One Dayton’s longest-running geek culture events is coming up this weekend. The 14th annual Gem City Comic Con will be a celebration of comic books and gaming at Dayton Convention Center this weekend, April 27-28.
Gem City Comic Con’s mission is to “promote art and reading by introducing kids and adults to the world of sequential art.” They’ll do this by bringing in industry professionals and comic publishers from the Midwest and beyond.
Special guests from the world of comic books
Featured guest Dirk Manning is a well-known horror comic writer. Manning has written for such popular titles as Tales of Mr. Rhee, Nightmare World and Love Stories (To Die For). His book “Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics” has helped many aspiring comic book writers learn the craft. Manning has also written three episodes of the YouTube Red horror anthology series Blackbox TV.
Tabletop gamers and comic fans alike will be pleased to hear that Jolly Blackburn will be at Gem City Comic Con. Blackburn is the creator of the wildly popular comic strip Knights of the Dinner Table, which lovingly pokes fun at gaming enthusiasts. Now a major gaming magazine, KoDT also features reviews and articles about RPGs and gaming.
Jay Leisten is a famous comic cover artist who has done work for Marvel and DC, as well as independent publishers. His art has graced the covers of such well-known titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, and Iron Man.
Educator Christy Blanch is another exciting guest who will be at Gem City Comic Con. A comics scholar and author, Blanch has taught in colleges and prisons, using comic books as textbooks to teach about gender and anthropology. Blanch has taught a free massive online course called “Social Issues through comic books.” She is co-owner of Aw Yeah Comics, in Muncie, Indiana.
Tons of gaming
Gamers will be pleased because their Gem City Comic Con badge will grant them full access to the Game Developers Lab. Game designers from all over the area will be showing off their creations.
Galatune is an arena combat battle card game that aims to combine Pokemon with Super Smash Bros. Players all take their turn at the same time, and you never know whether you will be a target. Cards are illustrated with gorgeous anime-inspired art from the Galatune universe.
The survival horror RPG Survive the Night will also be at Gem City Comic Con. Survive the Night is a spine-tingling, beginner-friendly tabletop role-playing experience where four to six players will have to team up if they want to survive the stuff of nightmares.
Heroes Unite is a trading card game featuring characters by Yellow Springs’ own Corgi Press. This fast-paced game is for players ages 8 and up.
Dolphin Hat Games has created an addictive little card game called Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. Perfect for the whole family, in this quick party game has adorable art.
One of the coolest things about Gem City Comic Con are the panel discussions, where convention-goers can learn all about specialty topics.
Local author Jeri Fay Maynard will host a panel called “From Fan Fic to Published,” about turning your works of fan fiction into a finished novel.
“Constructive Deconstruction: Looking at the Good in Bad Comics,” will encourage you to adjust your perceptions and see comics you first thought were bad in a different light.
In “Voice Acting 101” voice actor Frank James Bailey, will share lessons he’s learned in his 25 years experience.
Other panels include talks on creating audio fiction, a Marvel trivia game, and artists from the comic book Deadpool.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the awesome things to do at this weekend’s Gem City Comic Con. There’s also the annual Hero Initiative Auction, the Drink n’ Draw after party event at Warped Wing, costume contests, and of course, tons of dealers selling books.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Gem City Comic Con
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th Street, Dayton
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 at the door. $8 for teachers, military, students, and first responders. Kids 12 and under free. Pre-sale tickets available at Bell, Book, and Comic.