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EVENTS

October 19, 2013

PROJECT COMICON 2013

This Hawkman/Hawkgirl team was one of the most impressive sights of the convention. Their wings flapped and medallions lit up, to the delight of attendees.

Project Comicon 2013 is now history. The fourth edition of this St. Louis conclave took place September 21 & 22 at the Westport Sheraton Chalet.

 Fans and costumed characters alike roamed the aisles of the convention floor.

Fans and costumed characters alike roamed the aisles of the convention floor.

Project Comicon is one of the best-kept secrets among local conventions. It’s smaller and laid-back—nothing like the corporate sponsored mega-events. Fans could traverse the aisles easily and not have to wait long for a chance to meet their favorite creators.

The promoters are quick to emphasize that this is the sort of gathering where fans and pros can relax, have fun, and easily interact with each other. They are trying to recreate the ambiance of the early cons in the 1970s—and they have succeeded admirably. This philosophy indeed makes it a fan-oriented event.

The guest list was an impressive one. Superstars George Perez, Phil Jimenez and Fabian Nicieza led the pack, alongside talented pros Stephen Sadowski, Scott Lobdell, and many, many others. The promoters selected all comics-based guest; there were no media celebs or actors from TV series of long-ago.

Artist George Perez was a huge hit. Eager fans lined up for autographs and sketches.

Artist George Perez was a huge hit. Eager fans lined up for autographs and sketches.

There was truly something for everyone. If you were into cosplay, there were plenty of creative costumes to enjoy. If you were into buying for your collection, dealers came from all around with plenty to choose from. And if you were into meeting the pros, getting sketches and shmoozing with your favorites, there was plenty of time for that as well.

Kudos to convention organizers for selecting a varied array of panel subjects. Fans could adjourn to meeting rooms to learn everything from how to create your own digital comics to the latest in zombie warfare. Quite an ecclectic mix—but always entertaining.

Here’s a picto-report of the weekend, featuring lots of industry talent, along with an array of creative costumes.

Penciller Phil Jimenez was a huge hit at the show. He had a constant stream of fans waiting to meet him.

Penciller Phil Jimenez was a huge hit at the show. He had a constant stream of fans waiting to meet him.

Jim Mahfood was not only a guest artist at Project Comicon 2013, but also doubled as the after-party dj.

Jim Mahfood was not only a guest artist at Project Comicon 2013, but also doubled as the after-party dj.

The talented creator of this costume told me the name of his character---but I'll be darned if i could pronounce it again. Oh well, a great outfit and one of the best of the show. The retractable wrist-swords were a nice touch!

The talented creator of this costume told me the name of his character—but I’ll be darned if i could pronounce it again. Oh well, a great outfit and one of the best of the show. The retractable wrist-swords were a nice touch!

 

Stephen Sadowski was constantly busy during the convention, drawing for his many fans. Stephen is remembered for his awesome run on JSA.

Stephen Sadowski was constantly busy during the convention, drawing for his many fans. Stephen is remembered for his awesome run on JSA.

 

An intense Deadman poses with his trench-coated companion, the Golden-Age Sandman.

An intense Deadman poses with his trench-coated companion, the Golden-Age Sandman.

What's a comic or sf convention without a half-naked girl? Here's a representative for Project Comicon 2013.

What’s a comic or sf convention without a half-naked girl? Here’s a representative for Project Comicon 2013.

Who are the men behind those Foster Grants? Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort take a moment to vamp for the camera.

Who are the men behind those Foster Grants? Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort take a moment to vamp for the camera.

Nightwing peers over George Perez's shoulder as the artist works on a sketch.

Nightwing peers over George Perez’s shoulder as the artist works on a sketch.

Dueling Supermen compare to see who is bigger....bicep-wise, that is!

Dueling Supermen compare to see who is bigger….bicep-wise, that is!

 

This Hawkman/Hawkgirl team was one of the most impressive sights of the convention. Their wings flapped and medallions lit up, to the delight of attendees.

This Hawkman/Hawkgirl team was one of the most impressive sights of the convention. Their wings flapped and medallions lit up, to the delight of attendees.

 

The Caped Crusader makes his selection from one of the dealer booths.......perhaps catching up on the latest issue of Spider-Man?

The Caped Crusader makes his selection from one of the dealer booths…….perhaps catching up on the latest issue of Spider-Man?

 
Fans crowd the aisles, looking for that elusive back-issue or action figure.

Fans crowd the aisles, looking for that elusive back-issue or action figure.

Local publishers, Lion Forge Comics, made an impressive showing.Local publishers, Lion Forge Comics, made an impressive showing.

George Perez pauses from autographing and sketching to pose with his lovely wife.

George Perez pauses from autographing and sketching to pose with his lovely wife. 

 

Blogmeister Sam poses with artist Sadowski and two fine examples of Stephen's work.

Blogmeister Sam poses with artist Sadowski and two fine examples of Stephen’s work.

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New York artist Rogan Josh displayed an array of his impresive art.

New York artist Rogan Josh displayed an array of his impresive art.

A group photo from one of the many convention panels. From left to right, here's radio movie maven Max Foizy, Scott Lobdell, Phil Jimenez, Rogan Josh and Jeff Balke.

A group photo from one of the many convention panels. From left to right, here’s radio movie maven Max Foizy, Scott Lobdell, Phil Jimenez, Rogan Josh and Jeff Balke.

Local artist Rick Burchett had a constant stream of visitors to his table. Rick is best known for his work on Batman Adventures, Blackhawk, and many other titles for a variety of companies.

Local artist Rick Burchett had a constant stream of visitors to his table. Rick is best known for his work on Batman Adventures, Blackhawk, and many other titles for a variety of companies.

John Clark from Kansas City, Mo, shows off some of the metal insigia he has created. John often appears in costume at conventions as Green Lantern and other characters. He's also a motivational speaker and visits children's hospitals and youth groups, clad as comic book heroes while delivering a message of positiveness and encouragement.

John Clark from Kansas City, Mo, shows off some of the metal insigia he has created. John often appears in costume at conventions as Green Lantern and other characters. He’s also a motivational speaker and visits children’s hospitals and youth groups, clad as comic book heroes while delivering a message of positiveness and encouragement.

Again, congrats to the convention organizers. The staff was friendly and polite to a fault. Saturday’s attendance was robust and while Sunday’s crowd was thinner, there was still a lot of traffic through the aisles. Rumor has it they may eventually attempt a twice-a-year show. In any event, Project #5 is on the schedule for next year. I’ll be one who’s looking forward to it for sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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