Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (December 2015)

Charlotte

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/06/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (August 2015)

Charlotte

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/09/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (March 2015)

Charlotte

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/03/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

Charlotte Comicon Spring 2014 Con Report!

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For 12 years, Rick Fortenberry and Dave Hinson (of Dave’s Comics in Fort Mill, SC) have been delighting Charlotte area comic book collectors with their Charlotte Comicon. The show is held three times a year–in April, August and December–and never fails to entertain. I suppose this would be a good time to mention that I have been involved with this show in both a volunteer and working capacity for a couple of years now. But, I promise not to let personal feelings get in the way of an honest convention report.

The Charlotte Comicon averages between 1,100-2,000 visitors per show, with ages ranging from toddler to senior citizen. Most of them are die hard comic collectors, as this show is predominantly a ‘trade show’. With 35 vendors and 24 special guests (artists, authors, and so forth) at their April 13, 2014 show, there were plenty of treasures to be found. I have seen this show grow exponentially in recent years, even causing them to change venues to their current home at the Crown Plaza Executive Park Hotel.

One aspect of the show that has continued to expand is the Cosplay participation. Years ago, the number of attendees in costume was less than 100. Now, hundreds show up at Charlotte Comicon dressed not only as their favorite comic book characters, but recognizable characters from movies, television, novels, anime, manga, and more. This year’s spring show had 164 contestants just  for their costume contest! I do not envy the job of the judges, whatsoever. There were multiple age divisions for competition and Honorable Mention awards given out as well. Winners from each division were given cash prizes that they could spend in the dealer room. The costume contest is one of the bigger draws for the younger crowd that attends each show.

Seeking to connect with their cosplay fan base, Fortenberry and Hinson arranged for a special Secrets of Cosplay panel. The hour-long panel featured professional cosplayers DJ Spider, Amberle Linnea, Todd Lacey, Eve Madison and ‘The Clown Prince of Charlotte’ Victor Goldberg. Each panelist addressed specific topics such as the politics of cosplay, construction tips, and staying in character. It was standing room only in the ballroom that housed the panel, as the audience hung on their every word. Some went so far as to take notes during the panel and many hands went up when it was time for the Q & A segment. I know a lot of the familiar faces who attend the Charlotte Comicon regularly came away from that session eager to put their knowledge to use. The level of costumes at the summer show should be extraordinary.

Another new addition to the spring show was the Tribute to Charlton Comics panel, featuring Michael Eury (Editor-in-Chief Back Issue Magazine), Dan Johnson (Comics Historian) and Fester Faceplant (Artist, Writer). This hour-long panel with Q & A gave a unique history of Charlton Comics, 1946-1985, and the original characters that ended up being acquired and re-imagined by the likes of DC Comics. I admit, I knew nothing going into this panel, but by the end was fascinated with the industry and the backstory of the likes of The Watchmen. The Charlton Arrow #1 was being sold in limited quantities after the panel. Charlton Arrow is a limited edition collection of stories by Charlton veterans as well as contributors from DC Comics, Marvel and  Archie. This historical look at the world of comics was enough to make me hungry for more. I hope that Charlotte Comicon will continue to include such panels.

All in all, Charlotte Comicon is exactly what they claim to be: a family-friendly show. For six hours and $5.00 (free if you are in costume or under the age of 12) you can enjoy a day meeting authors, watching artists paint and draw bringing characters to life before your eyes, and take in one of the wackiest costume parades I have ever seen. Here’s where my honesty  kicks in…if you have trouble with tight spaces, you might want to consider that when attending one of their shows. They get more and more crowded each time and maneuverability in the dealer room can be daunting at times, especially if you are wearing a costume. Beyond the tight quarters, I have never had a bad experience at a Charlotte Comicon.

There was a big announcement made at the spring show, however, that should alleviate some of the traffic. Fortenberry and Hinson will be adding a third ballroom for the remainder of the 2014 shows. This additional room will house a Toy Show, with vendors and collectibles as far as the eye can see. With comics in one room, toys and collectibles in another, and cosplay/panels in yet another room, even if their attendance doubles as a result, it shouldn’t feel crowded and will remain a fun and affordable outing for families. I’m looking forward to watching this little show grow and grow. Who knows? Perhaps in the near future it could end up being a full weekend? Until then, I don’t think Charlotte Comicon or its fans have anything to worry about.

The next show will be held from 10am to 4pm on August 3, 2014. Information can be found at charlottecomicon.com

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Michael Eury, Dan Johnson and Fester Faceplant lead the Tribute to Charlton Comics Panel.

Michael Eury, Dan Johnson and Fester Faceplant lead the Tribute to Charlton Comics Panel.

DJ Spider, Amberle Linnea, Todd Lacey, Eve Madison and Victor Goldberg lead the Secrets of Cosplay Panel.

DJ Spider, Amberle Linnea, Todd Lacey, Eve Madison and Victor Goldberg lead the Secrets of Cosplay Panel.

Charlotte Comicon Comics and Toy Show (August 2014)

Charlottle Comicon

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon Comics and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/03/2014
About This Convention
2 HUGE Rooms
Hours 10 am – 4 pm

Admission $5
Under 12 Free Admission
Cos-players Free AdmissionThe Best Family Friendly Comic Show on the East Coast

Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

Charlotte Comicon (April 2014)

Charlottle Comicon

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/13/2014
About This Convention
Hours 10 am – 4 pm
Admission $5
Under 12 Free Admission
Cos-players Free Admission
The Best Family Friendly Comic Show on the East Coast
Venue Name and Address
CROWNE PLAZA EXECUTIVE PARK HOTEL
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Andy Smith, Budd Root, James Robert Smith, more !!

Charlotte Comicon (December 2013)

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/15/2013
About This Convention
Gold, Silver, Bronze & New Comics Plus Toys, Non-Sports Cards, DVD’s and moreCOSPLAY, Costume Contest 1st 2nd 3rd place prizes,The Best Family Friendly Comic Show In the Country

24 Artist and Writers

Venue Name and Address
Marriott Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217-3550
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

Charlotte Comicon (August 2013)

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/04/2013
About This Convention
Gold, Silver, Bronze & New Comics Plus Toys, Non-Sports Cards, DVD’s and moreCOSPLAY, Costume Contest 1st 2nd 3rd place prizes,The Best Family Friendly Comic Show In the Country

24 Artist and Writers

Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217-3550
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

Charlotte Comicon (April 2013)

Charlotte

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/07/2013
About This Convention
Gold, Silver, Bronze & New Comics Plus Toys, Non-Sports Cards, DVD’s and more

COSPLAY, Costume Contest 1st 2nd 3rd place prizes,

The Best Family Friendly Comic Show In the Country

24 Artist and Writers

Venue Name and Address
Marriott Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217-3550
United States
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Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Andy Smith, Budd Root and more !

Charlotte Comicon (2012 Schedule)

February 22, 2012 by  
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Charlotte Comicon

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.info/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Dates
03/25/2012, 08/05/2012, and 12/16/2012
About This Convention
Time: 10 am til  4 pm

Guests: 24 Tables of Artists and Writers

Venue Name and Address
Crown Plaza Hotel Charlotte (MARCH and AUGUST)
201 S. McDowell St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
United States
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Marriott Executive Park Hotel – NEW LOCATION FOR DECEMBER!
5700 Westpark Drive
Charlotte, NC 28204
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
70
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books