Comic Book Syndicate superheroes, Mike Poirier, and Jolie Inthavong have received so much positive feedback from the community that they are returning for a second round of their SyndiCon, which will be being held at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. They’re interested in pulling back the curtain and shedding light on the work that goes into the creation of the medium.
“It’s a little less about the pop culture runoff of the comic book industry and more on back to basics. It’s on what created these gigantic media monsters - the writers, illustrators, the letterers, inkers, editors, etc,” said Inthavong.
Poirier is also on a mission to get people interested in the roots.
“Comic-cons started as a way to meet comic book creators back in the 60’s. Obviously the movies and TV shows are much bigger than the comics, but our plan has always been to steer the people watching the movies and shows back into reading the comics,” he said.
Inthavong believes that there’s a stigma attached to comic books and graphic novels - that they have started out as a ‘just for kids’ thing but today not even the kids will read them. They are hoping to get a lot of families out to the event.
In addition, there have been some significant improvements of their event.
“This is a gigantic space. We’ll have a much wider variety of comic books this time,” said Poirier. “As far as artists go, we have Yanick Paquette coming. He’s been the artist on Swamp Thing and Batman Inc. He is drawing a comic called Wonder Woman Earth One, and he’ll be promoting that which will be released to tie in with the upcoming movie, Batman vs. Superman.”
Jay Fosgitt, one of the five artists on My Little Pony, and a recent artist for Marvel, will also be attending. This year they’ll be featuring experts in the rising art of web comics.
According to Poirier, the SyndiCon will also have cosplay contests with some very tempting prizes: gift certificates to Border City Comics, Paper Heroes, Snackbar-B-Q and other kinds of rewards.
Inthavong sees these events as an opportunity to further connect with the community. She said that the first SyndiCon they put on received a considerable amount of feedback regarding their TV show.
“It feels like we finally have a venue for people to meet us,” said Inthavong.
“There’s also a lot of help from the college. Our main sponsor is the St. Clair College Alumni Association and the Animation Department,” said Poirier.
Poirier wants to encourage people who are burned out on the convention craze to come out because this one is going to be different.
“There will be new activities and Star Wars comics and toys as well. There’s going to be different comic book dealers, different activities, we have Mack Flash Entertainment doing trivia again,” he said.
The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 11 - 5 and has a cover charge of five dollars. Kids under 12 get in for free.