Seven Reasons to Go to Steel City Con

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April 9th, 2014

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Alternatively known as The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show, the Steel City Con, held in Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the most well-rounded pop culture conventions in the country. Boasting dozens of events and a roster full of celebrities from all forms of media, this year is sure to be one of the best yet. Here are the seven biggest reasons to go to the convention!


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7. Trivia Contest

Open to everyone, the Steel City Con trivia contest pits con-goers against one another in a battle of wits and pop culture knowledge. Prizes will be offered to those who answer questions accurately.



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6. Cosplay Galore

Comic fans from across the country have spent weeks laboring over sewing machines, carpentry tables and forges in anticipation of their favorite convention. Come April 11th, the streets of Pittsburgh will be flooded with droves of America's most elite cosplayers.

Each year thousands flock to Steel City Con in full costume, eager to show off their devotion to their favorite series - and, of course, to showcase their epic crafting skills. There's also a costume contest offering prizes, trophies and cash to the year's best cosplayers, but that's really just an added bonus.

The costume contest will be judged based on criteria that include originality, craftsmanship and overall design. While thoroughness and enthusiasm are encouraged, dangerous costume elements such as fire, pyrotechnics and functional weapons are not permitted. Costumes, language and gestures must all be in good taste to avoid disqualification. Children ages 12 and younger will be judged within their own category, but they must be accompanied by an adult.



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5. Awesome Artists

Artists' tables are a staple of every great convention, but few can boast such a robust collection of artists as this year's convention. Steel City Con unites 20 of the United States' best comic book artists and illustrators, gathering the most promising newcomers and most nationally acclaimed artists all under one roof. Each artist has a table offering autographs, sketches and merchandise. Among their ranks this year are the renowned Greg Horn and Neal Adams. Greg Horn is an incredibly well-rounded comic artist, whose art has been featured in various works of Marvel, DC, Image, Top Cow and Zenescope. Neal Adams was one of the artists behind the DC Comics heroes Superman, Batman and Green Arrow. He is also well-known for his work in Marvel's X-Men.


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4. Wrangly Wrestlers

Among the many celebrities making an appearance at Steel City Con this year are two wrestlers in the WWE Hall of Fame: George "The Animal" Steele and Bruno Sammartino.

George Steele was one of the most beloved and iconic wrestlers of his era. After retiring from wrestling, he starred in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," playing the role of Tor Johnson. He will be at the convention on Saturday and Sunday and has a question-and-answer session scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Bruno Sammartino was the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion of the WWE and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His professional wrestling debut took place in Pittsburgh, and now he's returning to the city of his roots to spend time with his fans. He will stop by the convention to sign autographs Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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3. Toys, Gaming and Memorabilia

The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show would hardly be complete without an arsenal of toys and memorabilia. Exclusive collectibles will be on sale from over 450 different dealers. Products range from brand new action figures to mint toys from decades past.

Sanctioned gaming tournaments will also take place, featuring card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Kaijudo and Yu-Gi-Oh! The cost of entry is $15. Booster packs will be offered as prizes to the winners.



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2. Geek-tastic Stars

Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" will make an appearance together at Steel City Con. Jonathan Frakes played Captain William T. Riker, the first officer of the Enterprise and later the commanding officer of the USS Titan. Brent Spiner played the role of Lieutenant Commander Data, the android serving as the second officer of the Enterprise. They are scheduled for a question-and-answer session Saturday at 1:00 p.m.



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1. Iconic Cars

This year's Steel City Con will feature a replica of Batman's Batmobile, circa 1966, and the infamous time-traveling DeLorean from "Back to the Future." These are must-sees for film and comic lovers.

From fan-favorite wrestlers to the most famous vehicles of film and comics, this year's convention is guaranteed to have something for everyone. The convention will span from Friday, April 11, 2014, through Sunday, April 13, 2014. For those who weren't able to purchase their passes in advance, a three-day pass will be $30 at the door, and a one-day pass will be $15.

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