11. Great door prizes throughout the weekend - literally hundreds of dollars given away each hour!
10. Charity auction Saturday at 600p! Great opportunity to pick up cool stuff and benefit great causes!
9. Charity Magic Tournaments on Sunday. Get your deck together and game on!
8. Free Bowling Party on Satuday night (730p). Comics and bowling - two great things that are greater together! (no, the Hulk will not be bowling).
7. Panels, panels, panels! As you probably have noticed by now, this is not going to be a "Dealer's Room Only" show with lots of other activities for a bigger con experience. There is a full slate of panels over diverse subjects including inking, comic licensing, running a con, GI Joe, and a special appearance by Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics fame.
6. Great Guests - Part I. VA Comicon Regulars including the Tsunami Studio posse of Randy Green, Rick Ketcham, Kelly Yates, Steve Bird, and more; Andy Smith; Louis Small, Jr; Brian Shearer; John Gallagher; Steve Conley; James Kuhoric (in one of his few show appearances); Kevin Sharpe, and Eric Wolfe Hanson are all going to be in attendance. And previous attendee now DC Comics Zuda Award Winner Adam Lucas will also be there.
5. CGC and Hero Initiative - two organizations that are wonderful additions to any show. Drop your submissions directly at the CGC booth for grading and save the time, money, and worry of shipping your gems! CGC will also be witnessing for their Signature Series (see all of the Great Guests entries above and below).
4. Show Exclusives - not only will there be the cool VA Comicon poster designed by Tsunami Studios, there is also the exclusive holiday variant cover to Witchblade #132 (limited to 1000) by Randy Green and its ultra rare (less than 200) no logo sketch version (submit those lovelies to CGC!)
3. Advance Ticket Specials - buying early has its benefits! Premium VIP tickets have sold out, but you can still get Advanced VIP tickets for $14.95 and Advanced VIP for $9.95. Both levels get into the dealer's room 30 minutes early on both days, the show exclusive Witchblade variant, 20% off at New World Comics and Toys booth at the show, and free entry into the prize drawings.
2a. Great Guests - Part II. Adding to the already stellar guest lineup are a number of writers and artists who have not been to a Virginia show in years (if ever!). DC and Marvel artists Mark McKenna (so many titles, he could have his own long box!), Dan Parent (Archie), Reilly Brown (Cable and Deadpool), Mike McKone (Exiles, JLI, Amazing Spider-Man, Big Town), Jim Calafiore (Batgirl, Exiles, Iron Man, Countdown), and Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man comics and newspaper strip) will all be in attendance.
2b. Great Guests - Part III. But wait, there's more! Great artists also need great writers, and some of the bests will be here including Chuck Dixon (just about every Bat title, GI Joe, Stargate, Birds of Prey), Billy Tucci (creator of Shi), Chris Claremont (the "father" of the Uncanny X-Men and creator of thousands of characters and dozens of titles plus loads of fun to talk with), and in a very rare appearance, the creator of the modern GI Joe franchise, Larry Hama!
1. Ticket Prices and Free Entry - all this and 50+ tables of one of the best comic selections on the East Coast for just $10 for both days! Plus free admission for children, anyone in full costume, student ID, or Military ID!
Bottom Line - if you like ANYTHING about comics, superheroes, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, GI Joe, or even looking for some cool Christmas gifts, you MUST be at this show! For much more info, go to www.vacomicon.com
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