Comic Con takes over the DoubleTree Hotel

Cedar Rapids Comic Con

DoubleTree Hotel — Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.

Comic Con
Cedar Rapids hosts its second annual Comic Con on Saturday — photo by Neon Tommy

Now in its second year, the Cedar Rapids Comic Con is bigger and better than before. Having exploded the confines of last year’s NewBo City Market space, it’s moving to the DoubleTree Hotel, for 77 vendor booths, 20+ gaming tables, a cosplay contest and separate rooms for lectures and events with local educators and performers.

Among the day’s activities are a screening of the fan-made sci-fi series “Star Trek: Phase II” and the R-rated comedy show “Show Us Your Pokeballs.” Exhibitors include comics creators Eric Gapstur (The Flash: Season 0) and Phil Hester (Mythic), along with several local artists and vendors. There will be an after-party at Lion Bridge Brewing Company (6:30–10 p.m.) and an “after-after party” at The Quarter Barrel (10 p.m.–2 a.m.).

Cedar Rapids Comic Con hails itself as “the Midwest’s most affordable comic and gaming convention,” with tickets to the show floor at only $5. Full admission (including the gaming area and all speakers panel discussions) is $10. Kids 12 and under are free, with up to three kids per paid admission.