OafCon 2017 report
OafCon 2017 seemed to increase attendance without losing the old-fashioned, intimate vibe of the show this year. As the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom, or OAF, celebrated its 50th year, the annual show, OafCon, celebrated by offering free attendance.
Organizer Bart Bush said on Saturday it looked like the show would see increased attendance and possibly somewhat smaller profits due to the free attendance.
"But not everything is about money," he added.
That seems especially true at OafCon, where you can see high-priced rarities to be sure, but also gather with those celebrating a love of comics and old-school collectibles.
Bush said he hoped more families were motivated to attend by the free admission, so that they could share the love of comics with the next generation.
OafCon features comic books, fantasy art, toys, movie posters, old time radio memorabilia and more each year. OAF held its earliest meetings in March 1967, and by 1970, it was hosting Multicon in Oklahoma City and many conventions thereafter. Guests this year included Jack and Carole Bender; Anthony Tollin; Buddy Saunders; and many more.
Local comic creators included Jerry Bennett, S.A. McClung and Jacob Blackmon, as well as a contingent from Tulsa's Equinox Comics.