2019 LA Comic Con Recap: ‘Hellboy’ reunion and Stan Lee tributes dominate one nerdy weekend

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Though it doesn’t quite attract the attention of the more famous Comic-Con to the south, the L.A. Comic Con still brings in an impressive array of talent and crowds to establish itself as one of the premier conventions in the country. Thousands descended on the Los Angeles Convention Center for a weekend of nerdy panels and, of course, cosplaying.

Reunions Dominated

This year’s L.A. Comic Con leaned heavily into franchise reunions. The “Hellboy” reunion was by far the most-anticipated. Doug Jones and Ron Perlman both appeared for a short panel where they spoke about making “Hellboy” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” The appearances gave fans a callback to the good old days when “Hellboy” movies were actually good.

Elsewhere, Dunder Mifflin fans received a treat as cast members from “The Office” convened for a panel. L.A. Comic Con welcomed Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, and Creed Bratton to the panel stage. It wasn’t a full reunion, but it was better than nothing.

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Besides that, Comic Con gave fans a surprise by reuniting the cast of the classic “X-Men: The Animated Series.” This included voice actors Chris Potter (Gambit), George Buza (Beast), Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Chris Britton (Sinister), Lenore Zann (Rogue), and director Larry Houston. Thankfully, no Sentinels appeared. 

Cosplayers Came Out

Like any good Comic Con, the cosplayers came out decked in some of the most complex costumes yet. Unsurprisingly, many people showed up in Joaquin Phoenix’s version of The Joker. Old reliables like Pennywise, Deadpool, Harley Quinn, and Spider-Man all proved to be popular choices as well.

While amateur cosplayers made their way around the L.A. Convention Center, Comic Con also called on several high-profile professional cosplayers. Jessica The Maid of Might showed up wearing an impressive Atlanna costume as well as a spot-on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” costume. Elsewhere, Los Angeles cosplayer Amber Arden appeared at the event wearing fairy godmother and Tinkerbell costumes. 

Stan Lee Tributes

2019 marks L.A. Comic Con’s first year without Marvel legend Stan Lee in attendance. The convention was previously named Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. Even though Lee wasn’t there physically, fans felt his spirit. The event represented a celebration of the comic mastermind’s singular genius.

Besides the numerous Spider-Men roaming around the LACC grounds, Marvel writer Rob Liefield held a panel in honor of Lee. The spirit of Lee loomed largely over the weekend’s events. It was a poignant reminder that, even though Spider-Man and other comic book movies have recently become big business with companies fighting over rights like toddlers, their ability to gather fans year after year is where the real power lies.

The Stan Lee Tribute Wall at L.A.'s Comic Con 2019.
Image: Annie Liang / The Burn-In