Comic Arts L.A.

Comic Arts
Los Angeles

A convention of independent comic artists

December 5th and 6th, 2015
Think Tank Gallery - 939 Maple Ave. 90015

Free and Open to the Public

Exhibitor Applications are now closed Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino

About Us

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 second annual festival will take place December 5th and 6th, 2015 at Think Tank Gallery in lively Downtown Los Angeles.

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

Exhibitors at CALA 2014


Sam Alden

Sam Alden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Best American Comics 2013, from Houghton-Mifflin and is the author of several books published this year including "It Never Happened Again" from Uncivilized Books, Frontier #5 from Youth in Decline, and "Haunter" published by Study Group Comics. He is the 2013 Ignatz Award Winner for most Promising New Talent.

Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, humorist and writer. Her first long form graphic memoir "Over Easy" detailing her post-art school waitressing career in the late 1970s in Oakland Ca, has just been published by Drawn and Quarterly. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen Magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications too numerous to mention, and has written and illustrated five humor books. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full length episode of the Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" in 1989, and episodes for the television shows "Designing Women" and "Pee Wee's Playhouse".

Programming Schedule

Comics in Animation

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

As methods of visual storytelling, comics and animation are natural bedfellows. Among the legions of cartoonists-turned-animators in Los Angeles are Lisa Hanawalt (Bojack Horseman), Natasha Allegri (Bee And Puppycat), and Ryan Pequin (Regular Show), who will be talking to Phil Rynda (Adventure Time) about their experiences coexisting in the comics and animation worlds, how they create work unique to each form, and how comics and animation have cross-pollinated techniques.

Spotlight on Sam Alden

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Hotshot cartoonist Sam Alden draws with a starkness that belies the nuanced humanity of his comics. His works include It Never Happened Again, Household, and Hawaii 1997. Listen in as he and Ryan Sands (Youth in Decline) discuss his past and future work, his aims as an artist, and how he got so damn good.

Spotlight on Mimi Pond

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Mimi Pond is a triple threat, having long been a fixture in the comics, illustration, and comedy writing communities. Her long list of accomplishments includes: publishing Over Easy, a long form graphic memoir, creating comics for the Los Angeles Times and National Lampoon, and writing for The Simpsons. In this spotlight, Vanessa Davis (Make Me A Woman) will engage Mimi in a lively conversation on Over Easy, as well as her long and esteemed crossover career.

Form & Structure

3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

From uniform grids to intricate architectural blueprints, there are limitless ways to carve up a page. As the possibilities of form and structure expand ever outward, how do you decide when to select from conventional layouts and when to liberate your panels? How do you harness the panel and other formal elements to reckon with time, space, and life itself? Join Malachi Ward (Vile Decay), Roman Muradov ((In a Sense) Lost & Found), and Sophia Foster-Dimino (Sex Fantasy) in conversation with Angie Wang (Girl Apocalypse), as they unlock these comics enigmas and more.

The Lifelong Artist

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Trying to make it as an independent comics creator is hard enough -- once you're established, how do you turn your success into a lifelong career? Hope Larson (Mercury, Chiggers), Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty), and Ron Rege Jr. (The Cartoon Utopia), in conversation with with Jen Wang (In Real Life), will reveal how they've stayed relevant through the years, what to do when you grow out of the style you became known for, and branching out beyond your original creative field.

Special Signings

At the Secret Headquarters Booth

Lizz Lopez

12pm - 1pm

Sam Alden

2pm - 3pm

Mimi Pond

3pm - 4pm

Jesse Moynihan

4pm - 5pm

Ron Regé

5pm - 6pm

Related Events



Friday, December 5th

Join Meltdown Comics in celebrating STINCKERS, a stickers gallery show featuring artwork from many exhibitors at Comic Arts LA including: Sam Alden, Esther Pearl Watson, Jordan Crane, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Roman Muradov, Andy Ristaino, Hellen Jo, Malachi Ward, Steve Weissman, and many more!

7:30 - 10pm in the Nerdist Showroom // 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046


Think Tank Gallery

939 Maple Ave, Suite #200

Los Angeles, CA 90015


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.


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.

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May I apply to be an exhibitor?

Yes! Applications for 2015 should open mid to late Summer. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list and like / follow us on social media!

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, please. Volunteer applications should be available online shortly after the application period for exhibitors closes. Until then, 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.


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