Comic Arts LA's fifth annual edition is its biggest yet — but this is nothing like its epic -Con cousins. Instead, the focus here is on grassroots-level inclusivity, inspiration and support for the upcoming generations of graphic voices. With workshops on nurturing creative instincts, the influence of manga and anime on global comic culture, and highlighting representations of queerness, parenthood and communities of color, CALA is about using the power of comics for good. For example, CALA has partnered with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network to collect and donate comics and graphic novels to SoCal detention facilities, offering brighter visions of the future to kids who need it more than most. This year's special guest is Prince of Cats author and artist Ronald Wimberly, a leading voice for depictions of heroes of color in the genre.
With 120 artists, workshops, drawing sessions, talks and signings,