Posts Tagged ‘Mike Norton’

Natalia “Bat Girl” Avilez, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you were one of the many comic book fans who either missed out on, were disappointed in, or simply crave more Comic-Con; this is your chance.  On Saturday, September 19th, Chicagoans  are getting a second chance to indulge in Chicago’s finest Comic Book Convention — the Windy City Comicon(WCC) . Now in its second year in the running, Windy City has lined up a fantastic array of local comic book creators, artists, writers, and publishing companies for your viewing pleasure. But wait there’s more! Not only will you be able to  meet industry guests  but will also get a chance to  get great deals on comics, attend  panels, indulge in games and receive a gift pack.

“It’s organized by Chicagoans and many of the 85 creator guests are either hometown products or now call Chicago home,” co-promoter Christopher Neseman said.

Guests include  artists Jenny FrisonTim Seeley, Skottie Young,  Mike Norton and Sal Abbinanti. Publishing companies include: Moonstone, Olympian, Topshelf and Shortpants

“Chicago has one of the richest and most vibrant comic book communities in the country, and Windy City Comicon is a showcase of that,” Neseman said.

Challengers, Comics + Converstationwill be kicking off the event with the official Windy City Comicon preview party on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased either at the door or on the WWC site. The Convention will be held at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, between the hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. WCC is offering the first 500 guests a gift pack, so be sure to arrive early.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

Whether you are a kid, or just a kid at heart, you will find plenty of things to do this weekend at Wizard World Chicago.

This all- age extravaganza offers comic and non-comic book fans an insight into the comics world involving more than just buying/trading comics and toys. Wizard World offers aspiring artists and fans an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade, get the inside scoop on future movie releases, video games and publishing companies such as Marvel, DC & local Chicago company Devils Due. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the original Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, actress and Maxim hottie Missy Peregrym, as well as industry moguls such as Alex Ross, Tod Mcfarlane, and Warren Ellis.

While artists, inkers, and writers show off their skills, sell original sketches, art, or books in artist alley, I will be hanging out at Player’s Paradise, checking out as many video game demos and tournaments as humanly possible, attending panel discussions, workshops, and signings, and be at the premiere of Batman Gotham Night. When I run out of money to spend, I might sign up for the costume contest, where eligible winners can receive up to $1,000 in prizes. Or maybe I will just collect as many free giveaways as I can including buttons, posters, and comics.

So if you find yourself near Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, June 26-29, with costumes in hand, come on down and experience the largest multimedia  popular arts convention in Illinois. Be sure to stop by artist alley where you can mingle with or purchase work form local artists such Eric Jimenez, Art Baltazar,Gregory Titus, and Mike Norton. Although Wizard World is considered to be an all ages event, kids day is on Sunday.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

By creating an in-store and on-line experience, proprietors Dal Bush and Patrick Brower are bringing the entire community — including Bucktown and Logan square — to get involved in what’s great about comics, Comics + Conversation.

As soon I walked in the store, I felt as if I was literally stepping foot into a page of comic book! The store is saturated in reds, and the windows are animated with art from local artists such as Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Scottie Young, Chris Giarrusso’s, and Art Baltazar. The center aisle is home base to mainstream and independent comics, while the graphic novels are guarded on the back shelves by legends such as Iron Man and Spiderman. As I made my way through and around the store (which took me about four hours,) I began to re-visit the 80s child within myself, and found myself at the art table in the back where I created a masterpiece of stick figures (I should have read the “how to” sections behind me).

17 years in the making, Challengers is providing the community with a small store atmosphere that you can really feel like you are a part of. Both Patrick and Dal are allowing the community to do something that you can’t do through websites and larger stores — allowing them to both buy and be excited about comics as much as they are. Only after visiting the store, customers are able to sign up for the challengers website where they can talk about comics, post reviews, check out upcoming events, or spend countless amounts of hours staring at the Challenger’s store web cam. Challenger’s has a fresh new perspective of putting the fun back into comics and meeting new people along the way. So long gone are the days of bickering with fellow comic book fans on which is better, DC or Marvel, you can now battle it out on the intranet. Who knows, you just might run into them at the store!

Don’t forget to graffiti the wall on the way out and to stop by the store on June 18 for DC Comics “TRINITY signing with Chicago’s own Mike Norton. Check out Newsarama’s exclusive preview of artist pages for DC’s Trinity # 3.

Challengers,1845 N. WESTERN AVE. 2R, CHICAGO, IL 60647 – 773.278.0155

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