by Zachary Clemente

 

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COMIQUECON 2015 COMING TO DEARBORN, MICH. NOV. 7; FESTIVAL

CELEBRATES GENDER DIVERSITY IN COMICS

 

ComiqueCon, a one-day festival celebrating women in comics, announced plans to bring its inaugural event to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich. on Nov. 7. The festival will bring together female artists, illustrators, publishers and fans for a day of fun and discussion on the growing impact of women readers of comics and graphic novels.

“We’re thrilled to bring today’s most talented ladies making comics together for this one-of-a-kind event. Women don’t just read comics – they make excellent comics, too!” said ComiqueCon founder Chelsea Liddy.

This year’s festival, which is co-sponsored by Green Brain Comics, has already announced several main stage presenters including: Leila Abdelrazaq, graphic artist and author of Baddawi; Nancy Collins, author of Vampirella; Marguerite Dabaie, author of The Hookah Girl; Alex de Campi, author of Smoke/Ashes, Archie vs. Predator, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman and No Mercy; Nicole Georges, author of Calling Dr. Laura; Mikki Kendall, co-author of Swords of Sorrow; and Mairghread Scott, author of Transformers, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Bravest Warriors. Other planned events include a costume contest, artist VIP reception, discussion panels and a screening of the documentary “She Makes Comics.”

“It’s 2015 and it’s time to put the spotlight on some of the talented female creators working in the comics industry,” said Katie Merritt, co-owner of Green Brain Comics. “We at Green Brain Comics have always worked hard to highlight the diversity in the comics industry, both in the creators and the material they produce. Supporting ComiqueCon is a great way for us to continue that work.”

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Cover by Dave Acosta

In an effort to help with the festival’s initial startup costs, ComiqueCon recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Tilt.com. The campaign will run through June 6 and includes numerous sponsorship levels. Sponsors who donate at the $25 level are eligible to receive a limited edition variant of Swords of Sorrow No. 1 with cover art by artist Dave Acosta, scheduled to publish on May 6. Other incentives include admission to ComiqueCon 2015, limited edition ComiqueCon 2015 buttons, and admission to a private meet and greet VIP reception on Nov. 6 with ComiqueCon artists and writers. To participate in the crowdfunding campaign, visit http://comiquecon.com.

I don’t know about you, but this is the exact kind of event that I’m excited to see happen and I hope it goes very well for them. Originally from the Detroit area, this very well may be the event to pull me back after more than 10 years.

For more information on ComiqueCon, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Chelsea Liddy at [email protected]