Charlotte MiniCon 2014 Con Report!

On Saturday January 25, 2014 the Charlotte MiniCon returned to the Grady Cole Center. With over 2,500 guests in attendance, comic book lovers of all ages came out to enjoy the day. Admission to MiniCon was free as always, though a donation of a non-perishable food item (even pet food) was encouraged. Five tons of food, in fact, was collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank, a local non-profit organization.

The MiniCon was founded by Shelton Drum in January of 1977. In 1980, Drum would go on to found Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and the annual Heroes Convention, which is also held in Charlotte. Said Drum, “We did the MiniCon for a while and then focus shifted to Heroes. But we brought it back in 2007 and it has been growing bigger ever since.”

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Founder Shelton Drum

 

 

The convention focuses primarily on comic books, highlighting the writers and artists that bring them to life. One such writer, David Pinckney, traveled all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to attend the single-day MiniCon. “I actually found out about it on Convention Scene’s website!” said Pinckney. He was there promoting his comic book, No West to Cross, which is the story of a female gunslinger, “…the first cowgirl in the wild west.” Interestingly enough, though published a year ago, Pinckney has never met any of the artists associated with his work. “I utilized websites like Pencil Jack and Digital Webbing to find artists to work with. “I have team members located in Nebraska, Florida; it’s pretty cool.”

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Artist John Hairston, Jr. works on a portrait at MiniCon.

 

Someone else who drew a sizable crowd was gallery artist, John Hairston, Jr. from All City Studios. “This is my favorite environment,” said Hairston. “I’m among my people, if you know what I mean?” Hairston has been working conventions for 12 years. Painting free-hand on canvas at the MiniCon, he claimed he always knew he wanted to illustrate comic books, yet his work crosses the line into fine art. “I get a lot of commissions from a Con like this.” I, for one, could have stood and watched him paint all day!

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Amberle Linnea and Kristin Jann Fischer.

 

 

It’s no secret that the cosplay scene in Charlotte is very impressive. Characters of every kind lined the stage at the Grady Cole Center to register for the costume contest, while Charlotte cosplay legend DJ Spider played that funky music. Fan favorites included Kristin Jann Fischer, who looked positively painted into her Black Widow costume, even going so far as to adopt a spot-on Russian accent as she chatted up the other guests as Natalia Romanoff. Amberle Linnea wowed the room with her homemade rendition of Hunger Games character Effie Trinket. Painstakingly piecing together over 1,000 tiny butterflies–including those on her eyelashes and body–Linnea laughed, “You should have seen me trying to ride in the car on the way over here. This dress doesn’t bend!” That’s dedication.

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All in all, it was a fun day. The Grady Cole Center had plenty of upper deck seating for those needing to take a break. They also had a concessions booth set up in the lobby. Charlotte MiniCon was a shopper’s paradise. We know of various sports’ seasons, wedding season, award season and so forth. For me, the annual Charlotte MiniCon each January is a fantastic way to kick off my “convention season” of the new year. Up next for Shelton Drum and his crew will be their annual 3-day Heroes Convention June 20-22, 2014.

Photos courtesy Garrett Marks

Raleigh Comic-Con (2014 Schedule)

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, North Carolina

Raleigh Comic-Con Show dates for 2014:

  • Sunday, April 6th;
  • Sunday, August 24th;
  • Sunday, December 7th

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley, 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: Free!!

More Info: Lyn Anderson, PO Box 99201, Raleigh, NC 27624 (919) 844-1758

Updates on Facebook

2nd longest running show in NC, featuring mainly Comics, Toys, Art.

Venue Name Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley
Venue Address 3920 Arrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books

NC – Savage Wolverine Signing

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Writer Scott Lope and artist Phil Jimenez sign at Jake’s Memory Lane Comics on Saturday, January 18th at 1:00 PM!

Press Release:

Come out to Jake’s Memory Lane Comics on Saturday January 18th and meet Superstar Comic Artist Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman, New X-Men) and new comic writer/ animal advocate Scott Lope.

MLC is teaming up with Jimenez, Lope and, of course, the Savage Wolverine to fight Rhino poaching. 100 percent of the proceeds of Savage Wolverine #12 and #13 from our store will be donated to Animal Warriors to help take the fight to the poachers. This is a great family friendly event. We have plenty of copies to get signed by the Marvel Comics creators. The signing starts at 1pm.

