2015 NC Comicon http://nccomicon.com November 13th-15th Durham Convention Center Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:26:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GERARD WAY http://nccomicon.com/featured/gerard-way/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/gerard-way/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:58:44 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=631 NC COMICON 2015 proudly welcomes our very special guest, Gerard Way!!! Gerard Way is an artist, writer, and musician. He is well known for his leading role in the music and vision of the rock group My Chemical Romance, for his Eisner and Harvey award winning comic book series, The Umbrella Academy and The True […]

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NC COMICON 2015 proudly welcomes our very special guest, Gerard Way!!!

Gerard Way is an artist, writer, and musician. He is well known for his leading role in the music and vision of the rock group My Chemical Romance, for his Eisner and Harvey award winning comic book series, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys for Dark Horse Comics.

He has been nominated for both a Grammy as an art director, and an Emmy for writing daytime children’s programming.  He has had the privilege of speaking at The Oxford Union, twice. Gerard is currently embarking on a world tour to promote his highly acclaimed solo album, Hesitant Alien, on Warner Brothers Records, as well as writing many new comic projects- coming back to the art form in a big way. With the forthcoming Umbrella Academy Series 3: Hotel Oblivion, his Marvel debut writing Edge of Spider-Verse, and other, as yet unannounced projects, he looks forward to continuing with both comics and music as his full time endeavors.

Also, fun fact, Way created the “Hot Air Baboon” a cursed, animatronic toy that is used to frighten young children to sleep at night.

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COSPLAY: It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) http://nccomicon.com/events/cosplay-its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-i-feel-fine/ http://nccomicon.com/events/cosplay-its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-i-feel-fine/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 19:36:41 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=504 “Cosplay is ruining these conventions!” As a convention guest and a recently appointed media director I attend between 30-50 comic book shows and events a year; big & small, high profile & small town. And I hear this sentiment at nearly every single one. That’s at very least 30-something times a year I have to […]

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“Cosplay is ruining these conventions!”

As a convention guest and a recently appointed media director I attend between 30-50 comic book shows and events a year; big & small, high profile & small town. And I hear this sentiment at nearly every single one. That’s at very least 30-something times a year I have to listen to someone telling me that cosplay is contributing to the ruin of the until-now-unspoiled comic book convention.

I’m not saying that they’re wrong…

…but they are.

Now wait— before the wild banshees rise in filthy protest, or the uncontrollable hordes scream sweetly with accolades— let’s take a look at both side o’ tha fence.

The complaint: These comic book conventions are as old as Rome itself, and these newfangled costumes will bring about the collapse of this once great institution.  The truth: In 1939, Forrest J. Ackerman, writer and editor of the phenomenal and legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland, attended the first ever World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, in his “futuristicostume.” Ackerman busted up in there wearing a superhero outfit that was designed by his friend, Myrtle Douglas, and strode around like he owned the place. So that’s the beginning of cosplay. In 1939. Most folks complaining about this “recent” hobby need to understand that cosplay actually predates most of our very births by a few decades.

But yes, in the recent years cosplay has quadrupled in popularity.  There are decidedly more costumes and costume-makers on the scene now than there were even 10 years ago.

Thank God.

I’ve been attending comic book conventions since I was seven years old. Heroes Con in the ‘80s was my very first convention. It was magical and fascinating and everything I wanted. But in those days most shows were attended by less than a thousand people. These days a big show attracts somewhere in the five-figured number realm. Smaller shows, as well, have watched their attendance swell over the last few years. And that’s thanks in no small part to cosplay attendees. They bring numbers, they bring fans, and that new inflow of attendees keeps local, homegrown shows thriving. It’s a win for all involved, and it’s an unrivaled spectacle to behold.

