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Welcome to C3: Comic Creators Conference

Friday, February 15, 2019, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

Program opens at 3:00 pm 


About us:

The C3 conference has been produced in Long Beach, CA five times to date and up until this point, it has been co-located with the Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo shows. The conference will expand into the NYC Metro area in 2019.

Industry speakers have included :

John Nee

Joe Illidge

Barbara Randall Kesel

Ron Marz

Vince Hernandez

Michael Lovitz

Christopher Priest

David Gallaher

Tom Raney

Who runs this joint:

Founder of C3, Martha Donato, has been involved with the creative community since 1994 when she joined Wizard Entertainment, then publishers of Wizard: The Guide to Comics. Fast forward to 2008 when Donato left Wizard to pursue her own business, MAD Event Management LLC, leaving a legacy of a powerhouse portfolio of comic conventions across the country. Donato’s passion for the comic industry is fueled by decades of strong relationships and dozens of pop culture event activations. C3 is a way to give back to an industry that has been the mainstay of her professional career, all the while believing that a gathering of creative forces will ignite an industry into greater prosperity.

MAD Event Management LLC’s CEO, Marty Glynn, has been in event production for his entire career. His belief in the principle concepts of Comic Creator Con are core to MAD’s ability to continue the development and investment in the program. 

MAD Event Management are the organizers of Long Beach Comic Con & Expo and are the producers of C3: Comic Creator Conference, an event designed to connect professional comics creatives with other high-level industry professionals to empower them with exclusive and personal insight, as well as directly connecting them with decision makers, peers, publishers, and other leaders within the industry.

Why C3?

C3 is designed as a conference filled with educational sessions and networking hosted by industry leaders in both publishing and entertainment, taking place in a professional setting. Creators learn how to make smart business decisions on the path to careers in film, television, and interactive entertainment and have direct access to many opportunities. Talent development, talent acquisition, exposure to sales channels (through our affiliations with major comic conventions, agents and retailers), and building a network are all top priorities at C3.

The path for creators to develop their stories into film, television, and interactive entertainment has always been filled with road blocks and shady characters. A strong, vibrant eco-system is essential for market growth and protection from erosion. Through C3, we aim introduce higher standards and shine a light on the process and the people, as well as having the opportunity to network throughout the conference.

Who should attend?

C3 strives to be an important resource to all creators and business folks involved in the creative arts. As such, the speakers, content and networking are the perfect forum to reach those who are the core of the community.






Storytellers of all types

If you are in an aligned industry, C3 is also the perfect place for you to expose yourself and your company to this highly creative and valuable group. Aligned industries include:


Event producer


Talent Agency

Technology Provider

Movie & Television Producer

Media & Marketing




Private equity











Let us show you what we do!

C3 Video

C3 2019 Agenda