Long Beach Comic Con brings cosplayers back to convention center after 2-year hiatus • Long Beach Post News

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More than 50 “Static Shock” creators and illustrators, from creator Denys Cowan to Gabriel Hardman, whose work includes “Hulk,” were able to interact with fans of their projects again after the COVID-19 pandemic suspended production. agreement. 2020.

Cowan’s first introduction to comics came from a childhood friend, and he was quickly absorbed into the world of superheroes and creation. To other young comedians, he preaches tenacity as the key to his success.

“Don’t give up,” said Cowan, who went on to create and develop shows for companies including Disney and Nickelodeon. “Do your art, the money will follow.”

Gabriel Hardman, whose works include “Hulk,” draws a sketch during Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 3. Photo by Fernando Haro.

A black illustrator of manga-inspired art, Ian Armand Patrick’s passion for creating began when he was in kindergarten. As the professor demanded his attention, Patrick couldn’t take his eyes off his notebook where he explored his love for drawing through his doodles.

Today, Patrick has made a name for himself selling glossy fine art prints inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese comics.

“I’m very lucky to be here,” said Patrick.

Dressed as “Bayonetta” from the video game series of the same name, Ahjai Green said she has been cosplaying since 2018. Her costume choice was inspired by her love for the video game series she played for. the first time at the age of 10.

Like many other event attendees, representation and identity were reasons why Green felt compelled to attend the Long Beach Comic Con event.

“It makes me feel like I’m surrounded by people who look like me,” Green said.

Tickets for Sunday, which cost $25, are still available online.

The Long Beach Convention Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Two Star Wars fans cosplay as Darth Maul (left) and Emperor Palpatine at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 3. Photo by Fernando Haro.

A cosplayer dressed as a former Harley Quinn model at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 3. Photo by Fernando Haro.

Star Wars Droids at Long Beach Comic Con Saturday, September 3. Photo by Fernando Haro.

A cosplayer dressed as Halloween’s Michael Myers at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 3. Photo by Fernando Haro.

Nerds Assemble: Long Beach Comic Con is back in September

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