Connecticut ComiCONN - A Giant-sized Celebration of Comics, Toys, Sci-Fi, and Cosplay Heads to the Webster Bank Arena on August 15-17

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Connecticut ComiCONN celebrates its 5th annual comic book/sci-fi convention and expands to a 3-day event with the largest roster of guests and events to date.

"What was once just for geeks is now chic!” - Mitch Hallock, Connecticut ComiCONN organizer

To meet the demands of its ever-growing fan base, Connecticut ComiCONN (a.k.a. ComiCONN), has moved to a larger venue and added additional days to its con to be held August 15-17 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. ComiCONN organizer, Mitch Hallock, said the change was a necessity, “To celebrate the expansion, we have assembled the largest guest list of comic book creators New England has ever seen!”

The show has grown from a small, one-day event at a hotel to a mega hit, drawing fans from all over the North East, some even coming in from as far away as Austria. “It’s about fans of all ages who have a passion for comics, movies, television, sci-fi, toys, and cosplay (where fans dress in elaborate costumes based on their favorite characters), a place to meet and celebrate the sheer coolness of it all," Hallock added.

“Just look at what is generating huge box office at the movies: “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” and on TV, “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” achieve record numbers in viewers. What was once just for geeks is now chic!” said Hallock, a marketing consultant and graphic designer who now promotes ComiCONN full time. “They say do what you love, and I have loved comic books since my Dad bought me my first Batman comic bought at a Liggett’s pharmacy in West Haven back in 1970. And yes, I still have that comic book, along with 25,000 others. So this isn’t a hard job at all. I am still such a big fan, I have to hide the excitement when I get a call from a legendary artist I grew up admiring, asking me if he can appear at the con.”

This year’s Connecticut ComiCONN will have something for every fan whether they like Star Wars, Marvel or DC Comics, Doctor Who or zombies – you’ll find it all at this year’s three-day spectacular at Webster Bank Arena. From actors from "Star Wars", "Captain America 2" to "Ghostbusters" and legendary comic book creators, the guest list rivals the big city conventions.

This year’s confirmed artist guests for the show include Guests of Honor, David Finch (Forever Evil), and George Perez (Teen Titans), along with Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Justice League), Neal Adams (Batman), Colleen Doran (Guardians of the Galaxy), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk), Adam Kubert (Wolverine: Origins 2), Tom Palmer (Captain America), Klaus Janson (The Dark Knight Returns), Lee Weeks (Daredevil), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Jerry Ordway (Shazam), Howard Porter (Justice League), Bob Wiacek (Star Wars), Rich Buckler (Deathlok), Mark McKenna (Spider-Man), Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy), Mike McKone (Justice League United), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Tom Raney (Thor), Scott Hanna (Green Lantern), Mark Morales (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chris Batista (Robin), Frank McLaughlin (Justice League), Billy Tucci (Shi), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Jack Purcell (Batman), Tom Chu (Batman), Josef Rubenstein (Captain America), Melissa Benson (Magic The Gathering), Adam Wallenta (Public Enemy), Arthur “Zombie King” Suydam (Marvel Zombies), Steve Montano (Guardians of the Galaxy), Mark Texeira (Punisher), and Tom Smith (Doctor Who). As far as writers go, ComiCONN has Denny O’Neil (Batman), Keith Giffen (Lobo), Franco (Tiny Titans), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Carl Potts (Punisher), Paul Kupperberg (Life with Archie), Todd Dezago (Impulse), Joe Caramagna (Spider-Man), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars).

Besides comic creators, Connecticut’s largest comic con has media guests such as William Katt (Greatest American Hero), Darth Maul himself, actor Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode 1, GI Joe and X-Men), Ernie Hudson (The Crow, Ghostbusters), Max Hernandez (The Avengers, Thor, Captain America 2, SHIELD), Larry Kenney (Thundercats, Grand Theft Auto), Peter Newman (Thundercats, Archer), Lynne Lipton (Thundercats), Ming Chen (Comic Book Men), Mike Zapcic (Comic Book Men), Rob Bruce (Comic Book Men), “Toy Hunter” Jordan Hembrough and Steve Savino, and WPLR's legendary deejay, The Wigmaster will also be in attendance.

Plus a superstar car show with the Batmobiles from the classic 1966 series, the 1989 “Batman” film, and the Tumbler from “The Dark Knight” films, the “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile, the Batcycle from the TV show and Batpod, R2-D2, a recreation of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Idol pedestal, plus 3 different TARDIS from Doctor Who.

As usual ComiCONN offers fans a shopping mecca for modern and vintage comic books, toys, movie props and memorabilia, artwork, and gaming supplies. ComiCONN will also host panels, live music, costume and trivia contests for kids and adults and a whole lot more. Interested exhibitors can visit the website and learn on how to obtain spaces for this year’s giant-sized ComiCONN!

As they say in the comics – “DON’T MISS IT!”

Cash ticket prices at the box office are as follows: $22.50 for Friday, $26.50 for Saturday, $26.50 for Sunday, and the super saver 3-day pass for just $55.50. Children 8 years old and younger are free when accompanied with a paid adult, limit two free kid tickets per adult. Tickets can also be purchased online via Ticketmaster. More ComiCONN information can be found at http://www.comiconn.com. #comiconn #comicon

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