Checking out Long Beach Comic & Horror Con

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Photos by John “Spartan” Nguyen

This past Saturday, John and I headed to the annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con to partake in the nerdy festivities. Since it was a fairly small convention, it definitely felt a lot more chill than, say, San Diego Comic-Con. The price of tickets didn’t cause anyone to declare bankruptcy afterward, the convention center was very easily accessible with close and affordable parking, and eatery options were ample (and literally right across the street).

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Before even getting inside, you were inundated with geek culture in the form of some of the most famous cars in cinema and television, like the Batmobile, the TMNT van, Ecto-1, both KITTs, the Jurassic Park jeeps, the DeLorean, and more. Having grown up with a parents who work in the car industry, I have a healthy appreciation for vehicles in general, so I was stoked. Geek car show!

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When we finally dragged ourselves away from the cars and inside, we were greeted with costumes and geekery and comics. Oh my god, so many comics! All at fantastic prices from every decade since the comic book’s inception. A truly impressive selection.

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Artists are a heavy focus at LBCC. Artist Alley is chock-full of creative spins on some of the most famous and some of the most obscure pop culture icons. Several of the artists were offering on-the-spot commissions as well. I saw hoards of people walking out with some incredible one-of-a-kind works.

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For a comparably small convention, there was actually some pretty impressive cosplay in attendance. I’m always so excited to see the creativeness of the people in the cosplay community. Some of our favorites included the Daft Punk Stormtroopers, the clever con-goer with a broken leg that decided to wheel around on a bike with E.T. in his basket, and Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. I was very pleasantly surprised to see so many costumed Whovians in attendance given that fact that Saturday was the day the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who aired. And, as always, professional cosplayers were a huge draw. John and I chatted with one of our favorites, Leeanna Vamp, at her booth for a bit. She’s always so sweet and professional. She was also nice enough to appear in our Comikaze Hulacam video, so just had to say hello.

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All in all, a very well organized, laid back, and enjoyable convention that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

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Pro Trekspert. Sherlockian. Tolkienist. Movie/TV freak. Music lover. Sports enthusiast. Cosplayer. Fangirl/geek extraordinaire.