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Comic Books, Graphic Novels & More: Fall Comic Fests in the D

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | September 18, 2015

If you’re interested in comic books, graphic novels, art, animation or film, among other things, then read on. Comic fans rejoice, as there are some intriguing upcoming events in Metro Detroit featuring the comics industry!

MECCAcon 2015 is put on by the Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and takes place this weekend. The two-day event begins this Friday, Sept. 18 at the MBAD African Bead Museum (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and this Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Detroit Public Library (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Admission is $6 in advance for both nights, or $6 for each day individually.

This event is slightly different than your normal comic fest, as it celebrates all mediums of art, as well as ethnicities and cultures. In addition to the comic event, there will be a hip hop dance performance, independent film festival, workshops, panels, a raffle and more!

7th Annual Motor City Black Age of Comics Convention happens on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Detroit. Motor City Black Age also breaks down the cultural barriers. It is open to anyone, but is a convention tailored for those underrepresented in the comics industry.

The convention will have various workshops (writing, screenwriting, self-publishing and more), a cosplay contest, a live disc jockey, hip hop acts, comic artists and more. Motor City Black Age was founded in 2007 by Andre Batts, creator of the comic “Dreadlocks,” Abayomi Allen and Kevin Hallman. Admission costs $5.

“As an artist/writer of my own comic series, ‘Dreadlocks,’ I decided to start the movement in Detroit because of lack of representation of black creators at the major shows,” Batts said. “We built the Black Age based on the premise that started the Black Age Movement in Chicago in 1997, by Turtel Onli.”

FantastiCon 2015 is slightly later in the fall season, as it takes place on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens. The convention will bring in several special guests representing Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archie Comics and much more. Special attractions, such as the Delorean Time Machine, will also be at the convention. In addition, Artist Alley will feature several artists from comics and pop culture. Cosplay characters are welcomed, of course.

If none of these events work out for you, check out the Great Lakes Comic Con in Madison Heights this Saturday, Sept. 19 or ComiqueCon in Dearborn on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Whichever conventions you are headed to, have a great time!