White ceramic egg tray (1), $16, and Creative Co-Op stacked pastel colored measuring cups (2), $18; both at French Farmhouse in Redondo Beach | frenchfarmhouseredondobeach.com
BEST 10-inch balloon wood handle whisk (3), $10.49, AMCO rustproof measuring spoons (4), $13.99, BIA 3-ounce white ramekin (5), $1.90, S.A.L.T Sisters gourmet cane sugar in vanilla bean (6), $8.95, Vollrath #12 disher with green handle (7), $13.99, Le Creuset red maple syrup pitcher (8), $11.99, Ann Clark assorted snowflake and gingerbread man cookie cutters (9), $1.25 and $1.45, Le Creuset pie bird (10), $7.99, Nordicware 6-cup original bundt pan (11), $30; all at The Catalina Cooking Store in Redondo Beach | catalinacooking.com
Bite-size gluten-free raspberry and matcha dacquoise (12), $2.95 or $12.95 for 5; Kirari West Bake Shop in Redondo Beach | kirariwest.com
Behold a phenomenon so powerful, so incredible, so unstoppable, not even a kilo of Kryptonite could stop its momentum. We’re talking about comic book culture, a force more dynamic than Superman, Wonder Woman and the Hulk combined. From the sold-out summer cineplex to fanboy fever at July’s annual Comic-Con, the lasting impact of comic book art and interpretation cements its place in our popular culture. For some in the South Bay, comics are not just a passion, they are a way of life. Meet three locals who do their part to keep the comic book tradition alive for generations to come.