Comic Arts LA
Angie Wang is completely self-taught and leaves nothing to chance. Her work consists of very hard, flat lines and she likes to express texture, like smoke, wood or steel. Her passion for comics ended up in a new comic convention in LA, which she founded together with three friends in 2013. This year, they are hoping for around 3000 attendees.
– We founded Comic Arts LA since there wasn’t a similar convention on our side of the country. We always had to go to the East Coast, which is a very expensive, eight-hour flight. Only to hang out with our friends, also flying all the way from Los Angeles. I asked myself the question, could we start something like that here? And after many ifs and buts, it became reality.
The convention has become a big, annual event, where visitors like Matt Groening, the creator of the American TV-show The Simpson, has been around since the start. In addition to allowing like-minded to network, it is also a goal to develop and challenge young talents within comic art.
– It’s hard to come forward in this industry without contacts, and I for example have met almost all my important, work-related acquaintances in similar events like Comic Arts LA. That’s why we wanted a place where young creators can meet older cartoonist, learn new things, inspire one another and get tools to move on forward in their careers, Angie says.