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Do your kids like comics? Superheroes? Then you’re not going to want to miss the Long Beach Comic Expo on February 28th through March 1st. Your kids favorite comic books will come to life through interactive exhibits, panels, and special guest appearances. Get tickets for your family now online, and get ready for an action packed family fun weekend in Long Beach.

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Saturday, February 28

3:00-4:00 PM
Parenting in the Digital Age
Did you start out parenting a sweet, responsive, and loving child who has become distracted and distant as a result of his digital devices? Learn from the experts how to protect your child from the digital entertainment onslaught. Parenting For the Digital Age features parenting experts and authors (who all have children.) They will discuss the dangers of too much digital screen time for children and tell how parents can protect their children from the effects of too many screens.
Panelists: Gale Holland is a reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper and a parent. Kaveri Subrahamanyam is a psychologist and co-author of the book, Digital Youth: the Role of Media in Development Anna Marie Piersimoni teaches New Media at California State University Northridge, was Director of Interactive & New Media at the American Film Institues, Promo Producer at ABC-TV, and a parent. Mary McDonald-Lewis is a journalist, educator, voiceover artist, and dialogue coach for Portland Center Stage, TV’s Leverage, Director of Portland Readers Theater, and a parent. Moderator Bill Ratner is the author of Parenting in the Digital Age.

10:30-12:30 NOON
Team Work & Team Up with The Girl Scouts
Pioneers. Leaders. Teamwork. Cookies. Girl Power! Join our real superheroes, the Girl Scouts, as they discuss what it means to step up and give back to the community.

12:30 – 1:30 PM
The Art of the Squiggle- Mike Kunkle
Every drawing begins with one squiggle. Join creator, Mike Kunkel, and squiggle your way into a masterpiece! Based on his book, The Art of the Squiggle.

1:30- 2:30 PM
When I Grow Up, I Want to Be: A Cosplayer
Growing up doesn’t have to be so lame! Join the conversation with Jay Cosplay and friends about growing up and becoming a professional cosplayer!

2:30-3:30 PM
Pictionary
Every party needs Pictionary! Join team captains Danica Brine & Ray Height as they play the classic draw and guess game, Pictionary! Will your team win?

3:30-4:30 PM
Kid’s Cosplay/ Costume Contest

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Sunday, March 1

10:30-11:30 PM
How To Draw My Little Pony
Learn how to draw with My Little Pony Creators, Katie Cook & Agnes Garbowska! Create your best My Little Pony creation!

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
How To Make Comics
Ever dream about being the Worlds Best Comic Creator? Well, here is your chance to take your first steps in How To Make Comics. Join Patrick Scullen as he teaches the audience tips and techniques on how to make your next comic become great!

3:00-4:00 PM
Graphic Novels for Kids & Young Adults
There’s never been a better time for kids and young adults to discover graphic novels. Join creators Jennifer Holm, James Burks, Cecil Castellucci, David Gallaher, Stan Sakai, Travis Hanson, Mike Kunkel, and Agnes Garbowska for a discussion of their upcoming books.

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Signing with authors from the Graphic Novels for Kids & Young Adults panel

Here’s background on the show, including Special Guests who are being recognized for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics:

Long Beach Comic Expo is unveiling legendary guests and buzzworthy panels, as well as innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 6th annual Long Beach Comic Expo, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 28 and March 1, 2015. The Expo will play host to more than 140 guests and 50 panels and, for the first time, it will be held in the full exhibit hall.

Guests of Honor & Special Guests

Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce bestselling writer Chris Claremont and bestselling artist Ethan Van Sciver as the Long Beach Comic Expo Guests of Honor. Mr. Claremont has written some of the most beloved and influential comic books of all time; 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of his first issue of THE UNCANNY X-MEN. Mr. Van Sciver is one of the most popular artist in comics; this year marks the 10th anniversary of his iconic work GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. Both guests will be making their very first appearance at a Long Beach convention. Comic book superstars Arthur Adams (GUARDIANS TEAM UP) and Rachel and Terry Dodson (HARLEY QUINN) are being named Long Beach Comic Expo Special Guests in recognition of their astounding careers as comic book artists.

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The convention is proud to recognize the following Special Guests for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics:

Cecil Castellucci, the young adult novelist (TIN STAR) and writer of the influential YA graphic novel THE PLAIN JANES;
Steve Ellis, the artist of the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY and MAGIC THE GATHERING cards;
The Four Horsemen Studio, influential toy designers of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, DC Universe Classics and Man of Steel toy lines, among others.

Stan Sakai, the writer/ artist of the award winning USAGI YOJIMBO graphic novels;
Greg Weisman, acclaimed animation writer and producer (GARGOYLES; YOUNG JUSTICE) and author of the fan favorite RAIN OF GHOSTS YA novels;
Brian Wood, writer of the influential graphic novels DEMO and THE NEW YORK FOUR.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 1 from 10:00 am – 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

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