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VIRGINIA COMICON: FROM POWER RANGERS TO GWAR AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN

This article originally appeared in RVA Magazine on 7/10/17. An archive can be found here.

Virginia Comicon held its annual convention at the VCU Commons this past weekend, which hosted a crowd of over 640 attendees. Celebrity guests included Austin St. John and Walter Jones (the Red and Black Rangers from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Richmond institution GWAR, and the Fredricksburg rapper mc chris, as well as a multitude of local artists and content creators.

Virginia Comicon was founded in 1986, and is a separate legal entity from San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest and oldest conventions of its kind in the United States. Virginia Comicon has been a Richmond staple since its founding in 1986 and is usually held at the Richmond International Raceway, but the venue was closed this year for repairs.

The event in Richmond, while smaller was just as exciting for the people in attendance and included video game tournaments on the Nintendo Switch, panels on Doctor Who and Star Wars, as well as contests for fans who came in costume.

RVA Mag’s inside look at some of the most impactful photos from Comic-Con can be found below:

*Top photo by Virginia Comicon, all other photos by David Pettyjohn.

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