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Top 5 Things about 3 Rivers Comicon

We stopped by this year's 3 Rivers Comicon, hosted by New Dimension Comics at Century III Mall on May 19-20

click to enlarge A signed copy of Pittsburgh artist Joe Wos' A-Maze-Ing Animals - CP PHOTO BY LISA CUNNINGHAM
CP photo by Lisa Cunningham
A signed copy of Pittsburgh artist Joe Wos' A-Maze-Ing Animals

Live Sketches

Watching cartoonists create custom artwork on the spot for fans is incredible. If you're lucky, some even throw in a sketch when signing books.

Future Collectors 

Seeing kids' eyes light up when posing next to their favorite costumed character is super sweet. Seeing them pack their arms with comics they want to read? Way sweeter. Got a kid who loves superheroes? Don't miss the next con.


Who doesn't love free stuff? This year's admission price included a free Betty and Veronica comic featuring cover art of the pair at Kennywood. Sadly, no sign of Potato Patch fries.

Female Comics Fans Represent

More and more female and gender-fluid artists and writers are popping up, so it was rad to meet some non-males behind the tables. Our favorite? Comics writer Amy Chu ( 


There were tons of fun pop-culture cosplays inside the con, but there's something extra special about seeing someone dressed up in a Michael Myers mask, silently walking around the nearly empty Century III Mall.

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