Comic Con was huge success for the community | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm
Column and Photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE
No term papers were worked on Saturday at our local library. The only assignments were fun, imagination, and gaining new friends at the first annual Low Country Giga Toshou Con — the first event of its kind in Walterboro and the brainchild of Omar Jeter.
Jeter said he just wanted to bring a Comic Con event to anyone who may not have an opportunity to make it out of town to a larger event. He said they can get very expensive to attend. But with a smile on his face, he reached out to his “geek” friends and pulled off THE event to be at this year.
Jeter approached Carl Coffin, the library director, Vicki Brown, the young adult director, and Sheila Keaise, the children’s librarian, and told them of his vision. They all readily agreed that the library was the place it should happen.
Coffin stated he was happy to do this for Jeter and the community and wishes to thank all the vendors for coming as well as the local businesses and friends who donated to such a worthy cause. All the money raised will go to the Friends of the Colleton County Memorial Library.
Coffin estimated that nearly 1,000 people came through the doors last Saturday. So exciting. He also noted how fantastic the costumes were, and he hopes to continue to hold this event for our community. He also praised his staff for making this event a huge success.
A big highlight at the event was recognition of our local heroes. Certificates were presented to our local sheriff, police, firefighters and paramedics for providing a positive heroic presence in our community.
Rebecca Eggers of Rebecca’s Reaper’s Dungeon and Bedlam Originals of Cottageville used her PR skills to work raising money and food donations. Her connection brought Dusty Horne, Ben Bladon and Robert Hunt (three walkers from the series “The Walking Dead”) to the event.
This event had such a variety of talent for people to enjoy. Artists of all genres, professional Cosplayers, card and video games, face painting, martial arts, bugs, robotics, Superhero Jeopardy, fire trucks, a police K-9 demonstration, authors, and music all day provided by DJ Jenny Garvin (with more being live streamed on YouTube by Triforce of Chaos Productions.)
Jessica Cartrette, official photographer for the Con, said her biggest joy of the day was the kids’ faces when they saw all the characters and were able to interact with them. She said one of the cutest moments was when she saw Victoria Donofrio (who dressed as Supergirl from the Signal Cosplay Group) playing with a little boy who had some kryptonite. She played right along with him and made for some really cute photos.
Pulling aside Jeter for a moment took some work, as he was in costume as “Beast” and he was needed everywhere. His biggest thrill of the day was seeing the kids playing games in the “Thundercage,” because they played together, cheered each other on and, more importantly, made new friends. He said it brought him back to 1985 when he and his buddies started gaming together. “Nothing beats playing together,” he said.
Jeter was also humbled to be able to watch the whole day happen without incident. There were no arguments. It was just a day of pure fun and excitement for people of all ages. He hopes this has given members of the community an opportunity to enjoy and grow with these new experiences.
I asked him to tell me the most asked question he heard all day. He replied, “When is the next one?”
His answer to them was simple: “Stay Tuned.”