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Savannah Mega Comic Con ready to unleash your inner nerd

  • (Submitted photo) Artist Lance Footer, left, with a Supergirl cosplayer
  • (Savannah Morning News file photo) Tony Privette and Robyn Smith of Land of Misfit Toys.

Savannah’s nerd community congregates this Saturday at the Savannah Mega Comic Con convention.

Tony Privette, event organizer, said this is going to be the biggest year yet.

“This year we changed venues to the National Guard Armory,” said Privette, “and we brought in a lot more dealers from all over the country.”

He added they are expecting more than 2,000 people for the one-day show.

Privette said he is excited about changing the show from three days to one.

“We have had more than that many people before, but it was spread out over three days,” he said. “With this being a one day show, it will be an interesting mix keeping everything running. We have a lot of vendors, but we will also have security there helping keep everything going.”

Privette started as a collectible toy dealer in 1995. Since then he relocated his store to Georgetown with Land of Misfit Toys. The nerd community evolved from an underground homogeneous one to a more inclusive one, said Privette.

“I am really proud of the racial diversity in this industry. For years and years it was dominated by one group, but now the community includes people from all types of backgrounds. At the comic con, we come together as one group.”

Savannah Mega Comic Con offers a wide variety of interests for the young and young at heart, as well as the curious curator. In addition to vendors with comics, cosplay and collectibles, Privette said they added guest panels and several new artists to the show.

Lance Footer, born legally blind, is one of the guest artists for the show. Footer describes his vision as someone who welded for years without a mask. He creates artwork using a photo of a model and sketches it out on paper first. Then he transfers the image to his computer, where he magnifies the image on a massive scale.

“I start using my 6x magnifying glass. I scan the image in, and put it on my computer and I am able to blow it up. When I draw someone’s lips, they are almost 24” wide.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with special guests during panels at the show. Panels include “The Walking Dead,” The Savannah Lolitas Fashion, The Savannah Quill writing panel, Live Streaming with Nelli Jeanne Lucas, Weapons and armor making, and leather working.

The convention is not only about fun and entertainment, but also Privette is sponsoring Let’s Can Hunger, which is a grassroots community food drive that partners with local businesses collecting canned goods with 100 percent going to a local food pantry.

“I wanted to do it again this year, and I like giving back and supporting our local community,” he said.

Privette said he also wants to encourage kids that reading can be fun. As a kid, he said he did not learn to read in school, but by reading comic books. It inspired him to start collecting.

“I hope I can help a kid learn to read the way I learned,” he said.

What: Savannah Comic Mega Comic Con

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22

Where: National Guard Armory 1248 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah

Cost: Adults $15, Kids ages 6 - 12 $5, Kids under age 5 Free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755291271398999/

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What: Savannah Comic Mega Comic Con

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22

Where: National Guard Armory 1248 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah

Cost: Adults $15, Kids ages 6 - 12 $5, Kids under age 5 Free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755291271398999/

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