MONROE – South Piedmont Community College encourages the community to visit its campus in superhero garb on Sept. 8 for its first comic book convention.
Super Powered Comic Con will offer fans of geek culture the opportunity to buy comic books, listen to panel discussions and enjoy the thrill of cosplay.
John Kenneth Muir, department chair for SPCC’s humanities and social sciences department, has written at least 27 books on horror and geek culture, including “A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television” and “The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television.”
Muir recalled geek culture creeping into popular culture in the early 1980s.
“If you go back and watch some of Steven Spielberg’s early films like ‘ET,’ you can see the little boy’s room is just filled with ‘Star Wars’ memorabilia.
“That’s why ‘Stranger Things’ is so great, because it’s showing that era again – where geek culture became normalized and really part of our popular culture.”
The convention occurs on the same day “Star Trek” debuted on television 52 years ago. The show lasted just three seasons, but became a cult classic that spawned a cinematic universe and a handful of television reboots.
Muir will debate the virtues of “Star Trek” in a panel discussion that pits the franchise against box office juggernaut “Star Wars.” James Minor, dean of SPCC’s arts & sciences, will defend “Star Wars” during the discussion.
Speaking of “Star Wars,” expect to see the 501st division of Stormtroopers. The convention will also have a gaming station, food truck and photo opportunities with characters.
Vendors include Comic Girl Coffee Shop, The Brothers Workshop, McFarland Publishers, Empire Comics Lab, Buzz Comics, Kitty in the Box, Smasher’s Comics, Beardy Weirdy’s Comics & Toys and The Comic Dimension.
Want to go?
South Piedmont Community College, located at 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy., is set to hold its first Super Powered Comic Con from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The event will be open to the public with no entry fees.