For the first time since 2019, LA Comic Con returned to host an in-person event in December. LA’s largest event for comics, gaming, sci-fi, and pop culture celebrated its 10th Con in style, welcoming a wide range of celebrity guests, artists and exhibitioners, and of course, fans!

Across the three-day event, LA Comic Con brought in 94,900 attendees. This is down from the convention’s record-high 2019 attendance (clocking in at over 123,000 visitors). But considering the difficulties of launching large-scale events during Covid-19, that’s not too much of an attendance drop off. Clearly, people were ready to reunite to share their love for their favorite fandoms!

A Superman cosplayer takes on Thor at LA Comic Con. Photo via Sven Stucky.

“There was a sense of joyous relief among fans, exhibitors and talent to be back,” said Chris DeMoulin, CEO at Comikaze Entertainment, LA Comic Con’s parent company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that nearly 95,000 fans were able to join us this past weekend.”

The THS team joined those fans in reuniting at LA Comic Con, covering the show live with exclusive interviews. If you missed them live, make sure to check out our YouTube channel. We’ll be rolling out all the best stuff from LA Comic Con in the next couple weeks.

More Fun From The Floor

LA Comic Con recruited stars and creators behind some of your favorite shows, films, and comics to take the main stage.

Whether you’re a Spongebob Squarepants addict, a DCTV fan, or someone who collects every Frank Miller comic, this event had something for everyone. As big Star Wars fans, we were especially excited to see Giancarlo Esposito and Ming-Na Wen discuss The Mandalorian.

And of course, the fun (and fandom) doesn’t end with the big panels. You gotta take to the floor to snag the best pop culture merch and fandom art available! And while you’re at it, chat with some cosplayers.

Probably this year’s most popular cosplay was variations on Spider-Man. (No surprise, given the hype surrounding the upcoming Marvel flick No Way Home.) Other popular choices were Scarlet Witch, as popularized by Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision, and the participants and guards from Netflix’s Squid Game.

Spider-Man cosplayers reenact the "Spider-Man pointing meme" at LA Comic Con
Just a couple of Spideys! Photo via Sven Stucky.

LA Comic Con Announces AVOX 2022

If you missed LA Comic Con—or you’re just already looking for your next awesome fan experience—the event also revealed plans for a new expo sure to excite anime and gaming fans.

LA Comic Con and PCB Productions have joined forces to present AVOX, the Actors Voice Over Expo. The event will celebrate talent lending their voices to popular video games, anime, and animation. Over 150 voice actors have already signed on to appear at the July 2022 event, taking place in Pasadena, CA.

AVOX will include special appearances, unique performances, exclusive panels, private signings, and sneak peeks, as well as competitive gaming live on stage.

“LA Comic Con had been looking to expand into gaming and anime given feedback from our fans,” said DeMoulin. “LA is a huge gaming market, and anime and gaming complement our current show content perfectly. The LA Comic Con motto is ‘by the fans, for the fans,’ and the AVOX format will be ‘by the talent, for the fans’ as a result of our partnership with PCB.”

PCB Productions is behind many popular video game franchises including Persona, Call of Duty, Monster Hunter, and Yakuza.

AVOX tickets will guarantee fans four different experiences throughout the expo: a premier stage experience, panel discussions, workshops, and a shopping hall filled with vendors. Individual signings with voice actors will also be available.

AVOX will take place July 2-3, 2022 at the Pasadena Convention Center. For news and updates on tickets, be sure to check back to THS.

Photo via LA Comic Con.