The Latino Comics Expo (LCX) will make its Southern California debut on Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), located at 628 Alamitos Ave, in Long Beach.
Founded in 2010 by Bay Area arts patron Ricardo Padilla and cartoonist/publisher
Javier Hernandez, the Latino Comics Expo is the country’s only convention dedicated to showcasing the Latino experience in comic books and related arts. For the last three years the LCX has been held in San Francisco at the world famous Cartoon Museum. This is the first time the Latino Comics Expo will be held in Southern California.
On Tuesday, August 13, Supervisor Don Knabe will present LCX Co-founder/Creative Director Javier Hernandez with a scroll in recognition of the Latino Comics Expo. The presentation will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Suite 822, Los Angeles, CA 90012. At the presentation Hernandez will be joined by artist Jules Rivera and the luchador/artist Lestat.
“We’re bringing the Latino Comic Expo to SoCal in response to our fans’ demands. We have had great success in San Francisco and are thrilled to be the first to showcase Latino comic book artists in the LA Area this summer,” said Ricardo Padilla, LCX Executive Director.
The inaugural Southern California LCX will include panel discussions with comic creators, specialized workshops for children on cartooning and comic book creation, and screenings of animated short films. The Balboa Event Center within MOLAA will host more than four dozen artists and creators, with comics, graphic novels, artwork and other merchandise available for purchase.
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Admission fees: Saturday, August 17, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., $9 for students and seniors: $6 for children under 12 and free for MOLAA members; Sunday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., FREE Family Day.
Following is the list of participants and exhibitors for the Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles
Raul Aguirre Jr., Lalo Alcaraz, Frederick Alama, Erik Arreaga, ART! THE MAGAZINE, Michael Aushenker, AZTEC OF THE CITY, Jose Cabrera, Ricardo Delgado, Manny Elias, EL VERDE, ENKYSKULLS, Erik M. Esquivel, FOREVER FRESHMEN, Gabriela Gamboa, J. Gonzo, Crystal Gonzalez, Erik Gonzalez & Erich Haeger, Javier Hernandez, Mario Hernandez, Lestat, Donna Letterese, Jim Lujan, LUNASOL MEXICAN VINTAGE, Dan Madigan, Ozi Magaña, Liz Mayorga, Pepe Melan, Ofloda Monstro, Roman Montes de Oca, Anita Mejia, Chogrin Muñoz, NINOSKA ARTE, John Narcomey, Rafael Navarro, German Orozco, Daniel Parada, Jose Pulido, Keith Rainville, Carlos Rivas, Neil Rivas, Jules Rivera, Grasiela Rodriguez, Octavio Rodriguez, SEITE BOOKS, Simon Sotelo, Carlo Saldaña, TZOLKIN MEDIA, ULTIMO DRAGON.COM and WINESTONE ENTERTAINMENT.
About Latino Comic Expo
Ricardo Padilla and Javier Hernandez founded the Latino Comics Expo in 2011 in San Francisco to showcase Latino comic book creators and work celebrating Latino culture in the popular arts. The annual event draws more than 500 attendees each year, with an estimated total of 1,700 attendees since the inaugural Expo. The Latino Comics Expo has grown to include 50 highly acclaimed creators from comics, animation, film and related arts, along with panel discussions with comic creators, specialized workshops, screenings of animated short films and meet-and-greets. The Latino Comics Expo was created to celebrate the Latino experience in comics and the related arts, as well as to inspire new generations of Latino creators. For more information visit LatinoComicsExpo.com.