On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, in Huntington, West Virginia was filled with hundreds of people from all over the tri-state area, including comic book enthusiasts and characters. These individuals came out to gather and network with each other at the 4th Annual Tri-State Comic-Con (also known as Tri-Con).
Tri-Con has grown to become West Virginia’s largest show centered around comics. This one-day show is known for bringing in comic book creators, authors, artists and other comic related people from all over the country. Along with these individuals, the show’s focus remains on highlighting local independent creators as well.
In its fourth year, Tri-Con guests included Cory Smith (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – IDW), Darryl Banks (DC Comics), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Gotham by Midnight), Paul Allor (Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kyle Strahm (Spread) and many more. Another feature of this year’s show was the exclusive variant covers to comic book titles published by IDW, Image and Broken Icon Comics which featured convention guests. The exclusive cover for ’68 by Image featured the convention co-founders, Eric Watkins and James Maddox, as zombies. Two of these exclusives are shown below:
Attending this event was a special treat seeing the community come together as people participated in cosplay portraying their favorite characters while fans lined up requesting photo ops and autographs. With Tri-Con being a local event it made it seem more realistic compared to the bigger events that are now global. The Nerd Stash had was given the opportunity to sit down for a few moments and speak with Eric Watkins, co-founder of the Tri-State Comic-Con, to get a little history and learn more about the show. Listen to how Tri-Con got started and things that Eric Watkins and James Maddox did to bring it to the tri-state area. For more information please visit www.tristatecon.net. You can follow them on Twitter @triconwv or their Facebook.
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