Comic Con is Coming to Huntington
At some point, it seems every child’s dream is to live in a fantastical world of super powers, heroes, and villains. With events like the Tri-State Comic Con, or Tricon, this dream can almost come true. This year, the first comic convention in Huntington since around 1983 is coming to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, June 9, 2012.
“I really wanted to put something together that people who enjoy comics could enjoy,” says James Maddox, one of Tricon’s founders and organizers. “With all the popularity comics are gaining, I think it would be great for people to see the print side that spawned a lot of great, blockbuster movies.”
This summer, people from all across the region are invited to take a closer look inside the comic book world, where people dress up like their favorite characters, plenty of vendors sell their wares, and some of the best creators are even in attendance. “There will be some fairly big names at Tricon, but there will be plenty of smaller vendors as well,” James says. “We want people to see that the creative spirit of comic books is alive and well. There is a lot more to comics than super heroes in spandex; there are great comics in science fiction, alternative history, and many more genres.”
James is looking forward to the Huntington festival, and he has prior experience in planning festivals from when he was living in Ohio. He and his business partner, Eric Watkins, have an independent publishing company and have spent time at other comic book conventions, too. “Eric and I really started to pay attention when we were at these other conventions so we could learn how to put on a great show of our own,” James says.
Tricon will be $7 per person and children under 10 will get in free.