If you were a fan, a sponsor, or a guest, I just want to say thank you for making this an event something I’m proud of. Keep an eye on this site over the next year as I use it to promote the AZ Comic Mini Expo family, and announce future events.
Future Quest #1 comes out later this month from DC Comics, be sure to stop in and say hi to the artist, Evan Shaner this weekend at ACME!
NCT has been a sponsor for three years now and their support is always appreciated, if you love comedy and improv, be sure to check them out! Similar in style to “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the National Comedy Theatre is a high octane comedy show featuring the Valley’s best improv comedians performing a series of games and scenes all based on audience suggestions. The National Comedy Theatre improv comedy show is appropriate for all audiences and there are no drink or age minimums. http://nctphoenix.com/
Cheba Hut returns as the lunch sponsor for ACME 2016! Cheba Hut is a “Toasted” sub concept that has been curing munchies since its start in 1998. The menu features over 30 signature sandwiches, as well as a variety of Rice Krispy treats, salads and munchies. Most locations also offer craft beer bars that feature local beers from neighborhood breweries. What really sets Cheba Hut apart, though, can only be experienced in our shops. We combine home grown food with real people in a relaxed environment. Escape the established! http://chebahut.com/
My first Free Comic Book Day I participated in was in 2007 (or 2006). I was invited by Mike Malve of Atomic Comics (or guilted him into inviting me) to be a part of his event at one of his stores in Phoenix. I was also invited by Mike Banks to be at his own Samurai Comics. So after sketching and hanging out for a few hours at Atomic, I drove over to Samurai for my first ever appearance at their shop. It didn’t go great honestly, the manager on duty had no idea I was coming, all the free comics had been given out, and so I just sat there, alone. As the years went by, Atomic Comics became my go-to on FCBD. Malve treated us all amazingly well (and still does) and I always had a great time. It was something I looked forward to each year. Atomic Comics sadly closed up shop a few years later and Samurai Comics expanded their role in the valley.
Around the first part of 2012, in response to a negative interaction with an event I was going to be a part of, and with the encouragement of some other artists, my gears began turning on what would eventually become The Arizona Comic Mini Expo. I knew I wanted it to be something more than the typical handful of guys who sign for a couple hours at a shop while fans picked up their free comics. I wanted to make it an event, to celebrate comics, and comic art, and the comic creators. Not the properties, the characters, the idea or the concept, but the actual people who make these fantastic little books I love so much. My first thought was to reach out to Mike Banks at Samurai. He has the three best shops in the valley and had always treated me fairly. Since day one Mike was on board. He gives us space, the ability to bring in guests from outside of Arizona, and respectability. Without Mike and Justin and the rest of the crew at Samurai Comics, none of what I try to do with The Arizona Comic Mini Expo would be possible. Every year is better, and I hope to continue this adventure with Samurai Comics for a long time. Please support a local business who has always supported its local fans, and talent, and always buy Samurai! http://samuraicomics.com/
This year we’re welcoming a new print partner with 3 Monkeys Print and Design. Based in Tempe, 3 Monkeys did not hesitate to help out when I approached them. It’s important to me to try my hardest to team up with local businesses if at all possible, so I was thrilled when they agreed to be our promotions/print partner. The postcards and posters they printed up for this year’s event look spectacular and they really help in getting the word out about ACME. If you are in the market for any promotional materials for your business or personal use, please contact 3 Monkeys and you’ll be very happy you did. http://3monkeyspad.com/
I love The Graduate Hotel in Tempe. The rooms are fun and comfortable and The Normal Diner and Tapacubo serve amazing food and drinks. They allow our guests to feel relaxed while in town and provide us with a great venue for our annual pre-party mixer. With exceptional service and a fantastic atmosphere, I can’t say enough nice things about them. Support them by trying out Tapacubo and recommend them to your family and friends. http://graduatetempe.com/