I hadn’t been to the Steel City Comic Con for a couple of years and was pleasantly surprised to find that while some things remained the same, there were a lot of improvements to the show. The show still has a great mix of vendors, celebrities and artists, but they’ve now added more programming and a costume contest.
The celebrities for the August 8-10, 2014 show included Penny Marshall, Billy Dee Williams, LeVar Burton, Dean Cain, Verne Troyer, Steve Cardenas, Cerina Vincent, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick, Tom Savini and Margot Kidder. At some point during the weekend, they all had Q&A sessions which was a nice addition to the show and seemed to be a hit with attendees as there were very few seats available during each session. In addition to the celebrities, there were also famous cars on-hand including replicas of the 1966 Batmobile, Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, KITT from Knight Rider and the Munsters Dragula. If all that wasn’t enough, the Star Wars 501st Legion was on-hand with promo cards, a droid hunt and “Blast a Trooper” game.
While many people attended to meet the celebrites, many still come just to shop. The show boasts over 750 tables with a nice variety of merchandise. Comic books, autographs, toys, artwork, trading cards (both sports and non-sports) and collectibles fill the room. While many of dealers sell toys, there is a nice variety in terms of price and time period. There is always a great selection of toys from the early 1950s through the present day.
Celebrities and merchandise still aren’t enough for you? Well that’s ok because there are plenty of people walking around in costumes too. You won’t find too many people in costume on Friday but there are plenty of friendly costumed people on Saturday and Sunday. The main programming highlight for Sunday was the costume contest. There were actually separate contests for ages 12 and under, 13-19 and 20 and older. There were trophies and prizes for each age group but I believe the winner of the 20 and older category walked away with a $1,000 cash prize courtesy of Haunted Acres Manor haunted house.
This is one of the few three-day shows that actually charges a reasonable admission fee ($15 per day or $30 for the weekend) and gives you a lot for your money. The next Steel City Comic Con is December 5-7 at the Monroeville Convention Center. If you decide to go I’d recommend buying a 3-day pass as you can’t possibly see everything this show has to offer in just one day. Look for more info on the Steel City Con website. And be sure to view my gallery of photos from around the show floor below.