Long Beach Comic Con was held at the Long Beach Convention Center on August 31 and September 1st. Hosting the convention on Labor Day weekend is always preferred. The bold move is having it the same day as Crunchyroll Expo, Dragon-Con, San-Japan, and a notable cosplayers wedding. Did this move pay off?
First, I noticed the expansion of the artist alley but not a lot “big names” as previous years. However, there were a lot of independent artist and comic creators. This gives them a chance to be seen and not be overshadowed by the bigger names even though you need a bigger name to entice fans.
What makes this convention always different from the others is the exhibits in Science and pro wresting. The Space Expo Pavillion has booths dedication to the sciences and sci-fi inspired machinery. The wrestling annex is run by KnoxPro Wrestling. There is a full wrestling wrong with a steel cage and run entertaining matches every hour in cosplay. There is an additional table with WWE hall of gamer Rikishi whom I had the pleasure of meeting my first attendance at the Long Beach Comic Con.
I did have conversations with some of the attendees and they agree that the dealers hall and artist alley was smaller this year. However, it is always a decent experience and still a decent amount of goo cosplayers.