By Jason Delgado
Like John McClane during Christmas time, LA Comic Con (LACC) is coming back on December 1-3, 2023 with a vengeance. This event will feature over 250 pop culture panels, along with a humongous 100,000 square feet additional gaming and anime hall. LACC 2022 brought in a record 126,000 fans, and this year looks to be even bigger and better with all of the celebrities, comic artists, gaming icons, tournaments, costume contests, and more in store for con-goers of all ages.
Some of the highlights to which I am personally looking forward are:
- the 8th Annual National Cosplay Championship where cosplayers compete for over $30,000 in prizes
- KROQ on the main stage on Friday night with hip hop artist Logic, as well as Clown from the band Slipknot
- Lord of the Rings panel with Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan & Billy Boyd
- The Boys panel with Erin Moriarty & Karen Fukuhara
- The Office panel with Rainn Wilson & Paul Lieberstein
Chris Gore and Alan Ng from Film Threat are bringing three panels this year that are must see: The Death of the Modern Franchise at 1:30pm, and the Indie Filmmaker’s Survival Guide at 3:30pm, both on Saturday, and Why 99% of Movies Today are Garbage (Their words, not mine!) at 2:30pm on Sunday, with all three panels taking place in room 308AB. Chris and Alan are experts in indie filmmaking, pop culture, movie analysis and improv. Just don’t bring up the state of Star Wars and Marvel to Chris!
LACC’s gaming freeplay zone (with both PC and console games), along with eSports-Style Tournaments, are sure to be Godzilla-size hits with gamers. The tournaments will include Mortal Kombat 1 and Street Fighter 6, so get those gamer fingers ready for some mayhem.
The anime and gaming stage in the West Hall will feature some fan-favorite voice actors such as Johnny Yong Bosch (Akira), Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito), Trina Nishimura (Mikasa Ackerman) and Sean Schemmel (Dragon Ball Z).
Comic book fans will be as thrilled as Mary Jane is to see Peter Parker when they get to meet top comic writers and artists such as: Ryan Ottley, Jason Aaron, Nick Spencer, Ryan Stegman, Dan Slott, Skottie Young and many more.
LA Comic Con is an experience that has to be seen to be believed! It is a part of pop culture heaven for fans like me, so I hope to see you there!
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