Long Beach Comic-Con is almost here!

Comic-Conby Joey Paur


Hey Gang! If your in California October 2-4, 2009, and your a hardcore geek, then you have to make your way over to the first annual Long Beach Comic Con! Being it's first year it probably wont be that crazy, it's definitely not as big as San Diego Comic Con, which is cool, because it will be a smaller more intimate atmosphere. GeekTyrant will be at the Con in full force covering the event, and we are all pretty excited about it! This is what we love to do! So if this is your first time hearing about and your in the California area awesome! Tickets are only $25 bucks which you can purchase by Clicking Here!

Long Beach Comic Con will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center:

300 Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

Still not sure if you want to go? Well here is what they have planned so far!

Movie Screenings will include:

Dark Country in 3-D - Friday Oct. 2nd at 7:00pm

Trick R’ Treat with Michael Dougherty on Saturday Oct. 3rd at 3:00pm

Give ‘Em Hell Malone will be on Saturday Oct 3rd at 6:00pm

Dixie Dynamite will show on Sunday October 4th at 1:00pm


Room A

4:00-4:45  Star Wars Uncut: The original Star Wars split into 15-second segments for anyone who wants to re-shoot them and then edit them back together to match the original running time.

5:00-6:30 Digital coloring & Painting Techniques: Special extra-length session! Top comics colorist Brian Haberlin demonstrates the latest and greatest computer coloring techniques and answers questions.

7:00 Dark COUNTRY MOVIE SCRENING (Sony Pictures): Thomas Jane’s new film and directorial debut Dark Country is a twisted, psycho-noir about a couple forced to deal with a body en route from Vegas, and the dangerous truth that body may reveal. Thomas Jane, Lauren German and Ron Perlman star. Hosted by Thomas Jane.

Room B

4:00-4:45 Write Bros Presents: Heroes, Villains, and Dramatica Archetypes: Stories are populated with heroes, villains, sidekicks and more. Find out what makes them tick and how to use them in your stories. We’ll explore the basics, then go beyond simple character archetypes and create far more interesting, complex characters. Hosted by Chris Huntley.

5:00-6:45 Comics on Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner!: ComicsonComics.com, the innovative web series that pits comedians against comic book creators in nerd debates, comes to the Long Beach Comic-Con with a special live show! Join Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex) & Amanda Conner (Power Girl) as they match wits with some surprising comedian guests, hosted by Juan-Manuel Rocha!

Room C

4:00-4:45 Com.X Spotlight: Meet Com.X, England’s most exciting and creative publisher. Learn more about upcoming releases, including “45” from the Com.X team leaders, including Eddie Deighton (owner of Com.X and An.x), Jon Sloan (anxagency.com), Ben Shahrabani, and Andi Ewington.

Nighttime Events:

5:00-7:30 pm Check it out, bub!: Wolverine 100 Preview Party!100 Wolverine covers by today’s hottest artists! Brilliant artwork courtesy of the Hero Initiative! Convention Center Room 204.

8:30 pm Live Art Experience!: Atomic Apple hosts an awesome live art show! Starring Jim Mahfood and friends!Convention Center Room 204.


Room A

11:00-11:45 Men of Action: Beyond Ben 10: Join comic book creators Steve Seagle, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Casey as they discuss their career path from the biggest superhero franchises to creator-owned glory and the massive success of Ben 10. Plus, an exclusive preview of their new animated action series, Generator Rex (debuting in 2010 onCartoon Network). Hosted by Grace Randolph.

12:00-12:45 DC NATION: Join Bob Wayne, VP Sales, Ian Sattler, Senior Story Editor and Jim Lee from DC Comics as they talk about the DC Universe.

1:15-2:45 ROBOT CHICKEN PANEL:Meet the creative talent behind the wildly successful TV show Robot Chicken. Watch behind-the-scenes clips and teasers for upcoming shows. Talk with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Doug Goldstein, Tom Root, Mike Fasolo, Hugh Sterbakov, Kevin Shinick & Chris McKay. Plus…a preview of their upcoming show Titan Maximum! Hosted by Buddy Scalera.

3:30-5:30 Trick ‘R TREAT (Warner Premiere): Screening & Q&A hosted by writer/director Michael Dougherty. From producer Bryan Singer and writer/director Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat is a creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The film’s ensemble cast includes Academy Award winner Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, Dylan Baker and Tahmoh Penikett. In the tradition of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt comes five interwoven tales set on Halloween night. Trick ‘r Treat is a collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams.

