Comic Book Nerd Nirvana Comes to Long Beach, Calif.

Emerging from their winter hibernation, comic book fans from around the world will be homing in on Los Angeles County’s south beach city of Long Beach in late March for a three-day confab.

Wizard World Los Angeles, produced by Wizard Conventions Inc., bills itself as a pop culture extravaganza that explores the worlds of comic books, toys, anime, movies, manga and video games. Organizers are promising that some of the biggest stars in comics, film and television will be there. Other versions of the event have already happened in Chicago, Philadelphia and Texas.

This year’s guest of honor is writer/director/producer Kevin Smith (Jersey Girl, Dogma and Chasing Amy). Other special guests currently scheduled to appear include Selma Blair and Ron Perlman, who star in the highly anticipated spring 2004 release of Hellboy, actor James Marsden (Cyclops in the X-Men films), actor Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Stan Lee (writer of Spiderman, co-creator of X-Men), John Romita Jr. (Men Without Fear: The Creating of Daredevil) and legendary comic-book artist Alex Ross (Marvel, Kingdom Come).

The confab takes place at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center March 19-21. A one-day pass is $20. A weekend pass costs $35. For more info go to