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First Annual NEPA Comic Con Was a Smashing Success

Photo credit/ Richie Rivera, Amy Zimmerman
The graphic for the NEPA Comic Con used on their Facebook page.

Northeastern Pa. locals just got their new annual Comic Convention. On Feb. 17, the first NEPA Comic-Con kicked off at Moon Tavern Entertainment Complex in Dickson City.

Comic-Cons are conventions where media enthusiasts come together to dress in cosplay of any character, buy and sell knick-knacks, and even meet a few celebrities. This Comic-Con was no exception with plenty of art for sale and activities throughout the day. Some highlights included a game corner with various tabletop role playing games and card games set up as well as a cosplay fashion show.

The minds behind the event were Eric Kropiewnicki, marketing director for the Moon Tavern, and Richie and Yolanda Rivera, co-founders of the Funtimes Cosplay Group. Kropiewinicki explains that the decision to start an annual Comic-Con came from the interest in all kinds of events.

“I’m very interested in family-friendly events. And where else can you go where an adult can take their children and both have the same amount of fun?” asked Kropiewinicki.

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The Funtimes Cosplay organizes Comic-Cons in both Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Riveras both expressed that they wanted to be part of a Comic-Con locally.

“And that’s why we wanted to build something in this area. There’s nothing up in this area,” Richie Rivera said.

When it came to putting the Comic-Con together, Kropiewinicki said that he had a great time making it a family friendly event.

“We tried doing our best to make sure it was a well rounded show where everyone had something to see or purchase or have signed,” said Kropiewinicki.

Various celebrities attended the event, including Tony Moran, the face of Michael Myers in the 1979 classic “Halloween,” and Nancy Anne, from “Scream.”

The Riveras were also in attendance along with their team, wearing all kinds of cosplays from the “Power Rangers” and “Star Wars” franchises.

The next annual NEPA Comic-Con will be held Feb. 22, 2025.

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Carter Cerretani, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Carter Cerretani is a senior Multimedia major pursuing an Animation minor and is the arts and entertainment editor for The Wood Word. When he isn’t studying, spray painting inert training ordinance, or flipping burgers, Carter is writing his own works, cosplaying, or gaming.
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