Smallville Comic Con of 2022 was filled with booths of artists and celebrities, batmobiles and life-sized costumes.
Smallville Comic Con returned to Kansas State Fairgrounds’ Meadowlark, Sunflower North, and Sunflower South buildings this year.
With celebrities, including Stefan Kapicic, who played Colossus in “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2”, and Jack O’Halloran, who played Non in 1978 and 1980 “Superman” and “Superman II”, and two others, the convention included a variety of superhero eras.
Kapicic answered a few questions from the audience during his panel discussion, including a teenager who one day tried to play the voices of animated characters. He told the audience to work hard to promote themselves.
“If you want to act, get your video and audio recordings out there,” said Kapicic. “Set up an IMDB account; go for it. This is what I did.”
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In one panel, Kapicic was the penultimate famous guest on Saturday, but in the other room of the panel, artists, authors and writers told the young artists their stories and how to succeed.
Sammy Castillo, of Miami, Florida-based Castillo Studios, has sold some of the artwork of Tommy Castillo and her late husband, including album covers, films, and comic book launches.
“I draw pretty much everything,” Castillo said. “I’ve been a published artist for 20 years.”
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Castillo said he drew about “one million” of Batman depictions, from the graphic cover to creating concepts for the new Batman comic series. Her beginning came from Tommy Castillo, her husband, who was initially her mentor.
“My late husband trained me classically: He taught me to draw thousands of skulls, anatomical concepts, and he trained me to draw just about anything,” Castillo said. “Now, he continues our work in the studio even after his death in 2017”.
Saturday was the most significant day for Smallville Comic-Con, with guests interacting with celebrities, listening to their panels, and shopping from local and visiting artists.
On Sunday, the show continued with more artists, from famous cartoonists to recently released authors, and even a Father’s Day giveaway from all exhibitors.
“We have a lot for everyone who makes the journey,” said Jon Robinson, owner of Smallville Comic Con. “There is something for everyone”.