Because, the thrill of plundering hundreds of longboxes in search of that one, rare, perfect issue you’re missing is one of the greatest experiences you can have at a convention. But it translates poorly to film. Cosplay, as we’ve all seen, is a sure fire way to get previously non-fans interested in a show they might otherwise have never heard of. Conventions have grown so much in the past decade, and buying comic books is only one of HUNDREDS of experiences you can have. When I see a kid’s eyes light up as the Incredible Hulk rounds the corner of an aisle with a Green Lantern and Catwoman in tow, I am always & instantly transported back to my own childhood.

Because it’s fun. It’s a celebration of fandom, and how the hell could that be bad for anyone?

Well…

As in any situation, it’s a two-way street. Let’s explore some things Cosplay attendees can approve upon regarding convention niceties.

If you’re walking around in this unbelievably amazing costume you will inevitably be asked to have your picture taken. No problem, it’s a killer costume; you want to show it off. But in the process of someone asking for a quick shot – you’re standing right in the middle of the aisle where vendors, creators and guests are trying to conduct business. This is how they make money, this is how they make a living, and you are now impeding that cheddar-making commerce. So ask yourself, can you blame anyone for having disdain for a certain group of folks who repeatedly get in the way of them putting food on the table for their families?

Me either.

But people are gonna take pictures, so what’s the solution?

If you’re asked to take a picture in a busy aisle, kindly ask the photographer if they would mind stepping over to a less populated area (a corner or hallway) and that you’d be happy to strike a pose. Sound like a pain in the ass? It’s not. It’s the price you pay for wearing such a badass costume. If you’d like to roam the aisles freely, simply tell the person asking for the picture that you are not taking photos right now, but would be happy to take some later when you’re done perusing the show. Or not. You don’t owe any photographer anything. But it’s usually pretty swell to get your picture taken, so just find a quiet space to model.

Secondly, and this one is easy: don’t ever – never – ever – ever put any of your things on a vendor or guest’s table. Never. I can’t stress it enough. That is the equivalent of a vendor taking a box of pewter Thor frogs and dropping it on that Magneto helmet you worked so hard on. I know you’re tired, and I know that fully-functional Hulkbuster suit is heavy, but— I don’t care. Go out in the hall or wander outside and take a break. Rest up. Stay away from the tables.

I understand why some people are afraid of cosplay. It means change. I hate change. I really do. My wife recently asked me to start feeding our dogs. ME? But – I didn’t even adopt these dogs. I mean, yes, I’ve grown to love them more than my extended family, but still! ME? I hate change. But I can also – when pressed – see the absurdity in having things remain the same simply because that’s “how it’s always been.”

We are entering a new, bright, incredibly invigorating time in comic book conventions. A celebration of everything that comic book culture encompasses and I’m proud and thrilled to be a small part of it. If you don’t agree, I understand, but I implore you to think on it because you’re on the wrong side of history. In the immortal words of NOFX, “Dinosaurs will die.”

So let us all embrace the change and bask in the pure awesome that is comicdom and the amazing conventions we are all lucky enough to be alive for and able to attend!

And cosplayers?

Keep your s#it off my table.

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Durham Marriott City Center http://nccomicon.com/travel/durham-marriott-city-center/ http://nccomicon.com/travel/durham-marriott-city-center/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:58:14 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=441 A group block has been arranged at the Durham Marriott City Center. To click HERE to make your reservation or call the hotel directly at 919.768.6000 and ask for the NC Comicon 2015 group block. Our group rate is $125 a night plus taxes. Make your reservation by October 23, 2015 in order to receive the group rate. Information […]

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A group block has been arranged at the Durham Marriott City Center. To click HERE to make your reservation or call the hotel directly at 919.768.6000 and ask for the NC Comicon 2015 group block. Our group rate is $125 a night plus taxes. Make your reservation by October 23, 2015 in order to receive the group rate. Information for the hotel is provided below.

