LexingCon a hit with fans
LEXINGTON - Marsha Myers' house always seemed like the place to be.
An avid fan of most things fun and the niece of a comic book artist, Myers was the “cool mom” who took her children to conventions where people dressed up as iconic sci-fi movie characters.
“I was the mom who basically had the house where all the kids hung out in school,” Myers said. “Starting in middle school through high school to even now when my children are young adults. They still hang out there.”
When a medical condition last year kept Myers from a long-awaited wedding trip, she got together with her children and decided to do something special, something they all could enjoy.
With the help of a few friends with a shared passion for comic books, toys and graphic art, Myers introduced Lexington to its first comicon. The LexingCon on Saturday attracted hundreds of enthusiasts to the J.Smith Young YMCA for an afternoon with Darth Vader, fairy tale princesses and the Ghostbusters.
“We definitely think this is long overdue,” said Myers, whose uncle Marcus Hamilton was an artist for the Dennis the Menace comic and a guest speaker at the event. “We were shooting for 200 people. If we got 200 people from little old Lexington to come out, we'd be doing good. We made 200 goodie bags, and by 11:30 a.m. we were out of them. We had 200 people in the first hour and a half. It has snowballed.”
Proceeds from the event, admission was $1, all benefited the Pastor's Pantry in Lexington. In addition to money, people also brought canned foods and gave a little extra as a donation.
“We found out that for $1 you give to Pastor's Pantry they go and buy $12 worth of food,” Myers said. “There is no place on Wall Street where you get a 1,200-percent return on your dollar. It's just been fabulous that people have been giving.
Those who showed up in costume got in the LexingCon for free. Once inside, a world of comic books, graphic art, vintage toys and collectibles opened up offering a little something for people of all ages.
Thomasville's Tom Gray and Will Boyer from Walkertown used the event to promote “Super Milo,” their webcomic cat with super powers. While a cat super powers may seem off-the-wall in some settings, Super Milo fit in perfectly at the comicon.
“I think its been pretty good,' Gray said. “There has been a really good turnout for this one.”
Lizzy Brannoch and her 3-year-old son, Jude, posed for pictures with Darth Vader, who was much less menacing in person than in the classic Star Wars movies.
“[Jude] was definitely a little afraid the first time he saw Darth Vader,” said Brannoch.
Brannoch was one of many people in attendance who thought Saturday's event was long overdue.
“It's really cool and is nice to have something like this here in town,” Brannoch said. “If anything, I wish we could have more stuff like this. It's pretty awesome. All the artists are really impressive.”
Johndrell Snead, a graphic artist from High Point who has a pretty creative mind of his own, came away pretty impressed with some of the outfits mingling amongst the crowd.
“Some of the costumes are pretty cool,” said Snead. “I love it and I'm having a good time.”
On the heels of such a successful inaugural event, Myers said plans already are underway for another comicon in Lexington next year. Myers suffers from multiple sclerosis and plans to donate the proceeds from the next event to the MS Society.
“We plan on keeping it going and giving the money to the ones who need it,” Myers said. “I think we may have to grow into another location. We had a lot of requests for tables.”
Promoting the event through social media worked well in helping spread the word of the event, Myers said. Dozens of vendors from across the state set up tables showcasing classic comics, paintings, toys and other unique collectibles.
Fans of Disney movies also received a big treat as famous characters such as Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel and Belle all made an appearance.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.