By Michele Brittany, West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
Who says there's nothing free to do in Southern California? Have a look at the array of events that you have to choose from in the month of February!
Understanding Comics author Scott McCloud will be at the Mark Taper Auditorium in Los Angeles, talking with Elvis Mitchell, who is the host of The Treatment on KCRW. McCloud will be signing his new graphic novel, The Sculptor. The event starts at 7:15 PM and is free but requires a reservation.
Phat Collectibles, situated in Westminster, will host Tom Hodges and the launch party of Darth Vader #1. The party starts at 5 PM and is a free. RSVP at their Facebook page.
Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim is hosting their monthly book club event. This month features Rick Remender who will talk about Deadly Class and Black Science. Please note that you will need to reserve a space by calling the shop. The event is free and starts at 7 PM.
If you love Ghost Rider, then you will not want to miss this event at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. Starting at 7 PM, artist/writer Felipe Smith will be on hand to chat and ink your comics for you!
Lady Mechanika's Joe Benitez (artist/creator) will appear at Collector's Paradise in Pasadena from 6 to 8 PM. RSVP on Facebook for this free event.
Local indie publisher Fanboy Comics will present the launch of Fearworms: Selected Poems, a book of horror poetry written and illustrated by Robert Payne Cabeen. The event starts at 7:30 PM and will be held at the ACME Comedy Noho in North Hollywood.
Santa Monica comic book shop, Hi De Ho Comics, is throwing a launch party for The Untamed, A Sinner's Prayer by Sebastian A. Jones and Peter Bergting. Guests will include Lloyd Levin, Amandla Stenberg, Sebastian A. Jones, and illustrator Peter Bergting, all the way from Sweden. Event starts at 7 PM.
If you missed Joe Benitez on the 13th, you have another chance to meet him at the Golden Apple in Los Angeles, from 1 to 3 PM. This is a free event.
The Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention is back. This time it will be held at The Reef (aka La Mart) in Los Angeles. Guests include the stars from Power Rangers Megaforce and Super Megaforce as well Robbie Rist, the voice of Michaelangelo, Joe Benitez, and Holly Fields, voice of Nadia Grell. Cost is $10.00. Show runs from 10 AM to 5 PM.
February 28th and March 1st
Tickets are now available now for the annual Long Beach Comic Expo scheduled for the last weekend of February. Weekend passes are $45 or single day passes for less. Special discounts available for seniors, law enforcement and military.
And, looking ahead, you will not want to miss:
Wondercon 2015 will be back at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of April 3-5. I've been attending this con since the con moved to SoCal and it's one not to be missed. Badge details have not gone up yet, but some special guests have already been announced.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company). She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies and can be followed at Twitter @mcbrittany2014.