The second annual Comics Arts LA festival was held yesterday, in its first year as a two-day show. It’s the Los Angeles stop on the Premiere Indie Comics Circuit, and has a strong influence from the huge local animation community, as befits its founders, Jen Wang, Angie Wang. Iris Jong and Jake Mumm, several of whom work in animation.
While I haven’t found any detailed write-ups, it seems like everyone was up on their socials, with happy photos of comics and people all backlit with the warm, golden sun of early winter downtown LA. And Matt Groneing showed up and bought peoples comics, which probably made them happy. CALA seems to have established itself as a vital event on the calendar, if not for sales then certainly for community building.
As you can see from the photos, the programming in particular looked pretty strong here. Wish I could have been there for the Jaime/Alden meeting. Or any of it really. Did you go? Did you have a good time? Sound off in the comments.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.