Pop culture takes center stage this summer as Northern Virginia’s All Star Comic Con returns to the region, taking place June 8-9, 2019 at the Sheraton Tysons in Tysons, VA.
A comics, art, gaming, cosplay (costume play artists) and pop culture celebration founded by Northern Virginia residents Kevin Bednarz and Michael McNutt, All Star Comic Con features celebrity appearances, sold out ballrooms filled with artists, authors, crafters and pop culture vendors, dedicated rooms for video game, board game, card game and role-playing game enthusiasts, cosplay contests, all day entertainment and several interactive attractions for attendees of all ages.
New this season is the All Star Kids Center; a room for the show’s youngest attendees featuring free face-painting, photo ops with popular cosplay characters, a free LEGO build area and slime workshops led by some of the area’s most popular slime creators (aka “slimers).
The current list of media guests appearing at All Star Comic Con 2019 include:
- Actor C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Red Dawn, E.T., The Punisher)
- Award winning comic book writer Tom King (Batman, Heroes in Crisis, Mister Miracle)
- Award winning comic book writer Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Domino, Bat-Girl)
- Star comic book artist Clay Mann (Heroes in Crisis, Batman, X-Men, Thor)
- Legendary comic book artist Mike Zeck (Secret Wars, Captain America, first drew Spider-Man’s black costume, famously featured and referenced in Spider-Man 3 and Venom)
- Actor Luke Tennie (“Willie” in SyFy’s new hit show Deadly Class)
- Famed video game player Billy Mitchell (King of Kong; A Fistful of Quarters)
- Podcaster and reality show star Ming Chen (Comic Book Men)
- Rapper and pop culture aficionado “Danny Boy” O’Connor of the famed rap group House of Pain
- Actress Brooke Langton (Swingers, the Replacements, The Last Ship, The Passage)
- Comic artist Arthur Suydam
- Popular Disney Artist James Mulligan
The All Star Comic Con 2019 is June 8-9 at the Sheraton Tysons in Tyson, VA with a special VIP-Only Reception on June 7 featuring several of the media guests. Ticket and show information is available at TheAllStarComicCon.com.
Since its successful debut in 2018, the convention’s brand has expanded to include a monthly book club, networking meet-ups a weekly podcast and an educational partner (Bednarz and McNutt has teamed with Lees Corner Elementary School in Fairfax to offer free art and writing workshops).
In 2018 the convention raised over $3000 for its charity partner, The Arc of Loudoun, a full-service non-profit organization with multiple programs and services that together provide an integrated and innovative environment for people with disabilities and their families.
Kevin Bednarz and Michael McNutt,
Founders, All Star Comic Con