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Amazicon in Wilmington merging with GamerCon for fan-run sci-fi, comics convention

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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The annual Amazicon fan-run sci-fi, comics and collectibles show is merging with the semi-annual Gamer Con for three days in Wilmington.
Highlights include vendors, special guests, old-school arcade video games, TV and movie cars, industry panels, tournaments, a cosplay costume contest, magicians, musicians, hourly door prizes and more. Fans of “Star Trek,” “Doctor Who,” “GI Joe,” and “Star Wars” will find things of special interest. More detailed information can be found at http://amazicon.net/tickets.html.


Which three days?
April 7, 8 and 9. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where?
The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del.

Who will be there?
Some of the scheduled guests include author, musician, illustrator and filmmaker Jim Steranko, best known as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics, cocreator of SHIELD’s Nick Fury and writer and illustrator for Captain America, The Hulk and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); ’80s WWF bad guy Nikolai Volkoff; Jeremy Ambler from AMC’s “The Walking Dead;” members of the heavy metal band Gwar; Marvel Comics artist Ron Wilson; Alan Beiler of “Amish Mafia,” “Breaking Amish” and “Return To Amish;” Lynne Marie Stewart, whose IMDB profile includes “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Bridesmaids,” “MASH,” “Night Court” and “Laverne & Shirley;” and Stefan Arngrim of “Land of the Giants,” “The Fog,” “Highlander,” “The Sentinel” and “X-Files.” The Easter Bunny is also supposed to appear.

What about the cars?
Slated to be there are the 1976 Ford Gran Torino from “Starsky & Hutch,” Black Beauty from “The Green Hornet,” a 1926 Ford Model T hot rod autographed by Paul LeMat, who played John Milner in “American Graffiti,” and the Hyundai tuner car Spellbound.

So Gamer Con is somehow getting worked into this?
Attendees can also play video games and arcades, and enter gaming tournaments to win prizes. Check out http://njgamercon.com/free-play-arcade.html.

What else?
An after-party will take place on Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and will feature food, entertainment, a cosplay costume contest and the annual Amazicon charity auction to benefit the Families of SMA, an organization dedicated to raising money for research for the childhood disease spinal muscular atrophy.

How much will I need for tickets?
Tickets at the door will be $20, or $45 for a three-day pass.

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