Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Article by Stephen M.

If the indication of success for any convention is the success of the artists and exhibitors and the joy of the attendees, than Flame Con 2017 was an astounding standing ovation.  Noticeably much larger crowds though still easy to navigate floor space, the convention was still quite full toward the wee hours of the last day on Sunday.

If you're not familiar with Flame Con, it is an annual comic/geek convention in Downtown Brooklyn with a friendly LGBTQ theme. While last year's convention featured many eye opening artwork and items for sale that you wouldn't considered family friendly.  This year, the out in the open merchandise was tone down with any one under the age of 21 free on Sunday.

Now if you're looking for the traditional comic convention that has become the norm of late of media heavy guests and a few outstanding artists with comic book exhibitors, you're barking up the wrong tree.  Their lone media guest was the super friendly Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor.  The comic book creators as in previous years was quite robust even if it didn't include any legends like last year's Chris Claremont.  As far as comic book exhibitors, you know the ones with the long boxes, with $1 issues and half price graphic novels.  Not one in sight, which honestly is a bit of a disappointment.  You have so many good artists, and except for a few prepared artists, or if you bring them yourselves, there are no blank comic covers to purchase to get some cool sketches.

Speaking to several of the artists and vendors, they exclaimed how they sold out of items fairly quick and would be happy to return again.  I have to share that sentiment despite the lack of comic book and comic book related merchandise exhibitors.  Hopefully given their success the con will expand next year and include a few of these exhibitors. If you're interested in learning more and getting updates for next year's con, visit their site and subscribe for updates! https://www.flamecon.org

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