Creators Come First At The Annual Memphis Comic Expo This Weekend
This weekend is the 6th annual Memphis Comic Expo, a chance for comic and fantasy fans to meet up, shop, compete, and get to know the creators behind their favorite fandoms. Expect 50,000 square feet of artists and writers, panels, games, comics, vendors, and food and drink. See the full schedule here.
The two-day event is October 19th and 20th at Agricenter International. There are Smash Bros and Tekken gaming tourneys, meetups, a drink-n-draw event, appearances from Grizz and the Grizz Girls, and of course, a cosplay contest.
Tickets are available at the door. They’re $25 per day or $35 for a two-day pass, and kids ages 12 and under get in for free with an adult. We’re giving away a pair of tickets on Instagram, so be sure to leave a comment on this Insta post.
Here’s what you need to know:
The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Parking at the Agricenter is free, but here’s an important tip: traffic is going to be ridiculous on Walnut Grove because of Mempho Music Fest. Farm Road is closed. Avoid Walnut Grove and enter via the Germantown Parkway entrance.
I want to give a congrats to Donald Juengling, owner of Comics & Collectibles shop in East Memphis, for keeping this great event going strong for five years now. Way to go. “Our motto is ‘Creators Come First,’” Juengling says. “Whereas many so called ‘comic conventions’ are gravitating toward media guests and ignore the actual comic creators, we are the exact opposite.”
Honestly, this event is worth going to just for the people watching, even if it weren’t chock-full of fun things to do and talented creators to meet, and comics and art to buy. Let me reiterate that it’s family friendly, too.
Here’s info from organizers about the special guests that will be at the Agricenter this weekend:
– Chris Claremont, who crafted some of the most famous stories in the X-Men canon
– Scott Snyder, who has earned praise and numerous awards for his Batman work of late, will attend
– Kyle Stark, who’s written more issue of the Rick & Morty comics than there are episodes of the show
– Jerry Lawler, Memphian, WWE Hall of Famer, comic artist, and owner of a 1966 Batmobile, which he’s bringing
– David Finch, famed for his work on some of the biggest heroes and villains from both Marvel and DC
– Meredith Finch, known for her work on “Xena: Warrior Princess” and her own fantasy title, “Rose”
– Peter David, famed for his work on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk
– Gene Ha, noted for his collaboration with Alan Moore on “Top 10” as well as his creater-owned book, “Mae”
– Robbi Rodriguez, cocreator of Spider-Gwen
– Mike McKone, noted for his pencils on such characters as the Punisher and the Justice League
– Scott Kolins, an artist known for his work the Flash and numerous other characters
Memphis Comic Expo
October 19-20, 2019
$25 per day/$35 two-day pass
All ages/kids 12 and under free