WHAT IS THE MCBA or (more appropriately) WHO ARE WE?
The Midwest Comicbook Association
The not so secret origin story!
1988. Microsoft releases Windows 2.1. Bruce Wills becomes an action hero with the release of Die Hard. Bobby McFerrin tells everyone, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” And in the Twin Cities, a group of comic book fans decide to have a comic book convention.
It was a relatively small, local show. There weren’t a lot of frills or ‘extras.’ Just comic dealers, comic creators, and comic fans. A stripped-down, old-school, four-on-the-floor, dual-overhead cam comic convention. And just like a quarter-mile run in a classic muscle car, it was fast, exciting, and a lot of FUN.
Enough fun that they decided to not just do it again, but to add a second show! And, contrary to every other major comic convention in the country, we still maintain two conventions every year.
Over the years, our comic conventions have grown, slowly but consistently. Some volunteers have come and gone. We’ve outgrown three different venues and are now making our home among the buildings on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Saint Paul.
But while our shows have changed, grown, and gotten more polished, the foundations of who we are and what we do have remained steadfastly constant:
We operate exclusively as a volunteer organization. From top to bottom, throughout the organization, for all the effort that goes into making it, no one gets paid. Because…
We are not in this “for the money.” We do this for the love of comics. Which is why…
Our convention’s focus is comics, comic books, and the graphic arts. We are not a ‘pop culture’ convention. We are a –comic book convention.– Because of…
Our admiration and appreciation of those who create this unique artistic medium. And…
Our respect and thanks to the comic dealers that deliver and sustain the craft of comics. And…
Our support of the comic book community and the community we live in. By…
Keeping our show family-friendly in both content and cost.
These have been, and remain, the defining principles of The Midwest Comic Book Association.