By KATHERINE SNAVELY
It's the comic convention season once again. On February 20th and 21st Long Beach had its annual Comic Expo and of course, I attended. Long Beach Comic Expo is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases works of talented artists, writers, illustrators and creators of all types. The Comic Expo wasn't as large as the last Long Beach Comic Con but it was still amazing and filled with new and recurring artists like Mike Matola and Alexander Lee.
Mike Matola is an artist who creates silhouettes of characters or people by hand writing scripts of movies, songs and books. This year he created a comic with Dave Cain and artist Tim Prettyman called Winken, Blinken and Nod, and yes I bought it. It's a fantastic comic that has humor, adventure and fantasy. The synopsis from their website states, Winken, Blinken and Nod is about:... “ three reluctant dream pirates; fishermen brothers Winken & Blinken and their new troublesome cohort Nod as they are chased across the farthest reaches of imagination in their flying shoe while trying to unlock the meaning behind a mysterious memory.”
If you want to read this comic you can buy the download here
One of the new artists I found doesn’t paint or draw but makes jewelry, it’s called “Nerdy But Still Girly”. One thing they make is earrings but you get to choose the pair. For example you are able to choose your “Doctor” and “Companion” so you could have the 11th doctor and Donna or even the 9th and 10th doctor together .They also make pins and other jewelry that comes in various nerdy characters from Death Note to Back to the Future. If you want to see more of their nerdy goods go to:
Another group that aren't artists in the sense of drawing or painting but in quality costume making. The 501st Legion which is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization that goes to charity events and events like Comic Con. Their mission is to promote interest in Star Wars, facilitate the use of costumes, and to contribute through fundraising,charity and volunteering. If you want to know more information go to:
And of course every comic con has cosplayers and people who just want to dress up. My brother who is part of the 501st brought my nephew, who is part of the IE Squad Jawas, which are also part of the 501st. The IE Squad Jawas are a group of kids, mostly under 10 years of age, who dress up as Jawas. If you want to support the 501st Jawas you can follow them @iesjawas on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
As usual I had a great time, spent way too much money, and am already looking forward to the next comic convention!