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Wham! California Comic Cons That'll Blow Your Mind

Wham! California Comic Cons That'll Blow Your Mind
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It’s that time of year again! That’s right, the season of California comic conventions is upon us, so start thinking about your cosplay, plan your travels, and get stoked to meet some of your favorite actors, writers, and artists in person.

With so many small comic-book conventions, major comic conventions, and everything in between, it can be difficult to figure out a set schedule that accommodates them all. Luckily for you, we have rounded up the most noteworthy comic conventions in California that you won’t want to miss out on. 

Comic-Con International: San Diego

Since its inception in 1970, Comic-Con International: San Diego has presented thousands of exhibits and special guests, drawing upwards of 130,000 attendees annually. 

Comic-Con Dates: July 18–21, 2019

Comic-Con Hours: Thursday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: San Diego Convention Center

Ticket Prices: Preview night: $48, Thursday–Saturday one-day pass: $66, Sunday one-day pass: $45, five-day pass: $291

Availability of CCI Tickets: Sold out

Where to Buy CCI Tickets: 2019 badges are sold out

As one of the largest comic conventions in the world, Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI) is the place to be. Previously known as San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC), CCI combines the best of comic fandom, featuring an array of special guests, an art show, opportunities to gather autographs, and chances to connect with other creators looking to jump into the comic book or gaming industries. With all of the exciting offerings, true comic-book fans will certainly want for nothing at this convention.

Long Beach Comic Con

Discover replicas of beloved robotic characters, such as Number "Johnny" Five from Short Circuit (pictured) and R2-D2 from the Star Wars franchise, at Long Beach Comic Con.

Comic-Con Dates: August 31–September 1, 2019

Comic-Con Hours: Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

LBCC Location: Long Beach Convention Center

Ticket Prices: Saturday: $40, Sunday: $25, weekend pass: $60

Availability of LBCC Tickets: Available

Where to Buy LBCC Tickets: Long Beach Comic Con website or Eventbrite

Guest appearances at Long Beach Comic Con include writers Vita Ayala, Tim Seeley, Shea Fontana, and Corinna Bechko; comic book creator Christian Gossett; animation designer and director David Bullock; and comic-book artist Howard Chaykin—plus numerous other actors, writers, and industry icons. Make sure to get a jumpstart on your costumes to compete for one of the 10 prizes in the cosplay contest, and don’t miss out on the 100-plus panels and film screenings available. 

Silicon Valley Comic Con

Combining pop culture with technology, San Jose's Silicon Valley Comic Con features top celebrities, cosplay, video games, and consumer electronics. 

Comic-Con Dates: August 16–18, 2019

Comic-Con Hours: Friday: 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: San Jose Convention Center

Ticket Prices: Day pass: $50, three-day adult pass: $99, VIP Gold: $250, VIP Platinum: $550

Availability of SVCC Tickets: Available

Where to Buy SVCC Tickets: Silicon Valley Comic Con website

This Northern California comic-con is bound to be a star-studded event that attendees will be talking about for months. Expected celebrity appearances include Arnold Schwarzenegger from The Terminator and Predator, Jason Momoa from Aquaman, Morena Baccarin from Firefly, James and Oliver Phelps from the Harry Potter films, Julie Benz from Dexter, and many more. Between the guest panelists, art displays, gaming zones, and family-friendly activities, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found.

Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento

Thousands of cosplays descend on the state capitol to attend Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, which celebrates the best in movies, comics, television, and gaming. 

Comic-Con Dates: September 20–22, 2019

Comic-Con Hours: Friday: 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Location: Cal Expo

Ticket Prices: Early-bird pass: $49.99, three-day general pass: $79.99, three-day priority pass, three-day Gold VIP: $99.99 

Availability of Wizard World Tickets: Available

Where to Buy Wizard World Tickets: Wizard World website

Prepare your cosplay, and get ready to be surprised by the guest list at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento. Tickets are on sale now, but event details are limited and the exclusive celebrity appearances have yet to be announced, so keep an eye out. You never know who you might see! 

los Angeles Comic Con

Los Angeles Comic Con is the largest event of its kind in L.A., boasting special celebrity speakers, artwork displays, interactive exhibits, games, food trucks, and much more. 

Comic-Con Dates: October 11–13, 2019

Comic-Con Hours: Friday: 1:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center

Ticket Prices: Early-bird three-day pass $68, early-bird three-day VIP pass: $179

Availability of LACC Tickets: Available

Where to Buy LACC Tickets: L.A. Comic Con website or Showclix

L.A. Comic Con is the largest comic, sci-fi, pop culture, horror, and gaming convention in the region. This year’s lineup includes actors Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Leslie Baker, Creed Bratton, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Núñez—plus My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and comic-book artist Jae Lee—just to name a few. 

Wherever you are in the state, it’s time to get your costumes ready for these top California comic-cons!