I Went to the 2012 Charlotte Mini-Con

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 I love trendy, now-outdated recipe guides as capsules of the culture of a particular time period, in terms of techniques used and ingredients available and eating trends.

Charlotte Mini-Con at Palmer Fire School

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
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.

Mini-Con setup 1Mini-Con setup 2

Little Deadpool and Michael Eury

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.


6 Responses to “I Went to the 2012 Charlotte Mini-Con”

  1. Dee Says:

    Great blog! I found you through a search for the Mister Bookseller comic. Do you know how I can track down a copy of that comic? Thank you :0)

  2. gdwcomics Says:

    I want to know what comics, dvds and cds you bought. I won’t judge. ;)

  3. Johanna Says:

    Oh, let’s see — I got a Perhapanauts collection, because even though I have all the issues, it had extras in the back. And two of the True Story Swear to God Image back issues, because it looks like the second half of that run isn’t going to get collected any time soon. DVDs… I remember Moulin Rouge, Some Like It Hot, 12 Monkeys Special Edition (for KC, I think it will scare me), 4th season of Chuck, Dave, Elizabethtown, Girls Just Want to Have Fun (love Orbital Be-Bop!), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Shadow… that’s all I recall.

  4. Jim Perreault Says:

    And I’m interested in what cook books you bought, because I do the same when I am on trips.

    In a recent trip through Pennsylvania, I picked up an interesting Frigidaire cookbook (1938). On that same stop, I also got two “Big Little” books from the 60s: an Aquaman and a Space Ghost.

    One other interesting find I made is an original copy of “The Story of Crisco” (the cookbook Proctor and Gamble gave away for free when they first created Crisco ; the full text is available online).

    I’ve also picked up a few foreign language cookbooks while overseas ; thank God for google translate!

  5. Johanna Says:

    Apparently Amazon has never heard of the Cook It Quick one from 1971, with plenty of kidney and sweetbread recipes and everything flambeed. The other was Keep It Simple, which I haven’t read yet. I like 30-minute cookbooks, because I believe food shouldn’t take longer to make than it does to eat.

  6. Jim Perreault Says:

    Here’s the 1940 edition of the Frigidaire book I got: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Frigidaire-Recipes-Economics-Department/dp/B005P17FYI/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327925385&sr=1-8 . GM must have been following the Crisco example.

    (It’s a lot cheaper on Amazon than the place I got it from.)




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