It says something that Western North Carolina is able to flout the big-box oligarchies by supporting quite a few independent comic-book and gaming stores. In Hendersonville, teens regularly meet at the library for an Anime club, exploring Japanese animation in print and online forms and learning the art themselves.
At the annual Asheville Comic Con, rabid Star Wars fans, print-comic traders, gamers, and cosplay aficionados of most subgenera can gather to enhance their collections, talk business, scout out rare editions, dress up, and generally revel in the company of their fantasy-minded fellows. This year there’s a costume contest and an emphasis on local artists; all the attractions fill out a spacious arena location at the Ag Center in Fletcher. The event is appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 20, 10am-5pm at the WNC Agricultural Center (1301 Fanning Bridge Road). On Facebook: The Asheville Comic Con.