Dave Van Patten began making comics when he was in the second grade. Filling notebook after notebook, he eventually created a full-on graphic novel that he sold (yes, sold) in the third grade—a piece that was so popular, it led him to amass more content (even a comic about a chainsaw murderer with a skull face that was banned).
Joanne Gordon knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting at the age of three. It wasn't until she was in her adolescent years that she discovered the world of directing. Gordon, who grew up in South Africa and received her Bachelors and Masters degree, has accumulated a myriad of accolades to showcase for her success.
Nearly seventy students pack into the stuffy third-floor classroom of a Fine Arts building at California State University Long Beach. It’s Friday evening, and while most people are sitting in rush hour traffic in the parking lot that is the 405, these students are anxiously counting down the minutes until the clock strikes five.
Geeky Mamas is a homegrown business that blossomed in the heart of a woman with her family in mind. In an effort to provide her mother with a stable income and to create a safe and welcoming space for the female geek, Maria Estrada began designing, while her mother began the sewing, of the geek chic Ewok-inspired over-the-shoulder bag. They tested out the accessory at a swap meet, then quickly sold out and the rest is history.
A graphic novel enthusiast, expert zine-maker and now a librarian, Ziba shares with us how she got into comics, how her multicultural background influences her zine-making and how she chooses graphic novels for the library’s collection. She is especially excited about the Long Beach Comic Con, but we’ll get to that later.
Where on earth can you find a troupe of clowns that are willing to show you all the tricks they hide up their sleeves, all the while listening to a musical duo who collects their sounds from The Gerald Desmond Bridge? Only in the wacky art-mosphere of Long Beach can you stumble upon such wide and weird array of self-expression.