Calling all geeks! It’s time for the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, a three-day celebration of comics and pop culture. The show motto, “Get UR Geek On!” represents the diversity of geeky fans who love a variety of comic expressions. Whether through comics, movies, TV, cosplay, anime, or gaming, everyone gets to be a geek!
The show will run April 27-29 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. A full line up of activities and vendors promises to entice everyone. Three rooms dedicated to cosplay workshops, screenings, demonstrations and Q&A panel discussions with celebrity guests are available each day. Some of the many scheduled guests include Val Kilmer (Top Gun, Batman), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Luke Cage), Ian Beattie (Game of Thrones), Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner (Star Trek), actors from the Power Rangers, Muppeteer Caroll Spinney (Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird) and voice artist Jim Cummings (Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh, Kaa the Snake). Visit the Guest List page here to check on which day(s) your favorite will be attending.
Another fun part of the show is the costume contests. Adults can strut their stuff on Sat., April 28th and kids ages 12 and under can participate on Sun., April 29 at 12:30 pm. All kids will receive a prize for participating. Even if you do not participate in the official contests, show attendees are welcomed and even encouraged to come in costume. Please visit the show’s policy page here for regulations and information on props, weapons and safety considerations.
Children and teens can also learn about the world of animation and comics at the specially designed Kidz Corner. Face painting, crafts and lots of interactive activities will be available to explore. Several professional artists from Get in Toon with Comic Clubhouse will be running workshops on How to Create Comics & Cartoons, and Animation Production 101. Kids can learn the art of storytelling, character design and storyboarding as well as get a chance to try their hand at completing their own comic. A Puppetry workshop will teach the “secrets” of lip-sync and manipulation and participants will get to make a simple puppet.
Tickets for the Comic Con can be purchased online in advance through the Expo website or by clicking here. Prices vary depending on the day you attend, but a specially priced pass covers you for the entire weekend. All children 10 & under are free with a paying adult and must be accompanied at all times. Prices are slightly more at the door. For a higher price tag, purchase a VIP pass for added perks or choose to buy a photo op with a celebrity guest or grouping.
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con show is open Fri., April 27 from 3 to 8 pm, Sat., April 28 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sun., April 29 from 10 am to 5 pm.