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Shortboxed LIVE 2024 – A Comic Book Convention

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shortboxed LIVE is the ultimate one-day comic con featuring the best dealers in the industry and amazing artists. A show worth traveling to!

At Shortboxed LIVE, you can expect to find one of the best comic book dealer lineups of any convention, incredible artists and creators, convention exclusives, main stage talks, free swag and more, all in one big room for one day only. Check out the video above for show vibes!

Only advance tickets are available – there will not be any tickets sold at the door. If you can no longer attend, you can simply request a refund up to a day before the show. The first 500 advance ticket purchases will receive this free, limited edition convention exclusive t-shirt designed by legendary X-23 artist Mike Choi!

CGC will have a fully operational battle station at SBXL24. They will be accepting submissions for ALL collectibles, not just comics. Here’s a list of what they’ll be accepting:

  • Comics
  • Signature Series (scroll down to see who will be available for signatures at SBXLIVE24)
  • Cards of all kinds (trading card games, sports cards, Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Panini, Marvel, and more)
  • Video games
  • VHS tapes
  • Magazines
  • Pulps

Don’t miss out on this rare chance to submit all your collectibles in person directly to CGC without risking damage in the mail! Here’s a link to the CGC online submission form so you can pre-fill out your submission information and expedite the process at the show.

What To Expect

Collectors from all over the country traveled to the first-ever Shortboxed LIVE last year, and we’re looking forward to meeting even more people this year! Here’s what some attendees had to say about Shortboxed LIVE 2023:

“The whole event felt so friendly: the special guests, vendors, artists, shoppers. For me I truly felt that sense of community and my appreciation and love for the hobby grew enormously. Seriously a great time; I can’t wait for. the second year of Shortboxed LIVE!”

“The vintage dealer lineup is what I came for. I’m not sure there has been such a reasonable, deep vintage dealer set up in the SF Bay Area since Wondercon left. I ran into many collectors in a small space that I may not have seen in a crowded large con.”

“It never felt crowded. Great mix of dealers from all over. Everything was well-staffed and lines moved FAST. Even right when the doors opened. Staff was super cool and helpful. No egos.”

“The line up of vendors is likely the best I’ve ever seen. Reminds me of Baltimore but so much more concentrated – zero fluff.”

Dealer Lineup

Over 20 of the top dealers in the industry are traveling to the Bay Area for the best one-day comic book show in the country! You can expect a room full of the rarest Golden Age, tons of Silver and Bronze keys, modern classics, and hot variants. For all the hunters out there, Lee’s Comics, Cape & Cowl, and Heroes & Champions are bringing out TONS of dollar books & value bins that have never been picked through.

A-1 Comics – Brian Peets – Sacramento, CA

Amazing Heroes – Tysan James – Kirkland, WA

Bedrock City – Richard Evans – Houston, TX

Bird City Comics – Anthony Arollo – Phoenix, AZ

Buzzard Bros – Greg Brock – Knoxville, TN

Cape & Cowl – Eitan Manhoff – Oakland, CA

Fantastic Worlds – Bill Ponsetti – Scottsdale, AZ

Golden Age Guru – Jeff Itkin – Seattle, WA

Graham Crackers – Jamie Graham – Chicago, IL

Harley Yee Rare Comics – Detroit, MI

Heroes & Champions – Alan Bahr & Phil Schlaefer – Sunnyvale, CA

House of Comics – Marc Newman – Berkeley, CA

Lee’s Comics – Lee Hester – San Jose, CA

Peatmonster – Sean Cleveland – Santa Cruz, CA

Red Hood Comics – Rob Isaac – Las Vegas, NV

Reece’s Rare Comics – Austin & Alex Reece – Baltimore, MD

Retro Recollectibles – Michael Blowers – Fairport, NY

Seeker’s Eye – Eric Sexton-Dorsett – Portland, OR

Superworld – Ted Vanliew – Holden, MA

Torpedo Comics – Steve Houston – Las Vegas, NV

Worldwide Comics – Stephen & Sharon Ritter – Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Note to prospective dealers: Shortboxed LIVE is strictly by invite only, featuring the top dealers on Shortboxed. We are not accepting any dealer applications for the show.