Distance From Durham Convention Center: Adjacent

Durham Marriott City Center

201 Foster St, Durham, NC

919.768.6000

Click HERE to reserve a room

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John Paul Leon http://nccomicon.com/featured/john-paul-leon/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/john-paul-leon/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:54:03 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=425 Best known these days for his absolutely amazing covers for such titles as The Massive and DMZ, John Paul Leon is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts who began his career in 1992 drawing a three-chapter Robocop serial in Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse’s Robocop: Prime Suspect four-parter that followed immediately. […]

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Best known these days for his absolutely amazing covers for such titles as The Massive and DMZ, John Paul Leon is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts who began his career in 1992 drawing a three-chapter Robocop serial in Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse’s Robocop: Prime Suspect four-parter that followed immediately. Since then he’s illustrated everything from DC’s Static to Marvel’s Earth X to The Winter Man (which he co-created!) He is currently eliciting extreme praise for his work on DC’s Detective Comics with one review proclaiming “Batman at his best!”

We are incredibly excited to have this legendary creator at NC Comicon.  And although he once, on the night of a full moon, dropped LSD, proclaimed himself ACID-WOLF and attacked the town people by scraping the skin off of their feet, we have a pretty good feeling that it probably won’t happen again this year….

 

probably.

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Tommy Lee Edwards http://nccomicon.com/featured/tommy-lee-edwards/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/tommy-lee-edwards/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:37:39 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=421 Tommy Lee Edwards is the comic book legend responsible for such hits as The Question, Marvel 1985, Wolverine, and Turf. Beyond illustrating countless books, magazines, and posters he has written and directed a music video for David Holmes, written a multi-media series published by Dark Horse called Vandroid, and is developing a TV cartoon series […]

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Tommy Lee Edwards is the comic book legend responsible for such hits as The Question, Marvel 1985, Wolverine, and Turf. Beyond illustrating countless books, magazines, and posters he has written and directed a music video for David Holmes, written a multi-media series published by Dark Horse called Vandroid, and is developing a TV cartoon series with Film Roman.

A little known secret is that Edwards was born under the name Sonny Crockett and, in his younger years, worked the mean streets of Miami as an undercover agent. He often used the alias “Tommy Lee Edwards” in his sting operations, but an untimely explosion on his houseboat left him both in a two-year coma and without his beloved pet alligator, Elvis. When he awoke, Sonny truly believed he was “Tommy Lee Edwards” and began a new life on the comic book convention circuit. We urge attendees to keep this information to themselves, as “Tommy” is prone to fits of severe dementia as well as uncontrollable violence.

And we are so excited to have him at the NC Comicon!!!

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Brockton McKinney http://nccomicon.com/guests/brockton-mckinney/ http://nccomicon.com/guests/brockton-mckinney/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:05:48 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=342 NC Comicon is adding a new position to our ever-expanding roster and as of March 31st 2015 we are proud to announce our new Director of Media, Brockton McKinney. Some of you might know Brockton as the writer of comic books such as Ehmm Theory, the upcoming Zoe Dare, and many others. As well as […]

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NC Comicon is adding a new position to our ever-expanding roster and as of March 31st 2015 we are proud to announce our new Director of Media, Brockton McKinney.

Some of you might know Brockton as the writer of comic books such as Ehmm Theory, the upcoming Zoe Dare, and many others. As well as being an accomplished writer, Brockton has been helping the NC Comicon behind the scenes for years, and with the recent growth of this fan-favorite show we were thrilled to offer him a permanent position with our convention.

This year’s show is right around the corner (Nov 13-15!) so be on the lookout for some amazing new podcasts, informational videos, special guest announcements and so much more. Brockton will also handle the creative media at Oak City Comic Show, Ultimate Comics FCBD and a slew of new events we can’t wait to tell you about.

Please join with us in welcoming Brockton to the NC Comicon family! And feel free to offer him alcohol and cookies as a congratulatory gift.

