Announcing Tressina Bowling, Kenn Minter and Edward Choi

Tressina is a Lexington native self taught artist who can create works with a multitude of mediums from graphite & color pencils, Copic markers, acrylic and watercolor paints. You can see the majority of her work at www.TressinaArt.blogspot.com and her latest comic, Dracullama, can be found at www.dracullama.com

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Kenn Minter has been producing illustrations and comics professionally for 20 plus years. His illustrations and comics have appeared in numerous weekly and monthly publications across the country. His comics appear on www.comicrelated.com every Friday. Currently, Kenn publishes his comics under the imprint, Near Mint Press Books. So far, he has published his books, "Tales of the Emerald Yeti," "I'm Not From Here," "The Experts," "Fez," "mr. bunny & circle-head," and "Super World." Near Mint Press Books are funny, witty, engaging, and exciting. Kenn lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more by visiting notfromherecomic.blogspot.com!

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Edward Choi is a Louisville writer/artist. Being a huge fan of movies, his style of storytelling is similar to cinema story boarding. Known for his unique crosshatching inking style, realistic rendering of faces, fight choreography, and dialogue writing, Edward's upcoming graphic novel is going to be exciting. Learn more by vistiing edwardwchoi.com!

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Announcing Chris Charlton, Paul McCall and Charleen Brinson

Writer/creator of "Black of Heart", "Binary Gray", "OPEN TREE: Legends & Tall Tales" and "Sleepless". Fans of Charlton's work have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including the continuation of his current books and the not one, but TWO new mini-series from Assailant Comics! Learn more by visiting AssailantComics.com.

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Paul McCall has been an illustrator since 1977 and has been drawing caricatures professionally since 1984. His caricatures have been published on book covers and as interior illustrations for national magazines. His professional work experience has included book and magazine illustration; computer graphics for audio/visual presentation companies; production art for movies; fifteen years as an airbrush artist creating illustrations; acrylic and oil painting; portraits and landscapes plus teaching various forms of art.
At conventions he creates super-hero themed caricatures either digitally or using markers. For more information, please check out paulmccall.com, paulmccall.tumblr.com, facebook.com/pages/Portraits-Caricatures-by-Paul-McCall/105637661600 and paulmccall.deviantart.com.

 

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Charleen Brinson was born in Kentucky in 1987. Raised in a small town, she quickly found that the folksy, southern nature of her surroundings were not her cup of tea, so she submerged herself in the realms of fantasy and horror through reading novels by a lot of men with abbreviated names, e.g. J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft and H.G. Wells. Inspired by literature and driven by a very vivid imagination, she creates dark, fantastical works that weave in and out of the world of the macabre. She currently resides in Bowling Green, KY.

Charlene explains, "I believe that Art defines humanity today just as much as it has throughout the history of mankind. The process has always been an escape for emotions you can't contain, a documentation of your unique story and a way to capture the visions you can't express through words alone. My objective is to explore the darker realms of the human existence and capture the surreal, fantastical worlds that live within us."

Find her work on Instagram via toxxiclady, twitter via toxxic_lady and at her website, toxxiclady.bigcartel.com

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Art Contest Results?

As we're betting you remember, a few months back we announced a massive show art contest which ended on March 31st. Throught that contest we opened our doors to creators and the broader comic community to offer up a mix of art for our show poster, t-shirt and program design.

It was our intention to invite the public to vote on those submissions narrowing that field to 5-6 submissions after which show organizers would then decide on the winner. Like many things in life, the best laid plans don't always go off as planned and we simply didn't get enough submissions to take this year's entries to you for a vote.

We will try again in 2015 but for this year, we will soon unveil all the art submitted and share our selections. Aside from the public vote, we will go forward with all originally discussed steps for this year's art.

Look for the winning art to be unveiled VERY SOON plus a very interesting announcement regarding a conceptual twist for our 2014 show program.

