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Comic con returns this weekend

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Khan-Con welcomes a multiverse of sci-fi, fantasy and comic book fans, assembling at Woodlawn School in Carroll County

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WOODLAWN — Khan-Con — the Twin Counties’ convention dedicated to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming — returns for a third year this Saturday.

The family-friendly event has something for the whole family, with appearances by local comic book creators; comic, collectible and toy vendors; artists; games and game demonstrations; an original art auction: raffle drawing; characters in costume and more.

The convention is also a fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Khan-Con 3 will be held at Woodlawn School from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Convention organizer Glen Richardson is a local artist and comic creator (Sgt. Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty).

In addition to all the things guests have come to expect, Richardson said a new feature this year will be the VR Center from the Lynchburg/Roanoke area, which will allow people to try out and play immersive virtual reality video games.

“We are thankful to be able to provide a show that promotes local talent while offering a great family fun day for the community, while raising funds for Jack and his ongoing battle,” Richardson said.

Guests this year will include:

• Crystal Raen, a writer of fantasy, sci-fi and horror story novels, short stories and poetry.

• Matari Bain, an artist based in Greensboro, N.C.

• Troy Black and the Wytheville Ghostbusters, the event’s cosplay special guests.

• Mean Ink, a small publishing house devoted to supporting new writers in getting their story out. Owner Daniel Meaney has spent years developing his craft as a writer, specializing in fantasy and science fiction.

• Dionysis Metalcult of Galax, creator, writer and artist of Metalcult Comix, as well as a new all-ages comic featuring the adventures of his dogs, Flippy and Zombie.

• Dan Delby of Wytheville, who heads up his own independent comic book brand, Astronomical Comics, and has been entertaining readers with his creative works since 2011.

• Brian Funk of Galax, creator of “Enforcer,” a crime noir/fantasy comic.

• The 501st Stormtrooper Legion: Garrison Tyrannus and the Mandalorian Mercs, featuring costumed “Star Wars” characters.

Khan-Con also will feature more than 40 vendors.

Admission is $5 for adults, or free for kids 12 and under. Woodlawn School is at 745 Woodlawn Rd., Woodlawn, VA 24343, not far from Interstate 77’s Exit 14. For more information, visit khan-con.com or find the convention on Facebook.