Comic convention season is in full swing. Around the country, scores of nerds of the comic, sci-fi, anime, television, fantasy, and gaming varieties are clumping together for weekends of excitement. The legendary Comic Con International is only two months away in San Diego. So what is a nerd in the Midwest supposed to do with their time, short of taking a trek to the coast?
The answer lies in O Comic Con, the brain child of Matthew Fujan and Rebekah Burchfield who wanted to bring people together. O Comic Con this weekend will be bringing comic, television, and movie stars from all things nerdy right to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs.
Sci-fi fans can meet Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in Star Trek: the Original Series as well as Battlestar Galactica actor Jamie Bamber, who played Lee Adama (callsign Apollo). Also present will be Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) and Tara Buck (HBO’s True Blood).
Wrestling fans can meet hardcore-wrestling-legend-turned-New-York-Times-best-selling-author Mick Foley. Cartoon fans young and old are sure to recognize voice actors Billy West (Stimpy of Ren and Stimpy and Fry, Farnsworth, and Zoidberg of Futurama) and Maurice LaMarche (The Real Ghosbusters, Frozen, Loony Tunes, and Pinky of Pinky & the Brain).
Comic book fans can look forward to panels, autographs, meeting and maybe even commissioning such big names as Greg Smallwood (Marvel’s Moon Knight), Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Eisner-nominated High Crimes), Phil Hester (DC Comics’ Green Arrow), Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, Burning Fields), and Cullen Bunn (Oni Press’ The Tooth and The Sixth Gun).
There will also be an expo hall open all three days with collectibles, art, games, costuming, tee shirts, weapons, jewelry and of course…comics. The Omaha Public Library will also be attending, hosting storytelling panels and signing kids up for their summer reading program.
Dressing up is encouraged and there wil be a cosplay red carpet event and contest Saturday.
Events run from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to O Comic Con are $45 for all three days or $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. Children under 12 are free with adult entry. Tickets can be ordered over the phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online through Brown Paper Tickets.