Here in Pasadena, No Future Café is hosting their second annual Geektopia event from June 23rd to 25th. Geektopia is a free three day mini convention with comics on the first day, gaming on the second and a music festival on the third.
Being a smaller convention comes with its own perks: there are no long lines, the artists and authors who are selling their creations have plenty of time to talk to each individual customer, and you can always find a place to sit down and chill out with a friend.
Geektopia is a great place to pick up some new comics at great discounts. P Dot’s Comics and Collectables, located on 1505 N Lake Ave, was there and had several $1 comic book boxes…
… As well as great discounts on larger volumes.
There were areas for all ages, including games for kids…
… and Make Your Own Superhero coloring pages. My sister and I enjoyed our second round of heroic inventions.
There were some talented illustrators there, including Nate Flamm of Nate Flamm Illustration.
We got to talk with the creators of Monster Elementary, which is a story of monster children being forced to attend elementary school with normal children and the hilarious hijinks that ensue. I picked up my own copy after leafing through it.
The creators of Monster Elementary were very friendly and helpful, and it was fascinating to listen to them take part in a panel in which they spoke on the struggles and joys of getting your work published.
Another panel included a free lesson on how to draw Batman (from November Skies illustrator, Joseph Romero!)
I came home from my first day at Geektopia with a bag full of goodies and a good dose of excitement for the next day.
To learn more about Geektopia, visit No Future Cafe’s Facebook page!