Comic conventions, like political conventions, are places where groups of like-minded enthusiasts gather for pageantry and the revelation of a superhero to save modern times. Commune with society's saviors with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one adult ticket to the Mid-Ohio Comic Con on Sunday, October 23 from 10am–5pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (up to a $35 value).
The Mid-Ohio Comic Con coaxes international artists, writers, and celebrities into the Greater Columbus Convention Center, creating a superpowered carnival atmosphere. Comic-con guests can dress up in comic- or movie-themed costumes as elaborate as Rube Goldberg's lamest excuse while they circulate the convention center to collect autographs, merchandise, and photos with fellow enthusiasts. Attendees can also wander the pavilion's floor and meet their film and comic-book idols face-to-face, asking penetrating questions about their artistic processes, favorite projects, and availability to join a vigilante crackdown on line-cutters.
The program features a multitude of guests, including Jeff Smith, a 10-time Eisner Award–winner best known for creating Bone. Fans can also attend Q&A panels with stars ranging from Adam West to Burt Ward to Billy Dee Williams, and meet celebrity attendees including Gil Gerard and Robyn Griggs. Up to two children ages 10 and younger receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. On Sunday, family-friendly activities are available, including face painting and a kids' costume contest.