Friday, November 30, 2007

XcapeCON After Words

XcapeCON1 went really great, everyone had a good time it seems. we are in the planning stages for XcapeCON2...
here is some of the feedback we recieved about the convention.....

-Random Blogger- (Ronaldj)

I went to birch run last night... ... a little small, about thirty tables, mostly local artest and books...they were cool, got about 5 different comics to give a try....there were something like five stores that had desplays, so lots of long boxes of books. the big names were fat mama and Messner-Loebs, got his autograph and talked to him for a minite.
picked up a few art pics and couple of toys.. in all a good time, glad it was close to home, took about two hours i did go friday at 3 and was gone by 5:30, so maybe that is why it was a little slow, few tables were not up and running yet. some display people were setting up. I did not want to stay for the rock and roll (old ) but in all worth the six bucks...

C. Manolete-

Hello everybody,
As you may well already know, The day Manolete was Killed performed last weekend at the birch run expo center as a part of XcapeCon comic and pop culture convention. it was a wonderful day filled with sweaty pubescent boys, past their prime adult film stars, amigo electric scooters, and "free seconds" of spaghetti at big boy. although all of this was cool, i think the night reached its crescendo when the power failed halfway through our second song...... perhaps it iissss posible to rock too hard. anyways, i hope your all having great days, and if you couldnt make it to the show ( which is all of you >:(
check out the video recap. see you soon.


I just went to the Xcape Con, at the Birch Run Expo Center... And wadda experience that was!

There was this one guy who had a zillion $.50 comics, another guy who was practically giving comics away at $1.00 each, and from there I got a comic from a friend of mine... And walked away with-out even a penny in my name!

I also met Fat Momma, from Season 1, of Stan Lee's TVseries: Who Wants To Be A Super-Hero? She was nice to meet, though I thought her comics were on the expensive side... I made sure I bought issue #1, and got a picture with her...

I also met Brett Pinson, from: Boomtown Press, who was interested in maybe doing a short story with me in an upcoming comic of his... All fingers crossed, hopefully we'll be able to work something out, and do a comic together!

Well that's all she wrote for today... Hopefully I can post some art some-time soon.

Alison Mohler-

Woah, what a weekend! For the first con I've held a table at (my second comic con ever!) I think I did better than what I expected. I made my table money back, plus some :3 I also met tons of great peeps who were a blast to be around.

Derek Baillie-

Kudos to you guys putting together the show. I was actually pretty well impressed. Given how little time you had you did a great job of getting it going. Given all the circumstances, and the fact that it was a first try, I really think it came off quite well. The really cool thing is that I didn't hear a single real complaint. Everyone fully understood what was going on and everyone seemed to be looking forward to the next go-round.

Thanks for a good time at the show... looking forward to next time!

Larry Lonsby-

Xcape CON 1 was a blast! Really enjoyed the
atmosphere, as well as the networking with different
people. Looking forward to next year's show!!!

Anastasia Chatzka-

I would come back and do the con again. Espically if it was bigger with more customers :) I did well though with the amount of people we had.....keep me posted on any shows comming up.


Levi Hinton-

Had a wonderful time. I was only there for a day, but it was great experience. and now i know what to expect for next year. and i will have MUCH more ready, and be much more prepared. thank you -sign out-

Rivertown Entertainment-

Xcape Con: November 2-3, 2007; Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, Michigan: This is the new con on the block here in Michigan, and for a first show they did a super good job. There was a great guest list, a good amount of vendors doing different aspects of the con world, and there was a decent crowd of shoppers, fanboys, and curious onlookers. It was nice to run across Randy Zimmerman ("Spank The Monkey" comics) as well as Brett Pinson (Boomtown Comics) and Layne Toth ("Faith: Warrior Princess") again; it has been too long in all three cases. I also got to meet some nice new people as well, including Terrell Culbert from "All-Girl Gang War" and his model entourage, newcomer anime artist Allison Mohler (I hope you can do Jafax next June!), and metal and chainmail artist Amanda Shaw (great stuff--her and I will do a jewelry line soon). I was quite pleased with the show and thought it went very well when considered that it was a first year show--I have attended five year old shows that were just terrible and this one was enjoyable and well run. It was also nicely priced for the fans at the door--only $6 to get in, so that was nice. I am hoping that the promoters are able to do another similar show next year. I also hope that these three young Michigan shows--Thriller Chiller, Xcape, and Youmacon--can coordinate to be on different weekends in 2008 so that the fans can attend all three of them and I can hit all three shows next year as well. Here is hoping.

