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First ever (and hopefully annual) Shenandoah Comic and Toy Show

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Andrew Stronge
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Photo of Andrew Stronge's work set up at a convention

The inaugural Shenandoah Comic and Toy Show comes to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

If the names of characters like Jean Grey, Boba Fett, or Light Yagami perk up your ears – or those of your kids – then you'll want to check out the comic-con at the fairgrounds this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Showrunner Andrew Stronge, an artist and screen printer by trade, said he and his team wanted to put together an event in Harrisonburg after seeing people commute to Tidewater Comicon and other shows.

ANDREW STRONGE: I bet they would love it if we came up and tried to do something that's a little closer to home for them.

There are three main sections within the convention. You have Artist's Alley …

STRONGE: People who draw and sculpt and make different things … your professional comic book guys, you've got the individual who just does contract jobs where he may just be doing covers for books.

… the Crafter Section …

STRONGE: If you're really big into, like, "oh, I want to get some earrings that might have a Dr. Who scene," these are the sort of people who are going to be carrying those sorts of stuff.

… and the Vendor section.

STRONGE: Funko Pops and action figures. You're going to have your comic shops … set up with rows of long boxes where you can flip through some older issues.

And, of course, there's a cosplay contest.

Tickets start at $10 and kids under 10 get in free. You can register online at shenandoahcomicandtoyshow.com, and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For WMRA News, I'm Randi B. Hagi.