MECCACon Draws Independent Comics Creators and Their Supporters

The Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCACon, a large independent comic book and artist convention, took place on Sept. 17th, 2016 at the Detroit Public Library, showcasing comics creators and drawing supporters from all over the country.

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It was the second year that I represented Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance at the event, running a table to spread the word about the two groups and hosting a steampunk character building workshop.

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“The reason MECCA was established was to instill knowledge, primarily in the younger art culture,” said Maia “Crown” Williams, MECCACon’s organizer. “It is my mission to make sure that children know that all ‘heroes’ do not look the same. While comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. At the end of the day, art is and always will be creative expression.”

And creative expression was of the highest order, with heavy hitters in the independent comics world like Marcus “The Visual” Willams (Tuskegee Heirs, Sonic the Human concept art), N Steven Harris (Watson and Holmes) and Regine Sawyer (Eating Vampires, Ice Witch) in attendance, plying their comic wares in the vendor hall.

The convention also highlighted several short films and featured an array of panels and sessions, from women in comics to Afrofuturism.

For more information about MECCACon and its college tour counterpart, the Black Speculative Arts Movement, visit https://blackspeculativeartsmovement.wordpress.com.


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