Where: Dayton, OH
When: March 28-29, 2015
Gem city Comic Con is located in Dayton, Ohio, and was started by Jesse Noble 2006 to help sell a collection that was bought on a lark. It started in the Student Union at Wright State University, and is now held at the Nutter Center arena (also located at Wright State). The annual convention is organized by Noble, with help from friends and sponsors including: Bell, Book & Comic, Super-fly Comics & Games, Teleperformance, and Fearless Readers Online.
Who can participate?
How do I get a table?
Creator Tables are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and tend to sell out early (the 2014 show was sold out by July). Contracts are available on the website until all the tables are spoken for.
How much does it cost to exhibit?
Creator tables cost $40 before Jan 1, and $50 after. You get one table, two chairs, and two badges. Vender spots are $400 before Jan 1, and $450 after. The space you get is roughly 10'x10' with two 6' tables, two chairs, and two badges.
Is there security at night? Yes
Are there electrical outlets for booth use? limited
Height restrictions on signage? No
Can you bring food/water? Sure
Can things be hung from ceiling? It's 100' tall, but yes.
Is there a freight entrance? Two truck bays and roll in from the parking lot.
Can books/merch be sent ahead to convention site? There is a docking fee, but yes.
Any lights/sound regulations? Only if people complain...
Is there wifi in the building and is it free? Yes and yes.
Is the building air conditioned? yes
How much does it cost to attend?
A single day pass is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Weekend passes are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. There's no formal volunteer program, but it can't hurt to ask.
What kind of events will take place?
Panels, costume contests, vendors, gaming tournaments, and a charity auction. Comic creators will be there, but no media (film or TV) guests.
What kind of items will be available for sale?
Comics, toys, posters, t-shirts, art, non-sports cards.
The show is both handicap accessible and kid-friendly. If you enter the cosplay contest you get in for free! Lines tend not to be a big problem, and move quickly. The food is standard mall food court fare, but there are many more options if you're willing to drive a short distance.