San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo Returns to Baldwin Park
by Lucia Flores
July 9, 2014 • 23,784 views
San Gabriel Valley’s annual Comic Book Expo made its triumphant return to the Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) in Baldwin Park. The event featured local and independent comic book artists, animation, cosplayers, an artist alley, photo booth, food trucks, and a comic-inspired art exhibit.
The SGV Comic Book Expo, organized in part by the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, provided an entertaining afternoon filled with activities for all ages. Workshops and panels gave attendees a chance to explore their creative ambitions. A workshop hosted by cartoonist Javier Hernandez, “Let’s Make Comics,” gave children an opportunity to see first-hand how a comic book is created. Informative panels offered to the public included “Women Making Comics and Zines” and “Forgotten Treasures of Mexican Comics.”
Another highlight of the expo was the art exhibition, which featured works from local artists. Renditions of the comic world’s most popular characters filled the walls of the gallery, which will still be opened to the public for viewing until August 2nd.
Throughout the expo, cosplayers walked the floor, at times being stopped for photos. Cosplay is the art of dressing in costume as a favorite character. Many cosplayers spend a good amount of time and effort to make their own costumes and accessories.
In the main event area, independent comic book artists displayed their latest artwork and comics. Interesting titles like Cholo Libre and Misfortune High conveyed the variety of comics available at the event, a reflection of the burgeoning art scene in the San Gabriel Valley that continues to grow every year.
For a full list of participating artists and vendors, and for more information on the next San Gabriel Comic Book Expo, visit www.facebook.com/SGVComicBookExpo.