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Brian GrabinskiBy Brian Grabinski
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Brian GrabinskiBy Brian Grabinski
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About

Welcome to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con Kickstarter!

Hi, my name is Brian Grabinski - Show Runner of the NWI Comic-Con. I'm here on Kickstarter to help crowdfund our next comic book convention. Funding earned via Kickstarter will be specifically divided to enhance the convention experience for our guests and attendees. The more funding this Kickstarter campaign generates, the more we can do within the Northwest Indiana Region. We pride ourselves on giving you the best possible comic-con convention experience.

We sent out a surveys to some of our fans in regards to this Kickstarter - and the responses were extremely positive! Out of the 100 plus individuals that filled out the survey - 55% said that they would support and back this Kickstarer and that's Awesome! 41% said that they Might back this Crowdfunding which is also super positive.

So I started asking myself - beside Kick-@$$ rewards - what could I offer fans that would turn their maybes into yes's and I think everyone will enjoy this idea...  

Every year we see more growth than the year before - both in attendance and exhibitors that would like to be part of this event. I am personally honored and humbled by this - But every year we run into the same problem - not enough space for everyone to get involved and have a good time.

So my solution is… (If we reach our 1st Stretch Goal of $13,000) we will host a Two Day NWI Comic-Con that is unique in that both days would be completely different!

An example - Day 1 would have VIP Comic Book Guests, an Artist Alley, Dealers, Cosplay contests, Etc. Now on Day 2 we would have different VIP & Celebrity Guests and feature different Creators in Artist Alley, different Dealers, On-Stage Speaking Panels, a Cosplay Workshop, Etc.

   

Now, we cannot do this without you and your support. We are not corporate owned or operated so without Sponsorship and Crowdfunding a two day show is just unattainable. But with your help and support we can make this happen!  

Help Us Bring Pop-Culture Back To Northwest Indiana! Please spread the word about this Kickstarter and this comic book convention!!

Stay Nerdy my Friends! -Brian Grabinski Founder / Showrunner NWI Comic-Con LLC.

NWICC KICKSTARTER GOALS!

 NOTE: More Rewards will be unlocked if we reach our first Stretch Goal!  

NWICC KICKSTARTER REWARDS

 

NOTE: More Rewards will be unlocked if we reach our first Stretch Goal!  

WHAT IS THE NWI COMIC-CON?

The NWI Comic-Con (NWICC) was founded in 2014 to bring Comics, Art, and Pop-Culture to the Northwest Indiana region at an affordable cost. We have always made the Art of Comics, and the Creators behind them, the focus of our shows. We also like to accommodate the fans that enjoy the ‘Comic-Con’ purchasing experience, the adventure of the quest for that missing, rare, or hard to find item. We enjoy finding comic book and collectible Dealers as well as local Artisans and Retailers to participate.

The comics community is a marvelous and wonderful place. It has always been NWICC’s goal to get fans, both new and old to come out to experience this community, to build bonds with like minded individuals, meet VIP guests and Creators behind the books. Purchase Pop-Culture related merchandise from a variety of Dealers, allow fans to watch or participate in a amazing Cosplay Contest, visit and take photographs with some phenomenal Cosplayers and have a family friendly, affordable, fun, time.  

WHEN IS THE 2017 NWI COMIC-CON?

Saturday, February 25, 2017 hosted at the Halls of St. George, 905 East Joliet Street, Schererville, IN 46375  

WHY CROWDFUND THE NWICC?

Why help crowdfund the NWICC? For the love of Comics, Art, Pop-Culture and the support of the NWI Comics Community. The NWI Comic-Con is an established convention with a lot of compassion located within a amazing, supportive community. We would like to be able to offer an even greater “Comic-Con” experience that would potentiality reward current fans, while also attracting new ones.

• Supporting the NWI Comic-Con, will assist us in obtaining more talent, host more community driven events, and attract even more fans to this amazing comic book convention.  

• The NWI Comic-Con is run by Comic & Pop-Culture fans for Comic & Pop-Culture fans! We always strive to establish prestigious VIP Guests, fantastic Creators and amazing Dealers when developing this convention.

• The NWICC is operated by an experienced staff whom always strive to bring a great comic book convention. We want fans to experience what the comics community has to offer. The goal of the NWI Comic-Con committee is to assemble some of the best talent in mainstream and independent comics.

• The NWICC would like to do even more for the comic community by hosting other events that would engage and excite new and existing comics fans. These events could include: Multiple Drink, Draw, & Color Events, Creator Spotlight - Bringing local creators into local NWI comic shops to meet & greet fans, Participation in the Annual Schererville Parade, and more.

