Long Beach Comic Con lineup: Mignola, Man of Action among highlights

Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Mike Mignola at his home in Manhattan Beach on March 17. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

Mike Mignola photographed at his home in Manhattan Beach on March 17, 2014. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” will be among the featured programming at Long Beach Comic Con, which rolls into the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 27.

In its sixth year, the convention will offer a range of panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year will be redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend.

Contributors to our site will moderate the sessions in the auditorium on Sept. 27-28; what follows is a detailed look at the programming for the two days.

Hope to see you there.

Sept. 27

Adapting Comics for Media: Archie Comics chief creative officer and “Afterlife With Archie” writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be joined on stage by “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, “The Crow” creator James O’Barr, “Painkiller Jane” writer Jimmy Palmiotti and “C.O.W.L.” writer Kyle Higgins to discuss bringing comics to life for film and television. 11 a.m.

Warner Archive Collection presents “Young Justice”: Producer Greg Weisman brings together the stars of his Cartoon Network animated series for a discussion about the popular series, which focuses on teenage superheroes striving to prove themselves worthy of membership in the Justice League. Among those scheduled to appear are Cameron Bowen (Robin/Tim Drake); Nicole Dubuc (Iris West-Allen), Kevin Grevioux (Black Beetle), Josh Keaton (Black Spider), Jason Spisak (Kid Flash/Wally West) and James Arnold Taylor (Flash, Neutron, Topo). Character designer Phil Bourassa, writer Kevin Hopps, talent coordinator Curtis Koller, writer-producer Brandon Vietti and line producer David Wilcox will also appear. 12:30 p.m.

A scene from the "Robot Chicken" "Star Wars" special. (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim)

A scene from the “Robot Chicken” “Star Wars” special. (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim)

“Robot Chicken”: Members of the creative team responsible for the hit Adult Swim show, including Zeb Wells and Tom Root, talk candidly about their inspirations and behind-the-scenes antics. 2 p.m.

Women in Comics: Corinna Bechko (“Star Wars: Legacy”), Sandy King Carpenter (“Womanthology: Space”), Cecil Castellucci (“The Plain Janes”), Amanda Conner (“Harley Quinn”), Barbara Kesel (“Meridian”), Babs Tarr (“Batgirl”) and Esther Watson (“Unlovable”) talk about knocking down doors and overcoming stereotypes in the comic book industry. 3:30 p.m.

“Hellboy” in Hell: Celebrate 20 Years of “Hellboy” comic books with this intimate one-on-one conversation with legendary creator Mike Mignola. 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28

Race in Comics: Marc Bernardin (“Genius,” “Static Shock”) and Kyle Baker (“Why I Hate Saturn,” “Plastic Man”) will lead a discussion about the importance of diversity to the modern comics landscape. 11 a.m.

Man of Action: Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Steven T. Seagle reveal how their creative chemistry translates into comics and hit TV series such as “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Ben 10.” 12:30 p.m.

The Sound of Comics: How Music and Comics Go Together: Panelists Mike Allred (“Madman,” “Silver Surfer”), Kyle Baker (“Why I Hate Saturn,” “Plastic Man”), Alex Segura (“Archie Meets KISS”) and Andrew Robinson (“Dusty Star”) offer insights into how music influences comics. 2 p.m.

“Afterlife With Archie”: Archie Comics chief creative officer and “Afterlife With Archie” writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa discusses the evolution of the series. 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Long Beach Comic Con, visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

— Gina McIntyre| @LATherocomplex


The cover of "Afterlife with Archie" No. 6, which marks the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (Francesco Francavilla/Archie Comics)

The cover of “Afterlife With Archie” No. 6. (Francesco Francavilla/Archie Comics)


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