In addition to the signing, we’ll have some crazy good specials, including a fifty cent comic sale!

RSVP on Facebook!

Jake’s Memory Lane Comics
5214 Market St. 105, Wilmington, NC 28405

Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show (July 2014)

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Convention Name
Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show
Convention Website Address
https://www.facebook.com/jayandeddies.comicbookshow
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/19/2014
About This Convention
10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Venue Name and Address
Quality Inn and Suites
2008 S. Hawthorne Road
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
41
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles

Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show (March 2014)

Convention Name
Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show
Convention Website Address
https://www.facebook.com/jayandeddies.comicbookshow
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/15/2014
About This Convention
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Admission – $3.00, kids under 10 are free
Venue Name and Address
Quality Inn and Suites
2008 S. Hawthorne Road
Winston Salem, NC 27103
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
42
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles

Comic Book Show

Charlotte Mini-Con Returns in January 2014

PrintCharlotte Mini-Con, Charlotte’s longest running comic convention, returns to the Grady Cole Center on Saturday January 25, 2014! Featuring great vendors and comic creators including: Skottie Young, Rich Case, Sanford Greene, Jason Latour, Andy Smith, Rob Ullman, and many more!

RSVP on Facebook!

Reserve your table today at the link!
Vendor tables $100
Artist/Craft/Small Press $50

Guest List:

Natalie Andrewson
Duane Ballenger
Thomas Boatwright
Chris Brunner
J Chris Campbell
Joel Carroll
Rich Case
Jeremy Dale
Billy Fowler
Sanford Greene
Jason Latour
Jackie Lewis
Kevin Mellon
Drew Moss
Eraklis Petmezas
Buddy Prince
Pat Quinn
Budd Root
Bridgit Schiede
Andy Smith
Ben Towle
Robert Ullman
Brittney Williams
Skottie Young

Presented by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

NC – Dr. Who: Prisoners of Time Signing

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Artist Kelly Yates appears at Acme Comics on Wednesday November 20th!

Kelly will be signing copies of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12, Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life, Doctor Who: the Forgotten, Amber Atoms, and MORE on Wednesday, November 20th from 4-7 PM! He’ll also have prints for sale and be sketching at his own discretion!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

Valiant Heading to NC Comicon 2013 with Special Guests and Unity Variant

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Press Release:

VALIANT Heads to NC COMICON with JAMES ASMUS, CHRISTOS GAGE, CARY NORD, FRED VAN LENTE and More!

This weekend, Valiant is making its debut appearance at NC Comicon – and we’re bringing along a boatload of surprises to celebrate!

On Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th, join Valiant at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC for a weekend jam-packed with panels, signings and convention-only exclusives – including the UNITY #1 NC Comicon Variant by legendary artists Bernard Chang and Tommy Lee Edwards!

And that’s only the beginning!

Visit Valiant all weekend long to shop a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, t-shirts and merchandise, including convention-exclusive, signed editions of the X-O Manowar and Harbinger Deluxe Edition oversized hardcover collections. And look for signings and appearances throughout the show by a who’s who of Valiant’s acclaimed creators, including James Asmus (Quantum and Woody), Christos Gage(Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps), Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong)!

Plus, don’t miss your chance to take a look inside 2013′s most anticipated new series debut with the UNITY #1 Preview Edition – a FREE NC Comicon giveaway featuring sneak peeks of UNITY #1 and X-O Manowar #19!
Then, find what’s next for the most talked-about superhero publisher in comics today at the Meet Valiant Comics panel presentation on Friday, November 9th at 12:15 pm, moderated by Valiant Sales Manager Atom! Freeman. Valiant’s creators will also be taking center stage later that same day at 4:30 pm for the Valiant Creative Round-Up, spotlighting each of the top talents behind Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles.
Don’t miss a moment when Valiant heads to NC Comicon this weekend! We’ll see you in Durham!
For more information, visit NCComicon.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

NC – Hip Hop Family Tree Signing

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Ed Piskor appears at Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, November 16, from 6pm until 9pm! Ed will sign his newest book, Hip Hop Family Tree volume one!

RSVP on Facebook!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 967-4439

TX – Monster on the Hill Signing

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Meet Rob Harrell, creator of the Top Shelf graphic novel Monster on the Hill, at Austin Books and Comics on Saturday, November 2nd from noon till 4pm!

About Monster on the Hill:

In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster — much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.

Each town, that is… except for one. Unfortunately for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

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