THE ROAD TO ATLANTA COMIC CON: A ConRecon Prequel

 

In two weeks, I’ll be heading out of Nashvegas in the old front wheel drive escape pod on my way to the land of traffic; Atlanta. The occasion is the new Atlanta Comic Con’s inaugural year and it is shaping up to be a pretty darn good one.

The tagline straight from atlantacomiccon.com is as follows:

“Embrace your nerdiness at Atlanta’s #1 family-friendly, comic convention. Comic books, toys, cards, games, artwork, cosplay, apparel, guest creators, celebrity guests–it’s all here! Whether you are a hardcore collector or a casual pop-culture admirer, Atlanta Comic Con is a fun time for all!”

Fantastic guests are scheduled for this one regardless of your nerd-niche. A variety of film and television celebrities include such personalities as Sean Astin, Nichelle Nichols, Cary Elwes, Ray Park and Lea Thompson.

In addition, a variety of voice actors and cosplayers will also be attending such as Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Artist and creator talent include big names such as Adam Hughes, Joe Jusko, Ty Templeton, Chad Hardin and Whilce Portacio.

I’ll be grabbing my best covers for sigs and at least a few blanks for a sketch or two.

In addition to guests, if autographs aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of events throughout the convention.

There is the “1UP” Gaming Center area which will have both analog and digital gaming, a Padawan Kid Zone if you have the little ones with you, a variety of panel discussions with guests from the con, live radio dramas and fantasy readings, film festival movie appreciations, cosplay panels and contest (with a grand prize of $500 for Best-in-Show and a variety of other monetary prizes!), a magician, live podcasts, freestyle D&D, comic creator how-to panels and even a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show… essentially, all the fixin’s of a fun convention for every sort of nerd.

For me, I look most forward to longbox digging and meeting some great creators and artists.  

Upon my return, I will, of course, be writing the post con “ConRecon” report to speak about my experiences at Atlanta Comic Con for the CBSI community. I will be discussing the layout and logistics of the con itself, the quality, quantity, pricing and variety of merchandise from the exhibitors, the celebrity and creator guest experiences and mundane need-to-knows like food, parking and the ever-dreaded “restroom situation.”            

This convention is not be confused with Atlanta’s DragonCon which takes place from August 30th through September 3rd. Of course, Atlanta is better-known for the 30+ year-old DragonCon, but for many, conventions of that scope can be arduous. This con, happening seven weeks earlier, seems to fill the void of a more accessible show in the Atlanta area and I, for one, am looking forward to it very much.

The Atlanta Comic Con debuts on July 13th-15th, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Atlanta Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, who produce four other comic conventions throughout the country. For information regarding hours, guests announced so far, programming, and other details about Atlanta Comic Con, visit https://atlantacomiccon.com

 

Until my return, happy hunting, everyone.

Mike Morello

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