Holy comic conventions, Batman! Savannah Comic Con is a new show coming to entertain guests of all ages from Feb. 24-25.
Mike Federali, an organizer behind Savannah Comic Con, said he met a few SCAD professors at Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C., to discuss a new show for Savannah. He said he wanted to keep the show's focus on the fans.
Federali plans for Savannah Comic Con to be "smaller than Heroes Con, but with that same do-it-yourself spirit."
"Shelton Drum puts on an incredible show up there, and we wanted to give just a taste of that to Savannah," he said. "The SCAD folks have been amazing people to work with and have such a passion for comics and art."
Federali started putting together comic conventions a few years ago. His first was in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va.
"To put on the first event, I had to sell my entire collection of comics dating all the way back to my childhood," he said. "That show has grown pretty large, so it's nice to have something smaller and more focused here. It's very much a 'little brother' show, and it will be fun to see where it goes."
Federali said he is no expert when it comes to fandom, but he has seen some changes over the past 10 years.
"We've seen more fans that are very proud to show their love with shirts and costumes or sometimes literally wearing their hearts on their sleeves by getting comic book art tattoos," he said. "It's great to live in a time where everyone is so excited and willing to express it."
As an avid comic book reader, Federali said he likes titles such as "Batman," "X-Men," "Avengers" and "Champions."
"I also love the creator-owned indie books like 'Sherlock Frankenstein,' 'Usagi Yojimbo' and 'Invincible,'" he added.
Hanging out with his fellow nerds and enjoying comic books and art are what he enjoys most about the conventions.
"I'm a small part of this big event that gets new fans in front of great projects," he said.
Savannah Comic Con is focusing on the comics and art. There will be panels about making comics, a cosplay contest and a couple of special guests.
"This year we were lucky to have the planets align to get Carlos Alazraqui, who is the voice of Rocko from 'Rocko's Modern Life,' and Ian McGinty, who is drawing the new series, all in one place," said Federali.
"Carlos was also on 'Reno 911,'" he added, "and does tons of cartoon voices. Ian drew us an exclusive comic book cover for 'Rocko's Modern Life No. 1' that fans can get at the show. All the proceeds from the book go to getting more guests out next year.
"As if that wasn't cool enough, Cory Smith did a cover for 'Shadow and Batman No. 1.' And of course, we've got some great comic book creators like Jonathan Hickman ('Avengers'), Wilfredo Torres, Sanford Greene and many more."
Federali said organizers are grateful to the people who pledged their Kickstarter campaign.
"It means a lot and it's great to see so much support."
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Comic Con
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive.
Cost: $15 per day; $25 weekend pass; $100 VIP; free for children 13 and younger with adult