ComiCONN, organized by Altered Realty Comics, took place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. from June 30th and July 1st, 2018. ComiCONN, had a roster of guests from Tara Reid to the Crypt Keeper, John Kassir. If you visit the convention’s website it states “A show for the fans by the fans!” Question is, did it live up to the hype?
Foxwoods Resort Casino rises out the surrounding forest like a magical oasis. The location offered not only a well planned area for the ComiCONN, but also had multiple places you could go between panels to kill time which included restaurants on location, outlets, a pool, a huge zipline, and also access to the Casino floor. The Foxwoods Resort Casino offered a huge free parking garage with tons of ample parking. The rooms were a little pricey in the upwards of $800 and up during the weekend, but there were some hotels in driving distance in lower price ranges. However, with the amount Foxwoods Resort Casino had to offer along with ComiCONN, I would recommend saving up to stay on site.
ComiCONN offered a variety of ticket options to fit everyone’s needs. Single day passes were $30 ahead of the event $40 at the door and two day passes were $45 ahead of the event and $50 at the door. The Two Day pass is a definite steal! However, the best bargain for the event was the VIP pass for $99.00. This pass not only included an hour early entrance on both days, but also came loaded with goodies, including Autograph fast pass line, VIP photo op line, some super awesome ComiCONN swag, and even more.
This convention hosted a ton of events that spoke to all attendees. ComiCONN set up the artists, celebrity guests, and merchants in the large hall, which was easy to navigate and left room so that you weren’t bumping elbows in the aisles. With the VIP, pass you were able to access this hall an hour before general admission which allowed attendees to get one on one time with different booths and have a chance to snag rare items. There were different panels, allowing you to get up close and personal with celebrity guests like Brian O’Halloran. ComiCONN, while not having as many cosplayers as some other conventions specifically geared just to cosplayers, still had some amazing talent show up and held some great looks for their Cosplay Contest. There was even some tattoo artists through Ink-Fusion, that allowed fans to leave with permanent one of a kind artwork.
After attending ComiCONN you can tell that everyone involved put a lot of hardwork into this event. The convention was very well thought out, the events and panels stuck to their time slots and rooms, and every staff member I came in contact with was able to tell me the location of where I needed to go, which was a huge help for any attendee. Foxwoods Resort Casino was an excellent choice for the venue, not only for allowing ample space, but also for offering different activities to entertain between ComiCONN events. If you had not had the opportunity to attend an Altered Realty Comic’s event, I highly recommend changing that. ComiConn was a phenomenal convention from its planning, to the interaction between fans and celebrity guests. ComiCONN intimately immersed the attendees into nerd culture goodness which was refreshing after being to some conventions that have felt too over produced and have lost that connection. This was definitely a show for the fans by the fans.