Convention Review: Central Penn ComiCon
by Michael D'Ambrosio
Central Pennsylvania Comicon is a relatively new convention held the first weekend in April in Carlisle, Pennslyvanua, at the Embers Hotel and Conference Center. The convention was created by Alicia Lurye of AK Entertainment, the very same Alicia who created Roc-Con in Rochester and turned it into a success in a few short years.
The convention had a stellar lineup of artists, gaming and literary stars and a fantastic program to bring them closer to their fans. One of my favorite artists, Mark McKenna, brought his fantastic works to the convention, as well as several other great artists. Rick Stromoski, Award-Winning Creator of "Soup2Nutz!" JG Hertzler (Klingon General Martok from Star Trek DS9) was there, posing for pictures and signing autographs. Some really talented authors were also on hand, including Daniel Ackley-McPhail, Mary Louise Davie. Next year, the convention is expected to be larger with some surprise big name guests.
The hotel was very reasonable at $69 a night. Parking was ample on this sprawling facility. The staff were very good to me and I enjoyed food and drink in the cozy confines of the Embers Steakhouse. During the day, they offered affordably priced sandwiches, drinks and snacks as well. For more information about the convention for next year and lodging info, check out their website at http://www.centralpacomiccon.com.