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
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
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
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
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
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!