So Freddy Krueger, Batman and Anakin Skywalker walk into a convention center — stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Long Beach Comic & Horror Con will meld horror creatures, superheroes and science fiction for the largest iteration of the event yet, organizers say. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Despite all that, the show will never forget its roots — which are to place an emphasis on comics and the artists that create them, said Phil Lawrence, principal sales director.
“I think most of our artists are thrilled to come back each year,” he said. “This is the earliest we sold out our Artists Alley and we have almost 190 tables. By focusing on the artists and giving them their due, they seem to keep coming back and signing up earlier — and they promote the show, which helps us out, too.”
Beyond an array of artists, inkers and writers who have worked on key comic franchises like Batman, X-Men and Superman (and those are just the mainstream acts), there will be several large cast get-togethers for “Nightmare on Elm Street 3” and “Power Rangers: Samurai.” Voice actors for “Star Wars: Clone Wars” will be available to talk, as will Lance Hendrickson from the “Aliens” franchise.
“We try and stick to having some of the same, while always adding a new element to the show,” Lawrence said. “This year, the floor space has expanded by about 25% larger than it was last year.”
For the horror crowd, the cast and crew of “Red House” will be present and there will be a sneak peak of “The Collection.”
“We try to have a lot of media feeling to it with the movies coming in,” Lawrence said. “But everything pretty much ties back into comics. This is supposed to be something that brings back the old comic book shows that everyone grew up going to. We try to stay true to comic book enthusiasts.”
Beyond fan-boy fun, there will be a major roller derby demonstration from the LA Renegades, replica working cars, a working land speeder and a laser tag area. Lawrence said they are encouraging the whole family to come.
“There is a children’s area with drawing classes and comic book readings,” he added. “I think in general people like to go to these types of events where they can see a lot of people they read about and see them all in one place. We give them a venue that is packed with programming and they can get up close and personal.
For more information on panel schedules and special events, along with ticketing, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com. Tickets will cost between $20 and $200 depending on how many days and entertainment experience.
WHAT: Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4
WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center