Vendor Guidelines and Info!
After a long hiatus, Comic Envy and the ACE staff are excited to announce the return of Asheville’s hometown, family-friendly comic convention! ACE will focus primarily on the wide world of comic books, including: local art and talent, industry guests, and a variety of unique vendors. There will also be opportunities for cosplay, gaming, and charity events.
This year’s Asheville Comic Expo 2018 will take place at the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday, November 10th from 11:00am to 7:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience with this popular date- it was the only available date this year for Asheville’s busy Cellular Center! If you are unable to attend this year, keep in mind you will always be welcome at any future ACE events! Returning vendors and businesses will have first priority for spaces. After one week, the remaining spaces will become available to the public.
In an effort to increase product diversity at ACE 2018, a limited number of applications will be accepted within each product category. For example, if we’ve already approved our desired number of toy vendors your toy vendor application may not be accepted. Please note that approval will be done in order of payments received. In short, if you’re excited about this event - get involved and pay early! [Attention: we are currently seeking Anime and Manga, Posters, Trades, and Golden Age Comics.]
Please note, this year we will be taking payments online only. After your application is submitted you will receive an invoice via email.
Each exhibition space represents an area of approximately 8 feet by 6 feet and includes an 8 foot table. Each vendor will get two chairs and two badges for admission. Additional tables can be reserved at a discount (does not include chairs). Electricity, WiFi, and additional badges must be reserved before the event and will not be available for purchase on the day of the event.
To apply for an event space in the Vendor section please email Allison Jenkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will send you a Vendor Application. Please address any questions to the same contact.
Vendor Table Prices
Full table (8ft by 2.5ft, additional space behind table)
First table: $175 End Cap space: $225
Additional table: $125 Second End Cap $175
Electrical connection: $40 per connection (please let us know if you require multiple for any additional cost).
Complimentary WiFi will be available!
Charles Bond has been in the comic scene for years and will be bringing silver and bronze age comic books as well as trade paperbacks to the show!
Long time friend of Comic Envy, Andy will be selling his beautiful personal collection of Silver Age Marvel comics and treasures, including early Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, Avengers, and more!
Borderlands Comics and Games
Borderlands is the Upstate’s premier comic book and game shop, bringing the best in graphic literature and tabletop adventure gaming to the region for nearly three decades. With an incredible selection of new and back-issue comics and trade paperbacks, role-playing and miniatures-based games–including Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder and Warhammer–as well as posters, t-shirts, and accessories, there’s no other store like it in the area. We also buy and trade used comics, toys and games. Bring in your gently-used merchandise and our knowledgeable staff will offer you a fair price that you can exchange for cash or store credit.
In addition, Borderlands sponsors regular events such as game tournaments, charity movie screenings and auctions, and trade shows. We are also the presenters and hosts of SC Comicon, South Carolina’s LARGEST comic book, toy, and gaming convention. From newbies to hard-core geeks, Borderlands has something for everyone!
Buzzard Brothers Comics & Sideboard Games
We sell comic books (Golden/Silver/Bronze age primarily) and Magic the Gathering cards. We sell primarily at shows where we can setup as both comics and cards.
Chris Foss Rare Comics & Collectibles
Connoisseur of comics and related collectibles for over 40 years!
Comics, Rare Books, Vintage Toys, Pulps, Original Art, Non-Sports Cards
Previous owner of Heroes & Dragons, one of America's largest comic retail stores
and two time winner of the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing award
25 years advising to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
Appraisals - Estate Planning - Consulting
David Shankle and David Burns
Professionals on the con scene, Shankle and Burns are incredibly friendly with fair prices on their silver and bronze comics!
The Deck Box
From the wilds of Henderson County, The Deck Box is a full service game and hobby store in the mythical land of Fletcher, NC. We carry Magic: the Gathering, as well as everything from Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon to Star Wars Destiny and Dragon Ball Super (along with everything in between!). We carry Booster Packs and Singles. We also carry a wide variety of supplies, like sleeves and deck boxes, as well as role playing games, supplements, and dice. In addition to that, we run weekly events for a variety of Magic tournaments, spanning all formats (including a few that we created ourselves), and run weekly D&D, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, Pathfinder, and Board Game events! So what are you waiting for? Head on down to The Deck Box, and experience for yourself how we've been redefining the gaming experience in WNC for the last 10 years!
We are a family run business dedicated to producing a high quality, affordable product for fans of all ages.
Since 2011 we have been creating and selling custom etched glassware at conventions around the Southeast. We take pride in the products we create and we love to share them with our customers.
Fox & Fir Design
Outdoor apparel with a pop culture twist that helps save the world! Local artist Sam Kearney creates nerdtastic designs inspired by our lovely planet, each design supporting a different eco-non-profit. Fox and Fir donate 10% of all sales to save everything from trees to bees! Fox and Fir designs are available online and at the Asheville Diamond Brand and Duncan and York retailers.
Geek Mountain will be bringing board/card games, backpacks, purses, accessories, seasonal geekery, and original pop culture artwork!
Location: V609 / V610
Kitty in the Box
Kitty in the Box provides anime, comic book, Asian-inspired merchandise, toys, collectibles, and accessories!
Location: V801 / V808
Not So Old Toys & Comics
A place to reminisce of comics and toys from the old and enjoy the new. Come on by to see if we have something for you to enjoy and your inner child to be released.
129 Main Street, Canton NC
We have been in the hobby for nearly 15 years now. We are certified dealers for both CGC and CBCS, and our passion for funny books grows daily!
Location: V707 / V708
Off the Wall Collectibles
Off the Wall Collectibles is a mish mash of comics, toys, board games, and vintage art!
Orange Ribbon Collectibles
I've been doing conventions for over 5 years now. I turned a hobby into a full time career. The business name comes from my daughter who is in remission from lukemia. I started all this to be able to spend time at home but still make a living to support us. I have about 10 artists that draw for me and one of my daughters also draws and does shows with me.
Location: V506 / V507
Beginning as a video rental store, Orbit DVD has mutated to include comics, video games, books, shirts, collectible toys and more. Buy/sell/trade/rent. A West Asheville attraction since 2003!
Location : V701
Super heroes, villains, cartoon characters, or if you just happen to work on the Deathstar – Pastimes has what you're looking for! Now serving humans. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am - 7pm.
Red Finds Games
I sell retro and modern video games and collectables at comic conventions in the greater WNC area!
Tillman Heavy Enterprises
Since 2010, Tillman Heavy Enterprises has sought to bring the highest quality in classic Action Figures, Toys and Americana to the Asheville market. We specialize in vintage and hard-to-find Items for the discerning collector.
Location: V306 / V307
100% licensed anime, video game, and pop culture merchandise such as plush, keychains, figures ($15 & under), lanyards, pillows, grab boxes ($5 & $25 options), phone charms, and lots of other fun stuff!
Location: V607 / V608
Wulveys Customs and Collectibles
Collectible vendor specializing in comic and Star Wars themed goods and custom funko pops since 2011! #wulvey on Instagram!
The Wyvern's Tale
The Wyvern's Tale is Asheville's Friendliest Local Gaming Store. We strive to provide you not only with a diverse selection of games, but an excellent atmosphere in which to play them and meet others who do the same. Our staff is knowledgeable and passionate about the hobby, and happy to offer you assistance or advice with your next gaming purchase.