Gwendolyn Tennille appears at Legends Comics on Saturday, December 13th from 1:30-5:00 PM to sign copies of her coloring/story books as well as selling art pieces.
702 S. Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501
Ron Baxley, Jr. signs at Planet Comics on Saturday, December 6th from noon till 3:00 p.m.
2704 N Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621
Artist Sanford Greene (Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Girl) appears at Punk Monkey Comics on Saturday, December 6th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm to sign Shaft #1 from Dynamite Comics!
Punk Monkey Comics
4711 Forest Dr Suite 24, Columbia, SC 29206
Imagine Con Launches Kickstarter to Bring Comic Con Experience to Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 2014
Imagine Con seeks to bring Comic Con experience to Spartanburg
Nonprofit Convention raising funds to create a convention at Spartanburg Expo Center this Fall
Spartanburg, SC: You likely have heard of Comic Con and other conventions where fans gather, wear costumes, play games, buy toys and comics, and basically let their geek flag fly. If two local residents have their wish, you will soon be able to experience that excitement this fall in Spartanburg at a new convention called Imagine Con.
Scott Freeman and Keith Bishop, both from Spartanburg, have put together plans to bring a large scale convention to the Spartanburg Expo Center the first weekend of October. They founded a SC nonprofit organization last year, and they have been working for the last 9 months planning and preparing for the convention. Now the planning is in the final stages, but now they need the help of local residents to make their plan a reality.
The duo wants to make Imagine Con a multi-fandom event, which means that fans of all genres of pop culture will feel at home. “Some conventions focus on one element, but we want fans of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror films and TV, anime, etc. to feel that Imagine Con offers something for them.” Keith, Imagine Con’s Media Director, explains. Because they are a nonprofit corporation geared toward education, they want to use the interests people have in pop culture to educate as well. Scott, the Event Director for Imagine Con, states, “Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science, and interests in horror, fantasy and costuming can lead to career paths in entertainment.” They point to the popularity of shows like Face Off and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and evidence of the knowledge required to make movie magic happen, and with the Southeast becoming a popular place for filming shows like The Walking Dead and movies like The Hunger Games, education in those skill sets can be a valuable asset.
Scott says, “We see Imagine Con as a great opportunity to bring a multi-fandom convention to Spartanburg. We have seen the impact that a convention can have on the community, and we want Spartanburg to experience that, as well as using the convention as an opportunity to give back to the community.” To accomplish that, Imagine Con is planning a charity auction with the proceeds going to two local charities: The Hope House for Children and The Spartanburg Humane Society. In addition, Imagine Con will provide the charities space at the convention and groups of tickets.
Imagine Con is also planning to partner with The Blood Connection to have their van present at the event and to offer a special incentive to give blood. Keith states, “We see that as a basic need and we want to use the Con to help make sure we have an adequate blood supply for the community.”
Beyond the charity aspects, Keith and Scott feel that bringing a convention to Spartanburg has many other benefits. Keith explains, “A convention like Imagine Con can bring attendees from all over the Southeast—attendees who will stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants, and shop at local businesses.” If thousands attend as they are expecting, they also say the event could also have a long reaching effect of showcasing Spartanburg as a destination.
Keith and Scott have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the convention and gauge local interest. Keith says, “We need to see if Spartanburg can really support a large scale convention, and we want to give those who believe that it can an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and donate, as well as have the chance to get in on special pricing for attendance, vendor tables, and sponsorships.”
Scott states ,“Putting on a convention of this magnitude is a daunting and expensive task. If the people of the Upstate are willing to support our plan, we promise an awesome convention experience.” If the goal is not reached, the convention will be postponed until alternate funding can be found. As Keith puts it, “We do not want to close the door, but if we can’t reach the goal through Kickstarter, we will have to seek our corporate sponsors and that will make launching this year a difficult target.”
If you want to see Imagine Con become a reality, you can donate to their Kickstarter, and be sure to like Imagine Con on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to get the latest information as the convention progresses.
About Imagine Con: Imagine Con is a SC nonprofit corporation founded in 2013 to promote education around science fiction and fantasy as portrayed in the media arts. The primary means to achieve this goal is a family-friendly, multi-fandom convention planned for October 2014 in Spartanburg, SC.
Jeremy Dale, creator of Skyward, headlines this year’s Captain’s Comic Expo on Saturday March 8th from 10am – 5pm!
Captain’s Comic Expo is Charleston’s #1 comic book and pop culture convention! Hosted and organized by Captain’s Comics and Toys, the Expo unites a love of comic books with local and professional artists, movies, music, toys, tattoos, a jump castle, costumes, and other pop culture items. This community event is open to all ages with no comic book knowledge required and is only $5 at the door.
This year will feature a tattoo contest with epic prizes, free photo shoots with Star Wars characters (charity donations accepted), the debut of the 2014 Captain’s T-shirt, and more!
About Jeremy Dale:
Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series through Action Lab Entertainment. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.
Come check out their special blend of Nerd-culture as it collides with hip hop! They rap on everything from Marvel Comics, Dr Who, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and so much more!
Live and in store at Captain’s Comics and Toys!
$5 door and tickets come with a $5 gift card!
(so basically a free show with purchase!)
Wednesday 2/5/2014 at 7pm at Captain’s!
1209-D Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
Jeremy Dale, creator of the hit comic Skyward, appears at Borderlands Comics & Games on Saturday January 11th from 1:00 till 6:00 pm sketching and signing copies of Skyward and the just released graphic novel! Jeremy will also sell original art and prints! Skyward is a fantasy adventure in the vein of Tellos or Bone and is a great read for the whole family! Come meet a fantastic artist and support creator owned comics!
Borderlands Comics & Games
1434 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
Artist Chrissie Zullo appears at Richard’s Comics on Saturday March 30th from 2:00 till 5:00 pm signing her multitude of books! Some of the books she has worked on are: Cinderella: Fabletown w/Love (Covers), Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Fables #100, Madame Xanadu #26, Womanthology HC, Creepy #11, Womanthology #5, and Hack/Slash Ann. and more coming!
She will be happy to sign your copies, or on the off chance you might not have these, the store will have some on hand available for purchase.
If we are real lucky she may even be willing do draw brief head sketches. If you wish anything larger/more detailed please check with her for pricing. She is happy to accept commission requests and you can discuss it with her at the store. She may also bring some of her awesome prints for sale.
Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come and meet her!
Richard’s Comics and Collectables
1214A Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
Todd Nauck, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene sign at Heroes & Dragons on Wednesday December 19th from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene’s new comic debuts the same day, Rotten Apple from Dark Horse. Come by and get this comic signed. Sanford will also have sketchbooks and prints for sale.
Todd Nauck, artist on such comics as Young Justice, Wildguard, and his current book Guarding The Globe from Image. Todd will sketch for a fee and will have some prints/sketchbooks for sale.