Fans celebrate women in comics during ComiqueCon

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn residents Rachel Rose (left) and her daughter, Sophia, pick out figurines from exhibitor Lift Detroit during the second annual ComiqueCon at the Arab American National Museum Oct. 22.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn residents Rachel Rose (left) and her daughter, Sophia, pick out figurines from exhibitor Lift Detroit during the second annual ComiqueCon at the Arab American National Museum Oct. 22.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Comic fans converged on the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., for the second annual ComiqueCon Oct. 22, celebrating women in the comic industry.

Artists, editors, writers, publishers, graphic artists and illustrators attended the event which included in panels, workshops and autograph sessions for fans to experience.

Special guests at the event were: Mariko Tamaki, Eisner Award-winning author of “This One Summer;” Natasha Alterici, creator of “Heathen;” Jennifer Camper, editor of “Juicy Mother” and creator of the Queers & Comics conference; Megan Rose Gedris, creator of “Meaty Yogurt;” Arielle Jovellanos artist on “Fresh Romance” and “Jem and the Holograms;” Sarah Kuhn, author of “Heroine Complex;” Nneka Myers, artist on “PowerPuff Girls;” Carolyn Nowak, illustrator of “Lumberjanes;” and Ashley A. Woods, artist on “Niobe: She is Life.”

Attendee Zoe Walker took the time to draw herself as a superhero on the newly added wall-length display from sponsor Pop Post. The paper served as a blank canvas for all guests at ComiqueCon to express themselves as they pleased.

“It was fun to be able to draw myself,” Walker said. “I tried to take a comic approach. My mom got me into comics so I’ve been just enjoying everything offered to us today.”

While exhibitors showed off their work in the Annex of the museum, panels, discussion tables, a selfie photo booth and children’s comic workshops were busy inside the main building.

Jamie Kim and her daughter Rebekah Kim enjoyed a mini book-creating workshop where they made their own books ready for comic drawing.

At another nearby table, a group of eight attendees sat down to talk about their favorite artists and comics.

Back in the Annex, exhibitors Lift Detroit, Jay Sim Illustration and The Hues mingled with fans who shopped for new comics and art.

Amar Haidar of Dearborn was one of those fans eager to check out the work from exhibitors.
“This is the best way to discover new artists from the area or from the rest of the country and even the world,” Haidar said.

Rachel Rose and her daughter, Sophia, attended in full costume as Super Bad Girl Mama and Strawberry Kiss.

“We thought it’d be a good idea to dress up in costumes with the hopes of participating or winning the contest,” Rose said. “We also attend to see women in the comics industry shine by getting the recognition they deserve.”

For more information and updates on ComiqueCon go to www.comiquecon.com.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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