Announcing Adam Hicks, Patrick Baumhardner and Daniel Frazier

Abandoned by his birth parents and set adrift along the Ohio River in a reed basket Adam Hicks was found by a kindly couple that raised him to be the supreme ruler of the Louisville Metro area. The first step in his plan for 8-10 county domination is by honing his craft as a freelance artist and gaining a rabid fanbase, eager to see what brilliance his pencil to paper skills will birth next. With Step 1 well on it's way Adam has recently implemented Step 2, which involves becoming a co-host on the wildly successful local comic book themed podcast, PULPCAST! What is Step 3? Will he stop at Louisville-metro dominance? CAN he be stopped, or is he like Mr. Domino from that PS1 game? What's for dinner? Who's that looking in your window when you think you're alone and you're singing songs from Jersey Boys at the top of your lungs? Only Adam knows for sure. See more of his work at gigatoast.deviantart.com!

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Patrick is a Independent Comic Book creator and Artist.He has published six books since he began his career in 2009.Since then he has been a guest at panel speaker at many regional Conventions and Comic shops.2014 debut's his latest book S.O.S EARTH and his transition to a full time Artist.Patrick's art includes prints and original pieces of not only the beloved Comic Icons he grew up with but also the legendary TV icon Doctor Who,plus many other POP culture favorites. Learn more by visiting facebook.com/patrick.baumgardner1!

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Daniel began his career in comics with the first issue of his all-ages superhero series The Adventures of Nightclaw & Prowler (co-created and starring his niece and nephew). Daniel is also a film director and is completing an updated edit of his movie Avenging Disco Vampires as well as doing artwork for the re-release. Daniel is also the artist for the Old World Universe line of trading cards and will have the entire set at his table. Daniel looks forward to returning to the DCCC this year and meeting the comic fans! Check out some of Daniel's work at nightclawandprowler.weebly.com!

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Derby City Comic Con Welcomes Christy Blanch!

Christy Blanch is an educator, a comics scholar, a comic book store owner, and a comic book author. She began teaching college level Anthropology classes both in the university and in the correctional education system (aka prison). Taking her love of comic books into the classroom, she is currently finishing her doctorate and teaching subjects, such as gender, using comic books as the textbooks. She is teaching a massive open online course called Social Issues through Comics Books, a free course on canvas.net. She is co-owner of Alter Ego Comics in Muncie, Indiana and is co-writes the online comic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood on thrillbent.com which highlights her experiences teaching in prison. Learn more by visiting alteregocomics.net, canvas.net and thrillbent.com!

Look for an announcement soon about the great panel she's set to
present at this year's show!

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Are You Ready For Information Overload?

We have SO MUCH to tell you about this year's show!

If you thought our featured guest announcements were exciting, get ready...

Beginning next week and continuing throughout the month of May!

HUNDREDS OF REASONS TO VISIT DERBY CITY COMIC CON
JUNE 28th - 29th, 2014

 All the details on over 100 comic creators who will be set up at this year's show!

 The full list of over 45 vendors presenting over 100 tables of shopping nirvana!

 A rundown of our many exhibitors featuring art groups, libraries, charities and more!

 The latest on two amazing days of mind blowing panels!

 All the details on our ever exploding Kids Corner loaded up with family fun!

 The massive unveiling of our 2014 show sponsors who we love!

 The return of the very best in costume contests and cosplay opportunities!

 More information on our Friday night Corn Island Steampunk Kickoff Party!

 Still more information on our Saturday night Derby City Comic Con Celebration!

 Details on our promotional rollout across print, radio, internet and television!

 A celebration of your art as we unveil our 2014 poster, t-shirt and cover selections!

 And MUCH MUCH MORE!

Have your show tickets yet?

Why wait another moment?
At just $15 for a full weekend package
filled with benefits for pre-purchase attendees...

We'll see you at Derby City!

Derby City Comic Con Unveils A SECOND Show for 2014!

Coming to Louisville, November 22nd 2014!

