Variety is the Spice of the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con!
On May 10, 2014, the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con returns in full force for the third annual charity event benefiting Archbishop Neale School. This year, after selling out of vendor tables in less than 24 hours, the organizers are proud to have more vendors and artists than ever before. New areas of the school are being opened to accommodate the unceasing demand for participation in the event.
Event organizer Tom Boone says, “After selling out over 75 tables, it was terrible to turn away so many fantastic, creative people who wanted not only to share their art, but also wanted to support the mission of our event, which is to showcase our wonderful school and students.” To address this, the dealer area will extend from the gymnasium into the hallways throughout the school, providing a lengthy expanse of comics, art and collectibles for fans and collectors to enjoy. (A list of participating artists and vendors is attached.)
Archbishop Neale School Principal Peggy Howard adds, “We are grateful to every vendor and visitor who takes time out of their busy lives to participate in and attend our event. We plan to have more displays by our students this year from our award-winning STEM and VEX teams and art club as well as examples of the great work our students do every day at Archbishop Neale School.”
The event has grown every year since 2012 when over 300 attendees visited the show. Last year’s event, which featured Marvel Comics artist Frank Cho, attracted over 400 people. The focus this year is on variety. In addition to many dealers selling comics, trading cards, action figures, toys and collectibles, the event features a stellar array of artists working in many different disciplines. Comic artists, painters, paper craft, decoupage, geek couture, self-published and independent comic book artists and fan groups make up the varied and wide tapestry of dealers at the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con.
Boone recommends families and collectors plan to spend the entire day at the event. The Art Contest for Kids will be returning allowing kids a chance to earn “ANS Bucks” to spend at dealer and artist tables throughout the event. For collectors, the Silent Auction will return featuring unique collectibles and autographed items. Plus, members of the world famous 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will be in attendance in their screen-accurate Star Wars costumes playing games with children to win Star Wars toys. If that’s not enough, the event will feature a fantastic variety of unique films for fans of the most popular films franchises in film history. (More news on the films in the weeks to come!) “As a fan and collector myself, I want our attendees to know this is the kind of event that I would love to go to. This is an event for every fan, collector and child to enjoy.”
The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con will be held on May 10, 2014 from 10am to 3pm at Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, Maryland. Admission is $5 for adults, kids under ten are free. All proceeds from admission fees, vendor tables and the Silent Auction go directly to the general operating budget of Archbishop Neale School. For more information, visit the event website at www.anscomiccon.com
The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is an ALL AGES fan and collectors event benefiting Archbishop Neale School on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.anscomiccon.com
About Archbishop Neale School -
Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation since 1927, with a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and a curriculum centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited, and our teachers are certified by the State of Maryland in their specific areas. We serve Catholic students from over seven parishes and many non-Catholics as well. For over 80 years, parents have entrusted their children to ANS because they are assured of an excellent, Archdiocesan standards-based academic curriculum that encompasses Catholic faith and values delivered in a safe, caring environment. For more information, visit www.ArchbishopNealeSchool.org
Third Eye Comics of Annapolis, MD, Cards, Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD, Laughing Ogre Comics of Lansdowne, VA, and Comics & Gaming of Gainesville, VA, have all come together to support a charity convention being held this Saturday in La Plata, MD.
The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con, which will be held on May 11, 2013, was founded in 2012 to benefit the Archbishop Neale School (ANS) in La Plata. The mission of the show is to create a fun and memorable event for fans and collectors of all ages that supports the educational and spiritual goals of ANS.
In its second year, the show will be expanding to feature more than 80 tables with more than 30 different vendors, as well as 13 artists from as far away as New York City, including Frank Cho, the creator, artist and writer of Liberty Meadows and the artist and writer of Marvel Comics’ new Savage Wolverine comic, who is being sponsored by Cards, Comics & Collectibles. In addition, Jerry & Penelope Gaylord and Brian Turner, artists on Boom! Studios’ Fanboys vs. Zombies, NFL Rush Zone, and Adventure Time, will be appearing courtesy of Third Eye Comics.
“We love seeing new conventions pop up, and the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic-Con in La Plata, MD is one of the most promising new shows we’re doing in 2013,” said Steve Anderson, owner of Third Eye Comics. “With superstar Frank Cho, and a retailer’s room of the best vendors the area has to offer, we know this is going to be the first of many awesome shows we do with ANS.”
“I knew of this show last year but was unable to go,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles and show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Lots of my closest dealer friends had great things to say about the show and the cause. This year, we are coming full force with lots of product and we are all really excited.”
In addition to the vendors and artists, the show will also feature screenings of some rare and unusual films and a sneak-peak of the new documentary Plastic Galaxy – The Story of Star Wars Toys, with a special Q&A session with director Brian Stillman, as well as a game demo of the Conquest Tactics CCG by developer Andy Niggles. Additional programming includes: panels and presentations, silent auctions, door prizes, great food, and the 501st Legion!
“I am really looking forward to this event,” said Gary Dills, Owner of Laughing Ogre Comics. “Any time you can put great people together with a great cause, everyone wins. I am happy to be involved with such an endeavor!”
“We’re looking forward to a great show with an even better cause,” said Tim Chillemi of Comics & Gaming.
The Archbishop Neale School is located at 104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata MD, 20646. Convention hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and admission is $5 for adults and children over 10 (children 10 and under are free). All proceeds from admissions, vendors fees, and silent auctions directly benefit Archbishop Neale School.