Joe Parrish

Joe Parrish, Frankfort cosplayer and owner of BlackGate Studios, debuted a Judge Dredd costume he created at the FrankfortCon in January in this State Journal file photo.

FrankfortCon, a comic books, anime, pop culture, and cosplay convention, will return to the Capital Plaza Hotel on Saturday, July 13 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is $20 and children younger than 11 attend free.

The event was organized by a group of private citizens from the area, each with a passion for cinema and animation. The group organizes two conventions each year for Frankfort residents. Each convention showcases a different lineup, offering the community a chance to interact with a variety of cinematic icons.

"FrankfortCon is unique because you're able to meet the guests on a personal scale," Joe Parrish, event promoter and organizer, said. "It's not get in, get out like other cons. It's an intimate, casual setting where you might be able to talk with a celebrity for 15 or 20 minutes."

According to Parrish, the event typically generates around 4,000 visitors. This year's guest list will feature comic book legend Jim Shooter, Tracy Lyn Cruz and Justin Nimmo who starred as the Yellow and Silver Power Rangers in "Power Rangers," famous animator Phil Ortiz, WWE Tag-Team champions "Nasty Boys," and other celebrity guests. Other attractions include Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine, the General Lee from "Dukes of Hazard," Herbie the Love Bug, KITT from "Knight Rider," the Jeep from "Jurassic Park," and more.

"It's important for people to realize that this isn't just about comics, it's about cinema, pop culture, and so much else," Parrish added. "It's a kid-friendly event too, we can't stress that enough. There will be something for everyone."

FrankfortCon will offer a variety of activities, including Q and A sessions with celebrities, seminars, scavenger hunts, and vendors. According to Parrish, attendants are not required to wear costumes, but cinema-themed attire is encouraged. For those who choose to wear costumes, there will be contests for best dressed male, female, group, and child.

"We've got a great, great lineup this year and some pretty cool vehicles," said Carmine De Santo, show manager. "We have something for everyone and a little in each category, whether that be movies, comics, cartoons or anime." 

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