Contact Brock at:

mckinney.nccomicon@gmail.com

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Bernard Chang http://nccomicon.com/featured/bernard-chang/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/bernard-chang/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:55:30 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=316 Creator and illustrator Bernard Chang is perhaps best known for his vast and amazing work in the comic book industry, but he is also a sought after talent in entertainment design. He has illustrated a menagerie of books including Wonder Woman, Superman, Deadpool, Cable, and Supergirl – all of which have received critical acclaim. His […]

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Creator and illustrator Bernard Chang is perhaps best known for his vast and amazing work in the comic book industry, but he is also a sought after talent in entertainment design. He has illustrated a menagerie of books including Wonder Woman, Superman, Deadpool, Cable, and Supergirl – all of which have received critical acclaim. His current run on Green Lantern Corps for DC Comics has been called “fantastic, emotional art,” and we at NC Comicon couldn’t agree more! In his younger years, Bernard was captain of his high school basketball team and once won a championship by “going animal” when he actually transformed into a hoop-slaying werewolf. Nicknamed the “ChangWolf,” he was ultimately the inspiration for the hit film TeenWolf and appears in the final scenes of the film as a drunken transvestite.

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Mitch Gerads http://nccomicon.com/featured/mitch-gerads/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/mitch-gerads/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:08:19 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=312 NC Comicon welcomes fan favorite, Mitch Gerads! Gerads is an acclaimed illustrator and commercial artist who has illustrated a massive body of work, including such titles as Starborn, Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes and The Activity.  He is currently the series artist for Marvel’s Punisher which has been called “one of the best looking […]

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NC Comicon welcomes fan favorite, Mitch Gerads! Gerads is an acclaimed illustrator and commercial artist who has illustrated a massive body of work, including such titles as Starborn, Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes and The Activity.  He is currently the series artist for Marvel’s Punisher which has been called “one of the best looking books on the racks today.” Gerads also moonlights as a “paid body dancer” which he says is “a man who dances with naked, diseased bodies at parties.” We don’t know about all that, but we’re sure happy to have one of our favorite artists back at the show!

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Stacey Lee http://nccomicon.com/featured/stacey-lee/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/stacey-lee/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:15:16 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=303 NC Comicon is excited to welcome artist Stacey Lee on November 13-15 2015! Lee made her Marvel comic book debut in this year’s highly anticipated Spiderverse spin-off, Silk, and dazzled fans worldwide with her clean and dynamic style. Silk was a sell-out hit that immediately went into a second printing as critics gushed over the […]

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NC Comicon is excited to welcome artist Stacey Lee on November 13-15 2015! Lee made her Marvel comic book debut in this year’s highly anticipated Spiderverse spin-off, Silk, and dazzled fans worldwide with her clean and dynamic style. Silk was a sell-out hit that immediately went into a second printing as critics gushed over the gorgeous art and the fun, engaging storyline. Lee has been called a “future superstar,” and we couldn’t be happier to have her here at the NC Comicon! In her earlier life, Lee was a self proclaimed “Beast-Hunter” and was responsible for the apprehension and ultimate demise of the B.K. Vampire, a freakish night-creature who lived in Burger King, and was known for draining the life from overweight patrons as well as spitting tiny, mouth-mangled pickles into the restaurant’s mop bucket.

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Tony Harris http://nccomicon.com/featured/tony-harris/ http://nccomicon.com/featured/tony-harris/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:51:42 +0000 http://nccomicon.com/?p=289 Eisner Award winner Tony Harris is a veteran of the comic book industry and has worked for virtually every major publisher in the business. With a huge body of amazing work including legendary runs on Starman and Ex Machina, he is a convention favorite among attendees and fans worldwide. His recent series (with writer Steve […]

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Eisner Award winner Tony Harris is a veteran of the comic book industry and has worked for virtually every major publisher in the business. With a huge body of amazing work including legendary runs on Starman and Ex Machina, he is a convention favorite among attendees and fans worldwide. His recent series (with writer Steve Niles) Chin Music from Image Comics has been called “a ménage of striking visuals” with “gorgeously black and red soaked art.” Harris also once freed himself from being buried alive by chewing through the coffin lid that held him, then hunting down the perpetrators of the crime and skinning their legs off.

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