Queen City gets super-powered for annual Cincinnati Comic Expo event

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The weekend of Sept. 23 in Cincinnati played host to not only the first Bengals home game of the season against the Denver Broncos but played host to one of the state’s biggest comic book conventions of the year. The annual Cincinnati Comic Expo took over the Queen City for a weekend long celebration of comic books, pop culture and all things superheroic.

img_5045At last year’s event, over 24,000 attendees filled the Duke Energy Convention Center to interact, make new friends and even pick up that extremely rare comic book that eluded their collection. However, to shatter the record that 2015 made, the Expo had to break out the big guns. They did, in the form of iconic comic book writer, and the undisputed creator of the Marvel comic universe, Stan Lee. Cincinnati Comic Expo played host to one of Lee’s last public appearances and thousands waited in line for hours on end to meet, shake hands and get their picture taken with the 93-year-old creator of “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man” and “The Avengers.” One of those in attendance, Dustin Reagan, stood in line for four hours, eagerly waiting to meet the man who laid the groundwork for his favorite comic book hero, “Captain America,” just to have his replica of the hero’s iconic red, white, and blue shield signed by Lee. Dustin shared with us his thoughts on meeting Stan Lee, shortly after exiting the line.

“It was amazing. Stan is really nice in person and was even cracking some jokes with the people in line to see him. I drove six hours to come here just to get my shield signed by Stan, but it was worth it to meet “Stan the Man” and meet him at least once.”

Among the various independent artists and pop culture celebrities in attendance for fans to meet, one group in particular that is always in attendance at the Comic Expo is the Ohio chapter of the 501st Legion, a “Star Wars” costume group that celebrates not only the mythological storytelling of the science fiction franchise, but also use it to give back to the community through fundraisers, volunteer work and even visiting children in the hospital in full costume. Each year, a giant section of the convention floor is dedicated to the displays and interactive scenes that the 501st painstakingly assemble and disassemble to give attendees the chance to insert themselves into some iconic “Star Wars” scenes. Whether it’s getting your photo in an Imperial holding cell or hanging from the ceiling of an ice cave on Hoth, they bring these full-sized displays to each event and even collect money to donate to various charities throughout the state.

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If you missed out on this year’s event, it’s never too late to start preparing for next year’s Cincinnati Comic Expo, set to take place The 8th annual installment will return to the Duke Energy Convention Center for the weekend of Sept. 22, 2017. For more information, you can visit the Cincinnati Comic Expo website or their Facebook page.

Check out our Cincinnati Comic Expo photo gallery – Presented by Little Professor Productions