The “Other Culture”

From the Peace Center to Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville, S.C., is an undisputed
player in the realm of performing and visual arts. Few would dispute that the Upstate is
a community of culture — but it has another artistic side.

One of the most popular stories I’ve written in recent years was a piece called “Funny
Business” that was published in Greenville Business Magazine. It featured three local
business owners who sell comic books, graphic novels, action figures and classic toys
— much to the delight of customers far and wide.

Richard Morgan of Richard’s Comics and Collectables on Laurens Road worked in IT
before making a career of comics. Ryan Bonavia, owner of Toy Federation in Greer,
has a background in aerospace, and Rob Young left the corporate world for a place
called Borderlands. All three have created special events. They offer personal service,
they give back to the community, and they support a network of artists and enthusiasts.

Please see event details below and remember that “pop” can truly be an inspiring and
valuable part of our shared culture.

Upstate POP Expo at the Greenville Shrine Club & Event Center

November 5: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

November 6: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Retro-Toy Con

November 18-20 at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort and Convention Center Verdae

Borderlands Comics and Games

Watch for news of the grand opening of their new store on S. Pleasantburg Drive:

S.C. Comicon

April 15-16, 2023, at the Greenville Convention Center


Please participate. Say something about this and be heard.

  • wrong
    all for naught fraught with care don’t be where you knot belong
  • Overheated Heart
    I see the smoke in your car for a long time, the younger one says They get ouf of the truck and tell me to pop the hood
  • to belong
    i know i go i flow i see i free i me part of whole a soul
  • Shame Game
    he covers her cage with his rage, takes her song, tells her she’s wrong, weak, shouldn’t speak. she waits long for dawn.
  • Good morning
  • Children in the Caribbean and Tribes in New York
    Martha Cinader speaks with Opal Palmer Adisa in Jamaica, author of Pretty Like Jamaica, published by Caribbean Reads. Martha also speaks with author Chavisa Woods, Executive Director of A Gathering of the Tribes in New York City. Tony Robles reads poetry from Issue 16 of A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine.
  • good morning
    one little muscovy
  • he chose me
    fresh with still-wet hair spit on my pubescent idea of fair, a wad on my head to add to my dread that he might lash out about a girl as wrong as a protest song
  • Pretty Like Jamaica, a Story Especially for Caribbean Children
    We talked about how the role of provider has changed in Jamaica, gender violence, Jamaican National language and English in the schools, choosing to live in Jamaica, and her plans for at least ten more children's books...
  • what is tomorrow?
    what is tomorrow? does memory make me? can it break me? am i what was said? was i led to dread? what’s in my head?
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