novels like Billy Tucci’s SHI: RETURN OF THE WARRIOR. Moderated by Ringo Award winner Rylend Grant (ABBERANT).
Moderator: Rylend Grant
Panelists: Tony Fabro, Steven Prince, Christie Shinn, Russell Nohelty, Steven Peros
Name of Panel: Superheroes and Killing
Description: From the Golden Age to the Punisher to Deadpool, comics characters haven’t always had a code against killing. Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway, THE SHADOW writer/artist Howard Chaykin, and artist Scott Koblish (DEADPOOL, THE MANY DEATHS OF SCOTT KOBLISH) take part in a panel that takes no prisoners.
Moderator: Ivan Cohen
Panelists: Scott Koblish, Howard Chaykin, Gerry Conway
Name of Panel: Under the Covers
Description: A comic book’s cover can be more than just a literal translation of what takes place inside. It can be a poster, a billboard, or a variant in a totally different style designed to add value for collectors. Join three talented artists – Zu Orzu (variant cover artist for DC’s COVER and multiple Valiant Entertainment titles), Mike Mayhew (JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY), and Logan Lubera (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, COSMIC GHOST RIDER) – for a conversation about how they approach the most visible job in comics.
Moderator: Dave Olbrich
Panelists: Zu Orzu, Logan Lubera, Mike Mayhew
Name of Panel: Women of Horror Panel
Description: A freewheeling discussion about female empowerment in modern horror film and television, with special guest Dana DeLorenzo (ASH VS EVIL DEAD) among the panelists!
Moderator: Susan Lee
Panelists: Dana DeLorenzo, Devanny Pinn, Elissa Dowling, Esther Goodstein
Name of Panel: Program 5: Horror
Description: Spiral – First Time – Necessary Evil – Stalag III C – Chromophobia
Name of Panel: Program 6: Superhero
Description: Henchman – Mirage – Steel Cut Oats – Balloon
Name of Panel: Program 7: Fan Film
Description: Capt America – Hood – Friday Night in Gotham – Growing Shadows: The Poison Ivy Fan Film – Scoundrels – Laundry Day
Name of Panel: GeekFest: Meet our Filmmakers Panel and Awards
Description: Meet some of the filmmakers behind 2020’s GeekFest films, including Natalie Rossetti (GIRLS GAME), Tanya Klein (TO YOUR LAST DEATH), Ray Lai (LOGAN LEE), and Michael Felker (WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY AGAIN?).
Moderator: Jackie Dallas
Panelists: Natalie Rossetti, Tanya Klein, Ray Lai, Michael Felker