Next weekend, Lock City Anime and Comic-Con will be opening its doors in North Haven, Connecticut, for its third year.

This convention features over 50 exhibitors and boasts an impressive guest list, which includes co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Peter Laird and first series artist Steve Lavigne, former Disney animator and cartoonist Philo Barnhart, and voice actress Cassandra Morris. The complete guest list can be viewed here.

The panels at this convention cover a wide variety of topics and the complete schedule can be viewed here. Props to them for having a full schedule online ahead of time! One of the events is the traditional cosplay contest; winners in each category will receive a free pass for next year’s Lock City Anime and Comic Con. There also appears to be a separate cosplay contest for kids twelve and under. Full contest and cosplay guidelines are available online.

Yes, dudes and dudettes! Major league butt kicking is back in town! We have the honor of announcing a very special guest. In a rare convention appearance.Please welcome Mr. Peter Laird. Peter is best known for being the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Peter will be joining our already announced special guest Steve Lavigne. They will be available for autographs and will be signing pieces at the show. They will have plenty of prints to sell. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to meet 2 of the Legends in the comic book industry. Get your tickets now on our website. VIP offers the best chance to get in line early to meet him however we are dangerously close to selling out of our VIP option. Get your tickets now. #art #artistsoninstagram #peterlaird #tmnt #teenagemutantninjaturtles #cosplay #ct #ctpost #leonardo #raphael #michaleangelo #donatello #splinter #caseyjones #rareappearance #cartoonnetwork #nickelodeon

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This convention also features some unique events, such as a Pokémon-themed maid café. There will also be a gaming area featuring tabletop and card games, free-play video games, and video game tournaments.

Tickets come in a few packages, such as general admission for $10, youth (under 15) passes go for $5, and families can get a four-pack of passes for $30. There’s also a VIP pass that allows admission to special events and a prize box for $25, a lifetime VIP pass for $100, and add-on passes for the maid café and magic show at $5 apiece. All packages are available online, and all but the VIP passes will definitely available at the door, albeit at a slightly increased price. Giftcards to and for the convention are also available.

The convention will be held at the Best Western Plus in North Haven, Connecticut, with discounted accommodation for con-goers. It is one day only, slated for July 28, starting at 10 PM and ending at 8 PM, though certain events in the evening can only be attended with the purchase of certain passes.

For more information about Lock City Anime and Comic-Con, please check out its website and official Facebook page.

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