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Inaugural Comic Con planned in Ocean City

Cosplay, anime screenings, panels, vendors featured during Saturday’s event
By Kara Hallissey | Dec 07, 2017

(Dec. 8, 2017) Cosplay, anime screenings, panels and vendors are all part of Ocean City’s inaugural Comic Con, taking place Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Hotel and Spa on 21st Street.

“This will be the first event of its kind in Ocean City,” said James Dufendach, coordinator of Ocean City Comic Con. “We’ll be running panels and anime screenings all day, we’ll have lots of vendors of geeky goods, independent artists and guests. We did our best to pack as much content as humanly possible into this event to ensure people have a great time.”

Anyone who arrives in costume will receive $1 off admission and have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest.

“Cosplay and costuming has become a truly integral part of conventions, and just fandom in general, Dufendach said. “We’ll have first, second, and third places for both kids and adults. The prizes are huge. We really went overboard on it. Each winner will receive a tub packed with collectibles, comics, cards and more. Every child who enters, win or lose, will go home with a prize as well.”

Pro Cosplayer Kati Coe is slated to host the contest at 3 p.m. with Jesse Jarvis, Carter Cosplay, and Toxic Girl Cosplay as guest judges.

“We’d really like to encourage people to come in costume even if not entering the contest, so much so that we knock a dollar off the already low admission price,” Dufendach said.

There will be five panels running throughout the day including how to craft costumes. Visionary Comics will be on hand to discuss creating characters in addition to information on crime scene investigations.

“They are all of note, but I think the C.S.I. Gotham City panel run by author and Baltimore Police Department crime scene investigator, John French, is going to be novel and incredibly interesting,” Dufendach said. “He’ll be discussing why much of what you see in comics, television and movies about crime scene investigations are inaccurate and how things would actually go.”

Look forward to browsing more than 50 vendors, artists, groups and guests. They will be selling original art, back issue comics, toys, collectibles, video games, books and T-shirts.

“We can’t thank our friends at the Delaware Anime Society enough for hosting our screening room for us,” Dufendach said. “Such popular shows as ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ and ‘My Hero Academia’ will be featured.”

The 501st and Jedi Legion will be in “Star Wars” costumes for photo opportunities. Comics artist Greg LaRocque will be in attendance and there will be a replica of T.A.R.D.I.S. from “Doctor Who.”

“I am part of an independent comic book publisher here on the shore (PLB Comics), and we have always talked about bringing a geeky event to Ocean City,” Dufendach said. “It seemed like a great fit and something that was lacking in the area. As for an annual event, I think that is a near certainty.”

Attendees who bring a nonperishable food item for Diakonia will receive $1 off admission price. Diakonia is a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests.

In addition, $1 of each full-priced ticket will be donated to the Hero Initiate, which creates financial safety nets for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials in life and an avenue back into paying work.

Anyone who arrives in costume will receive $1 off admission and kids 9 and younger are free with a paying adult. General admission costs $7.

“We’re keeping the price at the door affordable to make sure everyone can come out and have a great time,” Dufendach said. “I believe this is a wonderful chance for people to try out an event like this without the extensive travel and cost that they would normally have to deal with. There will be so much to do all day, so much to see. I think people are really going to be blown away.”

For more information, check out www.oceancitycomiccon.com, email promotions@plbcomics.com or search “Ocean City Comic Con” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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