MAYHEW — The Golden Triangle Comic-Con, which takes place Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, will feature costume contests, console and Local Area Network (LAN) gaming, vendor displays and more.
East Mississippi Community College is one of the presenting partners, along with RE/MAX Partners.
“It is going to be a great event,” EMCC LAN instructor Brandon Sesser said. “You will have some people attend who are interested in gaming and others who are more into dressing up as comic book or movie characters. Some will do both. I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a few people who are gaming that are also dressed up in costumes.”
GameStop is sponsoring the Smash:Clash for Columbus with $2,000 in total prizes for Smash Bros Wii, Melee and Project M tournaments. Starkville-based Down to Game will host The Gauntlet, a tabletop tournament that includes Magic The Gathering and Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game.
Special guests include actors Jeremy London and Don Teems, filmmaker Michael Williams, gaming actor Stephen L. Russell, comic artists Dietrich Smith and Corbin Delaney, makeup artist A.G. Howard, and Cosplay notables Connie Wong and Candy Girl Cosplay. Also in attendance will be Cosplay groups the Veshok Clan, the 501st Legion and the Ministry of Silly Suits.
Vehicles on display will include The Mystery Machine, the van featured in the “Scooby Doo”, a “Jurassic Park” jeep and an ECTO-69 from “Ghost Busters.”
General admission tickets are $20 for those 16 and older; $15 for first responders or members of the military (ID required); and $10 for children age 9 to 15. Children age 8 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://gtcomiccon.com. The website also contains event information and registration for gaming events.
A big crowd is expected, with attendees from throughout the region. Sesser said more than 200 people from Memphis alone have registered so far to compete in the gaming tournaments.
In addition to the costumes and gaming, board games such as Monopoly and chess will also be available.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and have a lot of fun,” Sesser said.
For more information, email Sesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (662) 312-8114.