Artist & Writer Lineup

Availability subject to change. Be sure to check back regularly for any updates or changes.

John Beatty

Hailing from Kentucky, John Beatty has been leaving his mark (literally, with ink) on the comic book scene since the ’80s and quickly became the go-to guy for inking. He worked with Marvel and DC working his magic on iconic characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and the Punisher. But it’s not just about the big names for Beatty. He’s worked with indie comics too, proving he’s not just a mainstream guy. His inking prowess has graced titles like “The Nam”, cementing his status as a legend in the comic book world.

Note: Any copy of Secret Wars 8 is $30 per signature, raw or witnessed. Raw signatures are $10 each, witnessed signatures are $30 each. Remarques are $150, sketch card $150, 6×8 head sketch $150. Inquire directly with John at the show for sksetch cover head or torso commissions. Be sure to get to his table quick if you want to get on his commission list!

Mateus Santolouco

Mateus Santolouco is a Brazilian comic artist and creator best known for his acclaimed work with IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is considered by many fans to be one of the best TMNT artists of all-time. In addition to illustrating numerous issues, he provided the story and script for the mini-series The Secret History of the Foot Clan. Other notable projects include Dial H for DC Comics New 52 and 2 Guns for BOOM! Studios, which became a major motion picture. Mateus is visiting the Bay Area from his hometown of Porto Alegre in Brazil, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the TMNT greats!

Note: First signature is free; $10 each signature after. Signature & remarque is $20. Small headshot (minimal color headshot only) is $100. Mateus will also have a t-shirts, stickers, books and original published art. Don’t miss this chance to score some orginal published art from the modern TMNT great joining us all the way from Brazil!

Michael Cho

Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator joining us all the way from Toronto. He has drawn stories for books such as Batman Black and White for DC and X-Men First Class for Marvel. His comic story “Trinity” was selected by editor Neil Gaiman for the Best American Comics Anthology in 2010, and he’s won a few other awards and nominations for his comic work. Michael has also put out an art book of his drawings, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes with Drawn & Quarterly. His first graphic novel, Shoplifter, was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. He also recently won the 2018 Ringo Awards for Best Cover Artist.

Note: Michael won’t be taking any commission requests, but he will be bringing a portfolio full of sketches for sale at various prices in lieu of drawing commissions on site. Be sure to get to his table quick if you’re interested in scoring some original art. He’ll also be bringing archival quality giclee art prints on watercolor paper for sale at $35. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to score some highly sought-after Michael Cho art!

Kelley Jones

Kelley Jones has worked in comics for over 30 years and renowned for his powerful use of light and shadow, and striking versions of DC’s Swamp Thing, Sandman, Deadman, and most notably Batman. Jones broke out in the late 80’s with his nightmarish interpretation of Deadman and went on to illustrate arguably the greatest Sandman storyline- ‘The Season of Mists‘, creating a host of memorable characters which defined the look and feel of this landmark series. During the epic Batman Knightfall event, Jones provided over 40 covers for both Detective Comics and Batman, defining the look of back-breaking Batman nemesis, Bane. He’s currently collaborating with Matt Wagner on Dracula, a series of graphic novels from two legendary comic creators.

Note: signatures are free, unless you have a huge stack of books then it’s a nominal fee for time, not per signature. Sketch opportunities will be available at the show, and there will also be some original art for sale.

Rose Besch

Rose Besch is a Korean-American artist based in the US, creating lavish, modern illustrations and fashionable characters for apparel, comics, films, games, and toys. She’s worked with clients like Marvel, DC, Mattel, and Loot Crate, and her work has been featured in exhibitions in the US and Japan. She’s created highly sought-after variant covers for Amazing Spider-Man, Catwoman, Demon Days, Batman, Silk, Spider-Woman, Wonder Woman and more.

Gerry Duggan

As a kid, Gerry Duggan stayed up late reading comics while waiting for David Letterman’s show. It was as valuable an education as his diploma from Emerson College. Since 2012, he’s written Deadpool, Infinity Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Nova, Star Wars, Doctor Strange and Savage Sword of Conan for Marvel. He’s currently writing the acclaimed Marvel series Marauders and the main X-Men title. His Image Comics collaborations include The Last Christmas, The Infinite Horizon, and Analog, which is on track to be a film directed by John Wick’s Chad Stahelski.

Jason Shawn Alexander

Jason Shawn Alexander is an artist/writer, having worked in comics for over twenty years receiving 2 Eisner Award nominations and the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Along side his comics career, Alexander exhibits his fine art work in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and has shown in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. His current project, with co-creator Rodney Barnes, KILLADELPHIA, has been optioned for a new television series. Among his list of credits is co-writer and artist of SPAWN, as well has having contributed his art to HELLBOY, ABE SAPIEN, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, THE ESCAPISTS, THE SHADOW, THE SECRET, FROSTBITE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, QUEEN AND COUNTRY, MARVEL ZOMBIES, HELLRAISER, CREEPY, DAMN NATION, DEAD IRONS and others. He’s created art for motions comics for such films as PAN’S LABYRINTH, PREDATORS, and MAD MAX.

Mike Choi

Mike Choi is a comic book artist and a video game concept artist, known for his work on books by DC, Marvel, and Top Cow. He is renowned for his work on Witchblade, X-23 and X-Force, and Astonishing Thor, doing both interior work and cover work. He has produced covers for many top selling titles, such as Dark Avengers, Cloak and Dagger, Dark Wolverine, Vampirella, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, and War of Kings. Wizard Magazine named him one of ‘Hot 10 Artists’ for his brilliant work on X-23. Kotaku named Choi as one of the 20 best X-Men artists over the 50-year history of the comic books and Screen Rant also named Choi as one of the 10 best X-Men artists of all time.

Note: Mike will be “quick-sketching” and signing at his table. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a sketch from the legendary X-23 artist!

Jessica Fong

Jessica Fong is a Bay Area born illustrator who enjoys creating surreal work of things that lurk in our dreams and is drawn to personal stories, projects for a cause, and worlds that need a hand coming alive. She works on projects for games, ttrpg, books, zines, and more. Jessica is the cover artist for the highly acclaimed and award-winning Poison Ivy from DC and also contributes to other comic projects, Wizards of the Coast D&D and MTG, Critical Role’s Midst series, and more.

John Giang

John is an acclaimed Cover and Concept Artist. John has done covers for Spider-Man, Venom, Batman, Superman, Star Wars, and Last Ronin. John’s film credits include: Rogue One, Force Awakens, Avengers, Iron Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and Rango. John has jammed with many publishers and companies such as Marvel, DC Comics, IDW, Paramount, Disney, Lucasfilm, Lego, and Hasbro.

Note: $15 per raw signature and $20 for witnessed CGC signatures. If you require a CGC signature witness, please visit the CGC booth first. $40 for a raw remarque and $50 for witnessed CGC remarque. Prints and art will be available.

John is only taking 5 commission requests at Shortboxed LIVE, which he’ll take at the show and mail back to you, so get to his table quick if you want to get on his incredibly rare commission list! All commissions are done in B&W, sketch lineart form, 9×12 or blank sketch cover. Headshot is $200, bust is $350 and full body is $500.

Walden Wong

Walden Wong is a professional comic book inker who has worked for practically every publisher out there, including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and VIZ media. He was hired by Marvel Comics and worked on their titles X-Men Unlimited and Deadpool, then worked for DC in the title JLA and Kingdom: Kid Flash. He is well known for his work in Superman: Red Son and worked on multiple New 52 titles such as Red Hood and the Outlaws, Green Lantern Corps, Catwoman, Green Lantern, Justice League Dark, Catwoman: Future’s End and more.

