Piqua Comic-Con returns to Miami Valley Centre Mall

PIQUA — From super heroes and villains to Transformers, Star Wars and video game characters, you never know who you’ll meet at the Piqua Comic-Con.

“We’ve had some really cool costumes over the years,” Piqua Comic-Con promoter Paul Lee said. “We’ve had everything from the big plush costumes to people who do Star Wars and super heroes.”

The Piqua Comic-Con will return to the Miami Valley Centre Mall on Sunday, Nov. 13. Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free show will feature approximately 50 different vendors offering comic books, vintage toys and other collectibles, as well as comic book artists and other attractions.

“There’s going to be vendors with comic books, toys, video games, Magik and Pokémon, all the way to people who make crafts,” Lee said. “We’re going to have some comic book artists there, and some comic book companies; a couple of the smaller ones who are semi-local will be there.”

The Comic-Con will be held at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, 987 E. Ash St. in Piqua. Admission to the Comic-Con is free, but donations are always appreciated.

“We’ll be just to the right of the Elder-Beerman’s building, inside the mall,” Lee said.

Carl’s Auto Body in Dayton will provide an authentic 1966 Batmobile, and the Dayton Damsels will also be available for photos. Proceeds from the Comic-Con will be donated to the Bethany Center.

“Throw a donation and get your picture taken with the Batmobile or the Dayton Damsels,” Lee said. “It helps out the Bethany Center. We’re also probably going to be taking in stuff for Toys for Tots, too.”

“We’ll even have somebody dressed up as Batman and Batgirl at the convention, too,” he said.

Lee started the Piqua Comic-Con several years ago, and the first shows were held at the Piqua Armory. “It’s just me, and a couple of people helping me,” he said.

“We’re already planning for next year,” he said. “We’re planning on a spring show and then another fall show; I don’t have an exact date for either one of them yet.”

Additional sponsors for the Comic-Con include the Miami Valley Centre Mall and SC Collectibles.

A Piqua native, Lee also owns Are U Game, located at 124 N. Sunset Drive. “I sell toys, video games and comic books myself, at my own store,” he said. “We’ve been in Piqua for 10 years.”

He also runs a YouTube channel called Group Therapy TV.

“I do interviews with different people, plus I do a Saturday morning cartoon show,” Lee said, “like the old-school style with a host, and they talk about the cartoons.”

More information on the Piqua Comic-Con can be found online, at https://www.facebook.com/PiquaComicCon/