What: Ghost Empire Collective Presents The Cincinnati Comic Expo After Party: The Art of War II
Where: Mainstay Rock Bar (2nd Floor Betty Bar), 301 West 5th Street, Cincinnati, Oh 45202
When: Saturday, September 14th 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Contact: Anthony “Tank” Mansfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Information Online: Facebook:
Cincinnati, Ohio- The Ghost Empire Collective, a group of artists from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, will play host of the Cincinnati Comic Expo for the second year in a row. The event will return to the Mainstay Rock Bar’s “Betty Bar” located on the second floor of the establishment. With it’s fully stocked bar, retro décor, and hand painted pin up murals, it’s the perfect setting for artists and comic fans to unwind after a big day of walking the halls of the Convention Center.
To celebrate CCE and the fantastic artists that come in from around the nation for the event, Ghost Empire will stage their second “Art of War” tournament. The Art of War is an artistic competition that pits contestants against each other in a series of quick draw competitions. At the beginning of the night artists can sign up for free to take part in the competition and anyone is welcome to submit a topic to draw into a bucket. Once the tournament starts the event MC will pull a random idea out of the bucket that the contestants have never seen and will have between 5 to 10 minutes to draw it. Last year’s suggested ideas included “Cougars in Over the Rhine” and “Zombie Bear Cannon”. At the end of the time period the crowd will pick by applause, who advances and who goes home. There can only be 1 winner at the end of the night that can take home cash, prizes, and the title of being the grand champion of “The Art of War”.
“The first Art of War was by far our most entertaining event last year and the CCE after party last year had the most talent in terms of artists performing live art, so we are taking the 2 things we do best and turning them into one colossal night” states GEC found Anthony “Tank” Mansfield. “It’s a true pressure cooker for any artist, as you literally have no idea what you are about to draw when you step foot on stage in front of a room full of people; its like improv comedy meets karaoke meets a sports competition.” Admission is free and prints and the original pieces of art from the Art of War tournament will be for sale.
Photo album of last year’s Art of War and Cincinnati Comic Expo Afterparty: