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The Louisiana State Fairgrounds will host the Louisiana Comic Con on April 22.
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Tom Cook is one of the guests scheduled to appear.
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Seth Gilliam is scheduled to be at Comic Con.
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To accommodate the growing crowd, Louisiana Comic Con moves to the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum and State Fair of Louisiana Fairgrounds for this year's event April 22.
Wow! Did you realize the Louisiana Comic Con is right around the corner? It flew by quick as lightning and now is the time to rope some tickets and feel the energy. The family friendly event is set for April 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum and State Fair of Louisiana Fairgrounds, 3701 Hudson Ave.
AVC Conventions Owner/Public Relations and Social Media Manager Greg Hanks said the reason he started Comic Con was, “A selfish decision to be able to have the opportunity to show my kids famous people who were from the South to prove to them that it was not detrimental to be from our area of the country.”
Hanks has a master’s degree in journalism/public relations, and his business partner has a degree in English and business. Together they began the Comic Con events in the South, which includes the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, with plans to expand into Alabama and Arkansas.
Since that time, Hanks said it has evolved into “an absolutely fun business” where he uses his college degrees in a way to entertain families. The first show was held in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2014 and the first Louisiana show was in Bossier City at The Civic Center in February 2015. Attendees come from all over Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and as far away as the Carolinas.
In 2015, they had issues with the crowds being too large to accommodate. “After that event, we began searching for a larger venue,” Hanks said. “Because of circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to secure a suitable venue until this year.
“Fortunately for us, Chris Giordano at the State Fair of Louisiana welcomed us with open arms and the group that owns the Hirsch did as well. We are all looking forward to bringing a great event to Shreveport and have the facilities to handle the crowds we weren’t expecting back during the first show. This time we have the entire fairgrounds to work with us. Bossier City and Shreveport has been extremely welcoming to us and we couldn’t wait to get back to the area with our Comic Con.”
When asked if this was something he personally enjoyed, Hanks said, “Absolutely. The goal of probably everyone working is to do something that doesn’t feel like work and/or that you enjoy and want to do all the time. That’s this job for us. There are a lot of very long days and many people don’t know how we do so much work, but it’s something we love.”
“As far being a comics fan, my first gift as a child was a stuffed Spider-Man doll -- which I still own – and I also have a Spider-Man tattooed on my leg,” he admitted. “So, I would say I’m a pretty big fan.”
So far, there have been 18 special guests announced with more expected to join. They include Seth Gilliam from The Walking Dead, Karan Ashley and Johnny Yong Bosch from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel from Dragon Ball Z, Vernon Wells from The Road Warrior and Commando, David Della Rocco from The Boondock Saints, Rochelle Davis from The Crow film (and James O'Barr who created the character), Bob Elmore from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, wrestler Ted "Million Dollar Man" DiBiase, artists Bob McLeod (Spider-man, G.I. Joe), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), and Tom Cook (He-Man, Scooby-Doo, Flinstones, Smurfs), cosplayers Cami Roebuck, Haiden Hazard, and Elle Graves, as well as the fan built Ghostbuster's replica vehicle Ecto Nola.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet, take pictures and get autographs from celebrities. There will also be vendors on hand, fan groups, panels, a costume contest and even artists from comic books and cartoons.
Tickets may be purchased online from Eventbrite or at the door. Admission is $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. Kids, ages 2-8, may be admitted for $5 per day and children under 2 are admitted free. There is also a special rate for military and their immediate family (with ID) which is $20 for the weekend. These tickets may be purchased online or at the ITT office at Barksdale.
“We are extremely excited to be back with Louisiana Comic Con and can’t wait to see everyone,” Hanks concluded. “We are trying to bring the best show possible to the fans in the area and we really appreciate everyone being patient with us as we looked for a new venue.”
By Julie Langley