Thousands of comic book fans of all ages converged upon the Kentucky International Convention Center for the third annual Derby City Comic Con. Once inside, guests could browse through comics from vendors throughout Louisville and the region, purchase toys, gifts and art from vendors and creators alike, and attend panels on subjects ranging from bringing your friends into the comic book fandom to learning all of the ins and outs of self-publishing comics. The day also had two separate costume competitions for children and adults, a silent auction with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Kosair Children’s Hospital, coloring and trivia contests, and of course, the fun and excitement of attending a con.
Friday evening was the Derby City Comic Con, held at Loft 123 inside Patrick O’Shea’s on 123 W. Main St., where a few comic book artists created individual masterpieces for the silent auction the following day. The biggest masterpiece of all, however, came from announcements made by Derby City Comic Con owner and organizer Chuck Moore about the future of this yearly event. Here is what Louisville.com learned during the launch party:
- The con will expand into a two-day event as of 2014, and will have a five-year plan set up with the Convention Center, ensuring stability in the foreseeable future.
- The floor plan for cons from 2014 forward will be more visual in design.
- 2015 will see the floor plan expand to include the second floor of the center, due to continuous requests from vendors and creators alike wanting to participate in the con; according to Moore, the amount of requests received would be equal to three Derby City Comic Cons if fulfilled.
- November 29, 2014 is the date set for the first annual “Halfway to Derby” – name tentative as of this writing – a smaller Derby City Comic Con approximately the same size as the Louisville Arcade Expo, and featuring a 50/50 split between comics and toy vendors in time for the Christmas season. The focus will still be upon local and regional creators and vendors, and is designed to keep the main con in the attention of local media. The location will be announced at a later date.
- Finally, the show will aim to remain true to its roots – comic book artists from Louisville and the surrounding tri-state area – and will thus not build upon “the backs of media guests”: voice actors, actors from live-action properties et al.
The next Derby City Comic Con will be held June 28 and 29, 2014.