Official Press Release
Saint Paul, MN - For the 18th consecutive year, a celebration of a singular and unique art form will take place here in the Twin Cities. This art form is one of a handful, like jazz, recognized as being purely American in origin. It has been an effective means of generating support and national pride in times of war and crisis. It has been a platform for civil rights, equal rights for women, and education on topical, relevant social issues. It has brought compassionate attention to the problems of drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness, and depression. It has allowed people to explore various sides of philosophical and moral questions and to draw their own conclusions. It has shown us what heroes are and how we can each be one. This art form is a graphic novel, more commonly referred to as the comic book.
The 18th annual Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) FallCon Comic Book Convention is scheduled for October 7th & 8th, 2006, 10AM to 5PM both days. FallCon will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in the Education Building, at 1372 Cosgrove Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
FallCon is the Midwest's largest convention that exclusively focuses only on comic books, graphic novels and the creators that make them a reality. Over the years FallCon has become one of the most preferred comic book conventions among the creative community, dealers and especially fans. FallCon presents a relaxed interactive atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy themselves, network and talk about comic books. All guest creators are available and accessible for the entire convention offering all attendees the opportunity to engage in meaningful interactions with FallCon guests.
"An event like FallCon showcases the creative side of the comic book industry" said Nick Postiglione, Co-Director of the MCBA "featuring over 175 guest creators and show that comics offer something for everyone. Including material ranging in subject matter from high-flying super-hero adventures to intense slice-of-life to crime noir to kid-friendly humor and much more."
Special events and activities will abound. Including an comic book art & collectibles show, extensive guest creator Q&A panels, a huge comic book marketplace, portfolio review, how to sessions, a gigantic comic book marketplace, door prizes, giant grab bags, free creator autographs, and much more.
The two day event is an old fashioned celebration of a truly original American art-form created in the depression era as an affordable entertainment for the masses," Nick Post continued. "In decades since, comics' unique blend of words and pictures has thrived, matured, and changed with the times, while providing us with some of the most enduring characters and stories in our popular culture."
In addition, this years featured charities include the Minnesota Lupus Foundation, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Minnesota Food Shelf. All of the charity efforts will be topped off by a charity art auction on Sunday afternoon with 100% of the proceeds going to the designated charities.
The MCBA is the largest event of its type in the upper Midwest and is sponsored by the Midwest Comic Book Association an all volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to promoting the world of comic books and all of the creators who make their magic become our reality.