First Highlanders Hero Con coming Sept. 5

Published 11:19 am Thursday, August 27, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky.­­–– If comic books, super heroes or card games are things you’re interested in, the first ever Highlanders Hero Con Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is just the event for you.

“It’s going to be an action packed day,” Emily Roush, museum education and marketing director, said. “As a staff, we’re really excited about it.”

Clint McElroy of 103.3 TCR will start things off as the morning emcee, letting everyone know the different activities that are going on and introducing speakers, while Geoff Moore and Lane Johnson of Kool Hits 105.7 will emcee in the afternoon.

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“Everything will take place on the main floor of the museum,” Roush said. “There will be a stage and seating area.”

At 11 a.m., Goblin Traders comic book shop, of Ironton, will have Magic the Gathering card tournaments along with a comic book booth and tabletop games. Special guest speaker, nationally known comic book writer and editor Beau Smith, will speak at noon.

At 1 p.m., three local cosplayers will be available for a Q and A session, from 3-5 p.m., Batman and Spiderman from Heroes 4 Higher will be available for interaction as well as pictures and beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a costume contest judged by the cosplayers.

Regular admission to the hero con is $8 and $5 for Highlands Museum members. A wristband is given with admission, so eventgoers may come and go as they please.

Also that day, Fat Patty’s, Superhero Creamery, La Finca Mexican Restaurant and the Frame Up Gallery and Café Zeal will offer 10 percent off food purchases with a hero con wristband.

“One of our goals with this event is to bring people to downtown Ashland. I want to thank all the businesses that are supporting us,” Roush said. “It’s going to be a big day.”