The annual “Xcon World” event hits its lucky 7 this year in Myrtle Beach, and coordinators at the Palmetto Arts Alliance hope to build on attendance that more than doubled last year past 5,000.
This giant three-day comic book show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center opens noon-8 p.m. Friday and continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, with a three-day rate of $22 advance or $25 at the door, and free admission for ages 12 and younger.
Last week, Robin Roberts, an Xcon co-founder, spoke about how in the last few years, “it has doubled in size” annually, which he said brings excitement and challenges for the all-volunteer crew of about 60 that teams up to throw this affair.
“Without them, it would be impossible,” Roberts said.
Although he said no comic book hall of fame exists, this genre is “pop art in its purest form” and that big names each own an empire: “Disney owns Marvel Entertainment now, and Sony owns DC Comics.”
Now it’s cool to be nerdy; I know it sounds funny, but it’s true. All the television shows now are being inundated with superhero or supernatural shows. “Spider-man 2” made $92 million last weekend. I have two kids, girls who are very young, but I go, “Look: Athletes make millions of dollars, but nerds make billions of dollars.”
Marvel Entertainment has a 15-movie agenda right now they will work with for the next few years, with movies and everything from TV shows to direct-to-cable shows. DC Comics is doing the same thing; a new show, “Gotham,” will be about pre-Batman Gotham City. Every time I turn around, there’s something new and exciting that comes out of comic books.
We don’t see them as competition, but as brothers in arms. We support them and invite them to support us. We think it’s universal, and it’s good for fandom in general.
Every year, we get requests from more guests who want to squeeze into the show. Our show has been sold out now for a couple of weeks.
Last year was one of my favorite memories. Two young adults got here on a single moped from Florence ... and they had just enough money for one of them to buy a ticket to go in and meet some of the celebrities. When I heard their story, I ran out and gave the other person a free ticket. I said, “Don’t sit in the parking lot.” That level of enthusiasm, or fanaticism: That’s good to see, that people are that excited to come to Xcon and meet their favorite celebrities and take part in activities, contests and games.