I recently had the opportunity to attend by very first Comicon, and what an experience it was! The Virginia Comicon was held October 28-29 at the Richmond Raceway for the 32nd year, and to be very honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I know TMSM has covered cons before, so I had a general idea of what it could be like, and it didn’t let me down.
Pulling into the parking area, which was free (BONUS), I already knew I was in for a treat. My curiosity peaked more as we walked towards the entrance. The check-in process is easy and took only a few minutes. From there, we started our adventure into the work of Comicon. It can be a little overwhelming at first because there are so many directions to go in, but we set our path and forged on!
There were rows and rows of booths full of merchandise. They had a ton (not an understatement) of comic books for sale ranging from antique to hot-off-the-press, really great artists, and a good array of merchandise available for purchase, but more interesting to me were those dressed in Cosplay.
The length these people go to ensure their costumes are spot on is incredible. We first encountered a Deadpool, and let me tell you, he was a dead ringer (pun intended). We also saw some Star Wars characters, a really good Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy), Beaker from The Muppets, and lots of anime. I’m not as familiar with anime so my son had to tell me who some of the characters were.
Overall, we really enjoyed the event and all it had to offer. We will definitely go back next year. Tickets and more information can be found at www.vacomicon.com. Ticket prices vary by event and pass type, but children under the age of 12 are FREE! They also host Comicons in Fairfax, VA and Tidewater so if you are in those areas, be sure to check them out!