Offering collectibles for attendees to “cherish for a lifetime,” the Cartersville Comic, Horror, and Toy Expo will be presented Saturday. Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event will take place at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St.
“The first event was a great success,” said Dustin Ruff, the expo’s coproducer and co-owner of Ruff Edges Comics and Collectibles. “It bypassed all of our expectations, and we were just so proud of what we had accomplished. It’s always nice to hear good comments from attendees as well as vendors and guests. We had actually planned on it being a once a year event, but there was so much demand for another show that we decided to do it twice a year.
“... The event has grown to the point that we wish we had more space for vendors, artists and guests. Attendees should expect to see even better quality items that are available for purchase. We also hold a cosplay — costume — contest for adults as well as children. We will feature Savana Jade Wehunt and Aaron Brewster as guests for this show. Both of them have appeared on ‘The Walking Dead’ as well as other movies and TV series.”
Along with eight artists, the expo will feature about 30 vendors — including debut appearances by Top End Gaming, Dragon’s Breath Armory, and The Spinner Rack Comics and Collectibles — from across the Southeast. The Cartersville Comic, Horror, and Toy Expo also will feature an on-site live radio broadcast from WBHF’s “B.K. on the Air” from 10 a.m. to noon.
“I enjoy getting out and talking to people about our event,” said Rydal resident Shane Hester, voluntary consultant for the expo and co-owner of Ruff Edges Comics and Collectibles. “I love talking to other vendors and getting good, quality merchandise for our attendees to look at and purchase. My favorite memory was meeting people in person that we had only talked to and dealt with through social media. Seeing how well our event was received gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
“I hope that they all have a great experience. I hope they are able to find something special that they can cherish forever. I hope it provides [an] escape from their everyday lives, and that they can get away and meet new people that share the same interests as they do.”
Echoing Hester’s comments, Ruff said their first expo — known as the Northwest Georgia Comic, Horror, and Toy Expo — at the Cartersville Civic Center in January was filled with memorable highlights.
“I had so many great memories from our first show that it’s hard to narrow it down,” Ruff said. “I loved the looks on the attendees’ faces when they saw the quality of show that we provide. I enjoyed meeting so many new and amazing people. My most favorite memory was seeing my nephew Eric running around everywhere spending his allowance money on the things he wanted. I don’t think he gets that excited at Christmastime.
“I hope that attendees come away from our event with a smile on their face. I want them to realize that you don’t have to travel long distances and spend a ton of money to attend a quality show. I want them to be talking about our event for years to come and to also have something they purchased that they can cherish for a lifetime.”
He continued, “I would like [to] thank everyone that is involved with our event. I appreciate all of the vendors, artists and special guests for making our event what it is. I also want to thank our partner Jason LeCroy, owner of What If Comics in Rome, Georgia, for doing everything that he does to help with the event. Having an event that we can be proud of is what is most important to us.”
Entrance to the Cartersville Comic, Horror, and Toy Expo will be $5 per person and children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge.
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