Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Cincinnati Comic Expo is set to be returning to downtown Cincinnati in 2021. Thoroughly popular, the annual comic convention is the second biggest event in the greater Cincinnati area. Thousands of visitors are expected downtown over the weekend for the second expo, which has unfortunately been forced to delay again in 2021 amid the renewed CO Vid-19 flu pandemic.
The two-day event features thousands of vendors selling everything from books and apparel to toys and collectibles. This year's featured vendors include Duke Energy Convention Center, a division of A&D Entertainment Capital Inc., publishers DC comics, Hasbro, Disney and several other popular companies. There are also several student exhibitors, including ITT Technical Institute, University of Cincinnati State Teachers College. Children can get hands on with popular toys such as the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pony doll. Other vendors at the Cincinnati Comic Expo include Dell, Hasbro, DC comics and several other pop culture and sports related vendors.
While the weather may be a factor for the delayed premier, it's not the biggest one. Many events, including pop culture and fashion shows, have been held outdoors every year since 2021. The Cincinnati Comic Expo also offers many other events, including an interactive children's show featuring puppets, marionette kings, and more. The late edition of "The New York Times Best Sellers" has also been known to feature a few items from the Cincinnati Comic Expo such as the Batman: The Killing Joke collectible statue by Mark Waid and the Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie poster by Tim Lister.
For authors, illustrators, and other comic creators attending the Cincinnati Comic Expo, the experience can be even more rewarding. Cincinnati Magazine reported that over fifty creator booths will be on display at the expo. At these booths, visitors will be able to mingle with local industry insiders, talk with local artist and illustrators, and purchase original graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Cincinnati artists are constantly exhibiting at the comics and hobby shows throughout the state.
A unique feature at the Cincinnati Comic Expo is a "one-of-a-kind" exhibit. Each year, on the day of the expo, a new organization called Cincinnati Comix will exhibit in the Horticulture Building at the corner of Walnut and Prospect roads. These exhibits are made up of original works created by local artists, focusing on everything from film noirs to science fiction and fantasy. In addition to these exhibits, the trade expo will feature a wide variety of panels, seminars, and workshops, featuring not only Cincinnati's greatest comic book and pop culture book stores, but specialty shops focusing on a variety of hobbies, specialty food shops, collectibles, bands and entertainment. Plus, the event will feature the best and brightest Cincinnati artists in the world, showcasing their works from the last decade.
In addition to the massive talent and art exhibits, visitors will also enjoy the multiple fun rides and exhibits at the expo. The Energy Expo features three huge attractions which will transport people of all ages to full-fledged adventure. There is the Gorilla Habitat Tour, the Gorilla Forest Tour, and the Gorilla Galaxy Tour. Each attraction offers its own exciting adventure as participants are whisked away on an epic safari. The Gorilla Habitat Tour will take participants deep inside the Cincinnati Zoo and Wet 'n' Wild. The Gorilla Forest Tour will take participants to the Forest Park Zoo while the Gorilla Galaxy Tour will bring them to the world-famous Hasbro toy factory located in Overlook, Cincinnati.
If the fans in your life are comic book and/or pop culture fans, make sure to attend the Cincinnati Comic Expo for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those who do not have a lot of time to travel to cities like New York, San Diego, and Los Angeles, the expo organizers have arranged for numerous satellite shows that will be streamed live online. These live webinars will feature the most popular celebrities in the entertainment industry alongside some of their closest fans. With these live webinars, you can learn new things about your favorite celebrities as well as meet people who share common interests with you.
If you want to make this year's sesh weekend even more fun, consider attending the Cincinnati Comic Expo. The event will feature many unique activities which will entertain the entire family, as well as allow the children to meet the newest stars from television and the movie industry. It is also rumored that the pop culture phenomenon "The Simpsons" is planning to create a television series in the city of Cincinnati. Who knows? This could be a reason to get over your depression and attend this year's Cincinnati Comic Expo for an amazing time.