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Flint ComixCon recap

Motor City Geek attended the 8th annual Flint ComixCon at the Flint Farmers’ Market last month and is here with a recap!  This was an event I have been looking forward to for quite some time; downtown Flint is quite nice so any excuse to visit the Flint Farmer’s Market is welcome.

The event was kicked off by the 7th annual Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run.  The race was hosted by the Weiss Child Advocacy Center and all proceeds went to help the children of Genesee County that have been abused, abandoned, and neglected.  There were adults and children of all ages dressed up in Superhero costumes and capes to partake in this family friendly run!

Flint ComixCon had a great selection of both inexpensive and hard to find comics.  I nabbed a Spider-Man #361 Newsstand Edition for myself that had me pretty excited.  Vendors had boxes upon boxes of $1, $2, or $3 comics and ½ off Trade Paperbacks to peruse, a great way for new people to jump into comics.

Searching through boxes of comics can work up quite an appetite and there was no better place to grab a bite to eat then at the Farmers’ Market itself.  There are merchants selling all manner of meats, cheeses, vegetables and other foods to satiate any craving.  We decided on a hot dog cart called B- Dogs that offered some very interesting and delicious hot dog options.  I chose the Mac Daddy, a hot dog covered in Mac N Cheese, Bacon, and Onions.  Yum.

There were a lot of great local art on display such as that of Scott Zambelli.

The Art of Scott Zambelli www.facebook.com/theartofscott

We met a very sweet lady who was showcasing her amazing hand sewn goods.  Terri was a hoot and offered items such as messenger bags, wallets, shirts, and bow ties.

That’s Terri-IFIC www.facebook.com/thatsterri-IFIC

One of my favorite booths at Flint ComixCon was the Character Creator; as soon as we spotted this kid (and adult!) friendly toy the crafter inside me went nuts.  The Character Creator is a customizable toy that allows the user to interchange appendages and heads.  Once you have created your character you paint, draw, and color to make your very own Superhero.  The toy comes with a blank white body, two sets of arms, two sets of hands, two sets of legs, and two head choices along with a sticker sheet and a double-sided marker. Once we got home we ripped open the Character Creator and got to work creating.  Personally, my favorite part of this toy was that if I wasn’t happy with my creation I could use a Clorox wipe to clean it off and start again.  Items like this at Comic Conventions remind us that cons are for everyone, adults, kids, and kids at heart.  Check out the Character Creator at www.umakeitcc.com.

www.umakeitcc.com

Flint ComixCon was very enjoyable and had something for everyone, its one I’ll be attending for years to come.  If you have never visited the Flint Farmers’ Market I highly recommend you make a visit, it’s truly a gem of downtown Flint.

Photos and article by Jaclyn and Andrew

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