"I like to say we keep the Com without the Con because we focus pretty much on comics," says Hallock. "A lot of these conventions say they're about comic books, but it's really just a convention of pop culture..."
Actors attending this year include
The convention will also feature live music, vendors, interactive games and the cast of AMC's "Comic Book Men" as well as legendary creators, artists and writers of comic books such as George PÉrez,
The convention will be a first for famed comic book artist
Adams is credited with helping to create the artwork of Batman, Superman, the Green Lantern, the Green Arrow and more. He has been inducted into the
Adams says that when he started writing comics in the early '60s, there was no real connection between the creators and the fans, but the recent increase in comic-book conventions has changed all that.
"Talking to people is my favorite part of the conventions," says Adams. "There was never a venue for this to happen. Now there is this mesh between fans and creators that has never happened before and is very new."
Of course, there will be cosplay costume contests for both children and adults.
"These folks who cosplay are so passionate about their craft it's amazing," says Hallock. "It's as serious as any other hobbyist or even more so. ... It's an artwork that you wear..." The adult contest will be held on Saturday and the children's constest will be on Sunday.
Attendance to ComiCONN has increased substantially each year. "The first year ... we were only expecting a couple hundred, and 900 people showed up," says Hallock. "The next year was during Hurricane Irene and 1,500 people came in the middle of a hurricane." Hallock says 6,000 people attended the convention last year and he expects between 10,000 and 15,000 this weekend.
The convention is "truly an all ages show," he says. "Everyone loves the modern day mythology of comics."
Comic books and super heroes "give us hope. It's fantasy that good will always triumph over evil, that one person or a group can save the world. ... We will always need someone to help make it all sane and tell us to have faith that things ultimately will work out for the best. Comics do that issue after issue."
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