Con Report: Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2011 – Panels, Cosplayers and More!

It was quite a turnout this year for the third annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con held this Halloween weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. There was a little bit of everything for fans of comic books, TV shows, movies, and web series. A number of celebrities also made appearances throughout the two-day convention such as John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York), Thomas Jane (Hung, Punisher), Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) to meet and greet fans. Comic book aficionados lined up to get their favorite issues signed by J. Scott Campbell (Gen13, Danger Girl, Spider-Man), Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika, The Darkness), and a wide array of other comic book professionals. And if that wasn’t all, industry legends Stan Sakai creator of Usagi Yojimbo and Kevin Eastman, the creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, also made an appearance at the two-day convention.

There were also a number of panels scheduled during the weekend such as a Q & A session with director Shane Black of the upcoming ‘Iron Man 3’ movie in 2013. The director of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang also gave some helpful advice to those interested in becoming screenwriters themselves. Fans of Adult Swim’s ‘Robot Chicken’ were treated to previews of upcoming shorts which included a trailer for ‘RC/DC Tour’ that parodies DC Comics. It’s never a dull time with co-creators/executive producers/directors/writers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/head writer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writers Erik Weiner and Matt Beans, as they answer questions from the audience and poke a bit of fun at their fans.

That’s not all! Fans of the web series ‘The Guild’ were also able to go on a tour of the convention center which appeared in the season five episodes. Combine that with horror movie screenings by American Horror, a masquerade ball for costumers to strut their stuff, and the Might & Fright Film Festival, fans were kept quite busy during the weekend.

Those unable to make it out to the convention this year can look forward to checking it out next year when the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is scheduled again for the first weekend of November. And if that’s too far away, there will be another Long Beach Comic Expo that will be hosted next spring! Hope to see you there!

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