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By Mariah Kaercher | Twin Cities Geek

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering the convention and spending my money, I wanted to see how a couple of those creators felt about the event and whether they would attend again.

A man sitting at a booth with comics laying on a flat table

Eliot Rahal at his booth at Minnesota Fan Fest. Mariah Kaercher

I first stopped to talk to Eliot Rahal, a local comic writer who hosts New Comic Book Day every week at Day Block Brewing Company (a hilarious show, especially when tipsy on craft beer). Eliot described Minnesota Fan Fest as an incredibly exciting convention that he hopes will grow into a bigger experience, saying that all the con staff were lovely people. He mentioned he’d like to come back again to host his booth while engaging with a live audience at New Comic Book Day. His only mild complaint was that at times the convention felt slower than others where he has tabled. This is somewhat expected, since Minnesota Fan Fest is a first-year convention, so it doesn’t yet have the dedicated fans that other Minnesota shows have.

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