Port City Daily: Superhero, sci-fi fans unite for first Cape Fear Comic Con

Superhero, sci-fi fans unite for first Cape Fear Comic Con

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Matt Hayward of Dark Matter Cosplay will be among the notable panelists at the upcoming first Cape Fear Comic Con. Hayward will also head up the con's costume contest. Courtesy photos.

Calling all cape-wearers and cosplayers, amateur superheroes and would-be zombies – the first Cape Fear Comic Con is nigh.

Fanboys and girls of all ages can geek out to a host of cross-genre artists and notable personalities during the inaugural event, set for Saturday, April 16, at Wilmington Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Road. A growing national trend anchored by longstanding conventions like the one in San Diego, comic cons are mass gatherings of fans of comic books and graphic novels and the artists behind the work. 

The local event is one that arose organically from the supportive network of vendors and visitors within the con circuit, organizer John Stamey said.

Stamey, who still remembers with fondness the first time he saw Eartha Kitt as Catwoman on the late-60s “Batman” series, is certainly an eager fan, but his foray into comic cons came about in a roundabout way.

An insurance salesman by trade, he came across a caricature artist who was applying for a job with his company. Rather than partner in that field, Stamey ended up helping back the budding artist, and the two created Carolina Caricatures in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Growing the business to a team of five artists, the duo decided to get in on the comic con market. And as they traveled around the region, Stamey heard a common theme.

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