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River City Comic Con 1st Con This Sunday

21 July 2011 by

This Sunday the 24th of July will be the first River City Comic Con in Marietta, Ohio. The first such con in the region in over ten years. It will run from 10am to 5pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The con is promoting itself as a very family friendly atmosphere and looking it over, I feel that it will be.

Gust for the con include a lot of local indie artists and groups: Z.D. Brooker artist for “The Regulators”, Terence Hanley of Monsters and Aliens of America Coloring Book, Stephanie Merrill a manga artist, Kayla Renner creator of The Summoning, publisher Broken Icon Comics, and The Ohio Valley Artists League (OVAL).

Also several webcomic creators will be there: Nathan Arnold and Evan Bevins of Support Group, Derek Croston of Croston’s Method Comix, Michael Easton of Short Pants Romance, Matthew Law of Not Suitable for Children, Paul Thompson of Hyper Stryker and Alia Reed of Game Industry News’ webcomic. In addition, James Patrick writer on Batman: Confidential, Green Arrow, Star Trek, and other comics for major comic companies.

Other guests include A.J. Mendor author of “Phenomenal Girl 5”, “Tekgrrl”, and “Sorceress, Interrupted” and J.D. Williamson caricature artist and children’s entertainer.

There will also be a group who play the new popular post-apocalyptic sport Jugger. The game is based on the movie “The Blood of Heroes.” The game is kind of a blend of rugby with armed and unarmed combat added in. Local players will be there to answer questions, show off equipment, and promote the USA’s first Jugger Tournament on August 13th in Marietta. At 4pm they will be doing a live demo of the game.

Remix Pro Wrestling will have representatives on hand for meet and greets and promote their “Throwdown for the Pound: 4 Warned” on October 8th at the Marietta Middle School.

They are having a number of art contests at the con. A Coloring Contest for children (categories Ages 0-4 and Ages 5-8) to color a picture of a hero and win a bunch of kid friendly books. A “Create your own Super Hero Contest” (categories Ages 0-8 and Ages 9+), where kids draw their own hero creation. Winner will get a prize package and their hero drawn by a professionally artist. For the older attendees, there is a Comic Page Contest to write and draw a 4-panel comic strip. All contests will be judged by OVAL.

The Costume Contest for the con had two categories: kids and adults. They will have a custom backdrop to pose in front of to take pictures of. Those pictures will be uploaded to their Facebook gallery. Fans will then get to vote on their favorites there over the following week. Winners will win a gift certificate to Asylum Comics and personalized framed picture of their costume photo.

Attendance to the con will be only $2 for adults. Children 8 and under will get in free. There will be free face painting, free parking spaces, and free tables for gaming available. Concessions will be available at the con site as well. It will be managed by the Tri-County Food Pantry and the proceeds will go to their mission of assembling and distributing boxes of food for the needy. The also has t-shirts and buttons for purchase too.

You can check up more about the con at http://mkeaston.com/rivercity/

If anyone is able to make it out, look me up. I will be walking around with Mokona sporting a new costume for the con. Mokona is a plushie by the way.

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