Ticket Price: ★★★☆☆
March brings March Madness, spring colds, and well, one of our favorite conventions of the entire year. For First Appearance, the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention is a short 2 hour drive down I-75. It’s trip we’ll gladly make every year.
The vendors came out by the dozens this year. They continued to push their wares and hot toys for the season. They were nicely packed into the convention center. I can’t say one vendor stood out among another to me. Everything tends to look like wallpaper and we didn’t come with a specific shopping list year. One of our local comic shop SuperFly Comics ended upstairs in the room off by the ticket holder side. Otherwise everyone was helpful and happy to serve all comic lovers.
This year we got see all kinds of guests ranging from Bounty Hunters to Power Rangers, even a guy who sounded a lot like Mario. Lexington’s line-up was extremely solid this year. They had Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in attendance for photo ops. They even put together a live taping of Jay and Silent Bob Get old. We did have a chance to check out the Comic Book Men panel in which they just did a simple Q&A about the show. The Star Wars Bounty Hunters came to the hunt, all of the surviving original actors. Eighteen different Power Ranger actors also showed up to welcome fellow Morphin lovers. Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn appearances added to push the up and coming Guardians Vol. 2. There were tons and tons more guests worth seeing if you had the cash, rounding out a full, diverse genre set.
The comic guest drew and wide variety of talent this year, though it’s always a little sparse compared to their media guests. Neal Adams comes every year with his pricey table of prints and comics. I actually wanted to buy the Star Wars Force Awakens comic that he did the cover. It was sweet, but the 100.00 price tag, not so much. I made it a point to talk to Peter David, Mike Grell, and Mike Zeck. Personally, I got some books signed from those fellows. I missed Mike Grell at previous conventions and I was happy to meet him in Lexington. I discovered he had done some books I wasn’t even aware of before. As for Mike Zeck, I had the pleasure of meeting previously and he is a really nice guy. There were many of other comic guests showing off their style, with plenty of other big names and indie artists to go around.
I want to thank all the Cosplayers that came out this year and allowed First Appearance to capture their photo for the Battle of the Cosplayers. The 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and The Ghostbuster were on hand to welcome everyone to the show. Having the opportunity to meet all of the amazing local cosplayers and groups is easily one of our favorite parts of going to Lexington each year.
There were three solid days of events including Speed Dating, Photo Ops galore, and a wide variety of panels to improve your general pop culture knowledge. There was enough to do even if you’ve spent all your hard-earned comic cash on the collectibles. Jay and Silent Bob Get Old was unfortunately the only panel/event that was linked to the convention, but had its own separate price.
The Lexington Comic and Toy show never seems to disappoint. I would suggest saving up more cash for the next year as the guest list continues to grow each year with names you are not going to see at many other cons throughout the year. The ticket prices took a steep price increase which is a tad disappointing, but unfortunately its a side effect of the bigger variety of guests that they are bringing in. Otherwise, until next year I would like to thank the Lexington Comic and Toy show promoters for allowing First Appearance Comics to attend again this year. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to the show this year, mark your calendars for next year because it truly is one of the best you can attend.