A star studded line-up of comic royalty including New York Times bestselling author and writers Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk, Kingdom Come), Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash, Surrogates) and Tony Moore (co-creator of the Walking Dead) headline over 225 exhibitors and comic creators at Derby City Comic Con, Louisville’s original comic con!
Returning to the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville for its fourth year and first two-day convention on June 28th and 29th, the event just keeps growing, pushing its current 45,000 square foot event space to its max. Over 4300 comic book fans turned out for the third annual Derby City Comic Con last year, (which marked over 44% increase from 2012) and we’re expecting an even larger crowd this year!
“If you think you know Derby City Comic Con, you haven’t seen anything yet” says convention director and owner, Chuck Moore.
Located in the heart of downtown, Derby City Comic Con brought a comic centered convention to Louisville, KY for the first time in 35 years in 2011. Now in its fourth year, the crowds and excitement continue to grow even as the price of admission remains incredibly family friendly. Single day passes are only $10 and a full weekend pass is only $15 per attendee and comes loaded with show extras. As always, kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
This year Derby City is bringing back everything fans loved about the convention form year’s past, only we’re making it bigger and better.
Additional detail on the event…
Charity Partners: Derby City Comic Con is trilled to be raising money through our silent auction and other efforts in support of the Kosair Charities once again partnering with the organization in 2014. Kosair Charities supports over 90 children’s agencies across the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Additionally, Derby City Comic Con is once again working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana providing passes to a massive mix of “Matches” allowing the children and their mentors access to visit the convention together free of charge.
Comic Creators and Artists: On our convention floor we share a premiere mix of regional and national comic book talent. Offering the best of Louisville as well as the larger industry all in one event space. You will find comic creators, writers, and artists ranging from those just getting started to those who have influenced a generation of professionals.
Vendors and Exhibitors: Here at Derby City Comic Con we love our vendors. In 2014 we’re presenting over 100 tables filled with comics, toys, magazines, Legos, posters, cards, gaming supplies and more! It’s enough to fill an entire weekend just shopping and exploring everything they have to offer. In addition, we’re also thrilled to present a mix of interesting exhibitors you’ll want to chat with including the Mandalorian Mercs, Corn Island Steampunk Society, the Louisville Cartoonist Society, the Louisville Free Public Library, the Louisville Arcade Expo and many, many more!
Kids Activities: Derby City Comic Con is committed to being a family friendly event. In addition to kids under 12 getting in free with a paying adult, a dedicated kids corner with a Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inspired theme will present activities and games all weekend keeping our littlest heroes entertained and excited.
Costume Contest: The amazing costumes fans create every year for Derby City Comic Con are always a highlight of the weekend for attendees and this year our costume contest is bigger than ever, covering two days with two separate events! Don’t miss the adult costume contest Saturday at 3:00 PM with a $100 Grand prize for best costume! The kids won’t be left out of the fun either as their contest is set for Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Parties: We have two side events planned for Friday and Saturday night! Both are set to take place at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar (one of the top whiskey bars in the country) located at 331 E. Market St. Friday night, Derby City Comic Con’s Opening Night Party will be a Steampunk Celebration. The event for our fans is being sponsored by the Corn Island Steampunk Society and will feature a talk on creative mixology by Calamity Labs. Saturday night we have a special treat for our adult guests! Starting at 8:00 PM you’ll witness live art created by the Six Bomb Boards art collective then at 10:30 you can enjoy a concert from the gypsy punk stylings of Lexington’s Ford Theater Reunion.
We’re just scratching the surface of what’s planned for this year’s show and we invite you to visit www.DerbyCityComicCon.com to get all the details.