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1606912_10152751401489470_3238442772253233763_nFans of all things geek, Long Beach Convention Center plays host to the Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 29) for its annual celebration. Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional work of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators all types of pop-culture. Don’t miss this event that will soon rival even San Diego Comic Con. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information and to purchase tickets for this weekend’s event.

Special Guests

This weekend’s convention features an amazing lists of the best creators of comic books and panels. Guests include: Len Wein (Creator of Wolverine), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Bill Farmer (Walt Disney Hall of Fame Voice Actor), Matt Hawkins (Think Tank), Laura and Michael Allred (Marvel’s Silver Surfer), Pierre Bernard, Jr. (Conan O’Brien) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Just to name a few.

Panels

Long Beach, Con will present more than 80 panels over the weekend. These panels run the gamut of wide variety of pop-culture topics, including:

  • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.
  • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.
  • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.
  • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.
  • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”
  • Cosplay panels.
  • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.
  • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
  • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin
  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

“We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

Cosplay

If you’re into cosplay, Nerds Like Us will host the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest. The cost you contest will begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday, September 27. The panel of judges include: Host: Bernie Bregman, Nerds Like Us; Vegas Power Girl, Raychul Moore, Castle Corsetry & Reevz FX.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories: Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Youth (kids 12 and under) , Funniest, Best TV/Movie, Best Sci-Fi, and Judge’s Choice.

If you’re frustrated with the massive crowds and impossible to get badges of San Diego Comic Con, then you’ll want to be at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Purchase tickets at the event or online at  www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

“Demons are the new zombies” according to Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman in an announcement he made at his San Diego Comic Con panel.

Outcast is Kirkman’s first attempt at writing a pilot based on his original comic that debut last moth. The story follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He embarks on a journey to find answers, but uncovers what could mean the end of life on Earth.

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If you’ve ever been to San Diego Comic Con, you know that the big studios can’t help but invade hotels, cars and lawns with whatever they are hocking. TNT has plastered San Diego Airport with its new show “Legends” starring Sean Bean and it’s “#DontKillSeanBean” campaign.

The network is encouraging fans of actor Sean Bean to use the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean in social media postings about the show.

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The hashtag plays on the fact that Bean has died in more than 20 acting roles, including the two characters for which he is widely known: Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Ned Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The hashtag will have its own Tumblr page, as well.

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Syfy has ordered a pilot for Lev Grossman’s “The Magician.” The one-hour drama follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world of their childhood is real and poses a grave danger to humanity.

The pilot script was written by John McNamara (“Prime Suspect”) and Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”). Michael London and Janice Williams are set to produce.

Syfy president Dave Howe said, “Lev Grossman’s dazzling blend of magic and realism will capture the imagination of a new generation of viewers and further strengthen Syfy’s ownership of premium quality sci-fi fantasy drama.”

Adult Swim Fun House

The Adult Swim Funhouse is headed to San Diego’s Comic-Con later this month with various photo experiences planned for its booths on the convention center’s show floor and outside its halls that are designed to build buzz across social media platforms.

Cartoon Network said it will have three separate photo ops available at its booth that are themed around its shows.

Outside, Adult Swim will set up a massive display of activities at the Petco Park parking lot across from the convention center. where it will host panels and celevrity signings with creators of the shows “Robot Chicken,” “The Venture Bros.,” “Childrens Hospital” and “Rick and Morty,” as well as new series “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and the live-action series “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.”

The Adult Swim Fun House will return for a second year with multiple challenges that have guests crawl through a giant castle, while the Meatwad Full Dome Experience (see above) will be making its debut at this year’s Comic-Con.

Cartoon Network will showcase all of its comedy series with panels, talent signings and screenings for “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show,” “Steven Universe,” “Uncle Grandpa” and “Clarence.” Other Cartoon Network shows getting promo pushes will be “Teen Titans Go!,” “Lego Ninjago” and “Lego Legends of Chimatm.”

The cabler also plans to offer its “Adventure Time Conquest” for a third consecutive year as a treasure-filled journey throughout the convention center.

For the first time, Cartoon Network will present special night time screenings exclusively for the Comic-Con audience of its shows, providing fans with activities to do in the evening.

San Diego Comic-Con takes place July 24-27.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One - 2014Can’t get into Hall H, there should be plenty of room in 6BCF when the cast and filmmakers of “Sharknado 2: The Second One” chat about making this epic movie.

While the panel on Thursday, July 24 will occur days before its July 30 premiere, there isn’t any announcement about a screening for the cult TV movie. A slew of Sharknado stars will be present in Room 6BCF from 7:15-8:15 PM including Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Vivica A. Fox (Skye), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Shepard Brody), Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante.

DC Comics Fans Get Ready for the Only Comic-Con Screening of Gotham, a Complete Pilot Screening of The Flash, Plus Exclusive Footage From Constantine and Season Three of Arrow

GOTHAMGet ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) and DC Entertainment (DCE). For the first time ever at SDCC, WBTV and DCE will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year’s Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances throughout the night.

Gotham World Premiere: For the first time ever, DC Comics fans will enter the dangerous and compelling world of Gotham with a screening of the pilot episode, followed by an appearance by the cast and producers.

The Flash Pilot Screening: Following a full-length screening of The Flash pilot, cast and producers will stop running long enough to take the stage.

Constantine Exclusive Footage: The enigmatic John Constantine makes his television debut at Comic-Con with footage from the upcoming series, and fans will be treated to a visit from the cast and creative team.

Arrow Season Three: Arrow returns to Comic-Con with never-before-seen teaser footage from the upcoming third season followed by cast and producers taking on fans’ most pointed questions.

Additional WBTV Comic-Con 2014 panels will be announced in the near future. For additional information about WBTV activities at Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter at @warnerbrostv and join in the conversation by using hashtag #WBSDCC, or visit http://comiccon.thewb.com.

Maria BelloLifetime announced that they will adapt Stephen King’s 2010 novella “Big Driver” for the small screen and stars Maria Bello. This marks King’s first collaboration with Lifetime.

In Big Driver, Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. Prompted to take a shortcut at the suggestion of the event’s planner, Tess sets out to return home. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded.

Relieved when another driver (Will Harris, Sky High) stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together. Olympia Dukakis and Joan Jett also star.

PICKLE & PEANUT

Created by Jon Heder and Johnny Pemberton, “Pickle & Peanut” was pick up by Disney XD for its debut in the fall. The show is a mix of 2-D animation and live-action clips to the ll the story of an emotional pickle, voiced by Heder, and a freewheeling peanut (Pemberton).

“We see very few pitches that are as funny and original as ‘Pickle & Peanut,’ ” said Eric Coleman, Disney Television Animation’s senior VP of original series. “We instantly fell in love with these characters, and Noah and Joel have built a world with a visual style and sensibility unlike anything on TV.”

Disney Television Animation is also producing a third season of new “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts for Disney Channel and Disney XD. And Disney Channel has ordered a second season of Craig McCracken’s animated comedy “Wander Over Yonder,” featuring Jack McBrayer and April Winchell.