Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ratha Con (Athens' first Comic Con) 5/26/12

Ratha Con (Athens' first Comic Con) 5/26/12 (this event does not take place at ARTS/West!)

Ratha Con Schedule of events

Saturday, May 26th

10 am - 12 pm:
Athens Public Library 30 Home St. Athens. 
Panel Discussion with Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Chris Monday and Carl Wyckaert. Discussion will explore the past, present, and future of comics and graphic novels with comic artists and the collector whose collection is part of The Dairy Barn's Beyond Words exhibit.  This is the opening event of Ratha Con.

12 pm - 7 pm:
Athens Community Center 701 E. State St. Athens
ARTS/West presents a day of comics, sci fi and fantasy at the Athens Community Center.  There will be comic artists, panel discussions, vendors, gaming, displays, Steampunk Ballet, Kiser's BBQ Shack and much, much more.   

7 pm - 9 or 10 pm:
Humans vs Zombies moderated tag
Athens Community Center grounds 701 E. State St. Athens. 
HvZ: Athens is presenting a short game behind the Community Center after Ratha Con.  Register to play at HvZ: Athens' table during Ratha Con (12 pm - 7 pm)

Addmission is $6 or $5 with a coupon from The Wizard's Guild or a ticket stub from The Avengers film or Vampire Cowboys' performance.

Ratha Con is the first comic convention to be held in Athens, Ohio. Like many other comic conventions, Ratha Con will have a variety of comic and pop culture-related entertainment and activities.  

The Con will feature merchants in the form of comic book shops The Wizard's Guild and Super-Fly Comics & Games selling their wares, comic artists such as Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, and Ken Eppstein meeting fans and selling their work, and Kiser's BBQ Shack selling food. 

Ratha Con will provide entertainment in the form of three panel discussions throughout the day on topics like comics to film and Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta, games of 1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons as well as two Magic: the Gathering drafts, and a performance by the Steampunk Ballet. Ratha Con will end with a game of Humans vs. Zombies played in the grounds behind the Community Center.  

Ratha Con is a new experience for Athens and a miracle to anyone who loves comic conventions but doesn't like to or cannot travel to experience them. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the start of Ratha Con and help keep the comic convention in Athens for years to come! 

For more information: 

Check out the story from WOUB HERE

But that's not all!

Beyond Words: The Art of the Graphic Novel 

“Where Literature and Visual Arts Meet”-Carl Wyckaert

Please join The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center (Dairy Lane, Athens Oh) for the opening reception Friday, May 25, 2012 from 5-7pm. Mr. Wychaert will be giving a gallery talk about his collection on Friday, May 25, 2012 from 1:00pm-3:00pm and at 1:30pm and 3:30
pm on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2012.

The exhibition will feature works from the personal collection of Belgian Collector, Carl Wyckaert. His collection is original art from graphic novels by 44 international graphic novel artists, including:

  • Kent Williams
  • Teddy Kristiansen
  • Alex Ross
  • Ben Templesmith
  • Jae Lee
  • Bilal
  • Joel Parnotte
  • Dave McKean
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
$5.00 General
$4.00 Students and Seniors
Free for Dairy Barn Members and Children under 12

On Exhibition Summer 2012: May 26 - September 9, 2012