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Comic Con Takes Over Long Beach

We attended as a guest of the venue

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Twice a year in Long Beach, Ocean Blvd turns into a scene out of a comic book.  Strolling down the sidewalk you can see Batman walking alongside the Joker, as a group on Teenage Ninja Turtles cross the street to enter the Long Beach Convention Center.

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 As you rub your eyes in disbelief you realize that it’s that magical time again the Long Beach Comic Convention (LBCC).

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This was our family’s second pilgrimage to the LBCC and though we thought that we had seen it all at that the last one, we were very wrong!

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The LBCC is an amazing experience for anyone who loves comic book and appreciates the animation world.

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Not only can you find fantastic deals from reputable comic vendors, but you can also find memorabilia, clothing, books, gas masks (yup they had them) and so much more.

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The LBCC may not be as popular as its San Diego cousin and that is a blessing for all of us who want to go for the comics and not the fanfare.

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San Diego is great but it’s so main stream now that it has lost its luster.  This is why LBCC is the best place to be for hardcore fans.

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Most of the artists, characters and vendors are extremely friendly and so warm to their fans leaving you with a sense of community that you don’t really see elsewhere.

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I posted while we were at the con that my family was getting our geek on, which is a badge I wear in pride.

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The LBCC community is more like a family – a family that gets dressed up in the coolest gear and takes selfies with one another.

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You go there and can be whoever you want to be, with no judgment, just a place to go and have a great time.

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On top of that the LBCC also brings you a variety of panels, one of which was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel that had me screaming on the inside with excitement to see Nicholas Brendon (aka Zander).  Imagine sitting in on a panel about how your favorite genre of comics was created, what inspired the artists and how they were able to bring their dreams to life.  It’s just fabulous.

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The LBCC also brought in a lot of local vendors and groups.

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Two of them caught my attention were the Long Beach Lego Users Group that had mountains of Legos for fans to build and create as well as The Columbia Memorial Space Center, www.columbiaspacescience.org.

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Located in Downey, The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

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I didn’t know it existed but now that I do, guess where I’m going soon!  If you missed the Long Beach Comic Con this year don’t fret it will be back on February 20th & 21st, 2016.

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To find out more about the Long Beach Comic Con make sure you like them on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/LongBeachComicCon and also check out their webpage at www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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