Comic Expo draws crowds to downtown Long Beach this weekend

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Can’t wait until October for another comic book fix? The organizers from Long Beach Comic Con are bringing the magic of comics back to the downtown Convention Center for a one-day event this weekend. Comic Expo 2010, a miniature version of the main convention in October, will bring publishers, exhibitors, and artists together to mingle with the fans.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m., but arrive early because ticket holders will receive a free comic from Top Cow, only while supplies last.

“After the tremendous amount of support we received from the community for Long Beach Comic Con we didn’t want to wait a full year before returning,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management.  “We decided to create a one-day event that is a great place for fans to come to celebrate their love of comics.”

Popular publishers Lionsgate, Aspen, Top Cow, Com.X, High Tower, Comic Madness, Graphitti Designs, Freedonia Funnyworks and Metropolis Comics Scott Hudlow Comics and Terry’s Comics are all setting up booths on the Expo floor.

Aspiring artists can meet with writer & editor Barbara Kesel for a one-on-one portfolio review.  And an Artist Alley loaded with talent will be on hand to meet and greet fans.

An exceptional show of support from notable comic artists, writers and creators for the Long Beach Comic Expo include Mike Mignola, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles Tim Bradstreet, Stan Sakai, Dustin Nguyen, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Tone Rodriguez, Joe Benitez, Peter Steigerwald, Trent Kaniuga, J.T. Krul, Brian Haberlin, Lou Ferrigno, JJ Kirby, Michael Lopez, Eddie Nuñez, Livio Ramondelli, Amanda Dawn Wolf, Rick Basaldua, Eric Basaldua, Rob Levin, Joshua Hale Fialkov, David Wohl, Beth Sotelo, Frank Mastromauro, Mark Roslan, Vince Hernandez and Steve Sievers.

Long Beach Comic Expo takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 20 in the Promenade Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard. Entrance for the day is $10, kids under 10 admitted free with an accompanied adult ticket.

For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit

Tickets are also be available at the following comic book and hobby shops: Amazing Comics, Comic Bug, Comic Madness, Geoffrey’s Comics, Golden Apple, Jay Company, Metropolis Comics, Pulp Fiction and Terry’s Comics.

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