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.”
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.”
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!
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.
Charlotte MiniCon 2014
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
Director Mike Mendez and star Greg Grunberg appear at Dark Delicacies to sign Big Ass Spider on Saturday January 11th at 2:00 p.m.
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
Oh My!! Actor George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original Star Trek series, appears at Madness Games and Comics for a signing on Friday January 3, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm! Presented by Dallas Comic & Pop Expo
Madness Games & Comics
3000 Custer Road Suite #310, Plano, TX 75075
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has fought for the First Amendment Rights of the comics community since 1986. Now here’s your chance to join the fight for free speech at our CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 signing and membership drive October 9 at the Portland TFAW.
Meet CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 contributors Jeremy Atkins (Charles de Ghoul), Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Michelle Madsen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dave Stewart (Hellboy), and Paul Tobin (Bandette), and learn how you can join the CBLDF for as little as $25! Complimentary food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) provided.
Everyone has a story to tell, but what happens when a story gets taken away from its creator? The CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 looks at the creative costs of censorship, either through outside interference, or through more private forms. All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!
Special bonus: Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, attendees at this event only who sign up for CBLDF membership at the $50-$249 level will receive a Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 Limited Edition hardcover, while supplies last. Attendees who sign up for CBLDF membership at the $250 or greater level will receive a Give Me Liberty hardcover, signed by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, also while supplies last. These bonuses are in addition to the CBLDF’s generous incentive rewards for membership.
“It is easy to take our First Amendment Rights for granted. Yet, historic and present day events alike underscore how important it is that everyone does their part to protect the First Amendment Rights of the comics community, and of Americans as a whole,” said TFAW Vice President and CBLDF Board Member Andrew McIntire. “This is why we have supported the CBLDF for years, furthered our commitment as a corporate member, and why we are asking our friends in Portland to come out and join us in supporting the important work of the CBLDF by becoming members.”
Published by Image Comics and edited by Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 contains 48 pages of all-new stories and also features the talents of Richard Corben (Creepy), Tim Seeley (Revival), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and more. Pick up your copy at the Portland TFAW October 9 for just $4.99, get it signed by some of Portland’s hottest creators, and learn about the benefits of membership in the CBLDF.
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Elisabeth Rohm, Law and Order star and People.com blogger, appears in-store on Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book, Baby Steps! Rohm’s stories are told in a clear, funny, warm-hearted voice cover and her untraditional childhood, and her long journey to motherhood.
You must have a copy of Baby Steps with receipt in order to enter the signing line. *She will personalize books. *Guidelines are subject to change*
Barnes & Noble – Glendale Americana
The Americana at Brand, 210 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
William Katt, Jake Busey, and Christopher Folino sign at Graham Crackers Comics on Friday April 12th from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!
ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER William Katt, best known for his role as The Greatest American Hero on the 1980s TV show, is in town promoting the WORLD PREMIERE of his new movie SPARKS, based on the comic book graphic novel!
He will be accompanied by actor Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, The Frighteners) as well as Christopher Folino, the creator of Sparks!
All three will be signing copies of the SPARKS Graphic Novel at our CHICAGO LOOP location on FRIDAY APRIL 12th from 5pm – 7pm! Come on out, meet the stars, get a copy of their graphic novel personalized and find out more about the world premiere film!
Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Leonard Nimoy appears with Zachary Quinto at the Hammer Museum on Tuesday September 13th from 7:00-9:00 pm!
Actor turned photographer/folk anthropologist Leonard Nimoy discusses his photographic project, Secret Selves. Inspired by the Greek mythological idea that ever since Zeus split humans in two each person has been searching for his or her other half to feel complete, Nimoy asked subjects to reveal their hidden halves in front of his camera. The result is a collection of more than 100 portraits and interviews that explore humanity’s alternate self. Nimoy will discuss what was revealed about his own secret self while capturing others’.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.
Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Zachary Quinto signs on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 6:00-7:30PM.
Midtown Comics in New York City will present Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” “Star Trek”) signing LUCID Vol. 1 HC from ARCHAIA Entertainment at Midtown Comics Downtown. Purchase of the LUCID Vol.1 is required to attend. Limit two signatures per customer. LUCID will be available exclusively to Midtown Comics one week prior to its national release, for the purpose of this event.
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038
February 28, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
J. Scott Campbell, one of the most popular artists in comics, has graciously accepted an invitation to Boston Comic Con 2011! One of the most requested guests for any convention, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring him to meet his New England fans. Campbell first exploded on the scene in the 90s with his first book, Gen 13. His dynamic storytelling and reputation for illustrating some of the most attractive women in the industry continued with his follow-up project, Danger Girl. His covers currently grace titles including Spider-Man, Wolverine, GI Joe, and many more! Be sure to catch his panel with fellow cover artists JG Jones, Adam Hughes, and Dave Johnson!
Joining Campbell at Boston Comic Con are local writers Christos Gage, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski, The Walking Dead’s Cliff Rathburn, pencillers Sanford Greene, Keu Cha, Leo Leibelman, Mike Lilly, and a legion of inkers including Dexter Vines, Jack Purcell, and Mark Morales. Finally we are happy to welcome back stalwart supporters Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Norman Lee, and Sara Richard. Check the website for full bios!
Previously announced guests include Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, J.G. Jones, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!
Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
January 18, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Gaming, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Top Stories, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con is honored to announce that comic book icon Neal Adams is the latest addition to an already extraordinary guest list for 2011! A Silver Age legend, Adams has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams holds the highest position of respect. His photorealistic art has graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey. Be sure to come to Boston Comic Con on April 30 – May 1, 2011 to welcome Neal Adams to New England!
Other recent additions include Spawn artist Greg Capullo, Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson, Marvel artist Stephanie Buscema, and returning guests Daixong Guo and Mark McKenna. Check out the convention website for full profiles of our guests and all the latest updates!
Previously announced guests include Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!
Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with a paid adult!
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!