First-ever Grand Comic Con Convention comes to Grand Island

Star Wars fans gear up for Grand Comic Con Convention (NTV).

People in the tri–cities may see others dressed up as some of their favorite comic book characters because the first ever Grand Island Comic Con Convention is in town.

The Grand Theater decided a few months ago to give Sci-Fi fans an opportunity to have an event just for them. Organizers told NTV News that movies are making comic books more mainstream.

"Get your nerd on. Just show your passion for whatever it is that you like," Jason Neurath, Comic Con fan, said.

And when it comes to science fiction, the word ‘like’ is an understatement for these fans.

Neurath said he’s been to more than 100 conventions.

Neurath lives in Omaha, so he didn’t have to travel too far for the convention, but his love for Comic Con has taken him all over the world.

"I've been to London, I went to Star Wars celebration Europe, in London, two years ago. And then three years before that, I went to Germany," Neurath said.

He’s not the only big fan.

"Orlando, Los Angeles...all the way to Australia actually," Jeff Shipman, fellow Star Wars fan, said.

Shipman said he started watching Star Wars as a kid and discovered conventions years later. He said these conventions give him a place where he could be himself.

"There was definitely a dark time, you know, in the late 80s early 90s where there wasn't a lot of sci–fi and a lot of things. You had Star Trek and that was about it. And then Star Wars came back and now Marvel really reenergized the market," Shipman said.

Shipman agreed that Sci-Fi is becoming more mainstream and acceptable in pop culture.

Saturday, there will be panels for fans to learn how to get started in creating comics.

"People that come to the Con are able to go up and actually speak to these people one on one. But when they go over to the panel and they hear from Phil Hester who works for D.C. Comics and Bob Hall who is a former editor at Marvel Comics, they can really hear firsthand what it's like to work for some of the bigger comic like Marvel or D. C.," Doug Holmes, Grand Comic Con Director, said.

Holmes said this is just the beginning for Comic Con fans.

"It's been around for a long time and it'll continue for a much longer time," He said.

The free event continues through Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the Liederkranz building and again at the Grand Theater at 10 a.m. Events last until 4 p.m.

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