Tulsa Collector Con set for Saturday
TULSA — A comics and collectibles show focused primarily on hobbies and collecting is set for Tulsa this weekend.
Eric Eaton, who operates the show, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tulsa's American Legion Post 1, 1120 E Eighth St., said part of the impetus was to provide a low-cost option for collectors to gather. A discussion with local fans reminiscing about past shows "spawned the idea to do a show that is focused on the joy of the hobby of collecting," Eaton said.
"We feature a lot of comic vendors but have video game dealers, action figure and toy guys, trading card games like Magic the Gathering, etc." Eaton said. "A lot of collectors with that type of interest collect more than just comics, so we wanted a show that touched on collecting a lot of nerd related items."
Entry to the show is $5, and for children 12 and under, it is free.
"People can expect a ton of great and very friendly vendors (and) cosplay groups," Eaton said.
The costume contest for young and old begins at 11 a.m. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
"It is definitely family-friendly and good for any kid no matter if they are 5 or 50. We really just want people to have a good time," he said.
Comics and prose writers Michael Vance and R.A. Jones are set to attend the show. They'll have their latest novel, "Motor City Manhunt," which they co-wrote.
"On this book, we co-plotted it, of course, and I wrote the first half, and he wrote the second half, then we switched and did rewrites on those, so there was a consistency in style," Vance said.
Jones, who wrote "The Protectors" comic book series in the 1990s, based on the Centaur Comics characters of the 1940s, is working on the third book in his "Steel Ring" saga, which is a new adaptation of the Centaur characters.
"I am working right now on the final plot for what will become the third volume of my 'Steel Ring' books, which are novels set during World War II, but using the same original Centaur Golden Age comic-book superheroes that I used in a revised form in my 'Protectors' comic-book series of the 1990s."
Another comic book character created by Jones, the sword-wielding female hero Scimidar, is set to reappear in a novel in the near future.
Jones will have a new mini-comic on hand at the show, "Molly and Her Monster," about a girl with a monster who lives under her bed.
"It's about a little girl, who, like most other children, believes there's a monster under her bed. Unlike most other children, she's right."
If you go
•What: Collector Con
•Where: American Legion Building, 1120 E Eighth St., Tulsa
•When: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday
•Admission: Adults $5; 12 and under free