SC Comicon is fast approaching and is a must attend event for any true fan of popular culture. If the past has proven anything it is that Greenville, South Carolina is ready to embrace this annual event that is put together by local store Borderland’s owner Rob Young.
The past 2 years have been a phenomenal success bringing in thousands of fans. And not just from Greenville but from across the south east. They’re not just coming to find great deals on comic books, graphic novels & collectables. Attendees will be meeting comic creators, purchasing original art and getting custom sketches drawn at the show! But that is by far still not all there is to do.
SC Comicon will be host to bunches of gaming tournaments, a mega costume contest, kids drawing contests, informative panel discussions, all sorts of fan group meet-ups, exclusive celebrity sightings, a few famous vehicles and bevy of famous props & artwork. Heck so much will be going on I don’t even know how Borderlands keeps up with it all.
And yes there will be Vendors from all over that will be bringing in literally tons of merchandise. So you are bound to find something for your collection or for that special geek in your life. Be they a Trekkie, Mouseketeer, Whovian, Fandalorian, Walkers, Brony, Marvel Zombie, Boomer or Brown Coat you’ll find it here. Basically there is something for everyone and enough curiosities to keep you satiated for 2 days. There is even an after hours event where you can hang out with creators and bid on artwork with all the money going to charity.
I’m very happy to be a part of this event featuring so many amazing artists including Greg Capullo, George Perez, Frank Cho, Neal Adams and tons more! I’ll be hanging out in a block with my pals Duane Ballenger, Wes Brooks, Andy Runton, Van Jensen, Rob Venditti, and Shawn & Adam of the Dollar Bin. While you’re out strolling the isles be sure to stop by Joey Weiser, Andy Finkle, Sketch Charlotte, Bridgit Connell, Chris Hamer, Mel Rivera and pretty much every other creator in the place. And make sure you check out the vendor booths, especially Comics Wanted, Richard’s Comics and Collectables, Hereos Aren’t Hard To Find and of course Borderland’s.
How to avoid the thousands of people trying to get into the convention?
Borderlands has made it simple for those of you who like to plan ahead. Just go ahead and order your tickets online right now and pick them up at the window when you get there. That is it. It’s super easy and last year there was hardly any waiting for pre-ordered tickets. You’ll be strolling by all those other suckers standing in line waiting to buy their tickets the day of the show. ( I just found out from my pal Adam that you can also pick them up at Borderlands Comics and Games days before the show, so all you have to do is walk in.)
Of course you still might want to get there early so you can score all the rare goodies before anyone else. It opens at 10 on Saturday, but there should be enough stuff still around if you wander in a little later. Regardless, I hope to see you there!
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For me growing up it was all about trick-or-treating and who could rack up the most candy. Sure the costumes were important but running the neighborhoods with my friends trying to find the most goodies was what Halloween was all about. It was one night and you looked forward to all summer long.
Later on came the haunted mazes and spook houses ready to scare the wits out of teenagers. Embracing the scariness and showing everyone you weren’t scared of those guys with the fake chainsaws chasing you in the woods. Smoke machines and black lights with hockey masked madmen jumping from doorways. You know it’s all safe, but none the less it is thrilling.
In my 20’s it was all about decorating the house and throwing an adult Halloween celebration. With dress up contests, artistic pumpkin carving competitions, live music and games that were meant for kids but were still fun when you were a little encumbered by inebriation.
Now with my own kids I get to relive the excitement of racing the neighborhoods looking for houses with lights on. Meeting happy people willing to give out handfuls of goodies. At night’s end, watching the floors fill with the sugar rewards. Helping them sort, trade and occasionally sneaking a Snickers or 2.
Halloween last all month long with activities and festivals and decorations everywhere. Just going to the pop-up Halloween stores is now sort of a tradition for our family. Seeing all the new costumes and avoiding the gory bloody section of the store. But I know they’ll soon be drifting over there peeking at what lurks in the darkness of imagination.
I’ve never been a fan of horror in my Halloween or anytime of year, really. But it seems more popular than ever and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. But that is okay. You can have your mutilated zombie baby with rotating head. I’ll be over here with the jack-o-lanterns, dancing skeletons and doing the old school monster mash. There is room for us all. But you just keep it in your room.