In 2017 NC Comicon, one of the East Coast’s most beloved celebrations of comics, film, cosplay, and pop-culture, will expand its operation to two yearly shows, rebranding its sister convention Oak City Comicon and bringing it into the NCC family.

The rebrand comes with two name changes that place both shows under the same banner, with the former Oak City Comicon, held in Raleigh each March, now called NC Comicon: Oak City, and the show’s annual Durham convention in November taking the name NC Comicon: Bull City.

Beginning in 2010 as a small one-day convention, NC Comicon has grown to be one of the most prestigious cons in the country, becoming a destination for fans and aspiring creators from around the globe and regularly featuring top stars such as Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Doom Patrol), John Barrowman (Dr. Who, Arrow), and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) as well as industry-leading publishers like DC Comics and IDW.

NCC Creative Director Brock McKinney says the expansion to two yearly shows gives the con an opportunity to further improve on what fans know and love while also opening the door to even bigger opportunities and audiences.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve come to every NC Comicon from the very beginning or if this is your first time, you’ll still feel right at home,” he says. “For 2017 we’ve really retooled the best parts of the conventions to make sure that each one is unique, and that it offers something that you can only get from that particular show. Plus, now you’ve got twice as many opportunities to come out, join the comic book insanity, and experience everything that makes NC Comicon such an intimate, creator-driven show. And if you see me, buy me a beer. I’ll need it.”

NCC’s first show of the year, NC Comicon: Oak City, takes place at the Raleigh Convention Center March 18-19, 2017 and features an all-star lineup of creators from IDW Publishing, home of such iconic titles as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Back to the Future, GI Joe, and My Little Pony.

Later in the year, the Durham Convention center will be home to NC Comicon: Bull City on the weekend of November 10-12, with further details to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets and information on both shows can be found online at, where you can also download each show’s official app, providing you with up-to-the-minute news and announcements throughout the year.