Of all the Comicons the United States, one of the best is right here in Pennsylvania, in the steel city of Pittsburgh. Held annually in Spring, the Pittsburgh Comicon is a weekend loaded to the maximum with the most intense fans and some of the biggest names in the industry. For something seemingly so niche, Comicon is surprisingly inclusive. The very size of Comicon is enough to offer a selection of things to experience that there is bound to be something for everyone.
Comicon is nationally recognized as the go-to event, so its size and prestige seals in big name talent and impressive panels. Comic icons such as Stan Lee to cast members and actors from legendary films like Star Trek and Star Wars are scheduled for intimate Q&As and panel discussions. This is also a great chance to meet some of your favorite comic book artists and writers. All told, Comicon offers nearly two-hundred guests who are on hand to autograph art and take pictures with fans. At Comicon there are nearly a hundred exhibitors, and sellers have everything from rare comic books to inspiring art pieces, and hard-to-find collectibles.
Like any convention, visitors will have a better experience with increased interaction. Essentially the day is what you make it. However, Sunday tends to be more kids-focused and better suited for families with small children. Disney inspired events and storytelling reaches young fans on their level and free admission for kids under 12 years old is nice for the folks. The annual costume contest is held on Sunday as well and always draws a huge crowd of participants and spectators! There is a food court at the convention center, but visitors might be wise to pack food or make lunch plans before arrival.
Admission is reasonable and buying multiple days saves money. Kids under 8 years old are free and parking is free.