Long Beach ComicCon is so popular that it meets twice a year in Southern California. For the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a museum in south central Los Angeles, it has offered a great opportunity for community outreach for several years. The Center plays a role in developing the convention’s science track of presentations featuring scientists and engineers. It also staffs an area on the exhibit floor, with family-friendly hands-on activities. By 2019, the Center was looking for ways to join in with the lively spirit of the convention, so they added a live band to their area and sponsored a “science” award in one of the convention’s main events: the CosPlay Contest.