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The second annual ComicFest wrapped up on October 6 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center.

This year’s 3-day event featured sci-fi author Larry Niven, whose storied career is celebrated at an on-site coffeshop and snack bar, Draco Tavern, “Earth’s first multi-species coffee bar,” patterned after the watering hole from his same-named novel and designed by special FX whiz Wendy All.

Sunday’s guests featured local comic artist Billy Martinez doing live art demonstrations, and also local artist Mike Miller, best known for DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us (#1 selling digital comic in the world) and the cover artist for the graphic novel edition of A Game of Thrones.

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Another famed local at the show was special effects artist Phil Tippett, best known for his work on the Star Wars franchise.

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She's not much of a looker, but she does it for a nickel!

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This dealer doesn't look like he wants to share his toys.

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If only we could all be kept in our original mint boxes.

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Somebody didn't pay attention when their mom taught the kids to put away their toys.

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"I'll kill myself if I hear one more person say 'My mom threw mine away!'"

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Your grandfather's reading material is worth more than most grandfathers now!

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Silver age comic artist Russ Heath.

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Hardcover heroes on sale.

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Local comic book artist Batton Lash (above) and publisher Jackie Estrada (below).

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Famous former neighbor Scott Shaw!, the Flintstones artist who probably designed every box of Fruity Pebbles you ever emptied out to get at the toy.

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Panel featuring Star Trek legend Bjo Trimble.

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It's never easy to tell a pretty girl there's a shark eating her brain.

Photos above courtesy Jamie Gardner: https://www.facebook.com/jamie.gardner.3348/media_set?set=a.587798484616099.1073741834.100001578582966&type=1



Photos below courtesy Ed Cormier: https://www.facebook.com/Cormier.Ed/media_set?set=a.4888992522695.1073741842.1834183120&type=3

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This panel paying tribute to Famous Monsters of Filmland creator Forrest J. Ackerman featured Phil Tippett, publisher Don Glut, local sci-fi author Greg Bear, writer Paul M. Sammon, and moderator Pete Von Sholly.

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Panel showcasing sci-fi authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

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Local comic artist Billy Martinez doing live art demonstrations.

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The Cadillac of wolfshead canes, just imagine how hard Barnabas Collins could whack his Willie with THAT thing!

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Build-your-own-Trekkie kits!

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Autographed event program.

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Roger Roadkill says "See ya next year!"



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