WASILLA — Aegis Comics of Alaska is hosting their inaugural Valley Mini Con event June 26 and June 27.
Shop owners Luis Nieves and his wife, Amie Jo, are eager to bring the official Comic Con name to the Mat-Su Valley, marking an important milestone and ushering in a new tradition they intend to grow over time.
“We wanted something that the people would love,” Nieves said.
This initial two-day event will serve as a test for future events, according to Nieves. He said it’s starting out small “mini con,” but they have big plans looking forward.
“It’s a mini con because it’s the first one. We’ll see how it goes. If it’s successful, we plan on going much larger next year,” Nieves said.
Nieves said they’re modeling the Valley Mini Con after similar Comic Con events held across the Lower 48. He said they’re ultimately looking to bring Alaska up to the same level, if not past the same caliber as existing events, adding another destination for those making their rounds across the country for Comic Con with an “Alaskan twist.”
“Our location is far superior I think in terms of scenic value,” Nieves said. “I think we’ve done a phenomenal job letting the rest of the nation know that we’re on the map for this sort of thing. We have multiple YouTube channels that we’re partners with in the Lower 48 that are participating in one shape or form.”
Valley Mini Con is an officially sanctioned event through the Arctic Comic Con. Nieves said this premiere event will be a test run for a long term relationship, not just with Arctic Comic Con, but also with local and out of state sponsorships, guests, and event collaborators. He said the Valley is the prime place to host these types of events.
“If we can host a state fair we can host a comic con,” Nieves said.
Nieves said that he’s already hopeful for the future of this event due to the immense amount of support and interest they’ve gathered so far, hosting numerous local artists as well as industry experts from across the country.
“We’re really excited,” Nieves said.
The Valley Mini Con will feature a variety of activities including raffles, card tournaments, vendor booths, live streamed events, and VIP after parties at the Extreme Fun Center and Valley Cinema.
Nieves said these types of events mean a lot to attendees of all ages. He said it’s very fluffing to see the reactions, which is why he and his wife got into this business in the first place.
“They can remember where they were when they first saw that character,” Nieves said.
Nieves noted that they will be adding another location within Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He said it will be a special kiosk dedicated to military members and their dependents.
“That is our thank you to our military veterans and active military,” Nieves said. “It’s amazing. I’m beyond words. I am beyond humbled... It’s an absolute privilege to be doing that... We get to give back.”
Valley Mini Con is the first Alaskan Comic Con of 2021, scheduled to take place at Everette’s. For more information, visit aegiscomicsalaska.com/comic-con.html
To learn more about Arctic Comic Con and upcoming events, visit arcticcomiccon.com/schedule
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