PIQUA — With charity and community still at the forefront, the Piqua Comic Con is returning for the fourth time this Saturday at the Piqua National Guard Armory. Instead of entry fees or table fees, they will be asking for donations that will go toward His Hands Extended Animal Shelter and the “Shop with a Cop” program with Miami County’s F.O.P. Lodge 58.
“We have local artists, artists from Dayton, we have an air brush artist this year,” said Paul Lee. Lee owns Are U Game with his wife and is one of the faces behind the Piqua Comic Con.
“We have a movie director from Toledo, Dustin Mills, he does lower budget horror movies,” Lee said. “He uses specifically Ohio talent.”
Artists and guests include Jay Fife, WPI Seeking the Truth, Dustin Mills Productions, Rockstar Pro Wrestling, Joel Cramer, Justin Wasson, Larry Warren, Amy Gacomet, and more.
“We have vendors from all over the area,” Lee said.
Other vendors include James Garrett; Trophy Hunter Toys; ROMA Collectibles; Jim and Dan Promotions; Need More Comics and Toys; Bell, Book and Comic; Baby Boomer Rebellion; Time Warp Cards and Comics; The Wild Robot; Zag Studios; Gary Church and Twilight Star Comics; and more.
The Piqua Comic Con has had people from all over the United States contribute to raffle prizes and giveaways. Raffles include:
• Comic book prints from Buzz Hasson, Ken Hauser and the guys at corpse-crew.com
• Signed cosplay prints from Elsa Littlepage
• DVD’s from Sentai Filmworks
• Prize pack box from Image Entertainment
• Other assorted anime, comic books, and prizes
For the Piqua Comic Con, this is their second year and fourth convention.
“It’s actually continually growing,” Lee said about the Piqua Comic Con. “This will be the last one we’re having at the armory … we’re going to have to leave due to the armory being on high alert.”
Next year’s Piqua Comic Con will be at the Miami County Fairgrounds.
“Since we’re continually expanding, with us going to the fairground, I think its just going to be bigger next year,” Lee said. “We’ve already got people lined up next year.”
When asked what makes the Piqua Comic Con special, Lee explained that they aim to give back to the local community in addition to having fun.
“We give back to the community,” Lee said. “I was born in and lived in Piqua pretty much my entire life. I like to give back to the area as much as I possibly can.”
All of the proceeds from the Piqua Comic Con go toward charity.
“We try to make sure that other than the small amount of fees we might have coming out for our end paying for insurance, everything else goes toward the charity,” Lee said. “Other than being a dealer there myself … I don’t make a penny.”
In regard to the donations being taken at the Piqua Comic Con, His Hands Extended Animal Shelter would like monetary donations, cleaning supplies, and pet food. Miami County’s F.O.P. Lodge 58 would prefer cash or toy donations for the “Shop with a Cop” program.
“It helps the community,” Lee said. “Even if you stop in and look around, any donations will be helpful and greatly appreciated.”
The Piqua National Guard Armory is located at 623 E. Ash St. The Piqua Comic Con will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Are U Game is located at 124 N. Sunset Drive in Piqua.
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