Power Ranger, local artists hitting second New World Comic Con in Oklahoma City
The second New World Comic Con is set for State Fair Park this weekend, drawing local artists, podcasters and cosplayers, along with a special guest from the world of TV and film.
Joining the con as a guest of honor is a former star of the TV series “Power Rangers in Space.” Lexington native Justin Nimmo played the Silver Power Ranger, Zhane, on the series in 1998.
He said when he first got the role, he was “star struck.”
“My friends made fun of me getting the role, but I laughed back at them when the checks started rolling in,” he said.
Nimmo said he's still shocked at the number of worldwide followers the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers brand has. He'll be making his first appearance at PowerMorphiCon in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 12.
Nimmo said he is appreciative for the fans and that it's important to him to “thank my friends and family for the support.”
At the New World Con, he will be offering autographed pictures and photo ops for fans.
“They can sit and visit and learn about my past and present,” Nimmo said. Fans can also keep up with him via official fan pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Focus on young fans, ‘local'
Brian “Buck” Berlin, owner of New World Comics, said his focus for the show is primarily on younger fans and on local creators. There will also be lots of cheap comics on sale to further support young fans on a budget, he said. A “Superhero School” to educate young readers on the characters in the Justice League will be held in the morning.
In addition to having charity events and comics for sale, the convention will feature panels throughout the day with local comic creators, podcasters and cosplayers.
An auction will be held to benefit two people well-known on the local convention scene, Bill and Samantha Robb, with the expenses involved with Bill's terminal cancer. Artist Jerry Bennett is donating an original “Iron Giant” drawing to the auction.
Bennett will join other local writers and artists, including Natasha Alterici, at the show. Alterici, who recently worked on “Gotham Academy” and “Grayson” for DC Comics, is running a Kickstarter for Vol. 2 of her series “Heathen” through the end of July.
“I'll be signing the few remaining copies of ‘Heathen' from Literati Press,” Alterici said. “'Heathen' is moving to Heavy Metal in the fall, so this convention and the kickstarter will be the last chance to buy a copy for a while.”
Alterici is also launching a new book at New World Comic Con, called “Dinosaur Project.”
“It's 124 pages of short comics and art, all about dinosaurs, perfect for dinosaur fans of any age,”
she said. “I will be signing and sketching those books for free, and I'll have dinosaur art prints and coloring sheets available for sale as well.”
Bennett, who has done artwork for the Stan Lee Foundation and was the cinematographer and storyboard artist for the film “Even in Death,” which was named best Oklahoma short at the deadCenter film festival in June, will have a new line of coloring prints at the con, featuring dinosaurs and fantasy creatures.
“I'm working on more coloring posters with the intention of putting out a collected book of them, and currently working on several comic book projects including one I am writing myself,” Bennett said.
If you go
The New World Comic Con will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hobby, Arts, and Crafts Building at State Fair Park. Admission is $6, and ages 5 and younger get in free with an adult admission.
New World Comic Con:
Bill and Sami’s Silent Auction: www.
Justin Nimmo Fan Pages: www.facebook.com/Officialjustinnimmo and www.instagram.com/justinnimmo
“Heathen” Vol. 2 Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/alterici/