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Poster for Magic Inkwell’s first mini comic convention and gallery show.

July’s Harlingen Art Night, which happens every final Friday of each month, happened to be the same weekend as San Diego Comic Con. In honor of this, Magic Inkwell hosted its first MICRO CON, a mini comic book convention with a gallery exhibition of original art from a selection of local talent. A few days before the event, Ramon Rodriguez came by the studio to film an interview for one of his RAZA REPORTS youtube shorts to help bolster hype for the event.

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COMIC BOOK MEN – left to right: Alexis Garza (GAIA, UTPA Cartoon Club), Ramon Ramirez (Smarty Cartoons), Javier Espinoza and yours truly posing for a post con photo.

About 5pm on Friday, July 25th artists, vendors and cosplayers descended on the studio, where I’d cleared the partitions and condensed the studio area to allow for tables to be set up on opposite ends of a large room.

10460776_10204428500171330_4308308430998606289_nOur special guests Ren Cardenas, Omer Garcia III and Ramon Ramirez set up their tables in our front area, greeting guests as they walked in the door with their colorful banner displays and amazing collection of original art, mini comics and prints. Omer and Ren also set up a small table for Valley Artists and Story Tellers (V.A.S.T.), a local club of illustrators, comics and manga artists. Original artwork by many of our featured artists graced the display walls and I was able to hang a few of my latest paintings. We had a vendor selling comic book wallets and several other artists setup tables inside to sell their comics. A few local cosplayers also came in costume to add to the festivities. As we do every month, local artists and craftspeople set up in our Artist’s Alley in the empty adjacent lot with music provided by Albert Gonzalez and his band from McAllen, TX. Our live graffiti wall was painted by local graffiti artist RAWmirez.

It may not have been as well attended or overblown as San Diego Comicon, but we were happy to bring a bit of the spirit of Comic Con to Harlingen Art Night this past month. Special thanks to all the artists and vendors that participated and made our first mini comic convention a success! We’re looking forward to putting another one on very soon.