Hundreds expected for Warner Robins Comic Con

awoolen@macon.comFebruary 13, 2013 

  • If you go

    What: Warner Robins Comic Con
    When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
    Where: Courtyard by Marriott, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins
    Cost: Tickets are $4 adults, $3 children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.
    For more information or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.atlantasouthcomiccon.com.

WARNER ROBINS -- Closet geeks and full-out nerds have something to rejoice about. A comic con is coming to Middle Georgia.

Throw zombies, comic books and costumes in a room together, and that is the start of Warner Robins Comic Con, which happens Sunday at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Mario Russo, Atlanta South Comic Con founder and owner of Mario’s Comics, said a few clients have been asking him to bring a convention to Warner Robins for years. He finally agreed.

Russo expects between 250 and 500 people to show up for the comic con. If the turnout is good, he will consider bringing another one back in the fall.

Although he knows he can’t compete with Atlanta for the number of people who attend events, Russo is hoping the quality of entertainment will be enough to bring in the die-hard fans as well as those who are just curious.

“There are lots of vendors, lots of action figures, and it’ll be a lot of fun,” he said.

Warner Robins-based Heroes and Villains, a specialty shop that sells comic books, is co-sponsoring the event and putting on a Magic: The Gathering tournament where the winner receives $500. Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game.

Employee Brandy Yentzer said at the last Magic party, the business had to turn people away at the door, as their shop can only hold so many people. There is room for 40 players at the comic con, she said.

Aside from vendors and gaming, there also will be book signings and autograph sessions.

Three actors from the television show “The Walking Dead” -- Warner Robins native Michael Koske, who portrays zombies; Theodus Crane, who plays Big Tiny; and Don Teems, a zombie -- will sign autographs.

Joanne Padgett, author of a new book series, will sign copies of her book “Vampires of Camelot.”

Padgett is releasing Part 2 of her series at the convention. Her first self-published book sold 60,000 copies.

“South of Atlanta is a new market for us,” she said of the comic con.

There also will be a character reveal at the event, where a guest will dress up as one of Padgett’s characters.

Others who will be in attendance are Eisner Award winner, comic book publisher, writer and artist Joe Pruett; comic book artist Drew Geraci of “Iron Man 3;” and comic artist/writer Matthew D. Smith.

Earth Station One will do a live podcast from the comic con.

Russo has several Facebook pages and keeps updated on the chatter going on about the event.

“People are thrilled that we are coming,” he said.

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