The Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention, the annual convention held in the halls of the Long Beach Convention Center, is in its fourth year and has been growing rapidly. Started in 2009, it has nearly doubled in size to 10,000 attendees. The show is a two day celebration of comics and horror movies.
So much fun…
Our weekend began with the American institution, a road trip. We packed up the car and headed south excited to dive in and experience another great convention. The trip is a piece of cake, just 8 hours or so to cruise down from San Francisco. We do a lot of brainstorming on these trips, it’s a great way to pass the time and there are no distractions. We also spend a lot of time arguing over who would win in a fight, Batman or Daredevil (Frank Miller versions or course) and that sort of thing.
Once we were at the show we roamed the halls talking to people, getting pictures of the cosplayers and seeing what was going on. There were a lot of great things happening at the show including a live video podcast being recorded in one corner and in the other corner a roller derby match and laser tag. Whatever you might have wanted to find at the show, it was there. There was even a chainsaw wielding maniac chasing a poor teenager around the convention. We’re pretty sure that was staged…we hope.
Our partners are awesome! And get more!
We love getting out to these shows because it gives us a chance to connect with our publishing partners. We had the chance to visit with the team at Top Cow and Aspen Comics to catch up and finalize our licensing deals. We attended a panel put on by BOOM! Studios where they talked about their upcoming books. We really enjoyed the panel, it was lots of fun and the art on their upcoming books is fantastic. If you have a chance to pick up any of their titles, you should.
We also had the chance to meet more independent publishers in artist’s alley. One of the great things about ComicBin is that we can bring in independent comics publishers to share some of their creations with our subscribers. One of our personal favorites was Penguins VS Possums because who doesn’t love uzis and rockets and the animals that wield them? There were plenty of other excellent comics including those from our friends at Fanboy Comics. We’re always looking for more comics to put in the library, so if you’ve got a book you’d like us to have, please let us know in the comments.
Batman, Wolverine, Nazgul, …
walk into a comic convention…stop me if you’ve heard this one.
We love seeing cosplayers at conventions, it adds such a fun atmosphere. The amount of effort and time that goes into making these costumes is incredible and the results speak for themselves. If we’re being perfectly honest, we had to look up some of these costumes to figure out who they were. We love comics and geek, but these cosplayers easily put us to shame with their understanding of all things geek.
All of the cosplayers were incredibly gracious with their time, posing for crowds of photographers for several minutes at a time. We saw more than one photographer struggling with their camera or video camera as the cosplayers held their poses. That’s not an easy task to stand there flexing or smiling, off balance as you wait for that snap to finally be taken. We posted some of our best shots from the show here in this post, but we took many more. If you are one of the cosplayers in these photos, we’d love to hear from you so we can give you credit.
Many more images from our trip to LBCC 2012 can be found at our flickr account.