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Michigan State University Comics Forum 2018

Held every year on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University, The Michigan State University Comics Forum is an an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is proud to announce another set of dual keynote speakers for our 11th Anniversary event to be held on the final weekend of February 2018.

Our Creator Keynote Speaker, Lucy Knisley, is a critically acclaimed, award-winning comic creator who specializes in personal, confessional comics and travelogues. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Merit Scholar, BFA 2007), followed by The Center for Cartoon Studies (Diamond in the Rough Scholar, MFA 2009).  To date her work has been published by several major publishers, including French Milk (2008, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), Relish (2013, First Second [MacMillan Comics Imprint]), An Age of License (2014, Fantagraphics), Displacement (2015, Fantagraphics), and Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride (2016, First Second [MacMillan Comics Imprint]).

2018’s Scholar Keynote Speaker, Diana Schutz, is an award-winning editor who has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics, where she was on staff from 1990 to 2015. She was Frank Miller’s editor on Sin City and 300, Matt Wagner’s editor on Grendel, Stan Sakai’s editor on Usagi Yojimbo, Paul Chadwick’s editor on Concrete, and Larry Marder’s editor on Beanworld. She applied her knowledge of romance languages to edit international material in translation such as Blacksad and The Manara Library. She has worked with authors Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Harvey Pekar, and Harlan Ellison, among others. She was fortunate to have been Will Eisner’s Dark Horse editor until his death in 2005. She is also an adjunct instructor of Comics Studies at Portland State University, a published author of both comics and prose, and the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Semi-retired, she now works as a literary translator of European comics, including work by Moebius, Manara, Muñoz & Sampayo, and more.

Our Creator Keynote Address will take place on the evening of Friday, February 23rd.  Our Scholar Keynote Address will be delivered midday on Saturday, February 24th.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://www.comicsforum.msu.edu/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MSU-Comics-Forum/337707622458

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival 2018

Time for the 3rd Annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival! Ol’ Pete Wylde becomes Petar Wildsen, the Viking Meadmaster of the Fire Fest Mead Hall and the Vikings of the Great Lakes. Last year we had 9 different meads on hand. Shall we shoot for an even dozen? We’ll see…

This festival is becoming quite the Viking trading center and competition during a time that there’s nothing to do, BUT the Vikings ALWAYS have something to do: Gold and silver to trade, competitions to be won, a feast to eat, and mead to drink!! Please spread the news far and wide by sharing this event. Plan on staying in a cheap hotel (*cough* travelocity.com*cough*) or camp Viking style (if they’ll let you), BUT plan on staying for all the festivities. Last year they even had a wild game feast! It’s a no-holds-barred event when the Vikings come out to play… and winter is coming!

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For more info, check out:
http://www.michigannordicfirefestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/142865713022617/

Astronomicon 2018 Review

Astronomicon was a brand new pop culture convention, held in Sterling Heights at Wyndham Garden. Detroit Hip Hop duo Twiztid, were the masterminds behind the new event. Did the two rappers create an event that stood out in the huge sea of Michigan events? Or was it a first year event that stumbled right out of the gates? Read on to see what I experienced.

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Events for the Week Feb 19th-25th

Comics, Nordic Fire and Gaming are in store for you this week. 6 separate events to check out.

Don’t know what to do for the week? Well, check out what’s going on for this weekend.

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Blood Bash ’18 – Horror Show!

The people have asked for it, and we have listened to them! Meggaxp is proud to be bringing BLOOD BASH back for Valentine’s Weekend, 2018! People who came to Blood Bash in 2017 had a BLAST, and we were flooded with emails and Facebook requests asking if we were going to do it again….well, turns out – we are!!!

Here’s what to look forward to this year:

Horror vendors, artists, and exhibitors – – – Once again we will feature a vendor room FILLED with vendors selling original horror art, old VHS movies, posters, horror themed candy, masks, and even more bizarre stuff.

Film festival – This year we are bringing several independent film producers to Blood Bash to show off their amazing work in our film room! Also, if you are interested in showing off YOUR OWN horror feature / short, please get ahold of us via Facebook!

Cosplay Contest – Just like last year, at the after-party, we will once again feature a cosplay contest for best male and best female cosplayers!

Scream Queen Contest – Last year’s Scream Queen contest was an awesome event, and this year we are going to see who, if anyone, can dethrone last year’s champion!

Burlesque Show – Yes, we know that we said we were going to have this last year, but our dancer had issues making it to the venue………………………………………..……………………....so………………this year we have a new team lined up, and they are incredible! More to be announced soon!

My Bloody Valentine Dinner / Dance – Last year our catered dinner was the PERFECT way to celebrate Valentine’s Day – and WHAT A DEAL IT WAS! We will once again be offering up gourmet meals for you / you and your significant other – – – – at a deal so good you’ll die for it!

Horror Gaming Exhibit – Back again this year will be your chance to see how well you can do at some classic and modern video games – such as Call of Duty : Zombies, Left 4 Dead, Castlevania, and more!

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For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1089671024501381/

2017 Photo Retrospective Summer Part 2

Here are some photos of my journey through 2017. These photos resonated with me for various reasons.  This album features pics from JAFAX and GR8bit Live V. Enjoy.

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2017 Photo Retrospective Summer Part 3

Here are some photos of my journey through 2017. These photos resonated with me for various reasons.  This album features pics from GR8bit Live V, the Motor City Steam Con, Capital City Comic Con, and my first visit to the BlackRock Medieval Fest. Enjoy.

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