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“We were an entrepreneurial bunch and we didn’t think that we couldn’t do it. We just assumed that we could.”

-Mike Towry

In 2009, Comic-Con International commemorated its 40th year of celebrating the comic and popular arts in San Diego. The media was filled with stories that year about who helped spark this pop culture phenomenon. The tender age of the Comic-Con creators is what caught the eye and heart of Lynn Hawkes, Special Projects and External Affairs Officer at San Diego State University Library. Fascinated and wanting to know more, she cultivated a partnership with Richard Alf and Mike Towry and this grant project was born. Read more >>>

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“The El Cortez was a great place. It was a lot of fun. I’m glad it’s been saved as a city landmark.”

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