Due in no small part to the HUGE success of our primary show, Derby City Comic Con is exceedingly pleased to announce that we will be returning in November with a second event for comic fans to enjoy!

Taking place Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at Ramada Plaza Louisville - Triple Crown Pavilion (9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY) the Cavalcade of Comics will be a companion show to our annual primary convention and offers a unique mix of comic book focused fun to enjoy.

Show owner Chuck Moore explains...

"We wanted to create a slightly smaller event which we could position roughly half way between each year's primary Derby City Comic Con. This event will be a celebration of regional art creators and it will also have more of a retail and shopping focus. The Cavalcade of Comics will feature a showcase an amazing tapestry of comic creators and also serve as a holiday shopping experience leading up to the nationwide retail shopping event, Black Friday! We're inviting fans to come get their geek on and shop local for the holidays!"

Derby City Comic Con' s Cavalcade of Comics will serve up 21,800 square feet of exhibitor space at the Ramada Plaza Louisville (already home to such great locals shows as the Louisville Arcade Expo and Conglomeration). In this new show space, we will ring the exhibit hall with a solid mix of regional comic creators and artists. In the middle of the show floor we will pack in a wide mix of comic book, toy and related geek culture focused vendors for you to enjoy. This will be a spot where you can shop for holidays, support local artists and mix in a convention environment with other comic book enthusiasts.

Why would you shop anywhere else?

Creator and vendor registration for this second show will open just after the doors close on Derby City Comic Con, June 28th-29th 2014!

Announcing Lora Innes for Derby City Comic Con 2014!

We are pleased to announce a new Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!

Lora Innes is the creator of The Dreamer, a historical fiction webcomic about a teenager named Bea Whaley who begins having dreams about the Revolutionary War. Every night the dream picks up where the last one left of, and it isn't long before Bea questions if these are just dreams... or if they're something more. Full of adventure, romance, and war, The Dreamer has grown a cult following online. Three Dreamer graphic novel collections are available from IDW Publishing. Lora also co-hosts the Paper Wings Podcast, a show about elevating the craft of making independent comics.

Find Lora on the Web
via thedreamercomic.com

Where To Stay When Visiting Derby City Comic Con!

Meet Our Host Hotel
The Courtyard Downtown Louisville

For our out of town guests and vendors, Derby City Comic Con has secured a block of rooms at our hotel of choice for the 2014 show. The Derby City Comic Con rate for the Courtyard Downtown Louisville is $139 a night. Parking for this hotel is free. Please call 502-562-0200 and ask for the Derby City Comic Con group block.

Learn more here

Get your tickets for this year's Derby City Comic Con!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Let's talk price!
We're hosting our first two day show, but that doesn't mean a jump in ticket prices! Last year it was $10 to attend Derby City Comic Con and this year it remains $10 for each day or $15 for the entire weekend. As always, kids 12 and under get in FREE with a paid adult.

Why purchase tickets early?
Purchasing tickets early gets you the VIP experience without a costly VIP package price. If you purchase your weekend badge ticket (just $15) online or before June 26th (at the very same price you would pay at the door), you will get into the show floor ONE HOUR EARLY and you will have a special express line to access the event floor!

NOTE: Single day passes will only be available at the door and will not include early access or side event benefits.

Why choose the two day pass?
As if the price itself weren't enough, very soon we'll be announcing a mix of side events for the evenings of Friday (June 27th) and Saturday (June 28th). Anyone who purchases a weekend pass for $15 will have BONUS ACCESS to each of our extra events!

What's the show like?
This year we're serving up the BEST value-to-fun ratio for comic fans and families. At Derby City Comic Con, your going to find over 220 vendor and creators tables covering 45,000 squar feet of floor space loaded with comic goodness. You'll also find a mix of amazing panels, great featured guests, tons of regional and national comic creators, toy vendors, comic vendors, exhibitors, loads of costumes, contests, an expansive kids area and much more!

It's going to be exciting and it all comes to you for just $15 offering up a full weekend of fun!

