Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Tom “Ziggy” and Lodia Star will host a Ohana Comic Con event in Madera on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Holy Spouses Hall from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
Madera will host perhaps its first comic and geek pop culture convention when Ohana Comic Con fills Holy Spouses Hall, 310 N. I St., from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
“Comic conventions are a celebration of life, happiness, your childhood superheroes, or TV shows (and) sports memorabilia from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s to present, even Youtube. (They) will be there on the vendors tables for sale. Basically anything pop culture,” said organizer Tom “Ziggy” Star.
He, his wife Lodia and family began putting together comic conventions after attending one in 2016. They decided to use profits from their first convention in Turlock into putting on others around the Central Valley.
“Madera will be our seventh show this year,” Star said. “A lot of cons only do one a year … We’re doing a lot of towns that have never done a con before … We have been met with nothing but love and energy from the (Madera) community.”
“Ohana” is a Hawaiian word for one’s extended family. The name was chosen for the convention because of the organizers’ intention that it be family friendly and affordable. No alcohol will be allowed in the hall.
A cosplay contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. Featured cosplayers are actor Matthew Hernandez of MCH Cosplay, Redd Ray Pryor of CreepsCreations, and Joey “Captain America” Otten of Clovis.
General admission is $6 at the door or $5 in advance or with a discount flyer. Children age 12 and under enter free. Tickets are sold at Blue Shell Comics and Games in Madera as well as Wonderland Comics and Legends Comics and Games in Fresno.
For information, call (209) 648-2297.