2013 Clallam Bay Comicon drumming ahead

The Clallam Bay Comicon is held during Clallam Bay/Sekiu Fun Days, July 12 (for setup) to July 14. The second annual show will be held in the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Lions Club building at 90 Bogachiel Way in Clallam Bay.


At this point, authors selling their work at the vendors’ tables include classic Seattle comics author Robert Gregory and Desert Peach author Donna Barr herself, and the Olympic Peninsula’s own Your Mom Comics. Ann S. Koi is coming in from Virginia.


This year’s official T-shirt is bright red. There will be instructional panels, a musician singing pirate songs and gaming on the enclosed front porch, run by Gamesmaster Marcus Evanstar.


And there will be bagpipes.


The hit of Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon — playing bagpipes on stilts, dressed as Star Wars’s Darth Maul — Niall Townley will appear in the Fun Days parade and run a panel on cosplay (“costuming play” — making and wearing costumes based on book and movie characters). If he can swing it, there will be a bagpipe and drumming camp on the beach or in town.


Dara Korrati, of Crime and The Forces of Evil, so popular at Barr’s house party last year, will be back with songs of pillage on the high Columbia River.


What Barr really wants to add is bone or stick gaming. D & D is fun, but none of these comics people have seen stick-gaming, and Barr said she knows they will all be agog at all levels of the the fast traditional game. She’d also like to see belly dancing.


The Three Sisters of Clallam Art Gallery has been hinting at presenting a student-run panel on creating graffiti. Or so it’s hoped.


This comicon differs from many other trade shows in having no admission fees or badges, and using local infrastructure and systems to drive its own model. It depends on the professionalism of its participants and social media sites to organize and develop its events.


The Lions Club hall has a complete kitchen, and this year Barr is opening it up to cooks and youths to sell to the hungry attendees. Adults are expected to deal with the legalities of food handling themselves, but students can get away with selling cookies for their schools or clubs. If the sales are good, the adults in the kitchen crews might be asked for a donation to the show.


More people are showing up asking for rooms and are discovering this little show is like the much larger San Diego Comicon: When it comes to a place to stay, if you snooze, you lose. Comics people even are beginning to take rooms up Highway 112 to and in Neah Bay. Local people with a nice room are encouraged to go to the comicon Facebook page to negotiate with convention attendees. B & B for a couple of days would be welcome.

Barr said, “Comics people bring money, their credit cards and checks don’t bounce and they’re clean and careful — after all, their rooms often contain fragile collectibles.”


Tables still are available to local creative vendors, too.


To join in the fun and even make some money, go to the comicon web and Facebook links at, or e-mail Barr at, or call her at 360-963-2935.
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