By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The first ever ComiqueCon Nov. 7 at the Arab American National Museum drew a large crowd of comic fanatics.
The celebration featured a wide range of work from female artists, editors, writers, publishers, graphic artists and illustrators. Panels, workshops, autograph sessions and panels were all available to ComiqueCon attendees.
Featured guests included Leila Abdelrazaq, Nancy Collins, Marguerite Dabaie, Alex De Campi, Nicole Georges, Mikki Kendall, Carey Putsch, Mairghread Scott and Marguerite Sauvage.
Marvel, DC and Vertigo illustrator Marguerite Squvage made the trip from Montreal, Canada, for the event. She was available for onsite illustrations of comic characters requested by fans.
“This is really cool to be a part of,” she said. “I love that the whole event celebrates women in comics because it is not focused on enough.”
Panels focused on a variety of topics including the benefits of group publishing. The panel was lead by Ladies Night Anthology editor-in-chief Megan Bryd, editor Lauren Burke and artist Ashley Ribblett.
During the discussion, the women talked about giving attendees the resources to create their own comics and the ups and downs of self-publishing.
“Collaboration is important in the comic industry,” Burke said. “It is OK to ask for help, especially when you are first starting out.”
ComiqueCon also premiered the “She Makes Comics” documentary. A performance by opening act The Sarah Sherrard Band and Sarah Donner also was held the same night.
ComiqueCon attendee Kristin Lalonde from Mt. Pleasant hopes the celebration becomes an annual event.
“I love that first ComiqueCon was held somewhere I live,” she said.
Lalonde dressed up as Lumpy Space Princess from her favorite comic “Adventure Time” because she thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate the event.
“I was so excited when I heard the news I began planning the trip and my outfit,” she said.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)