There will be something for everybody, but comic fans ought to be especially excited about a July 9 Comic-Con event.
Event organizer Rose Ayers, who owns Memories on Main, said what was once an event held only in her place of business, has busted through the doors of her antiques store.
Ayers said the Comic-Con event will take place for the first time on the sidewalks of Main Street. Though it’s the third Comic-Con, it’s the first to incorporate more than just Ayers’s store.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on July 9 and will end at 5 p.m.
A few notable folks will attend, said Ayers. These will include Al Bigley, who illustrates comics for Marvel, and local comic writer Terry Collins. Vendors such as Across the Board Games, ArchVillain Comics from Blacksburg, Virginia, Ssalefish Comics from Winston-Salem, a representative from Venom Comics and many more will set up shop on Main Street.
Another local author, Glen Richardson from Galax, Virginia, will be at the event, noted Ayers. Richardson’s creation, “Sergeant Sasquatch,” will be featured in other activities at the event.
Ayers said each vendor will be offering items such as comic books, action figures and more.
The Downtown Business Association (DBA) and many local businesses have been supportive of the event, said Ayers. The DBA even supplied the permit allowing vendors on the sidewalks for the day.
The event is more than a comic sidewalk show, however. There are also a number of special events planned in conjunction with the Comic-Con celebration, according to Ayers. All times are approximated.
From 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. a free photograph session with a “surprise” superhero will take place. Collins and Bigley will also be greeting Comic-Con visitors.
At 11:30 a.m. a costume contest will begin at the Carlos Jones Memorial Park near Bark and Meow. People of all ages are encouraged to participate, and judging ends at 12:15 p.m. Ayers said winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to her store.
At 1 p.m. a photograph and autograph session with Captain America and Sergeant Sasquatch will begin. Pictures are free during the hour-long event. However, autographed pictures will be sold for $3, with proceeds benefiting Surry Animal Rescue.
Visitors can enjoy a free showing of Monsters, Inc. at the Earle Theatre at about 2 p.m.
The final event of the day will incorporate all of downtown, said Ayers.
“Downtown businesses are sometimes overlooked by those attending Mount Airy for other events,” explained Ayers. “We want to highlight those businesses.”
Ayers said a scavenger hunt will lead folks along the streets of Mount Airy to find comic-related items in many of Main Street’s stores.
She noted many businesses have special offers on the table, such as Barney’s “Captain America Sundae.”
Ayers said the family-oriented event will serve many purposes.
“It will give comic fans the ability to meet published writers and illustrators of national books,” said Ayers. “We also hope it will draw people to town and familiarize them with what local businesses have to offer.”
“We want the community’s business.”
Ayers noted slots for vendors are still available and cost $20. Those in need of further information may call Memories on Main at 783-0000.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.