Friday, May 20, 2011

On the Way to Fanaticon!

We're on the way for a weekend in Asheville and fun comic times at Fanaticon!

Unlike Athens, Asheville is an old favorite for both of us.  Downtown Asheville is full of great places to eat, shop and hang out.  This will be our first visit to Fanaticon, but as this is only the second year of this free convention that's not entirely surprising. 

There's a lot to look forward to both from the city and the con.  I'm excited to see friends, like J. Chris Campbell, who did the "Comics are Super" art on the post today and will have Itty-Bitty Neatobots Coloring Books on hand which I now have to obtain! It has a seriously cute cover and I can't wait to see what's inside.  He'll be joined by another one of my Wappie favorites, Duane Ballenger, as well as Ashley Holt, Robert Vendetti, Gregory Dickens, and Mark Roper

On the Charlotte end of things, Heroes Aren't Hard to Find will have a booth of comic offerings and we'll be spending some of our con day there.  Sketch Charlotte members, Eraklis "Herc" Petmezas Tom Davidson, and Henry Eudy are also making the trek up the mountain.  They'll be bringing with them copies of the Sketch Charlotte anthology for those not lucky enough to pick up a copy yet. 

I'm also looking forward to hopefully meeting Gail Simone, writer of comics like Wonder Woman and Secret Six.  Even if I don't get to meet her, I plan to check out the panel she's participating in at 11am on Saturday, "Identity in Comics".  Dollar Bin regulars (at least on the forums), Bradd Parton and Old Towne Comix's John Aston will also be appearing.  There are a number of artists that I'm unfamiliar with at Fanaticon and I hope to return home with some great new comics. 

We'll also be hitting several of my favorite local restaurants like Sugar Beet Cafe for breakfast before the con.  While not in Asheville proper, this diner will be on the way into Asheville.  Their breakfast is super yummy and a stack of their pancakes is enough to fuel a fun day at a con.  There will also be a stop at one or both of the chocolate shops, The Chocolate Fetish and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge.  Both places are excellent as far as the chocolates, but The French Broad Chocolate Lounge has the added benefit of a super nice seating area, with an upstairs and downstairs.  If everyone's plans come together, we'll also be visiting a new place, Rosetta's Kitchen with some of the Charlotte crew.  I love the wide variety of vegetarian restaurants in Asheville!

Look for my Fanaticon Report here on Wednesday!

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