11/28: Genghis Con at Beachland

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The Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd.) will host the first Genghis Con, a different kind of comics convention, Saturday, November 28. The locally organized event will welcome independent and small-press cartoonists, zinesters and artists from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, in addition to some big names in Cleveland cartooning. Organizer John G says you should skip the con if you’re looking for X-Men back issues and meet-and-greets with TV actors of the past. But if you’d like to talk to Derf or poster artist Mark Brabant one-on-one, this is the perfect opportunity.“We are going to try to emphasize the importance of face-to-face communication between creators and readers,” says G, who also runs Cleveland-based Shiner Comics. “If you’ve ever attended a regular comic con, you’ll notice an artificial distance between the two. We are trying to figure out a way to break down that barrier. It is also an art show and a gathering of storytellers.” Exhibitors include Akron’s Bark and Hiss group, Chicago cartoonist Neil Brideau and California artist Abhay Khosla. “One of the driving factors of the entire show is to demonstrate the incredible creativity emanating from this part of the country,” says G. “Also, it’s Thanksgiving weekend, so people [can look for] unique gifts for those weirdos they can never find anything for.” The con runs from noon-6 p.m. A $5 admission fee includes a binding for free samples from participating artists. — D.X. Ferris

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