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Comic expo offers opportunities to collectors, artists

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The Arkansas Art Pop Comic Expo made a stop in Jonesboro Sunday for the second year to offer fans a chance to meet with people in the industry.   

This event allowed comic book fans to meet and get autographs from various comic book artists.

Jonathan Woodard, creator of the event, said that he wanted this year’s event to be considered as a smaller Comic-Con like the one held in San Diego each year.

“The reaction has been really positive. People are very grateful to have the opportunity to experience this because maybe they can't afford San Diego Comic-Con because it's super expensive. Hard to get tickets but they can just do this locally," Woodard said. "And also for local artists it's an opportunity for them.”

Woodard said the event is not only for the fans, but also for artists who are looking to get their work critiqued by professionals.  

One artist who attended was Tom Nguyen.

Nguyen has done art for both DC Comics and Marvel, illustrating for books such as Batman, Superman, and the Green Lantern. 

Nguyen explained the importance of having events like the comic expo in smaller towns.

“They're usually in areas where the general population doesn't get a chance to have access to as far as comic creators, professionals, comic book culture, and all of that fun stuff,” Nguyen said. “A lot of the attention is given to the big cities.”

Both Woodard and Nguyen said the reaction from the attendees have been positive.

Nguyen said he plans to be at the next stop for the event this August in Springdale.

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