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Tucson Comic Con celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend at the TCC

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Cosplay of Darkseid and the Female Furies (from DC Comics) at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

Every year, thousands of the world’s most dedicated and passionate pop culture fans migrate to San Diego for the one and only San Diego Comic-Con. The event allows comic and pop culture lovers to explore what they love and bond with others who share their same interests. 

San Diego may be a little far away from where we are here in Tucson, but there is no need to worry, because thanks to Tucson Comic-Con, all the fun of Comic-Con comes directly into our city.

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That’s right, Tucson has its very own comic con, and it will take place Nov. 3-5 at the Tucson Convention Center. It may not have all the might of the San Diego event, but it offers a variety of exhibitions and experiences for pop culture fans who have an inner love for cosplay and who want to experience a comic con right here in Tucson.

Tucson Comic Con began in 2008 as a one-day event and has now evolved into a three-day convention with more than 14,000 fans expected to attend. Lovers of cosplay, fantasy, horror, science fiction and anything else relating to pop culture will be able to sink their teeth into everything this event has to offer.

Fans can interact with pop culture celebrities, authors, illustrators and more. Any fans of Star Wars will have a reason to get excited because this year’s Tucson Comic-Con will include an appearance by Billy Dee Williams, also known as Lando Calrissian in the last two episodes original Star Wars trilogy. This is perfect timing, especially with the new Star Wars movie set to be released in December. 

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Other notable celebrity appearances will include  Ming Chen from AMC television series “Comic Book Men” and Gates McFadden from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” among others.

The convention also includes different programs throughout the weekend, including a “Guide to Book Publishing” session, “The Ins and Outs of Cosplay Crafting” event and a “Video Game Voice Acting” talk. The convention will also feature art exhibition booths for fans to visit.

Tickets for this pop culture extravaganza can be purchased online through the Tucson Comic Con website and range in price from $15-25 for a one-day pass and up to $40 for a full weekend membership. Children age 9 to 13can get a full weekend membership for $10 and a one-day pass for $5. VIP Memberships are also available for $150.

Whether you want to take a photo with Billy Dee Williams, learn more about the world of comics and breaking into the industry, or you just want to simply sit and people-watch, this event offers a variety of ways to be entertained.

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