Long Beach Comic Expo Reveals Kids Programming Slate for 2016

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The Long Beach Comic Expo has shared with us their kids programming slate for their upcoming convention. The full programming announcement is expected later today.

LBCE Kids DeadpoolBeth Sotelo’s GRUMP
Who is that weird kid lurking out the window of his dilapidated house? It’s Grump! Join Beth Sotelo as she talks about the inspiration behind her wonderful creation, and shows you step by step how to draw Grump as well as other figures from your imagination!

Creating Your Own Super-Hero
Have you always wanted to create your own Super-Hero, but didn’t know how? Now you can learn! In this interactive session for kids, Ray-Anthony Height teaches how to create the Hero of your dreams.

Draw Off with Trav & Friends
Come join Travis Hanson, Eisner nominated fantasy illustrator, in an epic draw off for the ages! Test your imagination and artistic skills with special surprise guests Stephan Franck (iron giant, smurfs, silver), Ray a.height (midnight tiger), Ben Risbeck (fantasy and game illustrator), Joel Gomez (Wildstorm, gears of war) and more!

How to Draw Comics For Kids
Create your own comic book page with Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon, two professional comic artists who will teach you the basics of how to draw and actual comic book page. See how the Pro’s do it, and then do it yourself!

How Your Kids Can Enjoy Cosplaying
Panelists: Minibobafett, Chihiro & Cheiko, ESJ Cosplay, Ainsley Parks
Educating on how to have the best experience with your kids in cosplay. Helpful hints and tips with some do’s, dont’s and bewares.

Kids Create Characters
Kids of all ages, come to this fun and informative session with artist and instructor Patrick Scullin. Learn how to draw and create your own characters and tell stories with pictures. Patrick is the creator of Super Siblings, the all ages comic series and Pandamonium, the Pirate Panda Adventure book.

My Little Pony
Join My Little Pony writer Christina Rice and My Little Pony artist Tony Fleecs as they guide you through their fun world and teach you how to create your own My Little Pony comic book story!

Sparking Creativity with The Art of the Squiggle
Join Mike Kunkel as he teaches kids how to spark their creativity by starting out with a simple squiggle. Adults might find this technique super helpful as well!

CA – The Sakai Project Signing

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 Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonès, Mark Evanier, William Stout, Tone Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, and many more appear at Meltdown Comics on  Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to sign THE SAKAI PROJECT!

Press Release:

On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.

Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.

Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.

Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.

Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.

Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.

In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.

The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223