KokomoCon set for October 24; Pop culture convention celebrates sixth year with comics, toys, cosplay, and IDW rising star Paul Allor

KokomoCon, the largest pop culture convention in north central Indiana, will open its doors to collectors, gamers, and cosplayers on Saturday, Oct. 24. Now in its sixth year, KokomoCon will feature some great, Indiana-grown comics talent, along with artists, writers, and vendors from Kokomo and surrounding communities.

“This is a really good year for home-grown talent,” said Kokomo Con organizer Shawn Hilton. “Paul Allor will be our guest of honor this year. He has written for IDW’s GI Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he even got to write for Marvel’s Guardians of a Galaxy. He has created GI Joe characters that have become a central part of the ongoing story. That’s a talent derived from right here in Kokomo.

“This also is a chance to meet artist Sterling Clark, one of our guests of honor. He publishes his own weekly comic strip and is currently working on the forthcoming Six Emperors comic from Sexy Beard club Press.  We’re happy to host him, and he’ll be there signing some of his personal work and taking commissions.”

But KokomoCon is much more than a comic book convention. There will be over 40,000 square feet of toys and collectibles, a costume contest, gaming, and a charity auction.

“The 501st is the premier Star Wars costume group; they’re coming in,” said Hilton. “KokomoCon allows me to team up with other local stores, such as Kokomo Toys and Goblin Games to bring a day of cool and fun entertainment to the city.

“We’ll have a costume contest and a charity auction which will benefit the Kokomo Humane Society. This year we have autographed items from Steven Amell from ‘Arrow,’ from members of ‘The Walking Dead’ cast. We have items from sports teams, like the Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts. We have signed items from Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood and James Earl Jones. We have all kinds of fun stuff.”

KokomoCon takes place on Sat., Oct. 24, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Event Center, 1500 N. Reed Road. Tickets are $10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance at Comics Cubed, located at 121 E. Sycamore St. Children ages 6 and under are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets also may be purchased online by visiting www.kokomocon.com.