Another day a new event – but this one has a new slant and marks the return of Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos to independent showrunning.

LightBox Expo will take place in September 6-8, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center and spotlight animation, concept art and character design, some of the more behind the scenes – but still incredibly influential and important – art jobs.

lbxlogo-colorDemonakos is partnering with character designer and illustrator Bobby Chiu (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland) to create what they hope will be “a multi-faceted experience for everyone from aspiring artists and students, to professionals and fans.”

They’ve already lined up am impressive guest list including: Daniel Arriaga (Coco), illustrator Loish, Iain McCaig (Star Wars), Crash McCreery (Jurassic Park), Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Ryan Meinerding (Marvel Studios), Karla Ortiz (Dr. Strange), Victoria Ying (Tangled), and illustrator Claire Wendling. 

More guests will be announced and tickets will go on sale in the spring.

With its focus on artists who are usually behind the scenes, but no less creative, as well as jobs that span from animation to live action to video games – this should be a great mix of talents that are uniquely available in SoCal.

Bobby Chiu (l.) and Jim Demonakos

“LightBox Expo was conceived as a way to unite the best artists in the animation, illustration, live action and gaming industries under one roof for the ultimate celebration of art,” said Chiu, LightBox Expo’s Creative Director. “This event is a place where we can come together once a year to hang out, share our work with the public, meet other artists, further our skills and educate those coming up in our respective industries.”

Also from the PR:

One of the missions of LightBox Expo is to ensure that the artists in attendance, from students to professionals, will be respected and treated fairly. To that end, an advisory council has been created, made up of some of the most experienced artists and studio representatives in the business, including Stephen Silver (Kim Possible), Justin Goby Fields (Ironklad Studios), Helen Mingjue Chen (Wreck-it Ralph), Ryan Lang (Big Hero 6), Renee di Cherri (Adobe), Douglas Little (Wacom), Christophe Lautrette (Kung Fu Panda), alongside previously mentioned artists McCreery, McCaig, Ortiz and Loish. “We’re really proud of the Advisory Council and its impact on the event,” said Demonakos, the LBX Convention Director. “Their direction is helping us put together an experience like no other, including a professional development day on Friday, plus countless hours of programming to help artists no matter what stage they’re at in their career.

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