SGV Comic Book Expo

Update: Recap of 2014 Comic Expo. 

With the surging popularity and rise of comic book cinema in the 2000′s, and the great need for arts exposure in the SGV, the Nuvein Foundation decided to create an opportunity to SHOWCASE this popular and exciting art form. 

 See SGV Comic Expo Facebook page for more information

Below you will find:  FAQs, and the history of the SGV Comic Expo

FAQ for SGV Comic Book Expo
1) How do I secure a space as vendor/exhibitor at this event?
Thank you for your interest in this incredible event. You can download all the forms needed to  be a vendor/exhibitor at this event on our website here .

2) Why so many forms? What are they anyways?
The reason for the multiple forms is that they each serve different purposes that relate to this event.  The application allows us to register for the event, the exhibitor/vendor release allows us to host you at the facility/grounds in partnership with the Baldwin Park Arts & Recreation Center (ARC), and the media release allows us to take photos of you at our event. All forms are necessary for your participation in the event.

3) What does it mean to be an exhibitor at Artist Alley?
An exhibitor at Artist Alley must be a independent comic book or comic book art illustrator, animator, publisher who participates in the exhibition hall known as Artist Alley. It is s specific kind of vendor for the purpose of this event, which is to highlight independent comic book creators across Southern California. Artist Alley Exhibitors are housed inside the Baldwin Park ARC (see map on our website)

4) What is it mean to be a vendor at the Fountain Plaza? A vendor is a artisan, crafts worker, artist, or creative that has specialized items, collectibles, and goods that are comic book culture oriented (eg. Custom shirts, comics, hats, toys, etc). Vendors will be hosted at the adjacent Civic Center Fountain Plaza overlooking the Maine/Pacific Ave intersection near Ramona Blvd.

5) What are the fees for being an exhibitor? vendor?
All fees associated with participation in the event are disclosed on the application form as part of event registration.

6) Is there admission charged to go to this event?
No. The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, in partnership with the Baldwin Park ARC, are offering the event free to the general public. This is in line with the charitable mission of both organizations to provide access to arts and culture events to the residents of Baldwin Park and the Greater San Gabriel Valley Region and beyond of Southern California. This event is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the City of Baldwin Park.

7) Where is the Baldwin Park Arts & Recreation Center located?
The Baldwin Park ARC is located at 14403-B Pacific Ave, Baldwin Park, CA. The ARC faces the intersection of Maine Ave and Pacific Ave, less than one block south of Ramona Blvd, and lies north across the street from the Baldwin Park Metrolink Station. Parking is available at the adjacent structure on Bogart Ave.

8) When is the SGV Comic Book Expo?
The 2014 SGV Comic Book Expo is taking place on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 from 11am-5pm.  Stay tuned for future information on the event’s programming and attractions. You can also follow the event on Facebook.
9) What is the SGV Comic Art Exhibition? Is this related to the Expo?
The SGV Comic Art Exhibition is a showcase of local artists with works inspired by comic books, comic book culture, comic book characters.
10) What is the exhibition date for the SGV Comic Art Exhibit?
The 2014 SGV Comic Art Exhibition will run from June 16th opening reception on Friday, June 20th free and open to the general public.

History of San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo

Nuvein founder, and president emeritus, the late Enrique Diaz, knew all too well the magic that opportunity, the right people, and the eagerness and excitement of the youth could create around the SGV. This as well as discovering a wealth of local independent comic book creators, illustrators, animators, and promoting the formation of the SGV Cartoonistas by SGV natives Javier Hernandez, Jim Lujan, Grasiela Rodriguez, Raul Aguirre Jr., and others only led him to considering and creating the Nuvein Foundations’ “SGV Comic Book Festival”.

The initial 2008 edition took place at the Cuban Club in El Monte, a long time partner venue of Nuvein, on April 6, 2008. The SGV Comic Book Festival was a successful event where local youth, fans, and aspiring artists alike met with independent comic book creators, animators, illustrators, and the SGV Cartoonistas. The event featured workshops and live art.

The follow up edition of the SGV Comic Book Festival took place Saturday, October 10, 2009. The event moved location to the Monrovia Library, as part of the Monrovia Fine Arts Association “Celebrate the Arts” event.The event featured independent comic book creators, animators, illustrators, and the SGV Cartoonistas.

In 2010, the Comic Book Festival was once again held at the Cuban Club in El Monte on September 19th. The event featured independent comic book creators, animators, illustrators, and the SGV Cartoonistas.

After a 3 year hold, the Nuvein Foundation relaunched this event in Baldwin Park in the Summer of 2013 as the SGV Comic Book Expo, an event that featured a curated comic book art themed gallery, animation festival, as well as workshops and vending from indie comic book creators from around Southern California. The event unfolded at the Baldwin Park ARC.

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