In the past decade, American culture has seen a rise in the popularity of comic books, movie and video game franchises, and general pop culture. Across the country, comic conventions often take place in large cities often resembling the same cities that leap off the page. But those same pop culture icons will make a visit to Houghton tomorrow.
“Geek U.P. was co-founded by one of my friends Patricia Summersett. Patricia grew up in L’Anse and graduated from Houghton High School. Before she went on an illustrious career. And she and I became friends and we both love this community and this area. And we wanted to figure out what we could do, I have the comic book shop. And she also works in an industry that celebrates pop culture. And we decided we wanted to bring kind of that comic-con, or pop culture-con kind of experience to the area. But we wanted to do it to raise money for different organizations around the area. And so that is how Geek U.P. got started.” – Shana Porteen, Owner, Black Ice Comics
This year Geek U.P. will support Unite Mental Health for a second year. Owner of Black Ice Comics, Shana Porteen, says that pop culture has been lifesaving for more than just the characters in stories. Comic cons are a great place to find other people who share similar passions and struggles.
“From people on the street to customers, and Michigan Tech students alike. Have come into my shop and very candidly said, I didn’t even know Unite was available and I came to your event and now I’m actually going there. I mean, for me, it’s important. And we care about this community. I mean Patricia and I, both, still have family and friends living in the area. And we were happy to do so because we felt we needed to step up and do something.” – Shana Porteen, Owner, Black Ice Comics
Geek U.P. will have a lot of fun activities and vendors to check out. The convention will even be a cosplay competition for those with an artistic eye, and passion for their favorite superhero. Throughout the day attendees will hear their favorite theme music performed by the Michigan Tech Jazz Band. Geek U.P. will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts starting at 12 noon. Find more details online at geekup906.com.