Press Release


Contact for media inquiries, interviews and podcast interviews:
Ryan Cody

DC Comics creators Evan Shaner, Mitch Gerads & Scott Godlewski headline the 5th Annual Arizona Comic Mini Expo on Free Comic Book Day weekend!

The Arizona Comic Mini Expo is back for its 5th year in the valley of the sun. The fan favorite event takes place over two days starting on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 7th at the Samurai Comics in Mesa and continues at Samurai Comics in Phoenix on Sunday May 8th.

Nearly twenty top comic creators will be signing comics, sketching & interacting with fans of all ages. Evan “Doc” Shaner is making his first appearance in Arizona. Evan is an artist for DC comics and his new project, Future Quest, launches in May. Mitch Gerads is making his first show appearance in Arizona and is the current artist of the DC Comics/Vertigo series Sheriff of Babylon. Mitch’s past work includes The Punisher for Marvel Comics and The Activity for Image Comics. Scott Godlewski is the artist on the DC Comics/Vertigo series The Dark and Bloody as well as the artist on Copperhead from Image Comics. Meredith McClaren is making her first ACME appearance and her work has appeared in books from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press. Other guests include Jay Fotos, Marat Mychaels, Tone Rodriguez, Tony Parker, Brian Miller, Val Hochberg, Jason Gonzalez, Ben Glendenning, Ryan Cody, Jim Hanna, Michael Macropoulos, Ben Truman, & Ryan Quackenbush.

Several wonderful local businesses have partnered with ACME again this year including Samurai Comics, 3 Monkeys Print & Design, The Graduate Tempe Hotel, The National Comedy Theatre & Cheba Hut. With their help, ACME continues to be able to put on the best creator focused event in Arizona!

With guests that have done work for every major publisher in the country, ACME offers something for everyone, and it’s all for free. A mini-convention designed for the fans!

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Ben Glendenning, Artist-in-Residence: September 2015


The main goal of The Arizona Comic Mini Expo is to promote original art and wonderful creators in the comic, illustration and animation worlds. Next week begins a monthly program to help that goal. Ben Glendenning is a world reknown sketch card artist and is also the creator of the indie comic series, Tin Star Tex. Visit him at the shop next Wednesday and watch a professional artist at work. Ben will also have original art available for sale.


I think we witnessed the biggest FCBD crowd so far for this year’s Arizona Comic Mini Expo, so for that thank you.  I want to thank all the guests who gave up their time to show up, sketch, sign and talk comics and to all my sponsors for making it happen. Samurai Comics, Phoenix College, The Graduate Tempe, Acme Prints & NCT Phoenix were all amazing to deal with and most importantly all the fans who came out in the heat to get sketches and support the creators. See you all next year (or sooner)! The email below, from Jeff Ellison, that really sums up what we’re trying to build with ACME. Thanks Jeff.

“I would like to personally express my gratitude to you for organizing the Arizona Comic Mini Expo this year.  I attended both days and I had a blast.  Everyone involved was super friendly and the entire event was well planned out.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the local artists and I am so happy with the art that I was able to commission from them. Thank you for the wonderful time and I look forward to attending the event next year.

Jeff Ellison”