In celebration of black comic book artists and Black History Month, learn how to design your own comic panels based on heroes of the African American community at the Long Beach Museum of Art’s Downtown extension. Long Beach-based participating writer and artist Brandon Easton, who recently announced he’ll be writing “Marvel Action Spider-Man #1” for IDW Publishing, said it best in his tweet: “This is awesome and a long-needed addition to the Downtown culture of Long Beach.”

You can hear Easton speak during an Artist Talk from 2 to 3 p.m. during the 5-hour event. Also on the docket are talks with Emmy Award-winning animation producer Chuck Patton at 1 p.m. and artist, filmmaker Don Walker at 3 p.m. alongside 15 or more writers and artists expected to be at the museum throughout the day.

Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., there will be an after-party at newly opened Atomic Basement Comics right across Elm Avenue. Party until 7 p.m. and hang around for a live podcast until 9 p.m. at 400 E. Third St.

Black Comic Creator Day is free and runs from noon to 5 p.m. at LBMA Downtown; 356 E. Third St. on Saturday, Feb. 22. For more info, click here.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].