The 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo expanded this year into a new, larger space at the same exact place. As I’ve said in the past, Long Beach Comic Expo and the Long Beach Comic-Con are the comic fan’s and common man’s accessible geek convention. Over the past few years, the Comic Expo has been the smaller of the two events, providing a much more intimate space where fans can meet their favorite creators and discover many more new ones. Of course, there are always cosplayers and dealers filling the hall, but Long Beach Comic Expo has always remained the place where you couldn’t avoid meeting new comic creators if you tried. Now held in a much bigger room with more creators than ever before, the mostly unknown mixed with icons from all eras of comic history. The intimacy may be diminished, but it still feels like home (even if that home looks a little bit different this time around). Of course, the excitement of the first official SoCal comic convention of 2015 was tempered with the recent loss of Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy, who garnered lots of tributes throughout artist alley and among cosplayers.
Between picking up a few comics, some original sketches, a Simpsons Hot Wheels car for only $5 (The Homer!), and playing laser tag with 6 year olds, I spent time in a few panels, including one that featured a chat with iconic X-Men writer Chris Claremont, and took more than a few pictures of our favorite cosplayers from the show. Here’s a handful of images from last weekend’s bigger than ever Long Beach Comic Expo 2015.