special announcement

special announcement

Comic Arts LA (CALA) is a free, public event promoting the appreciation of comics, graphic novels, and sequential arts among the broader Los Angeles public. CALA aims to engage the public and foster interactions among creators and readers alike by providing the community a space to connect creatively and discover new work. The third annual festival will take place December 3rd and 4th, 2016 at Think Tank Gallery in lively Downtown Los Angeles.

CALA is organized by Jen Wang, Angie Wang, Iris Jong, and Jake Mumm.


Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Driving Directions

From Anaheim/San Diego/Orange County

5 Fwy North to 10 Fwy West, exit on Los Angeles Street and make a right. Make another right on Olympic and a left on Maple Ave. An alternate route is 405 Fwy North to 110 Fwy North, exit on 9th Street and continue east. Make a right onto Maple Ave.

From Glendale/San Fernando Valley/Pasadena

5 Fwy South or 101 Fwy South to 110 Fwy South, exit on 9th Street and make a left. Continue east and make a right on Maple Ave.

From Santa Monica

10 Fwy East, exit on Maple Avenue. Turn left onto Maple Avenue.

Public Transportation

Take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square. Take the E bus to Olympic Blvd. Walk east and make a left on Maple Ave.


There are plenty of lots and metered parking in the area. Expect to pay around $8-10 for the day. We recommend surface lots at 9th/Werdin Pl., 825 Santee St., 818 Santee St., and 759 Maple Ave. for a $5 weekend flat rate.

For more info on the Fashion District, please visit: www.fashiondistrict.org


May I apply to be an exhibitor?

Applications for 2016 are now closed and our waitlist is full - but there's always next year! To stay in the loop, sign up for our mailing list and like / follow us on social media! Applications should open again in early summer.

How are candidates selected?

Very carefully! Applicants are selected based on a number of criteria at the discretion of CALA and its organizers. Preference is given to creators of comics over other creative fields, such as illustration, animation, fine art, etc.

How much space does each exhibitor get?

Half a table. That's 7.5 square feet, 3 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. You may request one additional chair if you really, really need it, but space is limited and unfortunately not everyone can have an extra chair.

I'm a publisher. Can I pay for more table space?

Unfortunately, no. Although we encourage publishers to apply, space is very limited and we want to fit in as many independent artists as possible.

Are there opportunities to help out with CALA as a volunteer?

Yes, and please do! Volunteer applications should be out sometime in the Fall. To stay in the loop, sign up for our mailing list!

How many exhibitors can CALA accommodate?

Because we want to ensure that the event goes well for everybody, we aim for a smaller show than the likes of other comics fests. Think Tank can accommodate around 70 exhibitors, some of which will be collectives of multiple artists.


CALA is the talk of the town! Read all about us:
Comics Reporter
L.A. Taco
The Beat
Comics Grinder

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