I went to ConCarolinas for the first time this year. Like a lot of people, I wanted to meet guest of honor George RR Martin, the author of the series on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based. I’m also a fan of a lot of the shows they celebrate at SciFi conventions and I thought it would be fun to look at the costumes and hear a few speakers. I didn’t expect to be impressed by a local charity that’s playing pretty smart.
Second Harvest Food Bank has a great booth. It’s fun but they also educate about the issue of hunger in our area. They put out collection bins and take in monetary donations. I spoke with Matt Nooe (that’s him as Capt. Hook) about why they’re reaching out to the comic book crowd: