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Fighting For Freedom at LA's Favorite Comic Store

Written By: Abel Pinedo



Ninjas have invaded Los Angeles! Well, maybe just a single ninja. Alright, maybe just someone was portraying a famous ninja. Let me explain. On Sunday, March 24, our friends at Golden Apple Comics here in L.A. celebrated what they dubbed “Americana Day” in anticipation of the upcoming theatrical release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


The main draw was the first ever promotional appearance of actress Elodie Yung who portrays Jinx in the film. She spent over ninety minutes chatting with fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs. Posters were provided for all but many fans brought items of their own. Some brought G.I. Joe comic #59 which features Jinx’s very first appearance. Others brought her San Diego Comic Con exclusive action figure. A few went so far as to bring actual katana swords for her to sign. Elodie was quite surprised by the popularity of her character and the fan turnout. She was quite pleasant and never stopped smiling throughout the afternoon.


The day was filled with all kinds of activities outside of the store as well. There was free food provided by a Carl’s Jr. food truck and Italian ice from Mustache Mike’s. Camouflage makeup was provided courtesy of the staff from the Marinello School of Beauty. Paint Ball USA was on hand for live paint ball target practice.


Local radio station Power 106FM was on hand blasting the tunes and giving out Cobra t-shirts, stickers and drink cozies as part of a trivia contest. Did I mention that even The Rock was there for photo ops? Well, okay, he wasn’t there personally but his replica from Madame Tussauds museum was available for photos. Finally, Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to the troops overseas, was on hand to accept donations as well as letters of thanks one could write on the spot. These letters would then be forwarded to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.


Thank you to all the sponsors who took part in the day’s festivities. Kudos to Golden Apple Comics for hosting a great fan event. Now you know why Golden Apple continues to be LA's favorite comic store …and knowing is half the battle. YO JOE!!!


About the Author: Abel Pinedo has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He's also an annual visitor to such conventions as Comikaze, San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World and More. When he's not touring the convention circuit he can usually be found at his keyboard telling the World about his adventures.