Boardman ,Ohio -The bigger then you think town of Boardman , Ohio placed host to one of the funnest and down to earth cons of the year this last weekend . The Mahoning Valley Comic Con brought fans old and young from all aspects of fandom to celebrate their love of pop culture and even had some stars to to help with the festivities .
Some of the guests included from the Scream franchise Nancy Anne Ridder, and of course JJ Cohen from more movies then I can say but Almost Famous is one of my favorites he was in , Deep Roy from Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers,and more and Lisa Neeld from Playboy Magazine .Ming Chen of Comic Book Men fame and the finally the event was put on by promoter and film director Travis Bowen to bring a little of Hollywood to his hometown area .
A cosplay contest was held and a chance to see how creative everyone was in their designs was a real treat along with classes and lectures on acting, makeup , posing and varies aspects of fandom.
A special note to all the artists and vendors who made this a special event and to the staff for all their hard work .
Cleveland, Ohio- The event organizers were prepared with bottles of Purell and signs posted in the restrooms reminding patrons to wash their hands and think of others. The crowd was lighter this year compared to the previous years but then the thought a possible global pandemic can have an effect on ticket sales and the size the audience .Never the less it was not going to stop the die hard fans from showing off their cosplay skills and meeting your favorite artist and stars. Star Wars and Star Trek were well represented along with Outlander and more animated shows then can be mentioned here . Some of my my favorite booths were Ted Sikora or Apama and Tap Dance Killer fame and Emily Szalkwski of My Asylum were some of the Cleveland’s top artists in attendance .
The celebrity talks and panels are always a fan favorite with surprise antidotes to delight the surprise the audience .I attended the talks of Jim Steranko ( an amazing speaker and the best dressed guest in pop culture ) who is the real life version of the worlds most interesting man .
The packed panel of Caitriona Balfe ( of Outlander ) gave an extended talk about her life and behind the scenes of the series .
The Netflix series Stranger Things was represented by Cary Elwes ( The Princess Bride / Twister ) who gave behind the scenes stories of his works in a very humorous and fun way.
Wallace Shawn who has a four decade long career spoke of Star Trek Deep Space Nine , working with Woody Allen and being tied to Andre The Giant among many other subjects.
Star Wars and Disney Plus were in the house with Emily Swallow who is on Star Wars The Mandarlorian and Supernatural. her talk was so much fun and she is such a talented performer .
Voice acting was the highlight of the con as Phil Lamarr gave advice, samples and stories of his life in the industry .
Like all great cons, cosplay was king and there were a ton of fans representing their favorite pop culture such as Ghost Busters , Star Trek and many others .
If you have a Wizard World coming to your area, we highly recommend you check out a day of fun , family entertainment with memories that will last a life time .
We are excited to tell you (if you have not heard already) that the 9th annual Lake Effect Comic Con will be taking place on Sunday, June 24th at the Holiday Inn on Rt. 306 (conveniently located between both 90 and Route 2) in beautiful Mentor, Ohio! The show will run from 10 AM- 5PM, and boy do we have some cool stuff lined up for you guys this year!
Admission is $8 for adults, children under 13 are admitted free. Free parking is provided.
Here is a complete list of confirmed Creators and Dealers that will be at the show!
We will also be holding our popular costume contest!
There will be four categories for judging
Girls 12 and under
Boys 12 and under
Women 13 and over
Men 13 and over
The first place winners in each category will win a grand prize
All entrants will receive a gift
Judging will occur in the Hotel Lobby promptly at 3:15 PM
(We would like to remind everyone- no weapons of ANY KIND are permitted at LECC. If you are found to have one, you will be asked to leave with no refund and the proper authorities will be contacted. Cosplay is NOT consent. Please respect our guests and fellow attendees and their right to enjoy the show. Treat people how you would want to be treated. If anyone is caught violating these rules we WILL eject you from the show and no refund will be given.)
So we look forward to seeing you all there! Start working on those costumes, and making those back issues lists!
I had the opportunity the see an advance of the film before it comes out next week .I must say that I entered the viewing with an open mind , I was not a fan of the comic or the previous film incarnations as I have never viewed either. In addition I was not the biggest fan of Benedict Cumberbatch as I have only watched him in Star Trek Into Darkness and I didn’t care for the antagonist in that film. However with that open mind I can honestly say two words . Nailed it , that is exactly what he did , the man is an excellent actor with the diversity to play drama and action and all the emotions that go into it . He gives the character a true portrayal as man going thru the trials of life both success and failure with some tragedy and triumph thrown in for good measure .This is a wonderful take on the original subject matter and will please generations to come . The rest of the cast did a great job as well with Rachel McAdams proving she is not just a pretty face but a talented and versatile actress. I give the movie four out five stars .
The story of the film is Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a car accident. His former lover and co-worker Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but the arrogant Strange instead wants to heal his injuries. After months trying experimental surgeries on his hands, and using all his resources, Strange seeks out Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again. Pangborn directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Karl Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.