MARIETTA - The fourth annual River City Comic Con will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lafayette Hotel.
Hundreds of people are expected at the hotel Sunday where there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge in all things comic.
"It's not just musty old boxes you dig through for comics," said Jordan Lowe, owner of Asylum Comics in Marietta and founder of the event.
Friends dressed as classic comic heroes Batman and Robin share a laugh at the 2013 River City Comic Con in Marietta.
Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 8 and under with an adult admission.
This year's celebration will feature artists, toys, movie screenings and local authors. Vendors from as far away as Delaware have reserved spots at the event, Lowe said.
"The first year at the (Washington County) Fairgrounds we had a couple hundred people and last year we had around 750 people. I'm sure it will be even bigger this year," he said.
If You Go
* When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
* Where: Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta.
* Cost: $2 for adults, children 8 and under free with an adult.
* What: The fourth annual River City Comic Con, featuring local artists and writers, film screenings, costume contests, a variety of unique vendors and more.
* For information, visit rivercitycomiccon.com
Williamstown artist J.D. Williamson said he is excited to be bringing his cartooning and illustration talents to the convention for the fourth straight year.
"People can get a picture drawn as their favorite super hero or as another character. We have a lot of kids who show up in costume," Williamson said. "It's really, really fun seeing all the people's eyes light up and having a great time."
In addition to creating illustrations, Williamson will also have a draw-along table, where children can try their hand at some cartooning, a passion which has burned in Williamson since childhood.
"Ever since I can remember I've always been a big comic book fan," he said.
Brandon Full, 29, of Vienna will be sharing the convention with his 7-year-old daughter Thora this year.
"This will be the first year I've taken her. She's been to other conventions before and she likes the costumes. She also likes looking through the toys and convincing me to buy different things," said Full.
The convention has been a welcome addition to the Mid-Ohio Valley where many residents appreciate comics and similar areas of fandom, he said.
"There's always been a comic book store in Vienna, ever since I can remember. The culture has been there and it's nice to see us building it up," Full said.
Coming in costume has been a growing theme at the convention. Last year, children took turns posing with Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, among others.
Many attendees also create their own costume and participate in the costume judging contests, which awards the best child costume, best adult costume and most original costumes with "Con Cash" to be spent at the convention.
Newport resident Maria Lydy, 26, has been busily creating a TARDIS costume, a dress that pays homage to the blue time traveling box used by the eponymous character of the television show "Doctor Who."
"The dress is based off the TARDIS so it has the police box sign on it. I'm going to put together some blue makeup and I've got a headband with a blue bow," she said.
Lydy and her boyfriend will be meeting up with several other friends at the event, which she describes as a great way to connect with other fans.
"You get to meet a lot of people that share the same interests, such as comics and cartoons and art history," she said.
Though Lowe jokes about musty old boxes of comics, comics at the show are a huge draw and something Lowe is passionate about.
"If you've ever stood in line to see a big budget movie, it's kind of the result of all this stuff. It's all found in comics," he said.