It’s a celebration of all things pop culture this weekend in Durham at the ComiQuest Film Festival, an annual partnership between the Carolina Theatre of Durham and NC Comicon.
The ComiQuest Film Festival, running from Nov. 8-10, works in tandem with NC Comicon, which happens the same weekend at the Durham Convention Center. NC Comicon is locally owned and operated, and seeks to inspire creativity and education while also ensuring attendees have fun celebrating all things comics and pop culture.
Jim Carl, the senior director of film programming at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, said the ComiQuest Film Festival began when the founders of NC Comicon approached him and asked if the Carolina Theatre would be able to run comic book-themed classic films in conjunction with the convention. The partnership allows for the opportunity to screen films based on the work of artists who will be attending the convention.
“We work together in that aspect,” Carl said. “Every year, once the con starts to get a better idea of who’s coming and who their guest artists are, we get together with them and start looking at what films we can bring in to supplement the con.”
This year, NC Comicon will welcome James O’Barr, the creator and artist of the comic book series “The Crow.” Brockton McKinney, the creative director for NC Comicon, said O’Barr’s attendance at the convention will allow for an entirely new experience when viewing the 1994 film adaptation of the series, which will show at the film festival.