Salina’s first ever event dedicated to comics, collectibles, art, cards, and cosplay is this weekend.The first ever Salina Comic Con is this Saturday and Sunday at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Organizer Clint Randolph tells KSAL News that there will be 57 tables of comics, toys, artwork and cards – both sports and non‐sports, and much more. The event will feature local and out of state vendors who will be buying, selling and trading.
Randolph says at Salina Comic Con there will “basically be a bunch of comic book vendors, artists, and toys.” He added “pretty much anything you can think of, in a carnival atmosphere.”
Randolph says that Salina Comic Con will be a little different than similar other celebrity-based events. This will truly be a comic con, giving those who attend a chance to get in a little cheaper and to find toys, collectibles, and of course comics.
There will be a couple of well-known professional illustrators at Salina Comic Con. Cullen Bunn and Jimmy Johnston will both be at the event. Bunn is best known for his work on comic books such as his Uncanny X-Men and various Deadpool miniseries for Marvel Comics. Johnston is the comic book writer who is currently best known for the IDW series Micronauts. Both will be on hand signing comics they have worked on.
There will be a professional cosplayer, and a cosplay contest at Salina Comic Con. Professional cosplayer Keely Madison will be at the event, and a cosplay contest will be held Saturday at 4:00. There will be a sign up booth for all who want to be part of the contest. First Place will receive $200 cash, 2nd place will receive $100 cash and a 3rd place winner will receive $50.00 cash. Those in costume can sinng up as an individual, or group. All will be in one contest. No nudity or live weapons, this is a family friendly event.
It’s traditional for Comic Con attendees to dress up, but some will attend in normal attire as well.
Salina Comic Con will be held at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center, in Heritage Hall this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids 8 and under get in free. Show hours are 10am until 6pm both days.