Los Angeles Comic Con returns to the L.A. Convention Center this weekend, and I’m excited to attend for the very first time! With over 120,000 fans in attendance, 250+ panel discussions, and over 800 artists and exhibitors present last year, this year is sure to be a blast. Read on to see what you can expect from L.A. Comic Con starting on December 1st, 2023!
Entertainment guests at L.A. Comic Con 2023
Dozens of celebrities will be signing autographs and meeting fans this weekend. Ahsoka fans will be over the moon to see several starring actors! Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eman Esfandi, Ivanna Sakhno, and Diana Lee Inosanto will team up to fulfill Star Wars fans’ dreams. There’s even a duo photo op with Bordizzo and Sakhno for all the Sabine/Shin shippers out there!
The Boys fans can meet Erin Moriarty (who you might also recognize from Jessica Jones) and Karen Fukuhara (who was criminally underused in Suicide Squad). Meanwhile, fantasy franchises collide as stars from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings reunite! Catch up with Hobbits Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd, or a third of the Weasley family with James and Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright.
Other guests you might recognize include Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things), Rainn Wilson from The Office (and the recent Lessons in Chemistry), and Grace Caroline Currey from Shazam!.
Artists and creator guests
You’ll always find comic artists and creators at these conventions – after all, their work is in the name! This year, fans can meet creators like Jason Aaron, whose work on Thor comics inspired last year’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Dan Slott’s name may also ring a bell, a creator who has worked on Spider-Man, Iron Man, She-Hulk, and many other comic book characters.
I’d love to talk to Josie Campbell, head writer on She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and the criminally underrated Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous. That children’s show is just as violent and terrifying as the Jurassic Park films, so I’d love to hear if Campbell influenced the level of terror Camp Cretaceous struck into viewers. She’s also the head writer and producer on My Adventures with Superman, a new(er) series that airs on Cartoon Network and Max.
Finally, Zeb Wells (She-Hulk, The Marvels, Deadpool 3, Marvel Zombies) will be in L.A. after swinging by Motor City Comic Con earlier this month. Chip Zdarsky, current writer of Batman for DC Comics, will be there as well.
Attractions and events at LACC this weekend
Major panels at L.A. Comic Con happen right in the middle of the show floor on the main stage, quite a different experience from what I’m used to at Motor City Comic Con. There are several panel discussions in smaller rooms, one of which I’m pretty excited for!
“Building LEGO® Creations: Talking about MOCing” is a discussion with passionate LEGO® fans who create incredible brick-built constructions. This panel will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 to 2:50 PM in Panel Room 405. Moderated by an ambassador from the local recognized fan community LUGOLA (LEGO® User Group of Los Angeles), kids and adults alike can learn how to organize their parts, find inspiration, and how to build with the Studs Not On Top (SNOT) technique.
In fact, my Saturday is looking PACKED. I’ll be at the Main Stage in the South Hall from 1:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday given all the exciting discussions happening there! Starting at 1:00 PM, we’ve got “Spotlight on Jamie Campbell Bower” until 1:25 PM. Maybe he’ll spill some secrets about Stranger Things 5? Immediately after at 1:30 PM is “The Boys with Erin Moriarty and Karen Fukuhara”, going until 2:20 PM.
At 2:30 PM, it’s “Harry Potter with Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, & Oliver Phelps” who will answer our burning questions until 3:20 PM. Then Matt Smith takes the stage for his own “Spotlight” from 3:30 PM to 3:55 PM, before the Ahsoka stars take the stage at 5:00 PM. Lasting until 5:50 PM, that’s the panel I’m most excited for since the actors have barely been able to speak about the series due to this summer’s SAG-AFTRA strike. I loved Ahsoka and can’t wait to hear Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eman Esfandi, Ivanna Sakhno, and Diana Lee Inosanto discuss their experiences filming the best Star Wars Disney+ series to date.
It’s time for L.A. Comic Con!
I’d love to get some Ahsoka autographs too, but they’re pretty pricey! Autographs may be hard to acquire if you’re going to be glued to panels all day on Saturday like me. Photo ops and autographs are an essential part of any convention experience, but make sure you spend your money (and time) wisely!
If you’re looking for something to do in Southern California this weekend, swing by L.A. Comic Con! Tickets are still available (though Matt Smith’s photo ops are selling out fast). I’ll be out on the floor attending panels and hoping to score some more interviews with our favorite actors. See you there!
For more information about L.A. Comic Con 2023, visit their official website. Are you planning to attend? Who do you want to meet there? Let us know on social media @mycosmiccircus or in The Cosmic Circus Discord.