Want to join the fun?

Comic Envy is grateful to our community partners who help produce ACE! From sponsors to photographers and charities to partners, we couldn't do it without you! Interested in contributing to or volunteering for Asheville's family-friendly comic expo? Check back here for details closer to the con or email friendsoface.avl@gmail.com or comicenvystore@gmail.com


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Comic Envy

Asheville's family-friendly comic book store is excited to bring back our annual show, Asheville Comic Expo! After a brief hiatus to handle moving our store, we are back and ready to make this show our best one yet!

From Golden Age to current comics, toys, collectibles, designer statues, and almost everything in-between, Comic Envy stocks a variety of fantastically nerdy finds! We welcome seasoned collectors and those new to comics alike- everyone has a comic shop home at Comic Envy!

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Community Partners


Asheville Anime Regional Convention (AARC)

AARC is Asheville's premiere anime con! Each year the show grows bigger and better and they are an outstanding part of Asheville's nerd community! Featuring artists, vendors, cosplay guest, and a whole host of lovely attendees, AARC is a pillar of the convention scene. The 2018 show is now two days, July 28th and July 29th!


Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

"At our Asheville, NC location we are dedicated to bettering the Asheville community with Art, Art Supplies and Inspiration! Come check out our unique store and have your very own Cheap Joe's experience. Our outstanding staff is friendly, knowledgeable and waiting to help you. We're stocked full of the finest quality professional to student grade art supplies including watercolor oil and acrylic paints, artist canvas, watercolor paper, sketchbooks and more!"

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The Retrocade

We have the largest selection of classic and modern video games in the southeast. We offer the best local craft beers and our retro music will always make you want to sing along, but we are so much more than that. We're a place where people come together to play. A place to meet your friends or make new ones. We love competition but play for the fun. A place where people of all ages unite not only to have fun but to relive old memories and make new ones. We're not just a business, we're friends. A community where all are welcome. So don that Star Wars t-shirt, arm your phaser, jump in your Mario kart and join us. at the Retrocade! 


Well Played Café

Well Played is North Carolina's first board game café, and we have one goal – to make sure you have fun.Well Played is a special gathering space for friends and family to come together, put down their phones, and connect through play and friendly competition. We have hundreds of board games, a delicious menu of drinks and snacks, and expert Gamemasters on hand to guide you through a one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining experience.

Come visit us in the heart of downtown Asheville at 58 Wall St. and see what all the fun is about!



"ZaPow features approximately one hundred from all over the United States of America. We focus exclusively on illustration, narrative and pop culture art. We do not exhibit abstract, non-objective, traditional landscapes, still life or utilitarian craft. There is always new amazing art to see at ZaPow! Our group shows change and we bring in one to two new artists each month. When you buy art at ZaPow, you take it with you or we can ship it for you. We will happily ship art to anywhere in the world. We fill that empty spot with new art immediately."  

Official Photographers

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Indulge Images

"Indulge Images is the brainchild of the husband and wife team, who, over 18 years, have shared the same passions for the arts and photography as well as widespread travel. Aside from their love of photography which is pretty obvious, Manuel is an internationally known,respected, published calligraphic artist and teacher. Patrice runs and teaches mixed media art at the couple's studio, TEXTure  Gallery & Art Bar in Asheville, NC. Local businesses can also rely on us for quality images to promote their businesses and services. Photography can be the single most important tool used on websites and advertising to show potential clients how professional and dedicated you are to showcasing the quality of your business and products."


Alt Media Pros

"Based in Asheville, NC. I strive to create compelling content for my clients. Contact me for all of your photography and video needs.

Alt Media Pros was founded in 2012 to meet the diverse media needs of the Western North Carolina region. I've since expanded into additional states and am always on the lookout for more amazing people to work with."


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Carolina Garrison / 501st Legion

The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion. Formed by South Carolina residents, Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in August 1997, the 501st Legion has grown to become an all-volunteer / fan-based, international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 9,500 active members representing 6 continents and more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion also contains over 15,500 approved costumes worldwide through its members. Well known for its charity work, the 501st Legion has become the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events.


Buncombe County Libraries

“Staff from the Buncombe County Library System will be manning a table, ready to make library cards and talk about all of the great programs they have planned at the library! Also you can register for a drawing to win a free graphic novel! Book nerds unite!”


Youth OUTright WNC

Founded in 2009, Youth OUTright WNC, Inc. (YO) is the only youth advocacy and leadership non-profit organization in the region solely dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA+) youth ages 11-20 in Western North Carolina. Based on 2010 U.S. Census figures, it is estimated that there could be more than 4,000 LGBTQ youth in our 18-county region.

We engage and support LGBTQIA+ youth ages 11-20 to be confident, resilient and compassionate community members. We envision a world where youth of all gender and sexual identities are empowered to reach their full potential. We provide information, support and resources in a safer, inclusive and affirming environment. We believe that no youth – regardless of their sexual identity, gender expression or gender identification – should be bullied, harassed or discriminated against because of who they are or are perceived to be.

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