YWCA Wheeling to Hold Mini-Con Event, Celebration of Comic Culture

On Saturday, June 24 the YWCA Wheeling will be holding its 4th Annual Mini-Con, a scaled-back version of a Comic Book Convention, to celebrate the culture of superheroes, comic books, cosplay, video games and more!

This is the YWCA Wheeling’s 4th Annual Mini-Con, and the first time it will be held at a location other than the YWCA. It will begin at  noon and run until 5 p.m. at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church on National Road in Wheeling. Due to the construction of the building on Chapline Street, the YWCA partnered with Vance Church to hold a few events in their fellowship hall over the course of the renovations.

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Ron Scott, who focuses on cultural diversity and community outreach at the YWCA, created this event with the goal of celebrating the culture of comic books and the people who identify with that culture. 

“This is a chance to celebrate, showcase and highlight the culture of comic books, graphic novels, action figures and animation,” Scott said. “It’s a chance to really embrace the people who relate to this and bring it to the Ohio Valley.”

There will be over 20 vendors from all over the Ohio Valley, demonstrations from the Outer Praxium Lightsaber Academy and the Valley Wide Avengers, raffles, and a costume contest. There is something for all ages. 

Since 1906, the YWCA Wheeling has provided services to individuals regardless of race, gender, age, or religion in the West Virginia Northern Panhandle, including Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Wetzel, Hancock Counties, and Belmont and Jefferson Counties in Ohio.