The Electric City ComiCon at the Anderson County Main Library was an amazing event! If you weren't there August 8th for the first ever EC3, you have to come next year.
It was everything I expected and more – if you get the newsletter, you may recall that I expected it to be well-organized, small yet high-quality, truly kid-friendly, and FUN! And it hit all those notes and then some.
EC3 was an awesome mini-con jam-packed with cosplayers, geekery, art, stories, and imaginative and excellent merchandise from some of the best craftspeople in the state. I especially loved the steampunk Wicked Witch of the West. Her green face and body paint was excellently done, and the costume was amazing! There was a fan art contest upstairs – which if you were there and entered art, please don't leave your art behind. I noticed they put out a call on Facebook asking people to pick up their orphaned art. Also a cosplay contest, and panels on a variety of topics which I really wish I'd been able to attend. But as the only person at my table brave enough to have “Challenge Me!” on the facepainting sign, I really couldn't leave my spot long.
Speaking of which, next time I swear I'm taking pictures! My best challenges included a chibi Link from the Legend of Zelda, a couple full-face Darth Mauls, and a small cartoon Hulk. I stayed up late and painted this new poster just for this show, which I'm sure helped prove that I can paint Darth Maul. Nobody wants a badly-done Sith!
I also did a 'stache on a cute little guy whose mom was Princess Peach (in a lovely re-imagined and dyed thrifted wedding dress) and some tiger stripes on his cute baby bro who could not believe his eyes when I showed him the mirror. It was the best makeover reaction since Oh's beauty mark.
Of special note is Shandra Koger, the creator of Lightning Prophetess, who partnered with me at my table and brought her amazing posters and art of her original characters. She helped me manage my spot while I was painting on people, but she did very well in her own right, getting lots of interest in her stories from new people, many of whom went home with some cool signed art. Check out her work!
Overall, this was an excellent show and I'm planning to be there again next year, no matter what it takes or what else is going on. I only have one question – how can I make my spot even better? What do you want to see? Leave a comment with ideas, suggestions, and your thoughts on the EC3 mini-con here!
First up, Penance Copper - a graphic narrative about a girl with superpowers trying to turn her life around.