Ending Free Comic Book Day Day at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA, “The Simpsons” animator Phil Ortiz explained the importance of practicing art at an early age to a young aspiring artist. “The Ink Raven” creator Chris Kawagiwa showed off his self-published mini-comic. Between autographs, “Elephantment” writer Richard Starkings hung out with Wonder Woman. And yes, if you look closely, that is Hans Moleman that Phil is drawing.
From left to right: Mark Roslan (Director of Design and Production), Joe Benitez (writer/artist of “Lady Mechanika”), Peter Steigerwald (Co-Owner, Vice President), and Frank Mastromauro (Co-Owner, President) represent Aspen on Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Tyler Crook, artist of “BPRD”, Robbi Rodriguez, artist of “Tek Jansen” and “Frankie Get Your Gun,” ek Jansenand Jeff Stokely, artist of “Fraggle Rock,” draw personalized sketches of favorite characters for comic fans at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA on Free Comic Book Day.
Chris Yost, creator of X-23 and writer of Marvel animated series “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” and Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy and co-writer/artist of “Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire” stopped by The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA to greet fans on Free Comic Book Day.
On Free Comic Book Day, The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA showcased exclusive Mattel toys for San Diego Comic-Con 2011 featuring DC Universe Swamp Thing, Young Justice Superboy in Cloning Chamber, Green Lantern Kilowog, Masters of the Universe® Classics Queen Marlena™ Figure, Hot Wheels® Franken Berry™ Vehicle, MOTUC Polly Pocket Collection, and Voltron® Blazing Sword Voltron.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, stormtroopers, and R2D2 entertained comic fans waiting to get into the Manhattan Beach, CA store on Free Comic Book Day. Co-owner Mike Wellman wore a casual-style Wonder Man costume while calling out the raffle winners of two $100 shopping sprees. The Flash and Wonder Woman struck a pose for justice and metallic spandex.
Fans eagerly waited for autographs, deals, and freebies in a line winding around the store and out down the sidewalk at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA. Owners Jun Goeku, seen in the Comic Bug’s “I’m Infected” t-shirt, and Mike Wellman, sporting a Wonder Man-inspired getup, and their team of dedicated volunteers kept the crowds organized, the mood excited, and the comics well-stocked.