7:00 Give ‘Em Hell Malone (Raw Entertainment): In Thomas Jane’s upcoming film Give ‘Em Hell Malone directed by Russell Mulcahey and written by Mark Hosack, a tough as nails private investigator squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well. Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames, Elsa Patasky, Doug Hutchison and French Stewart star. Hosted by Thomas Jane.

Room B

11:00-11:45 Writing Comics, Presented by Aspen Comics: A panel of superstar writers talk about their experiences as comic book writers. Aspen Comics leads a discussion with Jeph Loeb, Scott Lobdell, Jimmy Palmiotti, David Wohl, Frank Mastromauro & JT Krul.

12:00-12:45 Archaia: The Mouse That Roared: With special guest David Petersen’s Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 now a bonafide New York Times bestseller, Archaia is an independent publisher on the rise. Come celebrate with creators Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Josh Finney (Titanium Rain), Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), Michael McMillian (Lucid), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!), Kat Rocha (Titanium Rain), Trevor Roth (Days Missing) & Ryan Schifrin (The Devil’s Handshake) will share exclusive news, showcase fantastic art & shower a few, lucky attendees with free Archaia t-shirts & other great prizes.

1:00-1:55 50 Questions in 50 Minutes with Mark Waid: Superstar writer and BOOM! Editor Mark Waid takes on a challenge to answer 50 questions in 50 minutes. Fast-talking Waid will answer moderator and audience questions in rapid-fire succession.

2:00-2:45 Berkeley BREATHED on Bloom County presented by IDW: Join us for an exceptionally rare appearance by Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County. Don’t miss this.

3:00-3:45 Selling to Hollywood: The Insider’s Guide: Learn more about how comics are being tapped by Hollywood to make movies. Darick Robertson (The Boys), Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephen Christy (Archaia), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow) and Jeff Katz (Wolverine) talk candidly about their experiences adapting comics to the silver screen. Hosted by Buddy Scalera.

4:00-4:45 Drawing Comics, Presented by Aspen Comics: Talk with working comic pros about the craft and business of drawing comics. All-star panel includes Dustin Nguyen, Mike Choi, Joe Benitez, Ale Garza, and Philip Tan.

Room C

11:00-11:45 Breaking InTo Comics, Presented BY Comics Experience: Get the inside scoop on how to break into comics by editor AndySchmidt of Comics Experience. Straight talk and advice that will help you land the career of your dreams.

12:00-12:45 PEANUTS VOICE CAST: Don’t be a blockhead! Join us for this rare reunion of the Peanuts voice cast including: Brad Keston (Charlie Brown), Angela Lee (Lucy), & Stacey Heather Tolkin (Sally). Hosted by
Grace Randolph.

1:00-1:45 Aspen company panel, Presented by Aspen Comics: Meet the creators and team leaders who work in the Aspen Comics Studio. Get the latest on upcoming releases and events from the teams creating the comics.

2:00-2:45 Editing in comics: Meet some of the industry’s top independent editors. Learn what it takes to break into comics and stay in from an all-star editorial panel including Matt Gagnon (BOOM!), Rob Levin (Top Cow/Archaia), Scott Dunbier (IDW) and Matt Hawkins (Top Cow).

3:00-3:45 Coloring comics, Presented by Aspen comics: An all-star panel talks about their experiences as professional comic book colorists. Aspen Comics leads a discussion with Peter Steigerwald, Beth Sotelo, Christina Strain, Alex Sinclair, and Moose Bauman.

5:00-5:45 Story and Character development in Comics and Pro Wrestling:Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a “comic book come to life.” That’s not too far from the truth! From the heroics of Hulk Hogan and antiheroes such as John Cena, to the exploits of villains like Ric Flair, explore the parallels that exist in character development and storylines! This forum on these outrageous forms of narrative is presented by architects from both worlds, and featuring personalities from Mach One Professional Wrestling of the famed National Wrestling Alliance.

Nighttime Event

8:00 pm Kirby Krackle in Concert!: Rock out and help out—at the same time! Enjoy the world’s first comic book rock band and help out the Hero Initiative! All door proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative. Convention Center, Room 204.


Room A

11:00-11:45 Comics to Screen - Hollywood View of Comics: Top Hollywood producers talk about how comics are made into films. Meet our incredible panel including Jeff Katz (Wolverine), Laura Harkom, Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Heroes) & Christopher Leone (Lost Room) and more as we explore comics on the silver screen. Hosted by ComixVision’s Buddy Scalera & Mike Fasolo.

