‘AnchorCon’ Comic Book Convention Comes to Clayton for 3 Days in August | Arts and entertainment


CLAYTON – Celebrities from the comic book and gaming world, including the fan-built ‘talking’ Optimus Prime truck, will be featured at the premiere AnchorCon to be held here in August.

The Clayton Rotary Club will host the event August 20-22 at Cerow Recreation Arena, 615 E. Line Road.

The comicon will feature panels with actors, writers and voice actors, video and board games and an interactive “game history” space with game consoles dating back to 1977. Two video game tournaments will take place throughout the year. weekend.

The Optimus Prime platform was built with legal permission from Hasbro. The project was led by a father who just wanted to inspire his young son that all dreams are possible with hard work and determination.

Topics for the panel will include cozy combat and lightsabers, becoming a puppeteer, and how to apply cosplay makeup.

AnchorCon is being planned with all necessary COVID-19 pandemic protocols in place, including disinfection of surfaces, provision of disinfection stations and arena floor plans that include social distancing capability and wearing of masks.

A “Mask Ball” is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. on August 21.

AnchorCon opens at 3 pm on August 20 with the interactive screening of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” with props provided. The event’s Meetups will invite fans of Batman, DC and Marvel comics, “Star Wars” and pop culture T-shirts to come together and chat with other fans from these categories.

Celebrity-appearing Q&A events, with times to be announced, include:

not Samantha Newark, best known as part of the iconic Hasbro brand for her voiceover work as “Jem” and “Jerrica” ​​in the “Jem and The Holograms” cartoon series. She is also known for her lead guest roles as “Ariel” and “Elise Presser” in the original “Transformers Generation One” series.

not Gregory French, who was featured as Walker in the series “The Walking Dead” and has since starred in several films such as “Spiderman: Homecoming”, “Iron Man 3”, “Parental Guidance” and “We Are the Miller.” “

not Michael Koske, who is known for his television roles in “The Walking Dead”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Necessary Rughness” and “Brockmire”. He appeared in the hit films “Hidden Figures”, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Guardians the Galaxy: Vol. 2. “

Topics for the panel will include “Cosplay on a Budget,” “Supernatural Influences in Comics and Pop Culture,” Becoming a Puppeteer, and How to Apply Cosplay Makeup.

There will be 10 hours of signs and entertainment each day of the convention. The finalization of the timetables will not be finalized until June.

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