The comic book festival returns on October 29

Comic book fans can rejoice as the popular Lorain County Comic Book Show & Trick-or-Treat as well as a food drive will return on October 29 at 255 Park Ave. in downtown Amherst.

The event started in 2019 thanks to the geeky mind of Alan Thompson and his wife, Stephanie.

One of the comic shops to attend the Lorain County Comic Fair in Amherst on October 29 is Sheffield’s Comics are Go! bringing a wide selection of nostalgia. (Submitted)

“We’re nerds and always have been,” said Stephanie Thompson. “But when you think of comic con festivals, they are always very far away and very expensive.”

That’s when the couple came up with the idea of ​​hosting one in their hometown of Amherst for half the price.

They also wanted to do something a little different in order to give back to the community.

“We came up with the idea of ​​doing a food drive alongside the show to help the community while keeping the event economical,” said Stephanie Thompson.

Starting with their first show in April 2019, the couple managed to bring in money and donations for over 1,000 meals.

“We knew we had to keep doing it after that,” Stephanie Thompson said.

While plans to host the show again in 2020 were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, that hasn’t stopped the couple.

In October 2021, they brought the show back with even more vendors and donations.

On that show alone, the couple raised enough to provide more than 15,000 meals.

The move to October was also a change.

“We moved to October with Halloween just around the corner, so we could encourage more people to dress up and bring donations,” Stephanie Thompson said. “After all, fall is the season for gifts.”

This year’s show is expected to attract the largest attendance yet with many attending from local comic book stores, Funko Pop! collectors, local artists and more are all coming to join the fray, said Alan Thompson.

“We’ll have something for everyone here,” he said. “From super expensive collectible comics to the average $2, we’ll have it all.”

Admission and parking are free for the event.

For those who bring food, they will arrive 30 minutes earlier.

Trick-or-treating will begin after the comic book show.

Daniel K. Denny