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Awesome Con returns to Washington

Awesome Con, Washington DC’s premier comic and pop culture convention, will return May 29–31 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, operated by Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia. The annual event is organized by Awesome Conventions LLC and sponsored by Third Eye Comics.

ECN 052015_SE_Awesome ConOver 50 movie and television celebrity guest appearances are expected along with more than 50,000 pop culture fans across 230,000 square feet of exhibit space and over 10 rooms of programming.

“Awesome Con has been a key part of fueling our growth by helping to expand a portfolio of new events that Events DC hosts across its venues,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer, Events DC. “In 2014, the comic book and pop culture festival quadrupled its attendance and injected more than $4.5 million into the local economy and they expect to surpass those numbers this year. Its incredible success has led to us winning even more one-of-a-kind events to the District of Columbia.”

More than one hundred exhibitors will be selling toys, video games, comics, apparel and other collectible memorabilia. A new addition for 2015 will include kid-centric activities at Kid’s Zone where they can draw along with noted comic book artists, learn how to make their own Superhero symbol, see a wizard magic show, attend Superhero University led by top industry professionals and make their own superhero cape. For a full list of Kid’s Zone activities and programming, visit awesome-con.com/kids-zone

“About 80 percent of our attendance is local and the goodwill that we receive from the local community is overwhelming,” said Ben Penrod, founder, Awesome Con. “And since we continue to grow and establish Awesome Con as one of the larger pop culture and comic conventions, we are expecting the number of people that travel out of state to grow this year and to really help propel the local economy – while making a superhero-filled splash across the District over the weekend.”

Harkening to its beginning as a comic book convention, Awesome Con will also feature dozens of comic book creators, artists and writers.

For ticket and event information, visit awesomecon.com

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