Heroes, villains of comics make a stop at OC-Con

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Lando Calrissian, who lost the Millennium Falcon in a bet against Han Solo before becoming a hero in the Rebel Alliance, will visit OC-Con this weekend and provide one of the highlights of the second annual comic and memorabilia festival on Saturday and Sunday (April 1 and 2).

Like the cantina in “Star Wars,” the Ocean City Music Pier will be filled with characters and creatures of every kind for the weekend event. OC-Con celebrates comics, movies and science fiction in a family event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Billy Dee Williams, who played Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” will be one of the featured guests. He will appear for photo, autograph and Q&A sessions on Saturday. Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes in “The Walking Dead,” Sgt. Ellis Carver in “The Wire” and Sugar Watkins in “Starship Troopers”) will be featured on Sunday.

Billy Dee Williams
Submitted photo

OC-Con opens with a one-mile costumed Superhero Run on the boardwalk at 10 a.m. Saturday. A Superhero Obstacle Dash for 12-and-unders follows on the beach at 11 a.m.

Exhibits and panel discussions include, among many more:

  • Paris Cullins of DC & Marvel Comics
  • Rusty Gilligan of Marvel, Heavy Metal and Upper Deck
  • Bob Petrecca of DC & Marvel Comics and Upper Deck
  • Eric Cooper, author of the Sci-Fi/Superhero “Knight Seeker” book series
  • Garland Holloman, South Jersey’s “Best Graphic Artist” title winner
  • Philip McNulty of “Man O War,” “SmodCo Cartoon Show,” and “X-Men”
  • Don J. Morgan, publisher of the “Films vs. Movies” webcomic
  • Tom Schloendorn, a freelance inker for Imperium Comics

OC-Con tickets: Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for both days. Children (12 and under) are $5 per day or $8 for both days. A limited number of tickets (check times and prices) are still available for exclusive photo, autograph and Q&A sessions with Williams and Gilliam. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Tickets also will be available at the Ocean City Music Pier on the day of the event.

Superhero Run and Obstacle Dash: Run registration fee is $15 and includes admission to the show and a T-shirt. The fee for 12-and-unders is $10 and includes the Obstacle Dash as well as admission and a T-shirt.

For complete information on all of OC-Con: ocnjcon.com

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