Comic fans and enthusiasts of all ages gathered to enjoy a weekend packed with superhero-cosplay, collectible toys, and a few of their favorite pop culture icons as the Eastside Cannery Casino hosted the annual Toycon in Las Vegas.
Many events around the country have been cancelled due to the recent Corona Virus pandemic, leaving congoers guessing as to whether Toycon would continue as scheduled.
Nervous passholders got their answer just a day before the event opened to the public with an announcement from Toycon via Facebook:
We know everyone wants info, and we are exhausted, but pushing through! ToyCon is NOT cancelled. We do however support everyone’s decisions and wishes.”
Toycon later released a list of scheduled stars who cancelled their autograph sessions. Among the names who canceled were wrestling superstars Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, along with The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy actor Ryan Hurst.
Toycon was kind enough to update its patrons with information regarding the cancellations via Facebook. Attendees who purchased autograph packages and photo ops would be refunded, according to the update.
There was no shortage of Transformers hype for fans as Saturday appearances included Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. The classic Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron voice actors continued their scheduled meet-and-greet despite the public’s virus sentiment.
The Hip Hop Trooper
Filling the convention halls with hip hop sounds and funky beats, professional cosplayer DJ Hip Hop Trooper keeping the party alive for congoers.
Toycon affords many local artists and vendors an opportunity to interact with new faces while engaging with the local Vegas community. We hit the floors to appreciate some of the local talent.
Atomic Mushroom Toys
Out of this world toys created by self-taught artist Robert De Castro who founded Atomic Mushroom in 2007. The original vinyl creatures resembling something from a classic science fiction film where on display for congoers to appreciate and purchase.
Avantpop Books & Art Gallery
Writer Joshua ‘Shwa’ Laytart and wife Llana ‘Sugar’ Laytart enthusiastically welcome guests to their booth where they feature an original poetry comic book ‘Oh. The A**holes You’ll Meet!’.
Shwa’s daughter struggled with bullying at school, according to the creative couple. The poetry comic book was created to encourage Laytart’s daughter to always be kind in the face of adversity as she ventured off into a world that isn’t always so kind.
The satirical poetry book features art by Sickid, a Los Angeles based graffiti artist.
Bound By Cake
A local cake and cupcake business surprised convention guests with fun, comic hero cupcakes. Friendly staff and vivid custom cupcakes helped to draw visitors who smiled as they enjoyed these funky hero delights.
Las Vegas Avengers
The non-profit organization has been spotted at many Las Vegas comic events and hospitals with a goal to “bringing superhero-sized smiles to children in need throughout the Las Vegas Valley”.
The Las Vegas Avengers have helped lift the spirits of children around the Las Vegas Community while working with many charities including Children Hospital of Nevada, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.