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The long Rob-Con: Comic, sci-fi convention celebrates 29th year

• Nov 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

For the 29th time, sci-fi enthusiasts in the Tri-Cities swarmed to Rob-Con, the region's pre-eminent science fiction and comic book convention.

On Saturday, the convention was held in Viking Hall Civic Center in Bristol, Tennessee, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. John Stone, who, along with his partner, Robert Pilk, orchestrated the event, said this year's event boasted the largest turnout in the convention's 29-year history. Stone added that the annual costume contest also boasted the highest number of participants to date, with approximately 100 entries.

Stone said the 2014 convention also featured the largest number of guests in the event's history. In total, 27 guests participated in the convention, including such names as Sonya Thompson — a Georgia-based actress who played a zombie on TV's "The Walking Dead" — Cosplay Kasterborous — an improvisational costuming group with a specialty in "Doctor Who" — and artist Tom Lyle, known for his work in titles such as "Robin," "The Punisher" and "Spider-Man."

While he was unsure of the actual turnout, Stone said "thousands" had visited Viking Hall on Saturday. In anticipation of bigger crowds, he added that, in addition to seeking out a larger venue, he and other organizers were considering extending the event by an extra day for the 2015 show.