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20 Under 30: Priscilla Tjio Hervey

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LAist continues its series of interviews with cool Angelenos under 30. Last April, the Pasadena Jaycees nominated Priscilla Angelita Tjio-Hervey as one of the year's Outstanding Young Californians. It's easy to see why Priscilla received the nomination. She teaches science to middle schoolers in Arcadia, runs a comic book publishing company with her husband, John Hervey, and served as Miss Los Angeles Chinatown in 2003.

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Full time Middle School Science teacher

Co-owner of Beyond Time, LLC, producer and publisher of comic book series “Black Tiger: Legacy of Fury”

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?:
I was born in Rochester, Minnesota, but moved to Southern California when I was one month old. My first residence in L.A. was in the San Fernando Valley when I was about 7, then my family moved to the San Gabriel Valley. I lived in Westwood while attending UCLA, and now that I am married, my husband and I live east of Pasadena, near Duarte.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?
Aside from growing up here, I love the diversity of L.A. There is so much to do here, and it is all within driving distance (despite the traffic). It’s great to know that I can have access to any type of cuisine, cultural festivals, and the option to go the beach or mountains all at the same time.

Why did you start the Black Tiger comic?
My husband came up with the concept of “Black Tiger” while we were first dating. One thing led to another, and we decided to make a comic book in order to introduce the property to the public. He has had a great deal of experience in the comic book industry, and I have enjoyed learning about it, so it has been a great opportunity for both of us. The comic itself tells an intriguing story about self discovery in relation to family history, and it’s filled with action as well. Beyond Time, LLC is an endeavor that my husband and I enjoy working on together while still maintaining our own full time jobs.