Local superhero , comic writer visits Mayberry


By Eva Queen - [email protected]



Brad Jones and son Brayden stand with Captain America, better known as comic book artist Al Bigley.


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Kai Bunker, Al Bigley dressed as Captain America and Chase Kniskern pose for pictures after winning the costume contest.


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Employees of Memories on Main stand with Captain America.


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Kai Bunker (left) and Chase Knisker pose for pictures for their parents.


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Saturday, Terry Collins and Al Bigley visited the Memories on Main antique store.

Bigley and Collins are both comic artists with published credits including Spongebob, Batman, The Avengers, Looney Tunes, Ren & Stimpy, Scooby-Doo.

Bigley, a comic book artist, dressed as Captain America and posed for pictures with anyone brave enough.

“I seem to have the Santa clause effect of children,” Bigley said, referring to his costume and the children coming around to see him.

Terry Collins, comic book writer, also visited and spoke with fans as his grandson, Chase Kniskern, competed in the costume contest dressed as Spiderman.

Bigley, in addition to his Captain American costume he was wearing, displayed Hollywood film worthy Batman and Cat Woman costumes he had designed.

“I really love the reaction of the kids, when they see me, they think I’m the real deal,” said Bigley. All children were excited to see Captain America and have their pictures made, though a few seemed to be a little nervous.

Cal Besore, who has a booth filled with antique tools at Memories on Main, was among those admiring the festivities.

“I grew up with this stuff, it reminds me very much so of my childhood.” said Besore. “My best friend and I as a child, would make our own comics.”

Chase Kniskern and Kai Bunker were the only two contestants in the costume competition, held at noon. Both won a comic book and a $25 dollar gift certificate to Memories on Main antiques.

While only two competed in the contest many youths of all ages stopped to admire and have their pictures made.

“We wanted to do the ComicCon and introduce new things to the town, draw new interest, get interest from a younger generation,” said Jeff Moore, an employee of Rose Ayers and owner of the antique store.

Photographs and Autographs were $6, with all proceeds were given to Surry Animal Rescue.

Brad Jones and son Brayden stand with Captain America, better known as comic book artist Al Bigley.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_001.jpgBrad Jones and son Brayden stand with Captain America, better known as comic book artist Al Bigley. Eva Queen | The News

Kai Bunker, Al Bigley dressed as Captain America and Chase Kniskern pose for pictures after winning the costume contest.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_009.jpgKai Bunker, Al Bigley dressed as Captain America and Chase Kniskern pose for pictures after winning the costume contest. Eva Queen | The News

Employees of Memories on Main stand with Captain America.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_012.jpgEmployees of Memories on Main stand with Captain America. Eva Queen | The News

Kai Bunker (left) and Chase Knisker pose for pictures for their parents.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_003o.jpgKai Bunker (left) and Chase Knisker pose for pictures for their parents. Eva Queen | The News

By Eva Queen

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Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]

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