Tables for #MECCAcon2016 are now available. Go HERE to get more information and register.
This will be the convention’s 3rd year.
Be a part of real change in the comics community! Register TODAY!
Creator Maia “Crown” Williams says: Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – M.E.C.C.A., aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book and artist convention held annually in Detroit, Michigan. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to promote knowledge and activity in the youth art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that not all “heroes” look the same—that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books and what the word “hero” actually means. Unlike many “comic cons,” we don’t just focus only on comic books. Art comes in many forms, and we want to highlight them all. At the end of the day, art is and always will be creative expression.
This is some of what you’ll find at MECCAcon:
- COMIC BOOKS
- FINE ART
- INDIE FILM FEST
- STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS
- INDEPENDENT FILM
- DJ ARTISTS
- AFRICAN DANCE
- URBAN GARDENING
- AFRICAN MARTIAL ARTS
- GRAFFITI ART
- ARTISANS AND THEIR HANDCRAFTED ITEMS
- CLOTHING DESIGNERS
- YOUTH LITERATURE
by Erica Freeman
I made sure I got myself to the noon panel on Saturday “Superpower to the People!: Creating and Promoting Diverse Voices in Geek Culture,” which included Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse; the creators of the comic anthology series Dirty Diamonds, Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips; Len Webb (Bat Tribble) of podcasting posse Black Tribbles; and artist Rodney Camarce, youth development & engagement manager with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.
Panel members shared about their own geeky backgrounds and answered questions from a diverse audience about how to take nerdy passions and turn them into careers.
Ariell Johnson remarked that the mainstream entertainment industry is currently looking to comic culture for sophisticated stories, a long distance from the campy content they’d grown used to.
Len Webb pointed out that “’80s babies” are the ones entering the ranks of media runners, bringing with them sensibilities shaped by the cartoons, movies, and superheroes of their childhoods.
There wasn’t enough time to get to all the fans with questions, but I’m betting there’s going to be a bunch of opportunities to hear more from the panel members before the next convention.
You can find panel members on social media:
Rodney Camarce: @rodneycamarce
Len Webb and Black Tribbles: @BlackTribbles
Claire Folkman of Dirty Diamonds: @
Kelly Phillips of Dirty Diamonds: @
Doujin Market will be there!
From texasfrightmareweekend.com: Fans of The Craft rejoice! Rachel True has been confirmed to appear at TFW 2015 along side her Craft co-star Neve Campbell! Rachel appeared with Chris Rock in CB4 and later with Alyssa Milano for the movie Embrace of the Vampire. True’s next movie was The Craft, where she played a member of a teenage coven along with Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk. True played Dave Chappelle’s girlfriend Mary Jane in Half Baked. Most recently she was seen in Sharknado 2: The Next One with TFW 2015 guest Tara Reid.