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Captain America visited the Morganton Comic Con last year.

Timmy Mac’s Comics and Games of Morganton is assembling a team of superheroes, aliens and other oddities for the latest Comic Con experience.

The biannual Morganton Comic Con will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Collett Street Recreation Center, according to Tim McMahon, owner of the comic book shop. Admission to the show is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 13 and younger. Children ages 3 and younger may attend for free. Visitors should stop at the main entrance upstairs in the gym first to pay for admission, though the event will feature various vendors and artists on both levels of the rec center.

The convention, which takes three to four months to organize, will feature costumed characters, comic books galore, many local artists and various science fiction and fantasy memorabilia.

“We will have some of the best comic book dealers in the southeast attending, so there will be plenty of selection,” McMahon said. “There will also be a great selection of toys, games, anime and other collectibles. There will be attendees dressed up as your favorite characters from comics, movies and TV shows. Feel free to attend in your favorite costume. There will also be professional cosplayers on hand from the Ultimate Experience, the 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Star Trek Independent Fleetand the Klingon Assault Group.”

McMahon said the Ultimate Experience cosplay group will organize a costume contest for visitors during the convention.

“They’re really good with kids,” McMahon said of the group. “They set up the judges, and then they interview all of the contestants. I think they do a really fantastic job.”

Visitors also will have the opportunity to see some unusual outdoor attractions up close.

“There will be lots to see, such as a replica of Generation One Bumble Bee,” he said.“With the Bumblebee movie coming out this Christmas, it will be a hit for the kids and the kids at heart. There will also be a TARDIS replica from 'Doctor Who'and life-sized replicas of Yoda from 'Star Wars' and Baby Groot from 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'”

The Comic Con always attracts a host of talented artists, who demo their skills during the event.

“You can get an original sketch or a copy of a sketch from artists on-hand,” McMahon said. “Some of the artists include Matari Bain, Stacey Flemming and Brian Monroe.”

He encouraged people to attend and have an out-of-this-world experience.

“There will be lots to see and lots of photo opportunities, so have your phones prepared,” McMahon said.“It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family, so wing by for a good time.”

For more information, contact McMahon at 828-433-6322.

Staff writer Tammie Gercken can be reached at tgercken@morganton.com.

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