To do: Mid-Ohio Comic Con

From the October 20, 2011 edition

Mid-Ohio Comic Con, the annual celebration of comic book and sci-fi culture, begins on Saturday. This is the first year national comic convention-producing powerhouse Wizard World has brought the show to Columbus, and the schedule is stacked.

Celebrity appearances are many. The lineup is as random as the acting credits that are being used to hype Billy Dee Williams’ Saturday Comic Con appearance — “Star Wars,” “Batman” and “Brian’s Song.”

For example, one of the celebrities convention-goers can meet is William Holman, a local guy who was on “The Bachelorette.”

Pre-nipple-suit Batman actor Adam West also will be at the convention. Batman’s original sidekick in tights, Robin actor Burt Ward, will join West on Saturday for a Q&A commemorating the 45th anniversary of their TV show. Props to the smartass who asks them about that now-infamous shark repellent bat spray scene. “Holy sardine!”

Buffy fans won’t want to miss James Marsters, the actor who played Spike, TV history’s hottest undead blond (Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow! Hey-o!). He’s on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

For the full list of celebrity Q&A times and autograph sessions, which cost extra, visit

A who’s who of comic-book artistry will be set up throughout the convention. Twelve Eisner Award winners are booked, including Columbus comic legend Jeff Smith, the creator of “Bone.”

Other highlights include a costume contest starring the audience’s best dressed at 6 p.m. Saturday, and grown men in codpieces and various screenings of “Family Guy,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Walking Dead” throughout the weekend.

One-day, on-site tickets for Comic Con are $35. Smugglers of Kryptonite will be bludgeoned at the door.