Cola-Con – the nation’s only comic and hip-hop convention – is back for a third year, scheduled for Oct. 25-26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Part festival, part “con,” this family-friendly, two-day confluence of hip-hop and alternative culture features live concerts by top national hip-hop artists, as well as comics vendors from as far away as New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Founded in 2011 by Preach Jacobs of Sounds Familiar Records (a 2011 Artists’ Ventures Initiative grant recipient), Cola-Con has expanded each year while keeping its home-grown-in-Columbia DIY vibe.
This year’s event features two national headliners, Grammy nominees The Foreign Exchange and hip-hop legends Dead Prez, and numerous comic artists and graphic novelists:
- Steve Epting: artist, Marvel Comics
- Carl Jones: producer, THE BOONDOCKS
- Matt Bors: artist, WAR IS BORING
- Ed Piskor: artist, HIP HOP FAMILY TREE
- Blue Delliquanti: artist and writer, O HUMAN STAR
- Eric Darnes: colorist
- Dre & Sammy Lopez: artists, Piensa Art Company
- Sanford Greene: artist, ARMY OF FROGS
- John Pading & Shige Kobayashi: artist and writer, PRINCESS CALABRETTA
- David Axe: writer, WAR IS BORING
- Afua Richardson: artist, illustrator
- Jeremy Love: artist, BAYOU
- Keith Miller & Chuck Thomas: artist, Tri-Boro Tales
- Ronald Wimberly: artist, PRINCE OF CATS, Black Dynamite Animated Series
Tickets are $20 for one day and $30 for a two-day pass. Buy tickets online here: http://www.cola-con.com/ Tickets will also be for sale at the door.
Find out more on Cola-Con’s website, Facebook page and in this article from Charleston City Paper.
Via: Cola-Con, Charleston City Paper