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NWI Comic-Con returns in February

NWI Comic Con in 2015. The annual event returns to the Halls of St. George in Schererville next month.

SCHERERVILLE — People can meet their favorite comic book artists, browse thousands of comics and see countless Avengers and Star Wars cosplayers when the NWI Comic-Con returns.

The popular comic book festival, which started in 2014, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St. in Schererville. Tickets are now on sale.

Last year, more than 3,000 people flocked to the Comic-Con. Founder/showrunner Brian Grabinski said organizers expect at least the same number of people as last year, though it's popularity grows every year.

"There is always a lot to see and do at the NWI Comic-Con," Grabinski said. "No matter if you are 6 or 60 you are sure to have a good time. We have always strived to make this an affordable family-friendly event with new and returning creators and dealers, a 'Cosplay Corner' plus two cosplay contests, a silent charity auction, affordable food concession, as well as snack options. All for an affordable admission with free parking."

New guests include Dave Dorman from "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," Christopher Mitten from "Batman Arkham Unhinged" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," Frank Fosco from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "The Savage Dragon," and Stuart Sayger from "Bionicle Ignition" and "Machete." 

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Returning fan favorites who have drawn big lines in the past include Mike Norton from "Revival" and "Green Arrow/Black Canary," Tim Seeley from "Batman Eternal" and "Grayson," Hilary Barta from "SpongeBob Comics" and "Bart Simpson," and Philo Barnhart from "The Little Mermaid" and "The Secret of NIMH."

New events include Create a Character where "Beardo" author Dan Doughterty will draw a character live on stages as the audience calls out the character's gender, super powers, attributes and name. Former Disney animator Philo Barnhart, who worked on "The Little Mermaid," will show the steps he takes while doing animation in another new on-stage event called Learning to Draw Disney.

Grand Master Brent Cash also will perform Hawaiian/Filipino stick martial arts with light sabers.

"If you have never experienced a comic book convention, this is a great 'starter' con for you," Grabinski said. "If you are a seasoned con-goer that enjoys purchasing original art and pop-culture merchandise, this is a show for you. If you want to hang out with like-minded individuals, and see some amazing cosplayer and have a good time — then come out to the 2017 NWI Comic-Con."

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/nwicomiccon/.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.