Sac-Con returns to the Scottish Rite Center
The popularity of Sac-Con, Sacramento’s comic, toy and anime show, continues to grow, and this year’s event broke its previous attendance record. Attendance for the show brought over 1,900 fans to the Scottish Rite Center on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The day after the event, Sac-Con director Dan Houck and his team began preparing for the next convention, Dec. 9, 2012.
The comic book convention, which began in July 1986, had a long line waiting to enter the convention when I arrived.
Vendors, artists and fans dressed as comic book characters packed the Scottish Rite Center. Over 100 vendor tables carried everything comic book-related, including comics, and toys, as well as anime, sci-fi, horror and many other pop culture-related items.
Several artists posed for photos and signed items that became instant collector’s items after being autographed.
The growth in attendance was quite noticeable as guests maneuvered between spaces to view vendors’ tables.
The many trees surrounding the center brought great relief for those who wanted to enjoy the outdoors during the hot afternoon.
Groups of guests mingled with new and old friends. Although many visitors wear costumes to Sac-Con, I recognized several who attended the recent summer SacAnime event.
Sac-Con provides guests, panels and other activities for a low entrance fee of $6.
The event strives to provide a fun and safe family-oriented environment, and judging by the number of kids and adults that show up to Sac-Con, they succeed in meeting that goal.
Scheduled artists for Sac-Con included Tone Rodriguez, Jeffrey Combs, Hynden Walch, Liam Sharp, Joshua Ortega, Morrie Turner, Ron Lim, Dan Brereton, Mick Gray, Rafael Navarro, Andrew Yang, Mike Gray, Eben Burgoon, D. Bethel, Tomas Overbai and Brandon Bracamonte. These artists have made important contributions to the comic world, and are much sought-after as presenters.
Video game tournaments, art contests and card tournaments are also part of the event, and are popular gatherings.
Once again, a charity auction was scheduled. The auction proceeds benefit local charities such as Loaves and Fishes’ Mustard Seed School for Children.
Many vendors also return to the event, and I certainly expect to see them at other similar events.
As expected, Miss Carlyfornia, a designer, artist, seamstress and model was present at the event. Her charm and personality bring people coming back to her booth to see what new items her creative mind has come up with.
Most of the time, Miss Carlyfornia’s partner, Anthony Leano, occupies a booth next to or near hers. Leano is involved in programming, bookings and promotions for Sac-Con, SacAnime and other similar gatherings. His booth sells DVDs (music and video), movie posters and similar items.
Vendors like Leano and Carlyfornia also become involved in shows offering classes or information about upcoming conventions in California.
Jason Dube, head of Scattered Comics and Scattered Comics Studios, was on hand promoting his recently released “Shadow Hunters #2, Volume 1.” As always Dube re-directed my focus to celebrate the accomplishments of others.
Dube introduced me to Melissa McCommon who sat at a table next to his. Dube and McCommon had collaborated on the just-released “Caffeine Poisoned #1 Vol. 2,” from Scattered Comics.
Vacaville native McCommon and Dube met at a charity event when Dube noticed her talented work at an art charity event, and soon thereafter brought her into the Scattered Comics Studio.
In addition to the artists on hand showing their talented work, several panels and workshops were available.
I missed the morning events, but caught a couple of the afternoon artist events and part of the Combs Q&A. Combs continues to have a loyal following from the Re-Animator movies, and many came to listen to him speak.
Guests signed up for the Cosplay Costume Contest which is one of the most popular events. Other guests packed the hall to watch the contest performances.
The hospitality offered by the vendors, guests, artists, presenters and Sac-Con promoters created a great atmosphere for those in attendance. Sac-Con returns to the Scottish Rite Center on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.