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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!


N Steven Harris

TheOneWillFocus

NayMarie Photography

Taji Mag

133art

Artist Jason Phillips

Clifton Jamaal Perry

Reynaldo Anderson/ Afrofuturism 2.0, BSAM co-founder

Tony Patrick

Women Creating Comics

Eileen Kaur Alden/ Supersikhcomic

Aiesha Little

Karl Bollers/ Watson and Holmes

Kurt Bollers/ MFC MEDIA HOUSE

Brian Johnson

Dominique Stockman/ The Microphone Misfitz

Greg Anderson Elysée/ Is'nana The Were-Spider

A. M. Griffin

Stephanie Williams

+ 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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*** Official Schedule *tentative* ***

  • PRE- EVENTS::

  • Friday, Sept 15, Vault of Midnight Detroit

  • #MECCAcon2017 will ALSO be holding free book signings, once again at Vault of Midnight comic shop, at their VERY dope, newest location in Downtown Detroit! Stay tuned for the lineup and schedule!

  • Friday, Sept 15, #MECCACONandCHILL

  • more details to come!! ;)

  • MAIN EVENT::

  • Saturday, Sept 16th, DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY--

  • Stroham Hall (third floor) :: Vendors, Live Art, Workshops/Lectures

  • Friends Auditorium (basement) :: MECCAcon International Film Festival, Panels



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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.

http://MECCAcon2017.eventbrite.com
Http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/
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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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