On Saturday April 6th Huntington will once again be host to the Tri-State Comic Con (Tri-Con) at the Big Sandy Superstore Area.

The con is run by James Maddox and Eric Watkins of Broken Icon Comics.  The con is supported by Top Shelf Productions, Ript Apparel, Dungeon Dweller Comics store, In This Issue podcast, and comic art supplier Blue Line Pro.
The Guests of Honors for the con include a few natives of WV: Jeremy Ambler (Walker from Walking Dead), James Patrick (Green Arrow, Batman), Beau Smith (Warrior, Wynonna Earp), and Robert Tinnell (Surf Nazis Must Die, Wicked West, Feast of the Seven Fishes).  And more from out-of-state.  Darryl Banks (co-creator of Kyle Rayner), Kevin Galbraith (Walker from Waking Dead), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Tony Isabella (creator of Black Lightning and Tigra),  Mark Kidwell (Vietnam zombie epic 68), Chad Lambert (Return to Point Pleasant, Kung Fu Panda), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Irredeemable), Steve Scott (Batman, JLA, Hulk), Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey, Judge Dredd), BillyTucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), and Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Surrogates).  All and all a nice little selection.

Native exhibitors of the con: Bad Place Productions, Black Cat Comics, film maker and writer Daniel Boyd, author Craig Halloran, Ronky Tonk, Tristan Kelly, Marc Lewis, Dan Pettry, L. Jason Queen, and members of the Ohio Valley Artist League.
And several artists from all over the place.   Todd Beistel, Tressina Bowling, Tyrell Cannon, Dustin Carson, Edward Choi, Rob Dumo, Rodney Fyke, Bob Frantz, Dan Gorman, Terence Hanley, Andrew Heath, Stephen Hines, Kevin Leen, Brent McKee, Mike Maydak, Michael Mayne, Ansley McDaniel, Chris McJunkin, Kenn Minter, Shawn Murphy, Franklin Napier, Brett Pinson, Rusty Shackles, Kevin Steward, Justin Stewart, Timothy Taylor, and Evan Thomas. Independent comic companies and groups Action Lab Entertainment, Assailant Comics, Drunken Cat Comics, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.

In addition other sites and shops at the con are the 501st Legion’s West Virginia Squad Corellia with two large props to take pictures with, steampunk accouterments Gears and Glass, toys, action figures, collectibles, games, cards, TeeMinus24 selling their limited edition t-shirts, and plenty of comic stores and sellers with everything from back issues to the latest trade paperbacks.  I have heard rumors of appearances from the Cult of Skaro and a police box exhibit from Galifrey.  Special note to WV comic stores and dealers from WV: C&C Comics, Geifer Games & Comics, Kat’s Comics, and Third Floor Comics and Collectibles.

Panels lined up for the con are “Mothman: The myth, the research and the graphic novel” by Chad Lambert, “The Art of Art” with a hand selected group of artists, “Talking with a Walker” with Kevin Galbraith, and “Writing the Relaunch” with Robert Venditti and Duane Swierczynski.  The panels will be moderated by Ryan ‘Zip’ Zipperian from X1063.
The con’s costume contest is at 5pm and is offering a cash prize for first place and a prize package from the exhibitors and sponsors for the runner-up.  A children’s division for those under 13 will also be held.  Registration will be from 10am till 1pm and for a maximum of fifty entries.
There will also be a charity auction at 4pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  You can look at the con’s Auction page for some of the items already lined up.  They will also have a special Doctor Who print, with the 11 Doctors and their own mascot done up as a doctor, each Doctor done by a different artist attending the con.

The convention will run from 10am-6pm.  Passes are only $7 for all day, kids under 10 get in free.  A special Guest Friendly Package for $10 comes with thirty minutes early access to the show floor are also available, but only ahead of time.  You can already get a look at the program guide for the con online.

This is something for all kinds of nerds to show up for, not just comic book fans.  Plenty of stuff to check out and a chance to meet all kinds of new people.


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