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The Best of L.A. Comic Con 2022

A look inside the annual fandom event.

L.A. Comic Con came back with a bang for 2022. This year, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and included A-list pop culture icons like Simu Liu, Ming-Na Wen, William Shatner, Elijah Wood, Sam Astin and more. We were invited in to cover the show and give our readers a glimpse of the jampacked weekend. Here's a look at L.A. Comic Con 2022. 

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501st Legion Los Angeles Members at L.A. Comic Con (©Melanie Lee)

A Look Inside L.A. Comic Con 2022

Friday

L.A. Comic Con kicked off Friday afternoon with events, cosplays and plenty of shopping opportunities. The evening was packed with events at L.A. Comic Con, starting with the semifinals of a "League of Legends" collegiate tournament. RIOT MUSIC then held a concert, followed by a BattleBots panel with co-founder Greg Munson. There was plenty to keep attendees busy on Friday, and the excitement continued into the weekend. The exhibitor floor was filled with a blend of large retailers, expo sponsors and small niche business owners. Fans could purchase everything from cosplay apparel to custom art and even fandom caricatures. 

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Vehicle Recreations at L.A. Comic Con (©Melanie Lee)

Saturday

Saturday brought the biggest draw at L.A. Comic Con, with numerous panels throughout the day. One of the biggest panels on Saturday was a spotlight on actor Simu Liu, the titular star of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." Liu brought an energetic presence to the stage while drawing audience members in with jokes and a poignant commentary about the importance of diversity. "It's really something incredible when a community sees themselves represented. Traditionally, if you look like me, you haven't seen yourself represented in that way a whole lot over the course of your life," Liu said during his session. 

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Simu Liu Jokes With Fans at L.A. Comic Con (©Melanie Lee)

Liu also talked with the moderator about all things from his favorite restaurants (Fishman Lobster Clubhouse in Toronto) to his favorite boba shops (he loves Boba Guys' Strawberry Matcha Latte) to his stock modeling past. The star also poked fun at himself, saying, "I pretty much only do movies now where I get to be an action figure of some sort."

The day continued with several other fantastic panels, including a discussion with Giancarlo Esposito and Ming-Na Wen of Star Wars "The Mandalorian." The co-stars discussed working on the set, working with Grogu and their experiences working in the Star Wars universe as Star Wars fans themselves. Each panel opened up questions to the audience for an interactive experience. Fans were also able to purchase numerous photo ops for many of the convention's top stars. 

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Ming-Na Wen and Giancarlo Esposito at L.A. Comic Con (©Melanie Lee)

Sunday

Sunday was the final day of the event, and the day brought out a massive turnout of Star Trek fans eager to see their favorite actors from the franchise. Spotlights on the main stage included features on William Shatner, Wil Wheaton and "The Sandlot;" and cosplay meet-ups brought out numerous cosplayers in their best creations. L.A. Comic Con is scheduled to return in 2023. 

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Expo Floor at L.A. Comic Con (©Melanie Lee)