#MECCAcon2017 Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 2, 2016

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Maia Crown Williams
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA
AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com




MECCAcon 2016 #MECCAcon2017
September 16, 2017
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI
*** $10 asked donation includes the ENTIRE conference! ***

Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA presents
MECCAcon 2017 #MECCAcon2017

DETROIT- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that all "heroes" do not look the same, that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books, what the historical facts come from, and what the word "hero" actually derives from.

Unlike many "comic cons", we don't just focus only on comic books. Art has several mediums, and we want to highlight them all. MECCAcon will highlight comics, international/independent film, afrofuturism, science fiction, steampunk, fine art, music, graffiti, dj artists, handmade artisans, african belly dance, urban gardening, fashion, african martial arts, and more.




Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka'ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie J. Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Rogers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, Derek Dow, Solomon Onita, Jr, Xavier Burgin and many more.

While comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. Our international independent film festival is a huge part of this event. We highlight independent films from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. Each year is centered around a different theme.

At the end of the day, art is and always will be ART, creative expression.




Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

MECCAcon International Film Festival

AFROFUTURISM

SPECULATIVE FICTION

WORKSHOPS

PANELS

Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance

LECTURES

HEROES UNLIMITED: Black Cosplay

MEDIA OF THE FUTURE

MSU Graphic Novels Club

Black Speculative Arts Movement

BACK2BLACK: Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today's Comics

BLACK PUBLISHER'S Panel

Battledream Chronicle: DETROIT premiere

Afrolatinos Tele: DETROIT premiere

Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker - A Graphic Novel

+ more!


2017 Guests include:

Jason Reeves
N Steven Harris
Women in Comics NYC Collective International
TheOneWillFocus
Taji Mag
The Art Of Ed Watson
Greg Anderson Elysée
Kim/Jen Slotterback
Karl Bollers
Kurt Bollers
Brian Johnson
SoveReign Comics LLC
Chris Ward
Jermaine Curtis Dickerson
Michael Tré Randall
Aiesha Little
Tony Patrick
Artist Jason Phillips
Deon Howard
Kofi Brown/ HOUSE OF KOFI
Author A. M. Griffin
The Ghetto Nerd
Nick Allen
Miguel Blanco
B Van Randall
Matthew Mcr Ellison II
Eileen Kaur Alden
Giallo Gumbo
Kenya Moss-Dyme
Mya Lairis
Matthew Thornton
Devon Camel
Keith Gaskin
Javier Cruz Winnick
Nick Speed
Seven The General
Awesome Dre
DJ Los
Zo!
Marv Won
Almighty Dreadnaughtz
Miz Korona
Boog Brown
Zana/ Spectacles Detroit
Yakuza Moon
LOUDER THAN A BOMB slam team
Sheezy Bo Beezy
Tylonn Sawyer
Sydney James
Shawn Rucker
George N'Namdi
Djallo Djakete
Ian Finkelstein
Leaf Erikson
CliffNote
Trae Isaac
Odie Bleu
Mindful Bee Anthony
Wendell Harrison
Nic Notion
Kilindi Iyi
Gil Ashby
Mark Hicks
and MORE!




Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNK workshop w/ Aiesha Little
Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) panel
#BACK2BLACK Creators panel
Screenwriting QnA w/ HBO films, Tony Patrick
THE ART OF STORYTELLING w/ N Steven Harris
Interview sessions w/ Jermaine & Michael of BLKBOARD
Art sessions w/ special guest, Gil Ashby (HIGHLY adored at our last convention, lolol)


Official media::
Nay Marie/ Taji Mag/ Our Black Web/ NayMarie Photography

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MECCAcon 2017 #MECCAcon2017​ FULL SCHEDULE is up!!
please SHARE!! MECCAcon2017.eventbrite.com

The Life and Times of Detroit HIP HOP and JAZZ #MECCAcon2017::
THURSDAY, 9/14/2017, 6p-9p, Submerge/ UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE, check event page for all details!!

MECCAcon Signing at Vault Detroit #MECCAcon2017::
FRIDAY, 9/15/2017, 4p-7p, Vault of Midnight Detroit, check event page for all details!!


****** MAIN DAY *******

SATURDAY, 9/16/2017, 10a-5p, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI
STROHM HALL (3rd floor, vendors)
(A/L) arts/literature room
(OFA) Old fine arts room (iron gate)
(FA) Friends Auditorium (theatre)


STROHAM HALL (third floor)
10-5::: DEALER/VENDORS
10a-5p: COLORING CORNER childrens coloring table

10am: DOORS OPEN

10a-11a BLACK MINDS IN HORROR documentary film (OFA)

11a-12p STEAMPUNK & COSPLAY WORKSHOP w/ Aiesha Little and SistaGeek (OFA)
11a-12p BROADSIDE PRESS presentation (FA)

12p-1p SHEEZY TAUGHT ME series: Poetry Workshop (OFA)
12p-1p FINE ARTS panel- Ty, Tre, Cliff, Nic Notion, Sydney, Rucker, N’namdi (FA)


1p-2p BACK2BLACK: ACCURACYvsACCEPTANCE in TODAY’S COMICS panel (FA)

2p-3p AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY w/ Kilindi Iyi (OFA)
2p-3p MUSIC ON THE ROAD film/ Performances - Yakuza Moon + (FA)

3p-4p DETROIT HIP HOP PANEL (FA)

4p-5p Gil Ashby art workshop (OFA)
4-5p Zo!- SKYBREAK, 58mins (film) w/ QnA (FA)



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Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, or "MECCAcon", is a division of Amonyet Enterprises. The organization was founded October 2013, by founder and CEO, Maia "CROWN" Williams.

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for vending applications and info, please contact
Maia Crown Williams
CEO, M.E.C.C.A.
http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/
313-451-0297


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