The Long Beach Comic Con Announces Radical Programming, Discussions on Race, Gender and LGBTQ in Comics


The sixth annual Long Beach Comic Con, taking place this Saturday and Sunday, has announced its complete programming lineup, officially released by Comic Book Resources.

According to CBR, high-profile events will include a commemoration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary, celebrated with a 1:00PM panel discussion, “Batman 75/Tales of the Dark Night,” featuring “Batwoman” writer Marc Andreyko, “Detective Comics” co-writer Brian Buccellato, “Batman Incorporated” artist Chris Burnham, “Batman Eternal” co-writer Kyle Higgins, new “Batgirl” artist Babs Tarr, DC Comics legend Marv Wolfman and “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” co-writer Ralph Garman. Click here for the entire schedule of events.

Aside from the celebration of the beloved Batman, the two-day LBCC will be packed with events, from the most fun to the most socio-politically charged, from learning how to publish your own work to discussions on race, gender and sexual orientation in comics.

Saturday, September 27

Gargoyles 20th Anniversary at 11:30AM in Room 102 B/C

Dear everyone in their early 20s, remember Gargoyles? I used to play “Gargoyles” when I was in elementary school, awakening at night from my imprisoning stone encasement to soar over skyscrapers and… I didn’t just tell you that.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the powerhouse cartoon with legendary animation producer Greg Weisman and Frank Paur (producer) as they talk about the show from concept to screen.

Indie Creators, Unite! Demystifying Self-Publishing at 12:30PM in Room 101 A

Are you a creator without a publishing platform? Do you need a little help with getting your project up and running? Led by Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon, this panel of indie creators, including Justin robinson, Jody Houser, Joshua Hauke, Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Sam Rhodes, will guide you through the self-publishing process and answer all your questons.

If you have a story, get it out there!

She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics at 5:00PM in Room 103 A/B

According to the LBCC, women have been writing and drawing comics since the early 1900s and made up half of comic book readers in the 1950s. Join the filmmakers of She Makes Comics, a film that tells the history of women in comics, when they premiere the first footage of the film and talk about the state of women in comics today.

LBCC Cosplay Contest 2014 Hosted by Nerds Like Us at 8:30PM at the Hero Complex theater (Room 104A)

Strut your stuff and show off your best costume or simply watch, fascinated from the sidelines, as Bernie Bregman hosts and Vegas Power Girl, Raychul Moore, Castle Corsetry & Reevz FX judge the best character designs.

Sunday, September 28

Race in Comics at 11:00AM in the Hero Complex theater (Room 104A)

More diversity is beneficial for everyone, whether you’re talking about comics from foreign countries or simply publishing more comics in foreign languages. What do you think?

“Come discuss the differences between having real diversity in comics and just having diversity for diversity’s sake. All the hot button topics in the industry concerning race will be discussed.”

It’s a Queer, Queer World! at 1:00PM in Room 103C

As yesterday’s radical notions become today’s popular culture, what’s new and cutting-edge in LGBTQ comics? What new responsibilities do comics creators have to consider when representing their readers with LGBTQ characters and stories?

Beyond Cliches: Industry Experts Discuss How to Create Awesome Female Characters at 4:00PM in Room 103 A/B

Enough with the suffocating stereotypes! Learn how to create original, multilayered, dynamic female characters that readers won’t forget. Hear how industry experts create memorable characters that rock. Hear about the character development process from experts on the panel, including Paige Halsey Warren (Busty Girl Comics), Steven L. Sears (writer/producer Xena Warrior Princess, Sheena and Swamp Thing) among others.

Long Beach Comic Con is on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Show hours are: Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (9:00am if you buy your tickets in advance). Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.