My Family's Fun=Project Comic Con Sept. 21-22

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I have ALWAYS wanted to go to a Comic Con (Comic Book Convention) and now I am!  St. Louis is hosting the Project Comic Con this weekend, Sept. 20-22 at the Westport Sheraton Lakeside Chalet 191 Westport Plaza 63146.   My family is going and yours should, too!  There are SO many super heroes, villains, comic book artists, costumes, contests, and prizes associated with this event that I can't possibly describe all of them, but I'll do what I can.  The first three sections of information below are geared toward kids.

Create a Hero Contest  
(For ages 12 and under)  Kids use a template provided online at the Project Comic Con website to draw their own super heroes or villains!  G.I. Joe artist and guest of the show, Robert Atkins, made basic character templates so the kids can draw in their own costumes.  The kids just need to give the hero (or villain) powers, an origin, and a really cool name!  Bring the hero to the show and guest judges Fabian Nicieza and Phil Jimenez will pick their favorites--those lucky kids will get their characters drawn by artists at the show!  Every child who enters will receive a free comic!

Costume Contest
Every Comic Con has a costume contest!  Come dressed as your favorite comic book character!  Need some ideas?  Go to the Project Comic Con website! 

The Costume Contest is sponsored by Anime St. Louis and will be held on Saturday September 21st at 3:00pm.  Please register for the contest before 2pm (this is the estimated time, it may be adjusted for a later start, but will not be adjusted for any earlier in the day).

This year’s Costume Contest will consist of 3 divisions:

  • Ages 9 and under
  • Ages 10-17 
  • Ages 18 and up

Prizes will be awarded in each division for Most Original Costume, Best Construction /Fabric, and Best Resemblance/Most Accurate.

In addition each judge will be handing out a “Personal Favorite” prize, which could be for any one costume in any of the categories.  Since there will be 4 judges, there will be 4 of these prizes.

**And one final prize will be given out by all the judges for the single Best Overall costume between all 3 age categories.

Other Kid Stuff
Arcade Games, An Intro to Cartooning class, comics, toys galore and (of course) all sorts of people walking around in costumes like Batgirl, Superman, Stormtroopers, R2D2 robots.

TICKETSKids 10 and under get in free with a paying adult (max. 2/ adult). 
Kids ages 11-15 half price with paying adult.

Canned Food Drive

Canned food, toiletries, and other non-perishables will be collected for those who have suffered or have lost their homes.  Please help out those who are in need in the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area.  Also, stop and enter to win free stuff in the charity raffle!  (Bring in a canned good for a free entry into the raffle.) 

Pro/Am Sketch Jam

The fee for participating in the Pro/Am Sketch Jam is $8 in advance or 12 per seat at the door.  (This money covers the models' expenses.)  Note:  The Jam will be on Friday NightSeptember 20th, 2013 and is scheduled from 6:30 - 9:30pm.  It will be in the front room of the convention at the Westport Sheraton (downstairs).  Just check in and grab a seat.

Death By Pictionary

Death by Pictionary is for Guests and Fans.  Guests of the show will be given something to draw, and they have up to 60 seconds to draw it.  The first person to call out the answer wins a prize!  Guests will be divided into teams, and they'll represent one side of the audience.  If the audience on their side of the room fails to call out the answer, then the other side gets to try and steal.

After Party

The After Party will be hosted by two of St. Louis’ own, the Mahfood Brothers.  Jim Mahfood (a.k.a. Food One), artist of MTV’s Disco Destroyer and Tank Girl, Clerks will be paintingduring the party while his brother, DJ Mahf, will be spinning the turntables.

Us Make Comic Words

“Us Make Comic Words” is an incredible opportunity for aspiring writers!  Small groups will sit with industry professionals and learn about their experiences, insights and answers about working in the field of comics.  Four incredible writers will be participating in this event:

Fabian Nicieza a writer and editor best known for his work on Marvel titles such as X-Men, X-Force, New Warriors, Cable and Deadpool, and Thunderbolts.  He’s created characters at both ends of the popularity spectrum, the wildy popular Deadpool (with Rob Liefeld), and the infamously disliked character NFL Super Pro.

Scott Lobdell has worked on several titles including Superman, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Teen Titans, Generation X, and Excalibur.  He has also performed as a Stand-up comedian, and didn’t start reading comics until he was 17.

Joshua Dysart was nominated for the Harvey Award, the Wizard Fan Award, and the Eisner’s Russ Manning Award.  He is known for the Valiant title Harbinger, Vertigo’s Unknown Soldier, DC’s Swamp Thing, and B.P.R.D. 1946 & 1947 for Dark Horse.  Joshua has traveled extensively to research his writing, and has worked on celebrity's comics like Neil Young’s Greendale and Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes.

Phil Hester might be best known for his penciling work, but he has authored over 70 different comic titles and hundreds of issues.  His creator-owned series The Wretch was nominated for the Eisner Award in 1997 for Best New Series.  He has worked with top professionals like Kevin Smith & Alex Ross, and has created and co-created several characters, such as Onomatopoeia, El Diablo, Constantine Drakon, and Mia Dearden.

Note: This event will take place on SUNDAY September 22nd starting at 2 pm and run for about 60 to 90 minutes.

Seats $20 and can be purchased at   **Please select the writer you’d prefer to sit with. We will make this happen IF POSSIBLE.  If you're purchasing multiple tickets and different writers are desired, please add the two different options to your cart.  Tickets may also be available at check if this event is not sold out.


Bonnie L. Frank

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