San Diego Comic Con may be over for another year, but Crawford County is just gearing up for its own pop culture celebration.
Crawford County Comic Con - "C4: The Explosive Comic and Pop Culture Event" - is Saturday at Lincoln Trail College.
The first such convention was in September, but it moved to the July date previously occupied by Nerd Con after the two events merged.
Lawrenceville resident and artist Michael Kasinger will host C4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The small comic con will include entertainment for all ages and will be packed with special guests, artists and vendors.
Admission is $5. Children under 5 are free when accompanied by an adult. C4 will be set up in the LTC gymnasium while Nerd Con will occupy the cafeteria and other parts of the Zwermann Arts Center building.
Special guests this year include voice actor Mark Dodson. Dodson is best known as the voice of Gizmo and his nightmarish offspring in the movie Gremlins and Jabba the Hutt's obnoxious pet, Salacious Crumb, in Return of the Jedi.
More recently, Dodson served as narator for the History Channel series Legend of the Superstition Mountains and voiced a scavenger in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
Other C4 guests include comics writer Gary Carlson and artist Frank Fosco and Jim Azrael from the Horror and Scifi Prop Preservations Society.
Nerd Con guests include actor/screenwriter/director Jim O'Rear, cosplayers Melissa "Meteoroid Mel" Golay and Kylie Nicole and Jerry Rowe of Vanguard Props.
Dodson and Azrael will also be on hand for a special free showing of Gremlins at the Eagle Theater at 9 p.m. Friday. Dodson will speak briefly after the film and Azrael will have on display a prototype of Gizmo used for the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
During Saturday's event, attendees will be able to judge entries in an art contest for children and teenagers. Students could submit original art of their favorite super-hero or villain, or of a character of their own creation. The entries will be on display outside the gym.
The top three entries in each category will win a selection of art supplies. Participants must be present to win.
This year's con also will feature a charity auction to raise money to help out area schools art programs.