Cosplay, Collectibles & Comics shine at Raleigh ComiCon
By Dathan Kazsuk
The NC Comicon: Oak City was held at Raleigh's Convention Center, March 18-19, and is one of the premier events in the area that showcases exhibits, panels, artists, workshops, comics and collectibles.
The Comicon featured over 30 special guests, such as artist Neal Adams and writer, John Barber. Adams has created some eye-catching modern day imagery in the D.C. world, while Barber has used his writing skills in such comics as Transformers and G.I. Joe. Another special guest included Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, who you might know from his tenure with the hip-hop legends, Run DMC.
Darryl McDaniels was at the Comicon on Saturday afternoon signing copies of his comic, DMC. His character, who dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city against both super villains and heroes alike.
From Star Wars' Tusken Raiders to D.C.'s Deathstroke, people really got into their characters.
The Comicon had a lot of guests dressing up as their favorite movie, video game or comic book characters. During the stroll through the convention center we saw a handful of great cosplay outfits, including characters from the Marvel Universe and D.C. Universe.
Artists of all genres lined up the Artist Alley at the NC Comicon.
With more than 100 exhibitors and 90-plus artists, finding something to bring home as a souvenir, shouldn't have been a problem. We found some vintage Shogun Warrior figures such as Mazinger, Dragun and Raydeen which should have come home with us – but didn't. And we fell short of finding any artist who had any pieces of a vintage Greedo from Star Wars fame – and yes, Han shot first!
Guests were able to take some photos with props straight out of the celluloid of Dr. Who
Props were also a huge hit at the 2017 NC Comicon. From sword and axe cosplay replicas, light sabres and even elf ears. You probably would have found it over the weekend. There were other props that weren't for sale, but gave you some nice photo opportunities – even a chance to sit inside the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine.
At the Cosplay City, one was able to cheer on their friends during the Down and Nerdy Charity Arm Wrestling Tournament. Women arm wrestling leagues from Greensboro and Durham competed for bragging rights. Their cosplay outfits included Xena: Warrior Princess, Logan from the Wolverine saga and a high-heeled, tight latexed Darth Vader!
The end of Saturday night featured the Guardians of the Gala: Energon Bash. This all-ages gala was hosted by Cap Blackard and featured DJ music by FiFi-HiFi. Raleigh's Big Boss Brewing Company sponsored the beer, that was sold to guests 21-years or older.