12:00-12:45 Story Structure and Character Development: Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to write comic books with Joshua Hale Fialkov (Top Cow/Archaia), Jeph Loeb (Batman, Hulk), Peter Tomasi and David Petersen (Archaia). Get actionable insights on the craft and business of creating comics.

1:00-1:45 Page Design and Story Breakdown: Two top creators, David Wohl and Joe Benitez give a hands-on, live demonstration of how they collaborate to create concepts, characters, and a final published comic book.

2:00-2:45 Photo Reference: How to Use Reference to Improve Your Comic Art: Join Buddy Scalera, Darick Robertson and other top comic book artists in a demonstration of how you can utilize photographic reference in your comic book art.

3:00-3:45 Comic Art Techniques with Whilce Portacio: Learn amazingly creative character design techniques from Spawn artist and Wetworks creator Whilce Portacio. Hands on demos to help you improve as a creator.

4:00-4:45 Adv anced DIGITAL Coloring & Painting Techniques: Join Brian Haberlin for an interactive and engaging panel focusing on advanced computer coloring techniques. This is recommended for people passionate about comic book coloring who want to improve their craft.

Room B

11:00-11:45 BOOM! Spotlight: From monster hit original series like Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, to their BOOM! Kids line of Disney/Pixar comics & bestsellers like Farscape, 28 Days Later, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? & many others, BOOM! Studios has been redefining comics for the 21st century. Join Mark Waid, Ross Richie, Matt Gagnon and Chip Mosher as they take control of LBCC for one full hour. Learn what is next for BOOM! History will be made. Heads will explode! And the next big hit from BOOM! will be discussed.

12:00-12:45 Cover Design & Development Tutorial, presented by top cow: Join Randy Queen and Sarah Queen as they demonstrate how they design and develop a dynamic comic book cover. The art team on The Darkness/Darkchylde will reveal the techniques they leverage to create their stunning covers. Hosted by Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik.

1:00-1:45 Digital Distribution - The Future of Comics, presented by archaia: More and more comic book publishers are turning to digital distribution as a way to get their product into more people’s hands. From Amazon’s Kindle to the iPhone to the PSP to various Web portals, will digital comics replace its printed counterparts, or is it simply a means to expand readership? And if you’re a self-publisher, are digital comics the cheapest route for you to get your project seen by as many people as possible? Join Archaia’s Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of Tumor on the Kindle, Mel Caylo and Stephen Christy for a spirited discussion and question-and-answer forum.

2:00-2:45 Art Techniques Panel: Get creative insights about design, layout, and anatomy from working pros who will discuss the craft and business of drawing comic books. Meet our all-star panel of artists including Ray Anthony Height, Dustin Nguyen, Scott Koblish & Buzz.

3:00-3:45 Pitchable, Sellable, Marketable: Make Your Stories Work For You: Discover four key story points that can make or break your story. We explore the four throughlines every story needs to make it pitchable, sellable, writeable, and marketable. Dozens of current and classic film examples are used and audience interaction is encouraged.

Room C

11:00-11:45 “Wrestling 101”—How To Break In To The Business: Ever watched wrestling on Monday nights and think, “Hey…I wanna do that!” Former WWE Smackdown! Superstar and current Mach One Wrestling head trainer Ryan “Keiji” Sakoda will tell you how he succeeded in a most unique business, and how you can prepare yourself for life as a professional wrestler.

12:00-12:45 Com.X Portfolio Review: Want to break in at one of the most exciting and innovative international publishers? Well, bring your best work and sit down with Com.X for their portfolio review.

1:00-2:45 Exclusive Movie Screening Dixie Dynamite: Dixie Dynamite introduces audiences to a novel new genre - “redneck kung fu!” The independently-produced animated feature offers a tongue-in-cheek take on a classic kung fu myth complemented by an original score of American/Japanese/redneck fusion music. Includes an epic taiko drum and shamisen version of the Lynard skynyrd classic, Free Bird! Introduction by Grace Randolph.

3:00-4:45 Webcomics, Lightning Round!: Thinking of starting a webcomic, or just curious as to how the world of webcomics differs from print counter-parts? Join panelists Dave Kellett (SheldonComics.com), David Malki (Wondermark.com) and Jeff Zugale (JeffZugale.com) as they take you through a 25-minute guided tour of how to make webcomics work as a hobby, part-time job, or full-time career. Then the action heats up: 35 minutes of fast-paced Q&A! Each panelist gets 20 seconds to give answer audience questions!