Monday, June 27, 2011

Comic convention draws crowd to Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The sixth annual Cape Girardeau Comic Convention hit town last weekend, drawing crowds from across the Southeast Missouri area to the Osage Center for three days of guests, games, and geek culture.

Local entrepreneur and convention organizer Ken Murphy says that the highlight of Cape Comic Con 2011 was this year’s special guests—one of whom has been years in the making.

"I was really lucky to get a hold of William Katt, and he was very accommodating for us to come to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and he’s been our media guest, television and movies," Murphy said. "And it’s taken me six years to get Billy Tucci. He’s the most successful independent creator in comic’s history."

Katt is best known for his starring role on the 80’s TV series The Greatest American Hero, alongside Robert Culp. Tucci is famous in the comic book industry for his independently published series, Shi, and currently works for both Marvel and DC comics as an artist and writer.

According to Murphy, over twenty local artists and creators attended this year, in addition to the special guests and dozens of vendors from across the region.

Attendance rose from last year, making Cape Comic Con 2011 one of the largest in the event’s history—and Murphy hopes to top himself next year.

Jonathan Atwood, KRCU

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