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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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Peter Jones

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“I walked in and I saw more comic books than I’d ever seen in my life and I was just enchanted. It was like better than Christmas.”

Gary Pagel

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“Comics, I can really credit, for giving me a love for reading. I don’t know how life would have gone if not for getting involved in comics.”

Scott Shaw!

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“We were driven weirdoes and we all wound up having achieved our dreams.”

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