Article by Kurt Liedtke, Public Information Officer, Klamath Community College
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Pull out your mask and press on your cape, the first Comic Con in the Klamath Basin in nearly three years is coming to Klamath Community College. Driven by a desire to host a full-scale open house for the community, the college will host its first KCC Comic Con from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
A free event filled with games and crafts, and featuring plenty of vendors and speakers, KCC Comic Con will offer something for everyone as a festive way to celebrate the end of spring. Falling on the only Friday the 13th of the year, the event will be family-friendly and horror-themed, with a haunted house setting on campus. Coming in costume is strongly encouraged.
Nearly 40 vendors will be on hand, selling everything from fan art to apparel and collectibles, games and jewelry, plus an assortment of food trucks. Each visitor will be given a program with a map of the campus highlighting the different activity stations. Collecting a stamp at each station and returning to the check-in booth will earn a prize.
You will also have the opportunity to try KCC’s full motion flight and commercial truck simulators. Or visit KCC’s fire truck and a Commercial Driver’s License Program tractor-trailer outside to see the real thing.
The KCC Business Center (Building 7) will be converted into an interactive video game museum, housing more than 80 video game consoles installed chronologically from the early days of Pong in the 1970s to today’s virtual reality. In the KCC Learning Resource Center, you’ll find an assortment of tabletop board games, popular collectible card games such as Yu-gi-oh, Pokémon, and Magic the Gathering, and guided Dungeons and Dragons adventures .
The Building 4 Commons will be the epicenter of Comic Con with vendors, a photo booth, main stage, and KCC admissions staff available for instant registration for the summer and fall terms. Adjacent to the Commons in the KCC Wellness Centre, from 3-5pm will be a puppet workshop, where everyone can learn how to build and manipulate their own puppets.
The puppet workshop will be overseen by professional filmmaker and puppeteer Jesse Blanchard, whose all-puppet comedy/horror film “Frank and Zed” will screen in collaboration with KCC and Klamath Film at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Oregon. Tech Auditorium. Tickets for the film screening are $10, available at www.klamathfilm.org.