Florence Comic-Con

Aiden Abernethy, right, takes his turn shooting a Nerf gun at Star Wars Storm Troopers (The Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion members) at the inaugural Florence Comic-Con hosted by Legends Comics and Art Trail Gallery.

FLORENCE, S.C. — Following a large first-year turnout, Legends Comics bringing Comic-Con back to Florence.

Florence’s second Comic-Con will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology in Florence.

This year’s special guest is Roy Wooley, a special effects makeup artist. Wooley works on feature films. In 2012, he began competing on the television show “Face Off.”

“On Saturday, (Wooley’s) going to do a makeup seminar,” said Denny Stevenson, owner of Legends Comics. “Three people have paid to have me made up by him just like he did on the TV show.”

The seminar will be held at the West Lucas Street Comfort Inn and Suites.

The Sunday event will feature at least 15 vendors from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Nearly 30 artists will be at the convention, Stevenson said.

“We’ve got some actual cast members from ‘The Walking Dead,’” Stevenson said. “They’re not the main characters, but they’re the kill zombies.”

Kill zombies are made up from head to toe and are shown being killed close-up on the show.

Back again will be the The Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, and they'll be holding a "Blast a Trooper," which will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

There will be a costume contest for prize money. Stevenson expects 400 or more people to be dressed in costumes.

Florence Comic-Con attendees will have the chance to see the Carolina Ghostbusters and the Ghostbusters mobile, re-enactments of sword fights, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, the Dr. Who TARDIS and an original General Lee. They can purchase collectible items, shop from comic book dealers and more.

Stevenson said 1,600 people showed up for last year’s event, which was held at the Art Trail Gallery. This year, he anticipates 3,000 to 5,000 people will attend.

Last year, Stevenson said last year’s Comic-Con was packed out. SiMT is booked to play host to the event for the next four years.

“I decided that we’re going to make it bigger every year and put Florence on the map for pop culture,” Stevenson said. “Charlotte has always been the place to be, but we’ve got to let them know that after Charlotte, they’ve got to go to Florence.”

Stevenson especially wants local people to come to Sunday’s event because he said he already knows the out-of-town people will be there.

“There’s Comic-Cons popping up everywhere right now,” he said. “That’s why we need to get established now. We need to claim the second weekend in September to be the Florence Comic-Con weekend.”

Tickets for the Sunday event can be purchased beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free. Online sales for every other aspect of the weekend event have ended.

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