Organizer calls this weekend’s Des Moines Con ‘a nerdy flea market’

If you want to buy a lightsaber, get an autograph from the voice of Batman, and attend a workshop on how to get your comic book published, Iowa’s largest city is hosting the event for you this weekend.

Ben Penrod is running Des Moines Conand half a dozen similar conventions around the country, although he says none are as much in the heart of the Midwest as this one.

“The Des Moines Con is like a nerdy flea market,” says Penrod. “We have celebrities from different TV shows and movies and things like that. We have a lot of voice actors from your favorite anime and then we have over 100 exhibitors and artists selling different things like cool t-shirts and comics and stuff like that.”

Much of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center will be dedicated to selling everything from rare comics to prop battle axes. “We’ve had some great comic dealers from all over the country,” says Penrod. “We have some t-shirt sellers. We have people selling swords and things like that, and then we also have our Artists Alley, which is full of people selling their artwork, whether it’s a painting or a sculpture.”

There is a long list of celebrity guests who will be signing autographs and posing for photos, including pro wrestler Johnny Gargano, former NXT Champion, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Clare Kramer.

“I think everyone knows Kel Mitchell. He was in Dancing with the Stars and he was in All That in the 90’s and he was in the movie Good Burger. We have Will Friedle who was in Boy Meets World and is also a very successful voice actor. We have a couple of voice actors from “My Hero Academia” which is currently the most successful anime TV show. So I think everyone is very excited about that too.”

The Des Moines Con takes place on Saturdays and Sundays.

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