CASE STUDY:

Other Conventions that have used Kickstarter crowd funding to assist them with start-up and growth include; Indy PopCon, Appleseed Comics Conventions, Cincinnati ComicCon and Walker Staler just to name a few.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE NWICC:

WE ARE AN AFFORDABLE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT Our goal has always been to bring an affordable, family friendly, comic book convention to the Northwest Indiana region, with free parking, VIP Guests, a variety of exhibitors, an on stage Cosplay contest, food concessions and free parking.

WE ARE AN AWARD WINNING COMIC BOOK CONVENTION The NWICC has been awarded the ‘Best of Schererville Award’ for two consecutive years in a row. The Schererville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Schererville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.  

SOURCE: Schererville Award Program URL: http://www.awardconnect.org

WE RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL CHARITIES The NWI Comic-Con has raised over $2,000 for two local charities in the past three years. We once again plan on giving back to the community by arranging both monetary and “drop-off” donations to the following local charities; Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation (NICK) and the Humane Society Calumet Area. We are also hosting both charities on-site and currently requesting monetary donations as well as donated items to auction, raffle and sell at the convention to help assist them financially. (All proceeds will be divided equally among both charities.)  

EXPONENTIAL GROWTH AMONG POP-CULTURE FANS The NWICC has experienced exponential growth since our inception in 2014. Record crowds indulged their inner geeks at the 2016 NWI Comic-Con. “Based on what we are hearing from our fans, VIP guests, exhibitors and retailers, this year’s Con was a success by all measures. We are extremely grateful to everyone for having helped the NWI Comic-Con become the region’s largest and most important entertainment event, and look forward to better experiences in the years ahead,” said Brian Grabinski, showrunner of the NWICC.  

ATTEMPTING TO KEEP IT AFFORDABLE DESPITE RISING COSTS As the economy changes, costs continue to rise. We count on Sponsors, Advertisers and this Kickstarter campagin to assist us with keeping this convention affordable for everyone involved. The NWI Comic-Con provides our sponsors and advertisers with the opportunity to get their brand and products in front of thousands of attendees from all walks of life. Be part of the regions premier pop culture phenomenon that brings the perfect blend of comics, and entertainment, appealing to fans everywhere.  

CONTINUED COMMUNITY SUPPORT We are not corporate owned or operated, we just truly enjoy sharing our love of Comics and Pop- Culture with the Northwest Indiana community. So the more Backers that support us the bigger and better the 2017 NWI Comic-Con will be!! 100% of our the raised contributions will be put back into this comic book convention.

Risks and challenges

Hosting a comic book convention of any size is a difficult and time consuming task. We have the experience, determination and passion needed to make this conventions a success. We always treat our VIP Guests, Creators and Dealers with the respect they deserve. We have been building a great reputation with everyone involved with the NWI Comic-Con for the past three years.

For items that are shipped, there is always the risk that a package is lost, damaged or misplaced during the shipping process. We will do our best to ensure your packages arrive in time and undamaged. If for any reason you are unsatisfied, please let us know!

Thank you for your continued support! -Brian

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    Thank You!!

    Every little bit helps! We will list your name on the official NWICC website as a supporter.

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    NWICC Button Pack

    Show your support with the NWI Comic-Con Button Pack. (3) Assorted NWICC Logo 1.5" Pin-Back Buttons. We will also list your name in our souvenir program booklet and on the official NWICC website as a supporter.

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    Hilary Barta Signed Poster

    Limited Edition, "Rabid Robot Rampage" poster Autographed by comic book artist Hilary Barta.

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    NWICC General Admission

    You will receive (1) General Admission Ticket via Email. REMEMBER: Kids 12 and under are FREE!

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    Winnie Pooh Mash-Up Art Prints

    You will receive (1) randomly chosen "Winnie Mash-Ups" Art Print. Autographed by comic book artist Dan Dougherty. Prints include: Star Wars Epoohsode Seven, The Nightmare Before Christopher Robin!, Doctor Pooh, Epoohsode Four: A Pooh Hope, Pooh-vengers, Bat Pooh. All prints are 11x17.

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    NWICC Early Bird Admission

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    NWICC 11oz Coffee Cup

    Full color, NWI Comic-Con Logo on front, "We Work With Superheroes" on the back. This 11 oz. White Coffee Mug features a "C" handle and a classic white background. Great for coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, soup or cereal.

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    NWICC Logo T-Shirts

    NWI Comic-Con Logo T-Shirt, Assorted colors and sizes. White NWI Comic-Con Logo on the front.

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    Frank Fosco Autographed Art Prints

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Signed art print autographed by comic book artist Frank Fosco. All prints are 11x17.

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    Cory Hamscher Autographed Art Prints

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    You will receive (1) randomly chosen autographed Art Print by comic book artist Cory Hamscher. All prints are Approx. 11x17.

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    Neal Adams Autographed Art Prints

    Signed art print autographed legendary comics illustrator Neal Adams. DC Comic Detective Comics #402 Art Print Batman Man-Bat Cover. Would make a great addition to your collection. All prints are 11x14.

