Get ready to trade your COVID mask for your favorite cosplay or comic book character costume. On July 24 and 25, the Savannah Convention Center will be full of comic fans, creators, experts and actors.
Celebrating its seventh iteration, the Savannah Mega Comic-Con will be bigger and more exciting than ever, with ambitions to be the “premier pop culture event of southeast Georgia,” explains Tony Privette, general manager of the Savannah Mega Comic Con.
“I am most excited to finally be able to have comic-con again. We are so excited to bring back Savannah’s largest comic convention and we can’t wait to see all the fans come out and have fun again.”
In 2019, before the pandemic, the Savannah Mega Comic Con drew in 7,400 people. This is their first year hosting the event at the Savannah Convention Center and they are expecting an even larger turn out.
New to this year’s convention is Tattoo Alley, a special section featuring local tattoo artists and shops that will be ready to discuss your wildest tattoo ideas or to give what their website describes as “the most awesomely geektastic tattoo ever!!”
For Privette, adding Tattoo Alley to the convention has been years in the making.
“Duke of Twin Tigers Tattoo will be participating,” he said. “Duke and I have been talking about this for a few years. Now is a good time to add this to the mix of what we are offering. They are all artists; it is just a different format.”
There are a lot of special guest appearances for this year’s Comic Con:
• The WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler and G.I. Joe Legend, Sgt. Slaughter and WWE Legends Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner
• Actors Michael Biehn from “Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Tombstone,” and “The Mandalorian” and Noah Hathaway, Atryu from “Neverending Story,” “Troll,” “Harry Potter Jr.,” and “Battlestar Galactica”
• Voice actors
• Marvel and DC comic artists including Karen Whitfield (Batgirl).
And, that’s not all, be sure to check the website for special anime guests that will be announced closer to the convention.
More than 100 vendors will be onsite selling the full range of Comic Con ephemera: comic books, toys, t-shirts and posters.
Throughout the weekend there will be panel discussions and question and answer sessions with the celebrities and special guests. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be two cosplay competitions judged by Lynnjutsu, Molly Mayhem and Summer Noelle.
The Savannah Mega Comic-Con will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 25th. On Saturday at 7 p.m., one hour after the convention floor closes, the After-Con party will begin, featuring BMX demonstrations by professional bicycle stuntman Rob Nolli of BMX Tricksters, a Coastal Empire wrestling event, and special guest DJs including DJ HD and DJ Stiltz. This all-ages afterparty is sure to be an eclectic good time.
If you’re interested in attending, there are a few ticket options: $30 for a weekend pass, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and VIP Passes start at $100. Children 6-years old and under are free.
Tickets for the Savannah Mega Comic Con can be purchased in advance through savannahmegacc.com or at the door on the day of the event.
For information, check out facebook.com/Savannahmegacomiccon/
or IG @savannahmegacomiccon.
Photo Courtesy of Savannah Comic-Con