By Morgan Olmstead
NEWPORT, Ky. — This past weekend the Cincinnati Comic Con was held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. While many conventions today feature actors from long since cancelled shows or prominent voice actors, Cincinnati Comic Con strove to go back to the basics and celebrate the artists, writers, and creators of the comic books we fell in love with.
With a name like Tony Moore (Co-creator of The Walking Dead and native of Cincinnati) heading the creation of Cincinnati Comic Con, it was bound to be a success. The con began as a Kickstarter event in November of 2012 and surpassed its goal of $25,000 with an end total of $38,804. Events included Drink and Draw — an event held at the original Hall of Justice the Cincinnati Center Museum of Natural History & Science; panels on character building, Kickstarter crowdfunding, and the Michael J. Fox foundation; Sketch duels; and of course a costume contest.
Featured guests included Tony Moore himself and Arthur Adams, artist of X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, and more. Artists and writers of indie comics and up-and-comers included Helock Comics, Christopher Ryder of Dames in the Atomic Age, Rainbow in the Dark by Comfort Love and Adam Withers, and K. Lynn Smith of Plume. Other contributors to Cincinnati Comic Con were the nerd rock band, Kirby Krackle; the Missouri-based podcast, Digital Nerdage; Fearless Fred, a Canadian radio host; My Little Pony artists Katie Cook, Tony Fleecs, and Andy Price; and nerd jewelers, including Savage Juliet and The Lovely Teaspoon.
With its success this year, Cincinnati Comic Con will be held again September 5-7, 2014.
The author of this article enjoyed meeting passionate artists like Tony Moore (and incidentally his mother and aunt), seeing future generations of nerds in amazing costumes, stepping foot into the Tardis, and flirting with a Dalek.