Announcing Craig Boldman for Derby City Comic Con 2014!

We are pleased to announce a new Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!

Craig Boldman is best known for his work for Archie Comics, having written over a hundred consecutive issues of the Jughead comic book (teamed with artist Rex Lindsey), and has been the writer of the Archie syndicated comic strip since 1992. He has also frequently contributed stories to the entire Archie Comics line.

Craig has worked on Superman, 'Mazing Man, Bugs Bunny, Disney's Doug, Disney's Recess, Ed Edd & Eddie, and Bazooka Joe, among others.

He has been a greeting card cartoonist for such companies as Hallmark and American Greetings, and is the co-author/illustrator of a humor book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, "Every Excuse in the Book: 718 Ways to Say 'It's Not My Fault!'"

His current project is a creation of his own, Tailipoe, just out in a new book collection.

Art Samples:
creativeshake.com/cboldman
childrensillustrators.com/cboldman
Caricatures:
the-nose.com/ap.php?id=craigbl
Facebook:
facebook.com/cboldman1

Say you are going and share our event page on Facebook

Our 2014 Derby City Comic Con event page is live!

We invite you to visit our page, post your questions, share your thoughts and make your plans to attend our 2014 show. We're counting down the days to the doors opening on June 28th and we have A LOT to share over the next few days and weeks. It's about to get EVEN MORE exciting!

Visit our new event page at
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Thanks to everyone in Lexington!

We had a blast at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention!

We wanted to post a word of thanks to all the great show fans who stopped by our table at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention. This show (seeing over 10,000 guests each year) is a convention Derby City believes in and looks for to exhibiting at each year. Jarrod and the entire crew behind this event should be very proud of another successful year. We can say with certainty that we look forward to singing their praises (and taking part in the show) once again in 2015.

Learn more at lexingtoncomiccon.com!

See you at the Louisville Arcade Expo!

This weekend we kick off our
2014 Derby City Comic Con Promotional Tour
and it begins at the Louisville Arcade Expo

It's that very wonderful time of year when video games take center stage and retro is the new cool! Derby City Comic Con show organizer and owner Chuck Moore will be leading a team to this weekend's Louisville Arcade Expo where Derby City Comic Con will have a booth at the show. It's a great chance to get out and get more information on the upcoming 2014 show and chat directly with the man in charge! Look for the Derby banner in the vendor area immediately adjacent to all those wonderful games.

What do we mean by games? Glad you asked! The Louisville Arcade Expo is three days of retro gaming goodness featuring 100's of arcade, pinball, and console games from the golden age of video gaming. Here you will see classics you haven't played in years as the show walks you from the beginning of video games to the present. It's massive fun and it's all VERY hands on.

Learn more via arcaderx.com and we
sincerely hope to see you there March 7-9th!


Announcing Jonathan Matthews for Derby City Comic Con 2014!

We are pleased to announce a new Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!

Jonathan L. Matthews is a Louisville local professional sculptor specializing in action figures and collectible statues. Prior to 2004 clients included Palisades, Wiz Kids, Diamond, Plan B, and Graphitti. Currently a contract Sculptor with DC Collectables, he's best known for the Batman Black and White Statue Series, AmeComi Statues and Arkham Asylum video game figures.

Learn more about Jonathan at
matthewsculptor.com

Announcing Mike Norton for Derby City Comic Con 2014!

We are pleased to announce a great Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!

Mike Norton is the creator of the weekly webcomic, Battlepug, which won the Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Digital Comic. He is also the artist of Revival, the critically acclaimed Image Comics series with studio mate Tim Seeley and the Dark Horse series, The Answer! with Dennis Hopeless. He is also very, very tall

His past history as a creator includes acclaimed work on Runaways and Gravity for Marvel Comics. Just to name a few added stops on his celebrated career, we should mention work on All New Atom, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Countdown to Final Crisis and Trinity for DC Comics.

Follow Mike Norton at ihatemike.com,
battlepug.com and @themikenorton

Past Updates

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