JANESVILLE — On Sunday, the Americas Best Value Inn & Conference Center, 3900 Milton Ave., Janesville, will play host to the very first Janesville Comic Book Convention.
The convention, hosted and organized by Alan Morton, will house more than a dozen comic book vendors from the Midwest looking to both unload and obtain merchandise.
The convention will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and admission is free.
“Generally what people come for is either that they are looking for good deals or trying to find something to complete a collection,” Morton said.
Morton began to organize the event in Janesville after an annual convention in Gurnee, Ill. had to be postponed.
“There was going to be one down in Gurnee, but the hotel double-booked the room,” Morton said. “So I was sort of like, 'well, what else can we do for the dealers?'”
For burnt-out collectors who may be looking to cash out on their comic books, Morton says that vendors will be purchasing merchandise; however, he warns guests not to expect huge payouts.
“Most of the comic books in the last 35 years or so have very little, if any, worth,” Morton said. “You aren't going to get what a price guide says you will.”
Morton says that this year's attendance will help to determine if the Janesville Comic Book Convention becomes an annual occurrence.
“That's what we'll find out. I started a bunch of (conventions) in eight cities about five years ago but only two of them did well,” Morton said.
Morton believes that Janesville has the potential to be a successful spot for a comic book convention due to the interest that he has seen in the subject in Madison and Rockford.
Most comic book collectors, according to Morton, have a relative who introduced them to the hobby; however, the organizer believes that comic books can appeal to everyone and hopes that the convention's free admission may attract some curious newcomers.
“There's a lot of stuff out there that people don't even realize was taken from comic books. Like the show, 'The Walking Dead.' That was a comic book first,” Morton said. “It's never too late to pick up a new hobby.