By Christopher Arnott
5:26 PM EDT, August 23, 2013
Ten straight hours of fandom is nigh. This year’s ComiConn brings several generations, and several universes, of comic book creators to the Marriott Hotel in Trumbull from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. Guests include everyone from Joe Staton, who’s delineated everyone from E-Man to Jughead to Dick Tracy; Ren & Stimpy artist Bob Camp; John Wesley Shipp, who starred as The Flash in a flashy ‘90s TV series; podcasters The Comic Book Men, legendary artist Jerry Ordway; Marvel scripters Ron Marz, J.M. DeMatteis and Danny Fingeroth; Wolverine artist Ron Garney; “Unbearable”’s Cliff Galbraith, Professor William Foster (who specializes in the history of African-American and dozens of others. More than one of them had something to with the 1980s cartoon Thundercats. A Batcycle and Batmobile will be on display.
The event, now in its fourth year, is co-sponsored by the Alternate Universe comics shops in New Haven and Milford, the marketing consultancy firm Big Fedora, radio powerhouse WPLR, the Pez candy company, SBC bar/restaurant, the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken, Gimmick Tees, Ulta-Pro, Crazy 8 Press and the Texas Roadhouse.
It’s a gathering of good-natured professionals, but the event really belongs to the fans. ComiConn’s slogan is “by the fans, for the fans.” That extends from a costume contest to the vast exhibitor/vendor area to just a lot of good conversations in the lobby.
When comic book conventions first caught on in the 1960s, they focused on comics exclusively. Now that superheroes have permeated all aspects of culture, from literature to cinema. It’s a bigger party now, but the comics experts are still in the center of it. Visit, watch and learn.
Tickets to ComiConn are $20, and free for kids under 10 (if accompanied by a paid adult). Details at http://www.comiconn.com
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