On Saturday, May 12th and 13th, the Riverside County Fairgrounds will come alive through the world of comics at the City of Indio’s 2nd Annual Fantasia Comic Con. The event is expected to make a big splash with some premier guests and activities for fans of all ages.
Fantasia Comic Con will feature panels, booths, cosplay, video games and vendors with a wide assortment of pop culture icons. Headlining the 2018 event is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle creator, Kevin Eastman. Millennials will be excited about the addition of Larry Houston, who produced and directed such 90’s cartoons as X-Men, GI Joe and Captain Planet.
Janeshia Adams-Ginyard – who played Danai Gurira’s character Okoye’s stunt double as well as 1 of the 8 members of the Dora Milaje in the film, Black Panther – will be a guest at the event. Tony Fleecs, who is a writer and artist for My Little Pony, is another great addition to the list.
Bat in the Sun showcases Fantasia’s ability to tap into the creator realm, with a YouTube channel boasting over 2 million subscribers displaying epic super hero battles. Jay Fotos will attend, and has worked on such projects as Spawn, Sam and Twitch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mars Attacks, 30 Days of Night and the #1 New York Times Best Seller Lock & Key. Ken F. Levin – who is the producer of the AMC hit series, Preacher, and executive producer on the upcoming Amazon series, The Boys – will also make an appearance.
Cosplayers will be in attendance over the weekend to add to the entertainment. The cosplay contest was the highlight of the show at last year’s event, and expects to draw an even larger turn-out of the cosplay community in year two. Professional cosplayers such as “Zoom CW Cosplay”, “Wonder Woman is Real” , and “Nerd Mafia” will be welcomed additions to this year’s event.
A video game tournament sponsored by Game Stop will be held throughout the weekend, with a wide variety of titles to test your skills. Pop culture vehicles, props, and iconic classics such as a replica Delorean Time Machine, Kitt from Knight Rider, Bumble Bee from Transformers, Johnny 5, The O.C. Turtles and Southland Ghostbusters will be guests at the event as well. The event is trending with nearly a 50% increase in booths and vendors selling comic books and pop culture paraphernalia from toys, comics, figurines and much more.