Akron Comicon: Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2012
by Joanna Wilson
In one week, local comic book fans can be a part of a new tradition: the Akron Comicon. This inaugural event will bring the creators/artists, dealers and fans of comic books and newspaper comics together in one location. Akron Comicon is being held conveniently at the University of Akron's Student Union Ballroom, a large venue that will house 72 exhibitors spaces which include creators, dealers, media organizations, and clubs. For local fans of comics, this event promises to be a special opportunity that you won't want to miss.
Fans have a chance to meet 37 creators, fifteen of which have been or are working professionals in the comic-book industry with their works published by mainstream publishers in the industry including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and Archie Comics. Several of the biggest names include Mike W. Barr, an Akron native and writer of the first Batman graphic novel; Tom Batiuk, the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Funky Winkerbean--which celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year; Gerry Conway, a prolific writer who is well-known for his contributions to Marvel and DC comics; and Joe Staton, an artist whose work appeared in the best-selling Scooby Doo book, and who currently illustrates the Dick Tracy Newspaper Strip. I recognize another special guest, Chris Yambar from Youngstown, who will be in attendance. He's well-known for his work on The Simpsons comics--and I have one of the Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol graphic novels he worked on. For more information about all the guests at Akron Comicon, please check the guest page at the website, or click HERE.
|You can find Akron Comicon at the University of Akron's Student Union Ballroom on the third floor|
You can expect more than just special guests and vendors at this new Akron Comicon. There are also many events scheduled including six panel presentations, a HeroClix game Tournament, a costume contest, and the Akron Public Schools Comic Book Cover Contest will take place. For more information about these events, please check the events page at the website, or click HERE.
You don't want to miss out on all that's happening on Saturday Nov. 10th. Doors open 10am-6pm. Pre-sale tickets are only $8 and available at the website HERE. That price is good until 10am on Wed. Nov. 7th. General Admission tickets at the door are $10 each. Senior Citizens can get in for $5. University student tickets are $5 with student ID. Children under 10 years old are FREE.
For more information, check the website:
Facebook page link: Akron Comicon
The University of Akron's Student Union: 303 Carroll Street, Akron, Ohio 44325
There is plenty of free parking in nearby lots.