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ComiCon Artists Help Raise Funds for Union Terminal
Artists from all over the country are in the Queen City for the Cincinnati ComiCon. They are helping raise money to maintain an iconic Cincinnati building. Angela Ingram explains how the artists are putting pen to paper to create works that will benefit Union Terminal.
Artists are naturally right at home in a museum. In addition to beer, wine, and food, they also have pen, pencils, and paper. They filled Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal for the Drink and Draw which is an event designed to raise money for the terminal. The artwork they create at the Museum Center will be sold at auction with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for maintenance of Union Terminal. Art Director Sarah Brancato said, "Artists who have come into town to be at the ComiCon have come over here to the Hall of Justice and they're going to be drawing in the space and we as guests get to buy them drinks and hang out with them, spend an evening of fun."
Earlier, artists and fans spent Friday afternoon at Cincy Comicon, a convention for comic book lovers. At the Drink and Draw, they mingled with some of the best artists in the comic business including Walking Dead co-creator, Tony Moore. "I get excited that people have read any of my older work. People are checking out the Deadpool stuff that I did for Marvel and that people are just excited about the show in general," said Moore.
Union Terminal is the perfect venue for comic aficionados. The Super Friends hang-out was modeled after the building. "Most of the artists here understand that this is an iconic space and Art Deco space that's kind of rare these days and becoming more and more rare and we want to take really good care of it. What happened was Hanna-Barbera back in 1972, they were coming through Cincinnati and seeing the building and when they needed a home base for their Super Friends they came up with the Hall of Justice and they used us as a model."
People who love art say using their talents to help maintain this building is well worth it. Moore said, "This Museum Center means a lot because this is the science museum I grew up with and it's the Hall of Justice, so it means double as much to me as a comic fan."
The artwork created Friday night will be auctioned off after ComiCon closes on Saturday. The convention is supposed to wrap-up for the day at 7pm at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Afterwards, the ComiCon visitors are free to bid on artwork that will benefit Union Terminal.