Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friendly Encounters at the Motor City Comic Con

This is a special series about my friends meeting celebs at the Motor City Comic Con.

While doing research for Global Traveler magazine, I recently came across The Cardinal. He is a regular at the Motor City Comic Con.
K.J. Kolka created The Cardinal in 1978 for his college newspaper. He brought The Cardinal back to life in 1990. Kolka describes The Cardinal on
"The Cardinal" is the story of a group of people living in a fictitious university town whose lives are touch by an ordinary young man who believes he has been called to be a super hero....My goal in this is to NOT just create another super hero strip...My goal is that these stories will not just quicken your pulse, but also touch your heart.
Kolka is in a unique position at conventions such as the MCCC. He is both a fan and a celebrity. He takes pictures with his favorite celebs, but also has fans asking for his photo and autograph.

I asked him about the MCCC. He really summed up the experience of the MCCC.
It's really a family-oriented pop culture event. So, you meet a wide variety of people there as a guest:Collectors, fans of the various genres, aspiring artists, TV and movie fans and parents with children who are just getting into comics. Because of that mixture, you get into some very unique and interesting conversations with people. It's not all about comics!
Kolka has met a ton of celebrities at the MCCC, including Adam West, Yvonne Craig, William Katt, Lou Ferrigno and Jackson Bostwick. This year he states that he is looking forward to meeting one of his all-time favorite artists from his childhood, Herb Trimpe, artist for The Incredible Hulk and Ant-man during the 70's.
Kolka will again be at the MCCC. He's got a lot going on right now.
I'm releasing my first actual comic book. This is really a dream come true for me. I've wanted to create a comic book since the sixth grade. During that year, I was in and out of hospitals for a serious intestinal illness called Crohn's disease. To keep my spirits up, I read comic books, and started writing and drawing my own mini comics. That's where the dream began for me.
Not only is this my first comic book, but the setting is Southeast Michigan. So, MCCC is the "Home Convention" for my character. Besides the comic book, we'll have trading cards, T shirts, a direct-to-DVD movie and The Cardinal will make a personal appearance on Saturday morning to pose for photos with fans. It'll be a fun time!
I love the concept and the enthusiasm. I am looking forward to meeting The Cardinal.
The Cardinal and Jackson Bostwick in Novi, MI-Early 2000's.

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