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2014-10-29 / Lifestyles

Aurora Con ’14 swooping in for Saturday

East Aurora Editor

Hanes Hanes Those looking for an action-packed afternoon filled with costumes, comics and pop culture need look no further than the first-ever Aurora Con ’14, taking place Saturday, Nov. 1.

“It’s your typical collectors’ show. There’ll be vendors there. There’ll be comic book artists there,” said Ted Hanes, event organizer. “There’ll be pop-culture toys. There’ll be action figures. There might be old Superman toys and Disney toys. … All sorts of neat, pop-culture collectibles.”

Hanes said the all-ages event will cater to the whole family, with a little something for everyone. On site will be a variety of comic books and vintage toys — both for sale and for show — artist demonstrations and sketches, in-costume superheroes, food and giveaways, Hanes said.

In addition, Graham Nolan, a Batman artist and East Aurora resident, will star as the comic con’s special guest.

“[He] is famous for doing Batman, and he’s the co-creator of a character called Bane, who was the big villain in the latest Batman movie,” Hanes said. “He’s going to be there signing autographs and drawing sketches all day long. He’s going to have some for sale.”

Nolan’s visit to Aurora Con ’14 will come right off the heels of travels both nationally and internationally for comic conventions, Hanes said.

“He just got back from Germany. … He was the guest of honor over in Germany, and the month before that, he was the guest of honor at the biggest comic convention in the world, the San Diego comic convention,” Hanes said. “So it’s really a big deal for him to be at this event.”

Also paying a visit to Aurora Con ’14 will be Buffalo’s Best Batman.

“He’s got a great Batman costume. He’s a martial arts expert. He’s going to be there taking photos with the kids totally for free,” Hanes said.

Patrons are welcomed to dress in costume for the comic con, Hanes said, and prizes will be awarded for best male, best female and best child costume.

The event was created out of a need to fundraise for the East Aurora Save Our Sports program, Hanes said.

“They needed to raise like $15,000 to pay for the referees, the busing, the uniforms and all of those types of things,” Hanes said. “We figured that we could do the [comic con]. … Every penny goes to the Save Our Sports program. I’m not taking a penny. All the volunteers aren’t taking a penny. Every bit of the money raised from the admission and the vendors’ contributing … it all goes right to the Save Our Sports program.”

Though this is the first year for Aurora Con, Hanes said he has plans to continue it into the future.

“We’ll do it every year. First of many,” Hanes said. “Every year it will be a charity event to benefit the sports program.”

Admission will cost $5 per adult and $2 for children. It is free for children ages 7 and younger. However, Hanes said families can get a group discount rate of $10.

“It’ll be a fun event,” Hanes said. “It’s just a great, fun family afternoon for $10.”

Aurora Con ’14 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora.

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