By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
March 13, 2013 — This weekend's Comic and Toy Convention in Lexington features famous names from the realms of comics, sci-fi, wrestling and even UK basketball.
The event itself, however, has its roots in Carter County.
Grayson native Jarrod Greer is the event organizer. Last year saw more than 4,100 persons come through the doors at the inaugural session.
“I grew up in Grayson and live in Flatwoods now so this area is home,” Greer said.
Entering its second year, the convention will feature guests such as Billy Dee Williams, Margot Kidder and former Kentucky basketball standout Derek Anderson, who will be signing copies of “Stamina” – his recently published book.
For Greer, the event was spawned as an offshoot both from his personal hobbies and his professional career.
“The ComicCon started as the next progression for our business, which began with the inception of the Kentucky Reptile Expo. I've always loved comics and been a toy collector, so it was a natural step,” Greer said.
More than 300 different booth spaces have been marked out for the convention floor. These will feature autograph sessions with convention guests, comic art exhibitors, and merchandise resellers offering toys, comics and other collectibles.
Greer feels the Comic Con will draw larger crowds this year. He expects that more than 6,000 will attend the event, which has expanded to two days to accommodate larger crowds.
The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention will take place March 16 and 17 at the Lexington Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets can be purchased at the door at $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for both days.
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