Comic Con Comes to Indy

Comic book fans, pop-culture lovers and wearers of cosplay, rejoice! The Indianapolis Comic Con is back this weekend, March 30 through April 1, at the Indiana Convention Center, located at 100 S. Capitol Avenue.

Last year, over 40,000 people attended the event. This year, Indiana Comic Con is expecting even more.

“Indiana Comic Con is Indianapolis’ largest, true comic con,” public relations representative Jaimie Kautzmann said. “Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide spectrum of interests, including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, anime, and more.”

A group of Star Wars cosplayers at the 2017 Indiana Comic Con. Courtesy of lemonwire.com

Attendees can find the main event at the exhibitor hall, where they browse different booths and tables, hosted by multiple exhibitors like Arcadia Comics, Sewer Lair Toys, Yaya Han, and more. These exhibitors will have toys, cosplay, graphic novels, memorabilia,  artwork and, of course, comic books on display and potential sale.

Not only does Comic Con play host to many different exhibitions, but offers plenty of other entertainment options as well, including panels such as “The Lightsaber Academy,” where participants can learn how to use a lightsaber and take part in a tournament, or “The 90s Were All That,” which discusses all things 90s related.

“Freestyle Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) is another popular panel,” Kautzmann said. “You get to participate in a quick, live DnD session with audience participation.”

“My favorite thing about Comic Con has to be Artist Alley,” said Indianapolis Native Jonas Firman. “There are so many great artists that put up their prints for sale at an amazing price. It’s also pretty awesome to see my friends in cosplay.”

Indiana Comic Con also brings celebrities, guest speakers and popular voice actors to the convention. Attendees have the option of seeing some of their favorite people during panels, or they have the option of paying to meet them and get their autographs.

“Of course our celebrity panels are always filled,” Kautzmann said. “There are people able to have an open floor Q&A with our guests!”

Some of the celebrities attending Indiana Comic Con this year include David Harbour from Stranger Things, James and Oliver Phelps from the Harry Potter movies, Rodger Bumpass from Spongebob, and Veronica Taylor from the Pokemon series.

If you want to dress up as your favorite character, Indiana Comic Con also hosts a costume contest. “The Cosplay Contest is one of our most anticipated events during Indiana Comic Con,” Kautzmann said. “There, you will get to see the contestants show off their hard work, and it’s all boiled into different categories.”

Cosplayers taking at group picture at the 2017 Indiana Comic Con. Courtesy of The Odyssey Online

Indiana Comic Con also offers different food and drink options for their guests outside of the Indiana Convention Center.

“There will be a number of food trucks parked on Georgia Street for your lunch and snack-time needs,” Kautzmann said. “They open at 11 a.m. and will stay until 3 p.m. They will be there all three days of the event.”

Tickets for the three-day event are still on sale. You can buy a weekend pass for $60, or you can buy single day tickets. The prices and times of the event are as follows:

  • Friday: tickets are $30 each. The event runs from noon to midnight.
  • Saturday: tickets are $40 each. The event runs from 10 a.m. to midnight.
  • Sunday: tickets are $30 each. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition hall closes on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Kids ages 12 and under are free. You can buy tickets and find more information on their website.

iPhone and Android users can download the official Indiana Comic Con app for a complete list of times and schedule for panels, exhibitions, and celebrity guests information.

“There’s always something new, you just have to find it!” Kautzmann said. “Try going to a panel that you didn’t see last year. Sign up and participate in the Cosplay Contest. Watch some of the Indiana Comic Con Film Festival and vote for your favorite film. Join Nerdy Speed Dating and see if you can find your soulmate. There’s so much to do.”

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