ComiqueCon Nov. 7 celebrates women in comics

DEARBORN — ComiqueCon, a one-day festival celebrating women in comics, is bringing its inaugural event to the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Nov. 7.

Tickets for are $10 in advance at and $15 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are free.

The festival will bring together female artists, illustrators, publishers and fans for a day of fun and discussion on the growing impact of women readers of comics and graphic novels.

“As the global comics universe moves closer to diversifying its roster, creators are seeing an increasing demand from both male and female consumers to publish content that goes beyond the typical adolescent male fantasy of muscle-bound superheroes and scantily clad women,” said ComiqueCon founder Chelsea Liddy.

This year’s festival, which is co-sponsored by Green Brain Comics, has already announced several main stage presenters, including:
• Leila Abdelrazaq, graphic artist and author of “Baddawi.”
• Nancy Collins, author of “Vampirella.”
• Marguerite Dabaie, author of “The Hookah Girl.”
• Alex de Campi, author of “Smoke/Ashes,” “Archie vs. Predator,” “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman” and “No Mercy.”
•Nicole Georges, author of “Calling Dr. Laura.”
• Mikki Kendall, co-author of “Swords of Sorrow.”
• Mairghread Scott, author of “Transformers,” “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” and Bravest Warriors.”

Planned events include a cosplay contest with the winner receiving a one-year subscription to “Rosy Press,” the Michigan premiere of the documentary “She Makes Comics,” and artist panels.

This year’s panel topics include: Arab American Women in Comics, Breaking into the Industry, Swords of Sorrow Panel, Horror in Comics, How to Write for Comics, How Men Support Women in Comics, and more. Children’s activities will also take place during ComiqueCon, most notably Make Your Own Mini Comic and a Lumberjanes Coloring Party.

Other planned events include a closing night reception from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring the music of indie folk musician Sarah Donner and Taylor-based classic rock musicians The Sarah Sherrard Band. Tickets for the closing night reception are $5.

To help kick off the inaugural ComiqueCon, festival organizers are hosting an exclusive VIP artist meet-and-greet at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Green Brain Comics, 13936 Michigan Ave. For $25, comic fans can meet and mingle with VIP guests in an intimate setting while enjoying a Mediterranean-inspired buffet dinner. Detroit-based disc jockey Amy Dreamcatcher will provide music during the reception.

“It’s 2015 and it’s time to put the spotlight on some of the talented female creators working in the comics industry,” said Katie Merritt, co-owner of Green Brain Comics. “We at Green Brain Comics have always worked hard to highlight the diversity in the comics industry, both in the creators and the material they produce. Supporting ComiqueCon is a great way for us to continue that work.”

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For more information on ComiqueCon, email Liddy at