- Posted by Johanna on January 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm
- Category: Comic News
KC and I drove down to North Carolina this past weekend for some socializing, shopping, and visiting the 35th Annual edition of Charlotte Mini-Con.
We left Saturday morning and stopped off in Durham to go by Books Do Furnish a Room, a comic/used book/used CD store that I first visited 25 years ago. (The same guy is working the register, bless him.) No comics for me there, but I did get a couple of old cookbooks. I love trendy, now-outdated recipe guides as capsules of the culture of a particular time period, in terms of techniques used and ingredients available and eating trends.
Once in Charlotte, we met up with Tim O’Shea for dinner and lots of good conversation. Sunday morning it was off to the show. The Mini-Con was held at the Palmer Fire School building, which had this great, solid, mini-castle appearance. When we arrived right at opening, there was a short line to get in.
I was most excited to chat with these two guests, out of the several there:
|Dustin Harbin||Cliff Chiang|
Cliff was busy sketching from the moment he sat down, so I didn’t get much chance to talk with him, but I appreciated the time Dustin took to catch up with me. They were up on a stage area, so I turned around and took these pictures of the crowd.
As you can see, the rest of the room was mostly comic boxes on (and under) tables. KC and I did a little shopping, but it quickly became too crowded to easily look through the back issues available, so we left early. Not before we met up with Back Issue editor (and old friend) Michael Eury, though, who was accompanied by his cousin, dressed as an adorable Li’l Deadpool. I was also pleased to meet Rich Barrett, who does the impressive-looking webcomic (really an online graphic novel) Nathan Sorry. I’m going to be catching up on that in some reading.
We then headed out to the nearby store location of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, who put the show together, and did some more shopping there. The very helpful store clerk dove into a huge stack (seriously, they made a wall and required a wheeled ladder to access) of back issue boxes to find me a couple of indy comics I’d been hunting, the kind of title most dealers don’t bring to shows anyway. Then it was off for more used CD and DVD shopping at the immense Manifest Records, where I picked up 14 movies due to their “buy one, get second half-off” sale. I’m already a sucker for $5 DVDs, but if you offer two for under $8, I’m clearly lacking any self-control. If you’re in the area and looking for great media deals, check them out.
It was a great, relaxing weekend, aside from the five-hour drive coming back on Sunday night. I’m glad we made the trip.
Update: Tim has posted his pictures, including an adorable one of KC behind the door at the Heroes store.