By Meg Dickens
Comic-Con made its second annual visit to Mountain City this past weekend. Dragon’s Mountain Comic-Con, previously named Longhorn Comic-Con, drew residents and visitors alike to the Forge Creek Community Center on June 8 and June 9 despite the rainy weather.Guest numbers were so impressive on Saturday that organizers now hope to find a larger venue for the upcoming years. Current consideration is on the local armory. This year’s featured guests included author Stephen Semones, artists Albert Morales, Kevin Hawkins, and actor Matthew Atchley.
To everyone’s delight, cosplayers went above and beyond with their costumes.
Traditional costumes like Batman and Green Lantern made an appearance along with originals and anime favorites. Cosplayers ranged from children barely older than toddlers to senior citizens. Judges Kevin Hawkins, Albert Morales, and Sierra Burke could not decide who wore it best for the 12 and under category. Each child received a featured artist’s print and a specialized prize. Comic character Tank Girl won first, Toga from anime My Hero Academia won second, and original costume duo Steampunk Safari won third place in the 13 and up category. Each winner received a 5 dollar gift card to Poblano’s and a featured artist’s print.
The venue held dozens of booths selling anything an attendee could want. Local artists Brittany Dunn and Victoria Meadows helped represent Mountain City with wares such as handmade figurines, prints, buttons, decals, and more. The friendly vendors made attendees feel at home. Author William Becker drew curious attendees to his table to check out his murder mystery novel with a fake body prop. Coloring book star dachshunds Zombie and Flippy enjoyed a lot of love from passersby.
Upstairs attendees gathered for tabletop one-shot campaigns. Skilled Dungeon Masters (DMs) for both Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder were available. Role Playing Games (RPGs) such as Fiasco, Vampire: The Masquerade, Secret Hitler, and more happened throughout the event.
Local individuals and businesses made this event possible. Organizers Mark and Cole Gladden partnered with local business Double D’s Variety Store to host the event. The Tomahawk Newspaper, WMCT Radio, Double D’s, Americourt, Lazy Day Market, Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Farmers State Bank, Poblano’s, O’reilly’s, and State Farm sponsored this convention. Come out next year and watch the event continue to grow.