Lake County’s first and only retro toy, game, comic and art convention
If you drove past the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center over the weekend and wondered why the parking lot was jam-packed, it’s because they were holding the First Annual Lake Count-I-Con featuring your favorite comic book characters as well as books, games, art, etc. The turn-out even surprised the event organizers, Round Lake Beach comic book writer Ash Maczko along with Joe Prindle, owner of Brass City Games in Round Lake, with well over a hundred people already forming a line before the doors opened at noon. The event ran Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 6:00 PM with a low entry fee of only $5.00 to see some of the greatest collection of comic book, pop culture, and video game characters (both live and in print) ever assembled under one roof in Lake County. Children 12 and under were allowed in at no charge as were any active member of the armed forces. The fliers promoting the event indicated that there would be 8,000 square feet of memorabilia that would include over 100 vendors offering comic books, retro toys, games, and art. If you watch the video below you will see that it was wall-to-wall displays with elbow-to-elbow people packing the Cultural Center to enjoy the fun. There were munchies and beverages available and plenty of seating out on the main stage to relax.
As I walked through the event I saw people playing competitive computer games as well as open-play tournaments. There were workshop groups in some of the individual rooms doing whatever comic characters and video game nerds do. You could tell that everyone was having a great time, especially those who came dressed up in their favorite character costume. Speaking of costumes, they also had a costume contest, which got quite lengthy, so there is only about 30 minutes of it in the video.
So, what are we waiting for! Time to watch the video!!!
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