In a dream world, #MECCAcon2016 would be filled with cosplayers as DOGONS, EGUNGUN, WITCHDOCTORS, VOODOU, BOBO MASKS, IGBO MASKS, etc. I’d honestly smile from ear to ear in gentrified Midtown Detroit, lol.
So… What exactly IS cosplay?
“Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.”
Now…. What is MECCAcon cosplay?
Well, at MECCAcon (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts), we focus on BLACK COMICS, AFROFUTURISM, ASTRO-BLACKNESS, BLACK FILM, BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION, HIP HOP, JAZZ, AFRICAN CULTURE, etc. Therefore, while anime is cool and fun, we aren’t really doing our cosplay to highlight it.
MECCAcon is more focused on creators of the African diaspora. And that’s honestly where the fun comes in! You can dress as Yoruba priestesses, Witch doctors, Egungun, Run DMC or Salt n Pepa. You can dress as the goddess Yemaya or the emcee Remy Ma, Malcolm X or Professor X, lol. You can dress as a FELA wife or a FAME dance crew! Keep it creative and keep it FUN! And yes… If you still want to do anime, of COURSE you can!
It is also not a REQUIREMENT to cosplay to attend. Come as you are, if you just wanna be on your NATURAL flyness, lol.
This is a convention filled to the brim with literal, visual, and artistic culture! See you all this year at #MECCAcon2016!
May 22, 2016Contact:
Maia Crown Williams
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA
MECCAcon 2016 #MeccaCon2016
September 17, 2016
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA presents
MECCAcon 2016 #MECCAcon2016
DETROIT- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that all “heroes” do not look the same, that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books, what the historical facts come from, and what the word “hero” actually derives from.
Unlike many “comic cons”, we don’t just focus only on comic books. Art has several mediums, and we want to highlight them all. MECCAcon will highlight comics, international/independent film, afrofuturism, science fiction, steampunk, fine art, music, graffiti, dj artists, handmade artisans, african belly dance, urban gardening, fashion, african martial arts, and more.
Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate! as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
While comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. Our international independent film festival is a huge part of this event. We highlight independent films from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. Each year is centered around a different theme.
At the end of the day, art is and always will be ART, creative expression.
Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!
2016 Guests include:
N Steven Harris/ AJALA, BROTHERHOOD OF THE FRINGE, WATSON AND HOLMES, VOLTRON
Jason Reeves/ 133ART/ AFROPUNK
Regine Sawyer/ WOMEN IN COMICS INTERNATIONAL, EATING VAMPIRES
Brandon Thomas/ MIRANDA MERCURY/ VOLTRON
Reynaldo Anderson/ AFROFUTURISM 2.0
Tony Patrick/ BLACK MASK STUDIOS
Kim Eggleston, Jen Slotterback/ DEAD BY WEDNESDAY/ WOMEN CREATE COMICS
Marcus Williams/ Greg Burnham/ TUSKEGEE HEIRS, SUPERNATURAL
Thomas Johnson II/ RAXON UNIVERSAL DOMINION
Keithan Jones / KID COMICS
Eileen Kaur Alden/ SUPERSIKH COMICS
Anthony Brown/ SECOND SIGHT STUDIOS
Aiesha Little/ MIDWEST BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION ALLIANCE
Etahn L. McCullers/E.L. McCOLORS
Matthew Mcr Ellison II/ ELECTRIC OTTO FUNK FACTORY
Tyrone Jackson/ SOVEREIGN COMICS
Adrienne Maree Brown
Kamani Tait/ KT THE ARCH DEGREE
Khamisi Benford/ BLACKFOKAPPAREL
Javier Cruz Winnik/ a reason to smile
Karl Bollers/ WATSON & HOLMES
Kurt Bollers/ MFC MEDIA HOUSE
Brian Johnson/ P DESIGNS: BRIAN THE ARTIST
Dominique Stockman/ THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ
Clarence Young / ZIGZAG CLAIBOURNE
Ed Watson/ LOCKETT DOWN PRODUCTIONS, HIDDEN NATION STUDIOS
Will Focus/ THE ONE WILL FOCUS
Clifton Jamaal Perry/ CLIFNOTE
Greg Anderson-Elysée/ IS’NANA THE WERE SPIDER
Michael Watson/ LEGACY RISING
MSU GRAPHIC NOVELS CLUB
A. M. Griffin
REAL SPILL ENTERPRISES
SWEET SERENITY CO
INDIE FILM FEST
STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS,
Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNK workshop w/ Aiesha Little
Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) panel
Women in Comics NYC Collective International panel
#BACK2BLACK Creators panel
Art instillations with Artist Jason Phillips and Trae Isaac
Screenwriting QnA w/ HBO films, Tony Patrick
THE ART OF STORYTELLING w/ N Steven Harris
BREAKING INTO COMICS w/ Brandon Thomas
Book reading w/ Clarence Young ZIGZAG CLAYBOURNE
Interview sessions w/ Jermaine & Michael of BLKBOARD
Art sessions w/ special guest, Gil Ashby
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, or “MECCAcon”, is a division of Amonyet Enterprises. The organization was founded October 2013, by founder and CEO, Maia “CROWN” Williams.
for vending applications and info, please contact
Maia Crown Williams