Tony Miello-

Hey Brian,

I had a great time at the show and would do it again if you had it next year. I do think that the show and the guest would be better served if the gates opened at 9am and closed earlier then 8pm.

I think next year, with more planning and more time to promote, the show will draw better. Get a couple of top flight comic artist and the show will become a must attend for fans.



Marc Nischan-

Hi Brian,

Heh! Fortunately everyone spoke English, so I didn't have to worry about
Elven after all! You can put my name next to my quote if you want to. :)

I thought the show was well organized and professional, the staff were
good people, and the table prices were good for the size of the show. It
was obvious that you put a lot of work in to it. I would definitely come
back next year, and I can see the show growing in size and notoriety in
the future.

Best of luck!


Brian Wilson-


Mark Bloodworth-


Thanks for the invite to be a guest for the inaugural Xcape-Con 1. I had
great time and look forward to setting up again next year. Bigger and


Mark Bloodworth

501st Legion-

Brian, I just wanted to say Thank you again for letting us have a booth at your Convention. All of the 501st members that came on Saturday were shocked to see that you let us have such a good amount of space for it being the first Con. The Good word is already going around our site forums and the interest is being drumbed up for next yr.

again, thanks for everything. I hope next yr we could be there again for you. and help try to make it bigger and better then this yr.

Oh... Do you happen to have the info for the guy at the con who was takeing all the photos?? I thought he said He was going to send you the picks to send to us. But I was not sure. Thats what Diana thought she heard him say.

Any way, take care. I hope to see you at Xcape Con 2

Rob Brang
501st Legion, Michigan Squad

I had fun. If You need me again, I'll do it again.

Roi Klark- Thanks to DARK ELF for a great show. I really enjoyed it. I think the next one will be even better. Who cares if NOVI has one or not. The show...must go on. Hopefully, I will have my book done by the next one and can do a premiere.

The music was better the second day even though there weren't too many people. Shame.
And also, I hope to see more people. You know who you are. grrr :-)
If you're a Dark Elf member, drop me a word and say HI.


Rob- Hey Brian,
Had me a blasty blast @ CC on Sat. Got some funny zombie looks too :)

Roberto Armstrong-
Considering how little time you had to get it together, it turned out pretty good. It was cool to run into people we had't seen in awhile. We thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of the show!

Randy Zimmerman-

For a first time out it was a GREAT show!! Hope you decide to build on this experience and that there will be MANY more X-cape's to come! THANK YOU.

"Dude- it looks fantastic! I have really high hopes that this turns into something huge!"
-Matt Busch, Star Wars Artist

"So far the turnout of guests looks amazing, I almost can't believe we are putting out this caliber of show our first time around."
-Brian Germain, Dark Elf Designs Creator/Owner

Brett Pinson-
Hey Brian,
I thought it was a great show. alot of fun. I made money and talked to some great people. I'm excited to another one in the future. the only suggestion i have is maybe change the hours to end at 6 on saturday and start at 10 or 11. Other than that you guys treated everyone really great.

See you guys soon at a future con,

Brett Pinson


I had a great time at Xcape Con, I thought it was a great event! I had a wonderful time, and really appreciate you inviting me to be a part of it. You guys did a great job of putting it together. Thanks again, and keep in touch.



Future Gallery-

We had an incredible time! Thanks so much for the opportunity!