RETCon Hosts Inaugural Convention This Weekend

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

The inaugural RetCon will be held this weekend on August 12 and 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Auditorium in Chicago.

RetCon is a new Chicago comic book convention devoted to fantastic comics. While other comic conventions have shifted to focus on pop culture, RetCon brings the comic book back to the forefront. The comic book community is filled with diverse, up-and- coming writers and artists who are not currently featured in the mainstream comic industry. RetCon is committed to representing diverse creators.

This convention is perfect for comic book lovers who are interested in having meaningful conversations about the classics and want to learn more about the diverse voices entering the comic book space. The event will feature insightful panels, live entertainment, and a plethora of talented creators showcasing their latest work.

Guests include: Ashley A Woods, Daniel Warren Johnson, Reginald Gale, Ali Cantarella, David Knight, Megan Hutchinson, Gene Ha, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Jessica Lynn, Victoria Perez-Segovia, Jonathan La Mantia, Menton3, Mark L Miller, Leo Perez, Geannina C. Gutierrez, Dale Lazarov, Dimitri Fisher, Rebecca Rothschild, Jim McClain, Serena Guerra, Marcus Muller, Alejandro Rosado, Kevin Sheller, Angel Medina, Keith Carmack, Rafael Nieves, Jessi Adrignola, Chris Prunckle, Max Bare, Don Cardenas, Metal Hand, Scott J Larson, Rachel Young, Seraph Manifesto, Tom Stillwell, Sun Bros Studios, Justin Castaneda, Tyrell Cannon, Tony Moy, Paul Axel, Joel Siegel, George Gant, Jamie Primack, Caleb Thusat, Markisan Naso, Gavin Smith, Eric Basir, Andrew Taam, Brian Wyrick, Ben Miller, Kimberly Moseberry, and many more.

SCHEDULE

Saturday August 12th

New To Comics?
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Join us for a panel discussion on which comics are great reads for those new to comics and finding the best ways to dive in.

The State of Things
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Join DOOMROCKET founder Jarrod Jones, Molly Jane Kremer along with guests Gene Ha, Megan Hutchinson, Ashley A. Woods, and Oliver Sava as they discuss the current state of comics.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

Comic Book Trivia
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Sunday August 13th

Telling History Through Sequential Art
12:00PM – 1:15PM: Telling history through sequential requires multiple skillsets—all of which can be easily expressed in a fun environment.

Telling History Through Sequential Art 
1:15PM – 2:30pm: An epic journey through the history of comic book movies with your hosts James Thompson and Ruben Rosario, as they discuss Superman II.

Comic Book Trivia
2:30PM – 3:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

RETCon is a Chicago-based comic book convention dedicated to bringing comics back to comic con. RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community. For more information and tickets please go to the website: www.chicagoretcon.com

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IL/MO – Voracious: Feeding Time Signings

Markisan Naso appears on Saturday, July 8th to sign copies of Voracious at Heroic Adventures from noon till 3:00 PM and at Star Clipper from 4:00 – 7:00 PM!

About VORACIOUS:
This is a time travel story about Chef Nate Willner – a man who journeys to the past & hunts dinosaurs and secretly serves them at his diner in the present! But when he discovers his hunts take place on an alternate Earth where dinosaurs evolve to rule the far future, his world begins to burn around him faster than any beast he’s ever roasted. This second volume collects the critically acclaimed VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1-5.

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Heroic Adventures
1005 Century Dr, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
(618) 659-0099

Star Clipper
1319 Washington Ave, St. Louis MO 63103
(314) 240-5337

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers Comics with the 2nd Voracious collection VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM.

Hunting dinosaurs and secretly cooking and serving them at his diner has helped Chef Nate Willner become a big success. But when he discovers his hunts take place on an alternate Earth where dinosaurs evolve to rule the far future, his world begins to burn around him faster than any beast he’s ever roasted. This second volume collects the critically acclaimed VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1-5.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

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Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr appear for a signing of the first issues of Voracious: Feeding Time and Doctor Strange/Punisher at AlleyCat Comics on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM!

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Alleycat Comics
5304 N. Clark Street Rear, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-3404

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time #1 Signing

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Local creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr of Action Lab: Danger Zone comics appear at Lazarus Pit Comics on Saturday, December 11, 2016 from 1:00 till 4:00 PM signing and sketching for the release of the latest Voracious trade collection!

Jason will do a free basic sketch with the purchase of the book. He is also taking preorders for a more detailed commission piece for $20 (He is really busy, and likely will not have commissions ready but I can arrange to have them picked up at the shop). Let your imagination run wild! Jason’s art will not disappoint! Feel free to email or message the shop and I will make sure to get your request to Jason and he will have the art available for pickup at the event.

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The Lazarus Pit Comics
47 Highwood Ave, Highwood, Illinois 60040
(847) 926-7215

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time #1 Signing

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Creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 5:00 till 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time #1 Signing

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Creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr appear at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM to sign the first issue of VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME!

Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

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Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr sign at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM!

“Haunted by the death of his sister, NYC Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown in Utah, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! With a little help from his knife-wielding Grandmother Maribel, and friends Starlee and Captain Jim, Nate opens a restaurant that secretly serves dinosaur meat. Can he survive long enough to make it a success and turn his life around?”

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

IL – Voracious TPB Signing

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Local creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr of Action Lab: Danger Zone comics appear at Lazarus Pit Comics on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from noon till 3:00 PM signing and sketching for the release of the Voracious trade collection!

Jason will do a free sketch with the purchase of the book. Blank cover variants will be on sale for various titles (while supplies last). He is also taking preorders for a more detailed commission piece for $20. You have until 7 Aug to get your requests in. Let your imagination run wild! Jason’s art will not disappoint! Feel free to email or message the shop and I will make sure to get your request to Jason and he will have the art available for pickup at the event.

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The Lazarus Pit Comics
47 Highwood Ave, Highwood, Illinois 60040
(847) 926-7215

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Press Release:

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers Comics to celebrate the release of the very first VORACIOUS collection on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM! VORACIOUS has been so successful that there will be a second series premiering in the fall, so if you grab the collection of volume 1 on Wednesday, August 10th you’ll be caught up just in time for volume 2! Plus, Markisan and Jason are really great guys AND are from Chicago, so you can feel extra good about buying their work! Civic pride, baby!

“Haunted by the death of his sister, NYC Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown in Utah, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! With a little help from his knife-wielding Grandmother Maribel, and friends Starlee and Captain Jim, Nate opens a restaurant that secretly serves dinosaur meat. Can he survive long enough to make it a success and turn his life around?”

RSVP on Facebook!

Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

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