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CARBONDALE — The Saluki Comic Con, in its second year, runs from Sept. 29 to 30 and features a wide array of special guests, vendors and artists along with a costume contest, games and tournaments.

The convention will be in the ballrooms in the Student Center on the Southern Illinois University campus. 

Tickets are on sale now. More information may be found studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/saluki-comic-con.

A few of the many star guests are:

  • Brian Colin, an SIU alumnus who with Jeff Nauman co-founded “Game Refuge.”
  • Zac Atkinson, comic creator/cartoonist/designer who worked on numerous popular comics including “Bruce Lee the Dragon Rises,” “Teen Titans Go,” “Star Trek” and more.
  • Todd Black, published author and comic writer, with 28 comics and three novels, including “Guardians,” to his credit.
  • Sean Dulaney, writer/artist/editor/broadcaster whose work includes”51 Delta,” editing the revived “Fantastic Adventures,” and leading an annual radio show recreation during the Superman celebration each year in Metropolis.
  • Bruno Gunn, who starred as Brutus in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and as Walrus on HBO’s “Westworld.”
  • Alison MacInnis, who played Dana Mitchell, the Pink Lightspeed Ranger on the television series “Power Rangers” and reprised her role twice in other productions. She’s also appeared in various other television series and is an award-winning screenwriter.
  • Brennan Mejia, an actor from such productions as “Kaboom,” “Power Rangers Dino Charge,” and “Skate God.”
  • Samantha Newark, known the world over for her voice-overs as “Jem” and “Jerrica” on the classic cartoon “Jem and the Holograms.” She was also a guest star on “Transformers” and other productions, including the voice of Peter Pan’s mother in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.”
  • Trevor Von Eeden, who became both the youngest artist ever hired and the first black artist for DC comics. He was co-creator of the first original black super-hero to have his own title and has worked on various other well-known comics.

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