Each year, you will find self-proclaimed nerds, fanboys and fan-girls traversing from city to city from the sunshine of San Diego to the hustle and bustle of New York. Each one will have with them some form of picture, poster, collectible toy or other memorabilia from their favorite actor, actress, character or show. Some will even be in costume or better known as cosplay. Why, you ask? Because they have, Comic-Con Fever.
So, what is a Comic-Con? Many people often ask, “just what goes on at a Comic-Con?”. Well just as the name implies, there are lots of comic books, comic characters, comic collectibles, comic cosplay and lots of other related things. One of the biggest reasons that many people decide to attend a “Con” is for the opportunity to meet and greet some of their favorite fandom stars. Here you can meet and get autographs or take pictures with some of your favorite actors and actresses that play real life characters from Marvel and DC or voice your favorite animated character or video game character.
Comic-Cons have been a yearly tradition for over 40 years now with the first notable one being held in San Diego on March 21, 1970, but comic book conventions, or as they were first known as science-fiction conventions, go all the way back to the 1930’s. The first official ‘organized’ comic book convention on record is the New York Comicon in 1964.
We regularly travel from state to state to “check out” our local comic cons and even some of the further regional ones. Since the season has already began, we want to share the schedule of some of the upcoming events that you don’t’ want to miss out on!
The first event coming up that you don’t want to miss is February 8th & 9th – Fanboy Expo Blastoff presented by the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Here for only $20, you can meet and get autographs from some of the stars such as:
Mark Dodson – Mark is the voice talent that provided the voice for Salacious Crumb in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. For Gremlins he is the voice of many of the Gremlins and mischievous Mogwais. For Gremlins 2, he is the voice actor for Daffy, George, and Lenny, along with miscellaneous gremlins/mogwai. and more!
Jeremy Ray Taylor – Jeremy is best known for playing Ben Hanscom in Stephen King’s It (2017). He has also appeared in Goosebumps 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, 42, Ant-Man and more!
Keith Silverstein – Keith is best known for voicing Torbjörn in the hit video game Overwatch. He also voiced Hammer-Head in the “Video Game of the Year” Spider-Man as well as characters from Bleach, Naruto, and Simon Belmont in Castlevania, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bro Ultimate and many more!
Neil Kaplan – Neil is best known for voicing Optimus Prime in Transformers Robots in Disguise, Emperor Zarkon on Voltron and Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto on Bleach. He has done tons of video games as well including Tychus Findlay in Starcraft II, Dominus Ghaul in Destiny 2, Skadge in Star Wars: The Old Republic as well as voices for titles such as Red Dead Redemption II, World of Warcraft, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Elder Scrolls: Morrowind and many many more!
Sandy Fox – Sandy is best known for her voice over work with: Betty Boop , Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon in Sailor Moon, Vyrn in GranBlue Fantasy, Aldnoah.Zero, Naruto, As told by Ginger, TRANSFORMERS Robots N disguise and many many more… and many many more!
Lex Lang – Lex is best known for voicing Major Vonreg in Star Wars Resistance, Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Battlefront II (2015), Han Solo in Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005) & Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (2003), Marechiyo ?maeda in Bleach, Fire Lord Sozin from Avatar the Last Airbender, Jagged Stone from Miraculous Ladybug, Dr. Neo Cortex from the Crash series and many many more!
- Other events to keep watch for are:
Con Nooga 2019 – February 22-24, 2019 – Chattanooga Convention Center Chattanooga, TN
- Emerald City Comic Con – March 14-17, 2019 – Washington State Convention Center
- Omnicon 2019 – March 30, 2019 – Tennessee Technological University, Roaden University CenterCookeville, TN
- Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2019 – April 19-21, 2019 – Sheraton Music City Hotel / Embassy Suites Nashville Airport Nashville, TN
- Rob Con 2019 – June 29-30, 2019 – Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport TN
- FanBoy Expo 2019 Knoxville Comic Con – July 12-14, 2019 – Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville TN
So get your cosplay costumes ready, your markers tested and we will see you at the conventions!