Note: Walden is accepting pre-show commissions to pick up at Shortboxed LIVE 2024. See his rates below. To set up a pre-show commission please contact him via his website at https://www.waldenwongart.com/contact

9’x12” Head $80, Torso $90, Body $100, Backgrounds add $40, Colors add $50

11”x17” Head $160, Torso: $180, Body: $200, Background add $80, Colors add $100

For inking rates over other pencillers artwork, please inquire.

Maria the Wolf

Maria the Wolf is a Chicago based comic book artist and illustrator who has taken the world by storm with her intensely powerful inks and unrelenting detail. Her covers for Marvel and DC are some of the most highly sought after in the industry today, delivering some of the most memorable and downright killer art you’ll ever find in a comic book.

Note: Signatures are free and sketch and commission opportunities will be available. Books, prints, and original art will also be available.

Main Stage Speakers

Shortboxed LIVE will feature some incredible speakers from the community throughout the day. The stage is right on the con floor, so you won’t miss a thing! Check back for talk titles and descriptions.

We Got Issues Live! with Jason Shawn Alexander

Tim Manalo, Uncensored Nerds

Tim Manalo is an LCS entrepreneur turned content creator, and has been in the industry since 2007. A casual comic book collector in his free time, he now hosts 4 podcast shows under his Spotify Exclusive Channel, Uncensored Nerds. His show ‘We Got Issues’ has quickly become a favorite among the comic book community. He has interviewed legendary comic book creators like Jim Starlin, Kevin Eastman, and Todd McFarlane, as well as today’s popular comic book creators like Ram V, Francis Manapul, Charles Soule and Jason Aaron, giving fans an in-depth look at their favorite artists’ and writers’ creative processes and perspectives.

Mickey Finnegan, AKA “Swagglehaus,” is a Writer & Director who currently resides in Los Angeles and has been working in the Entertainment Industry for over fifteen years. He discusses the hobby of Comic Books and Collecting on his YouTube channel, ”Swagglehaus Comics.” His ability to present valuable information in a fun and entertaining way, has made his channel one of the most viewed and trusted in the community.

Ripped from the Headlines! Comic Books as a Lens for American History

Dr. Adam Rapp, Ohio University

This short journey will walk through recent American history and exhibit how comic books portrayed events after they occurred and occasionally, before they occurred! This presentation is a fast paced, visually charged review of the past 100 years of major historical events and the comic book covers and stories representing them. Starting as far back as the Yellow Kid and reviewing events up to this past year, the listener will have a chance to witness the cross-over where real-life happenings were immortalized on the pages of comics.

Food & Beverage

From 12:00-4:00pm, we will have a fully-stocked food and concessions stand right on the show floor with hot food, sandwiches, fruit, snacks and drinks available for purchase during the event, directly behind the main stage. There will be a variety of food available, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. You won’t have to leave the show to grab food and miss valuable time!

Travel and Hotel

Official Hotel

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara at 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054

The hotel is connected directly to the convention center by a single hallway – you don’t even have to leave the building.

Click here to book a room at the discounted convention rate of $209 while room supply lasts: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CLARA/G-SRTB

Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center

Shortboxed LIVE will be held in Hall A of the Santa Clara Convention Center located at 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054.


The nearest airport is San Jose International Airport (SJC), which is only 6.2 miles away from the convention center, about a 10 minute drive.


  • Parking is free in the Santa Clara Convention Center Parking Garage. See maps below.
  • There are 1,500 parking spaces in the parking garage directly behind the convention center, and the 3rd floor has direct walking entry access to the convention center and the Hyatt Regency.
  • Handicapped parking spots are located in front of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
  • There is additional free parking in the parking garage off of Tasman, directly across from Levi’s Stadium.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Without their support, Shortboxed LIVE wouldn’t be possible. Each attendee will receive a swag bag packed with giveaways and goodies from our amazing sponsors.

We can’t wait to see you on May 5th!

About Shortboxed

Shortboxed is the premier marketplace app to buy and sell comic books safely. In addition to a thriving and active marketplace, we have free tools and resources for comic book collectors of all types, like a price guide, portfolio manager, extensive data, and amazing content to make buying and selling easy.

You can download Shortboxed for free on Apple and Android.


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