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Sac-Con’s last gathering of 2013 was held under cold yet sunny skies but the weather the night before had taken its toll as several guests were delayed or were prevented from attending Sac-Con on Sunday, Dec. 8.

December 2013 Sac-Con
December 2013 Sac-Con

Chris “Coop” Cooper known for his art on posters, t-shirts, hats, stickers, skateboards, zippo lighters and posters for recording artists including Nirvana, Soundgarden, White Zombie, Green day and many others was one of the special guests who could not make it to Sac-Con.

Tom Neely known for his award winning graphic novel “The Blot” could not make it to the con either. Both Neely and Cooper could not make it to Sac-Con because of closures along Interstate 5.

James O’Barr known for creating “The Crow” the comic book which later was adapted as a movie could not make it to Sac-Con because of ice storms in Dallas.

Although the sun shone all day at the Scottish Rite Center the California International Marathon that took place the same day also delayed guests from getting to the Scottish Rite Center.

December 2013 Sac-Con
December 2013 Sac-Con

The smaller crowds that arrived in the morning were able to take advantage, allowing them to get through autograph lines much quicker. It also made it easier for shoppers to maneuver in the main hall to look through isles of comics, games, action figures, fashion, art and all things related to comics, toys and Asian pop culture.

Once the marathon ended and J Street was cleared crowds grew and longer lines formed for autograph sessions with special guests like Billy West voice actor for The Ren Stimpy Show. West also conducted a Q&A session.

California International Marathon passing the Scottish Rite Center

California International Marathon passing by the Scottish Rite Center during Sac-Con

 

California International Marathon passing the Scottish Rite Center

Other artists conducting autograph and Q&A sessions were George Perez who’s know for “The New Teen Titans” and Vic Mignogna noted for his voice acting roles in Fullmetal Alchemist. West, Perez and Mignogna have years of experience and were more than willing to share their experiences with Sac-Con attendees.

George Perez signing autographs during December's Sac-Con
George Perez signing autographs during December’s Sac-Con

 

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Vic Mignogna conducts Q&A session during December’s Sac-Con

Other special guests included Tim Bradstreet, Joyce Chin, Art Adams, Dan Brereton, Rafael Navarro, Bordin Marsinkul, Joe Weems V, C Andrew Nelson, Jason Dube, ECV Press artists, Melissa McCommon, Heather JaegerBrandon Bracamonte and Noel Serrato.

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Darth Vader (C Andrew Nelson) autographing a fan’s dashboard

Dube, as is always the case, had other things going in The Small Press Zone including the unveiling of a “Shadow Hunters” 2014 Cosplay Calendar from Scattered Comics. The cosplay calendar follows an earlier release of an illustrated calendar signed by Dube and other Scattered artists.

Also earlier this year Scattered Comics embarked into a co-op with Last Doorway Productions. Scattered books will now carry the Last Doorway Productions comic inventory increasing its distribution. This cooperation as a result will allow Last Doorway Productions to concentrate on their TV and film projects.

Scattered Comics also recently added to their growing comic book collection of titles by bringing “Sworn” into their realm. The new acquisition brings the art of Calvin Ellis Jr. who collaborates with Jasmine Ellis to present their supernatural comic book under the Scattered Comics umbrella. The Ellis siblings occupied a table next to Scattered Comics and showcased their “Sworn” titles as they greeted guests.

"Sworn" illustrator Calvin Ellis Jr. and writer Jasmine Ellis at Sac-Con with Jason Dube
“Sworn” illustrator Calvin Ellis Jr. and writer Jasmine Ellis at Sac-Con with Jason Dube

Sac-Con also conducted a charity raffle to give back to its community. The raffle was quite popular and about a dozen coveted prizes were won by some very happy customers.

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One of the Sac-Con raffle prizes worn by fan

The cosplayer costume contest was the last scheduled event of the day and as usual it took place before a standing room only crowd. Cosplayers of all ages participated with song, dance or skits.

Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest
Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest

 

Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest
Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest
Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest
Sac-Con Cosplay Costume Contest

Although this Sac-Con appeared to be smaller than usual, partly because of delays caused by the marathon, it was nonetheless enthusiastically received by those who attended.

The next Sac-Con returns to Scottish Rite Center on March 2, 2014.

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