Cincinnati Comic Expo attracts thousands of heroes and heroines to Queen City

IMG_1788Already a busy three days with the annual “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati” German heritage festival, the weekend of Sept. 18 in downtown Cincinnati also played host to the 2015 Cincinnati Comic Expo. The weekend long event brought over 24,000 to the Duke Energy Convention Center to celebrate the very best in comic books, science fiction, and American pop culture.

Throughout the weekend, thousands got to mingle with artists, cosplayers, and some of their favorite television and movie stars, including Austin St. John and David Yost of “Mighty Morphing Power Rangers” fame, Sean Astin, who many know as Samwise Gamgee from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and iconic television stars Adam West and Burt Ward, best known as Batman and Robin from the campy 60’s incarnation of the “Batman” series.

Tying in with the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic “Back to the Future” franchise, Cincinnati Comic Expo brought several stars from the movie trilogy to this year’s event. The event kicked in high gear Friday evening with the “Enchantment Under the Sea” Geek Prom, modeled after the dance from the first movie. Harry Waters, Jr., who played bandleader Marvin Berry in the movie series, took center stage to perform not one, but three renditions of “Earth Angel,” the song that Marty McFly’s parents tried to dance to as Marty slowly faded away while performing. Waters said that he has just as wonderful time performing for the Expo attendees as he did performing it in the movie nearly three decades ago. “It was an amazing event because I got do three versions of it (Earth Angel), once with a swing band, once a cappella, and a swing version with Claudia Wells who plays Jennifer Parker (Marty’s girlfriend in the movie) and got to sing to her live, so I had a great time at the dance.”

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Along with the Geek Dance, there were several other events that brought huge crowds to the event. While some were trying to find their Player 2 in the Sci­Fi Speed Dating event, others arrived in their undead best for the annual Zombie Walk, which raised money and donations for the Freestore Foodbank, which helps provide more than 20 million meals each year to individuals and families in need across the tristate. Hundreds donated cans of food to help feed families for this upcoming holiday season, and then shuffled, moaned and made other various zombie noises from the Freestore Foodbank building to the Duke Energy Center, then partied the night away at the Zombie Dance.

If you happened to miss out on this year’s festivities, be sure to stay tuned to the Cincinnati Comic Expo website for when they will announce dates for their 2016 event and find out how you can register.

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