Disney’s “triple threat” Ming-Na Wen, of Mulan, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Mandalorian, is coming to L.A. Comic Con (LACC), L.A.’s largest event for comics, gaming, sci-fi and pop culture. LACC has also announced the launch of early bird sale pricing for one-session passes ahead of its much-anticipated 2021 in-person event.
Wen’s addition to the event’s already stacked lineup of star talent is sure to excite, as she joins several other confirmed celebrity guests, including her fellow Mandalorian actor Giancarlo Esposito, renowned for his legendary role as “Gustavo Fring” on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Zachary Levi, best known for his leading roles in Shazam!, Chuck, Tangled, and many more; Bruce Campbell, most known as the lead protagonist “Ash” in the widely-praised Evil Dead franchise; Tom Welling, who played Superman himself in the hit series Smallville and starred in Lucifer; comic book legend Frank Miller, best known for Sin City and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; and Tom Kenny of SpongeBob SquarePants fame.
Fans should note that the one-session passes that are available for purchase today are not the same as the one-day passes that have been offered in the past. CEO and General Manager of LACC Chris DeMoulin talked about the decision to offer these passes in a press release:
“There are really two reasons for the one-session passes. First, we do not know what attendance or crowd density restrictions the LA Dept. of Public Health may have in place in December, so we need to plan ahead for that. And second, our guest research shows that the average fan comes to the show for about five hours, so choosing either morning or afternoon will reduce crowding for everyone. For fans who want more, we have 3-session passes, and will have other session upgrades available closer to the show. Also, keep in mind that each one-session pass comes with a free password for the digital streaming for the other half of that day – so you can catch any panels you want to see from the other half of the day on your phone or laptop.”
The one-session passes, on sale today for a limited time, are the guaranteed lowest price that will be offered in 2021 for the event, and each pass allows the guest to enjoy all LACC’s offerings for a set five-hour time period. In the case that the CDC and the LA Dept. of Public Health do not impose crowd restrictions ahead of the December 3-5 dates, LACC may decide to convert all 1-session passes to 1-day passes, and all 3-session passes to 3-day weekend passes — and all tickets will be converted automatically without fans needing to do anything. That decision, one way or the other, will be made much closer to the show, for obvious public health reasons.
If you are still hesitant to attend or are just unable to, LACC has expanded virtual access to the show by including new digital products, immersive online experiences and streaming capabilities for fans to participate in the live panels, talent meet-and-greets, main stage and secondary panels from home — a comprehensive virtual fan experience first introduced at the virtual Micro Con event in April 2021.