Flight is widely considered the most useful superpower, followed immediately by invisibility and childproof-bottle opening. Ditch your secret identity with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets to Derby City Comic Con at the Kentucky International Convention Center (a $14 value). The event takes place Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for children 12 and younger.
The first-ever Derby City Comic Con puts Louisville on the comic convention map with a daylong celebration of the love of panel-bound heroes, featuring prominent comic book creators, panel discussions, original artwork, and more. Fans and aspiring comic creators hobnob with guests including Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider, and The Walking Dead illustrator Tony Moore. Featured panels this year include the Creating and Self-Publishing Comics Panel, which lets hopeful writers and artists in on pro tips for creating, writing, and illustrating comic books, and the Small Press Showcase, which teaches do-it-yourselfers how to put together an entire comic with nothing but paper, ink, imagination, and an eye for fetching spandex uniforms. A variety of kids' activities divert ankle-biters from limb-gnawing, including “Create Your Own Comic Page" and “Create-a-Character" stations. Meanwhile, vendors lure eager convention-goers with the siren song of collectible merchandise, including comics, statues and articulated figures, keychains, and at-home gamma ray saunas. A charity auction positions bidders to do some world saving by benefiting The Library Foundation and helping Jamie D, cohost of the podcast “Comic Geek Speak,” in his fight against cancer, while dazzling paddle-holders with original artwork impressive enough to adorn the walls of your Themyscirian vacation home.