In June 1938 DC Comics published a comic created by  two young boys that changed the world of comics.  Superman was born and with it, a golden era of comic book superhero.  Superman quickly spread from the comic books, to newspaper strips, radio and television. Seventy-five years from it’s initial public entrance, the man of steel returns to the big screen.  Celebrating this monumental occasion, Packrat Comics Presents our 2nd annual Not at Comic Con July 20, 2013 with special guest of honor Margot Kidder. In 1978, Margot Kidder starred opposite of Christopher Reeve in the 1978 Superman movie convincing fans around the world that a man could fly.

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In addition to Margot Kidder’s appearance at Packrat, a lineup of industry professionals will be joining the celebration.

Darryl Banks:  Darryl Banks is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree. He began his comics career in 1989, working for various independent comic companies such as Innovation and Millennium Publishing. Darryl worked on titles such as Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Wild Wild West and Justice Machine.  In 1993 he started working with DC Comics on Legion of Superheroes and later on Green Lantern. Co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and other characters was a great honor and challenge for Darryl’s costume design skills. In addition to various other projects for DC, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil’s Due Publishing, Johnnie Zombie for Midgard Comics and covers to Moonstone’s Phantom series.  In August 2011, Darryl Banks, Ron Marz and Terry Austin were reunited for the Green Lantern Retroactive 1990s issue for DC Comics. Darryl also does concept art and toy design. Clients include Hawthorne Village collectibles, Hasbro, Filsinger Games, and many others.

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Chris Sprouse:  Chris Sprouse launched his career in mainstream comics in 1989, his first credited work being a Chemical King story in an issue of DC Comics’ Secret Origins. He then did a Two-Face story for Batman Annual #14 and then moved on to the limited series Hammerlocke. Sprouse then took on the sci-fi series Legionnaires, featuring teenaged versions of the characters in the Legion of Super-Heroes series, and eventually moved on to a number of one-shot and fill-in issues before illustrating a Star Wars mini-series, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, for Dark Horse Comics. He then worked for Extreme Studios as the regular penciller of New Men, and in 1997, Sprouse drew several issues of Supreme, scripted by Alan Moore for the same publisher. After Supreme ended, a year later he and Moore created Tom Strong for America’s Best Comics, for which Sprouse won two Eisner Awards in 2000, for Best Single Issue and Best Serialized Story. Sprouse was also the penciller on the 2004 Ocean mini-series, written by Warren Ellis and published by DC Comics. In 2007, Ocean was optioned for film. In 2006, he began penciling Wildstorm’s Midnighter ongoing series, a spin-off of The Authority. He has also been announced as the artist on the first issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne with Grant Morrison as writer.

Dawn Best:  Dawn Best was discovered by comic book artist/writer Ken Penders when he requested she submit artwork for an original script. Her premier issue of Sonic was issue #101 (2001), and her last to date was issue #145 (2004). After leaving Archie, Best remained active in the comic book community by appearing as both guest and attendee of conventions and holding annual charity auctions of original artwork. She has since been credited with contributing to several other graphic novels as both artist and writer, including original web serials Sylvanna and Heißdampfreaktor. In 2010, she began production on her independently published graphic novel series, VARULV, which became the premier comic book released by her own Gloryhound Network in February 2011.

Heather Breckel:  Heather Breckel is a graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design. She currently works as the colorist on IDW’s My Little Pony, Image’s Peter Panzerfaust, and Dark Horse’s Number 13. She has also worked on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series April issue and Godzilla:Half Century War.My-Little-Pony-Friendship-is-Magic-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-32310685-1600-1000

Joel Jackson & James Moore: They are 2 Headed Monster Comics, a small-self published comics label in Columbus, Ohio. Joel Jackson and James Moore met while Joel was clerking at Discount Paperback, where James would ramble incoherently for hours about comics. Now they make comics together. Our ongoing Radio Free Gahanna series was a finalist for the 2010 S.P.A.C.E. prize and The Toyetic Adventures of Coco Fiasco won 2010 Packrat Comic Mid-Ohio Con self-published comics contest!

Nate Lovett:  Artist Nate Lovett is best known for his highly animated work on Xombie:Reanimated and Gear Monkey with Aubrey Sitterson for Double Feature, but since then he’s done a variety of work, from colors (Hack/Slash, Perhapanauts, and Double Feature) and inks (Ray Anthony Height’s Midnight Tiger) to concept/package art for companies like Hasbro and more. More recently he’s completed work on Redakai: Rise of the Kairu with Wright Height Media for Viz Media, colored the final issues of Hack/Slash, as well as working on Monsuno for Viz. Check out more of his work at

Patrick Baumgardner:  Patrick began his comic book career in 2009 with the debut of his first book”THE REV”. In 2010 he added two more books in the series,”THE REV 2 and Walk of Revelation. 2011 Sat The debut of two new titiles  “WRATH” and “Return to Bluff Creek.In 2012 Patrick has took his skills in a whole new direction. He teamed with veteran inker/letterer Marcus Rollie for the debut of “LIBERTY(HELL’S)BELL”. With Hell’s Bell, Patrick has stepped into the world of digital comic art,doing all the pages (“old school”) then  bringing the pages  to life in the digital world. “This is a big learning curve for me”says Baumgardner.”Im so use to putting it all on paper then sending it to the printer”he added. “I have to admit, seeing the pages in digital form really adds a quality that i could have never achieved the old way”.  2013 is the debut of book two in the Hell’s series, VALLEY(HELL’S)FORGE…

And another special guest appearance by the D20 Girls!

And now the extras!

Battle of Da Bits Retro Game Tournament

Battle of Da Bits is part of Packrat Comic’s “Not at Comic Con, Comic Con”. Battle of the Bits is a 4 round retro gaming tournament open to anyone who wishes to try their hand. There will be diversions for 14 and under & 15 and up with prizes given in both divisions.   $5 Per Person to enter, $2 off if you come in costume!

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Artists Alley Rumble
Join some artists in the gallery for our first ever draw off! Artists will face off and have 60 seconds to draw characters with the audience participation. Any one can enter but there will on be 1 winner!


Kids 13 & under who come in costume will receive a FREE limited Superman Heroclix!

Costume Contest for ages 14 & up will receive another round of great prizes!

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