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Comic Expo brings joy of reading to South Central

Just one week after L.A. Comic Con, another comic expo comes to Los Angeles – South Central Los Angeles! A Place Called Home will host its third annual Comic Art & Literacy Expo (CALE) on October 19, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The expo is free, appropriate for all ages, and open to the public. CALE is the first event of its kind and makes popular entertainment and comic arts accessible to families and residents living in one of Los Angeles’s most impoverished neighborhoods.


CALE will feature talks and workshops, including one presented by DC Comics; raffle prizes, such as bikes every hour; and free comic books for attendees to add to their collections. More than 5,000 donated comics will be distributed!

Comic artists and writers attending the expo include Disney Channel’s “Big City Greens” creators and executive producers Chris Houghton and Shane Houghton; “Batman: The Animated Series” director Kevin Altieri; and prop-builder and replica “Star Wars” androids creator Mike Senna.

Molly Allis, Michael Aushenker, Javier Beltran, Alejandro Gamboa, Suemi Guerra, Steve Guerra and Jessica Miranda, Javier Hernandez, Pepe Melan, John Narcomy, Rafael Navarro, Don Ngyuen, Adolfo Reyes Jr., Don Schmidt and Ren Hanami, Christie Shinn, and Miranda Tacchia will also join the expo.

DSC08061Bernyce Talley, Senior Visual Art & Digital Media Lead, shares, “The Comic Art & Literacy Expo is an opportunity to expose families to the joys of reading, using the arts as a catalyst. People can meet comic artists, illustrators, writers, poets, and publishers, as well as take away books and comics for their enjoyment. Since CALE’s inauguration, we have given away 8,000 books, raffled 40 prize packages, hosted 16 workshops, and seen countless smiles!” 


More than 600 local comic book and reading enthusiasts are expected to attend the third annual CALE on October 19th. The Bridge at A Place Called Home is located at 2901 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011. Check out our Facebook page to stay updated!
Click here to learn more about Arts & Creative Expression programs at A Place Called Home or contact Hannah Berger at [email protected] to find out how you can invest in arts programs for South Central youth!
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