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    Dave Dorman Autographed Art Print

    This autographed art print features the work of world reknown comics artist Dave Dorman, Star Wars / Marvel Comic (Darth Vader & Stormtroopers.) Print is 12x18.

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    Aaron Miller Autographed Art Prints

    This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each 12 x 15 art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border. - Ajani, Mentor of Heroes is a Planeswalker from Magic The Gathering. - The Chimera Shaman, inspired by the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.

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    Philo Barnhart Autographed Art Prints

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    You will receive (1) randomly chosen autographed Art Print by animation artist Philo Barnhartr. All prints vary in size.
    Philo Barnhart is known for his work on The Little Mermaid (1989), The Secret of NIMH (1982) and Happily Ever After (1990).

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    Aaron Miller Custom Playmat

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    A playmat outlines your play space and cushions the area for you cards.
    Those are just the technical aspects of a playmat. Each playmat measures 14″x24″ and is about 1/16″ thick.

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    NWICC Logo Hoddie

    NWI Comic-Con Logo Hoddie, Sizes S-XXL, Assorted colors with white NWI Comic-Con Logo on the front.

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    Friends of the 2017 NWICC

    Includes: (1) Small Sized (280 x 195) Digital/Web Advertisement displayed on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website from February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017. (1) “Early Bird” Admission Pass to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con.

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    2017 NWICC Bronze Sponsor

    Includes: (1) Business Card Sized (3.6 x 2.4) Full Color Advertisement inside of the 2017 NWI Comic-Con Souvenir Program Booklet. (1) Small sized (280 x 195) Digital/Web Advertisement displayed on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website from February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017. (2) "Early Bird" Admission Passes to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con.

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    Full-Set of "BEARDO" GN's

    You will receive (1) full set (5 Total) of "Beardo" Graphic Novels. Autographed by comic book artist Dan Dougherty.
    Books include: Beardo Volume One -"The Art Degree Guarantee" Beardo Volume Two - "Brew Harder!" Beardo Volume Three - "'Till Debt Do Us Part" Beardo Volume Four - "Self-Employee of the Month" Beardo Volume Five - "The Miracle of Creation" Now you can read the whole series of this award-winning comic strip. Follow Beardo as he goes from coffeehouse barista to freelance illustrator to husband to father, with every slice-of-life punchline he can find along the way!

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    Douglas Klauba Autographed Art Print

    "Swann" Limited Edition art print features the work of fantasy artist Douglas Klauba for the Clive Barker "Lord of Illusions" fan. Autographed and numbered by actor, Kevin J. O' Connor and the artist, Douglas Klauba in a small edition of only 100. Print is 10.5 x 24.

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    2017 NWICC Gold Sponsor

    Includes: (1) ½ Page (7.5 x 4.8), Full Color Advertisement inside of the 2017 NWI Comic-Con Souvenir Program Booklet. (Must supply advertisement before January 25, 2017. (500) Inserts placed inside 1,000 of our giveaway bags. (Must supply inserts before January 25, 2017.) (1) Medium Sized (322 x 270) Digital/Web Advertisement displayed on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website from February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017. (1) Medium Sized Logo on the 2017 NWI Comic-Con “Thank You To Our Sponsors” pages inside of our 2017 NWI Comic-Con Souvenir Program Booklet as well as on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website. (1) Medium Sized Logo on the 2017 NWI Comic-Con “Thank You To Our Sponsors” Banner displayed on the main stage inside of the Halls of St. George on the day of event. Announcements of your Sponsorship on all 2017 NWI Comic-Con Social Media outlets (Facebook / Twitter) multiple times from February 1 - February 28, 2017. (6) “Early Bird” Admission Passes to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con.

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    2017 NWICC Platinum Sponsor

    Includes: (1) Full Page (7.5 x 10) Full Color Advertisement inside of the 2017 NWI Comic-Con Souvenir Program Booklet. (Must supply advertisement before January 25, 2017. (1) Large Sized (970 x 105) Digital/Web Banner Advertisement displayed on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website from February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017. (1,000) Inserts placed inside 1,000 of our giveaway bags. (Must supply inserts before January 25, 2017.) (1) Large Sized Logo on the 2017 NWI Comic-Con “Thank You To Our Sponsors” pages inside of our 2017 NWI Comic-Con Souvenir Program Booklet as well as on the official 2017 NWI Comic-Con website. (1) Large Sized Logo on the 2017 NWI Comic-Con “Thank You To Our Sponsors” Banner displayed on the main stage inside of the Halls of St. George on the day of event. Announcements of your Sponsorship on all 2017 NWI Comic-Con Social Media outlets (Facebook / Twitter) multiple times from February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017. (8) “Early Bird” Admission Passes to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con.

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Funding period

- (30 days)