MECCAcon 2017 Announcement!

MECCAcon 2017 Announcement!

PRESS RELEASE

Illustration by 133art’s Jason Reeves and Luis Guerrero

 

MECCAcon 2016 #MECCAcon2017
September 16, 2017
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI
*** $10 asked donation includes the ENTIRE conference! ***

Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA presents
MECCAcon 2017 #MECCAcon2017

DETROIT- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that all “heroes” do not look the same, that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books, what the historical facts come from, and what the word “hero” actually derives from.

Photo Credit, NayMarie Photography

 

Unlike many “comic cons”, we don’t just focus only on comic books. Art has several mediums, and we want to highlight them all. MECCAcon will highlight comics, international/independent film, afrofuturism, science fiction, steampunk, fine art, music, graffiti, dj artists, handmade artisans, african belly dance, urban gardening, fashion, african martial arts, and more.

Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie J. Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Rogers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, Derek Dow, Solomon Onita, Jr, Xavier Burgin and many more.

While comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. Our international independent film festival is a huge part of this event. We highlight independent films from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. Each year is centered around a different theme.

At the end of the day, art is and always will be ART, creative expression.

Photo Credit, NayMarie Photography

 

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

Event activities include:

MECCAcon International Film Festival

AFROFUTURISM

SPECULATIVE FICTION

WORKSHOPS

PANELS

Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance

LECTURES

HEROES UNLIMITED: Black Cosplay

MEDIA OF THE FUTURE

MSU Graphic Novels Club

Black Speculative Arts Movement

BACK2BLACK: Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today’s Comics

BLACK PUBLISHER’S Panel

Battledream Chronicle: DETROIT premiere

Afrolatinos Tele: DETROIT premiere

Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker – A Graphic Novel

+ more!

Super Sikh, Is’Nana: The Were-Spider, and Watson and Holmes round out some of the awesome titles that will be at this year’s MECCAcon 2017!

 

Guests who will be in attendance

N Steven Harris

TheOneWillFocus

NayMarie Photography

Taji Mag

133art

Artist Jason Phillips

Clifton Jamaal Perry

Reynaldo AndersonAfrofuturism 2.0, BSAM co-founder

Tony Patrick

Women Creating Comics

Eileen Kaur AldenSupersikhcomic

Aiesha Little

Karl BollersWatson and Holmes

Kurt Bollers/ MFC MEDIA HO– USE

Brian Johnson

Dominique StockmanThe Microphone Misfitz

Greg Anderson ElyséeIs’nana The Were-Spider

A. M. Griffin

Stephanie Williams

+ MORE!

For more information head to the links below:

http://MECCAcon2017.eventbrite.com

Http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/

Http://twitter.com/MECCAcon

Http://Facebook.com/midwestethnicconventionforcomicsandarts

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