Ratha Con Dates and Locations

Ratha Con is a pop culture convention taking place on May 7 & 8th, 2016 in Athens, Ohio. The night before, on May 6th, at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH. there will be an art opening of pop culture themed art and a screening of a film. Art opening at 6 pm and film at 8 pm. The main convention on May 7 & 8, 2016 will be from 10 am to 5pm both days at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701. Saturday the 7th will be followed by a costumed dance party at Casa Nueva Cantina, 4 W. State St. Athens, OH. starting at 10 pm.

The 2016 admission cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 - 17, free for kids 11 and under. These prices are subject to change - dependant on the special guest(s).

Friday, May 10, 2013

10:00 - 11:30 am - conference room, ground level/athens community center
Panel Discussion with comic artists Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Chris
Monday and michael easton
10:30 am - 5:00 pm - Children’s activity area - coloring pages, mask making,
10:30 - 5:00 pm - Boffer Sword Play - in front of Community Center -
(registration required in children’s area)
12:00 - 1:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens Community Center
Discussion on costume design with Ohio university theater professor, thomas
1:30 pm - Build A Superhero Timed Contest - teams of 3 or 5 work togther to
create a superhero with attributes and a name. (Registration Required)
2:00 - 3:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens community center
Special guest, Joanne Padgett, author of “Vampires of Camelot” will lead a
discussion on self publishing.
4:00 - 5:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens community center
Panel discussion with Ohio University professors, Michael Gillespie, Kevin
Haworth, and Akhil Huston, about using comics and graphic novels in academia.
5:00 pm - Main Floor, community center- winners of raffle named
5:30 pm - Main Floor, community center - costume contest
(registration required)
Gaming run by John Pare and JT Johnston -
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Castles & Crusades for 6 people (registration required)
4:00 - 6:00 pm - axis and Allies for 4 people (registration required)
1:00 - 4:00 pm - Mutants & Masterminds for 6 people (registration required)
All Day:
Larry Blake
Jesse Marks musingmark.deviantart.com
Sandy Plunkett plunkettart.com
Steve Richter steverichterart.com
Katherine Wirick katherine.kreider-wirick.com
Ken Eppstein nixcomics.com
Michael Easton mkeaston.com/mkeaston
Lee Smith OhioComics.com
Terence Hanley/Five Star Comics hanleyart.com
Chris Monday flyingweevil.com
Derek Croston methodcomix.com
Courtney & Chris Young
Joe Dragunas facebook.com/TheArtOfJMDragunas
Gary Gibeaut/Five Star Comics garygibeaut/fivestarcomics.co
Art Vendors
Nancy Baur - comic greeting cards & comic themed sewn items
Thomas Fiocchi - costume items
Special Displays
Connor Miller
James Hamilton & Brent Smalley’s Nerdiversity
Jay Pare
The Wizard’s Guild Athens, OH
Super-fly Comics & Games Yellow Springs, OH
Jerry Lowe
Frank Gorscak
Fan Clubs
Rebel Legion - Great Lakes Base greatlakesbase.com
501st Legion - Ohio Garrison ohio501st.com
Food Vendors
Not Guilty Food Cart
Fluff Bakery
Gaming - casual magic games - inquire at The Wizard’s Guild booth
6:00 - 10:00 pm - Costume Dance Party - Multipurpose room/Community
Center. - Music with DJ Barticus and new, local Band “The Geek Girls”
 Admission is FREE with Ratha Con handstamp and $2 for others. Beverages and baked items for
sale to help raise money for ARTS/West.
A Secret Map promoSteve Richter's new gallery show, A Secret Map, opens Friday, May 10, in Athens, Ohio, 6pm til 9 pm at UnionArts Gallery on West Union.

Check this out - happening tonight.  Great way to get ready for the con tomorrow.  While you are at it go to The Kennedy Museum to see a retrospective of Sandy Plunkett's work.
Casa Nueva restaurant and cantina will be holding a Ratha Con after party starting @ 10:30pm.  
Free for those 21 and up, $2 for underageWear your costume and receive 15% off of your bar menu food order. 
There will be an improvised photo booth for those in costume to take advantage of as well. 
DJs Sector7G and Thoughtbeat will be regaling the crowd with a bevy of sci-fi themed tunes and 8-bit bleeps and bloops mixed with tracks to get you shakin' it on the dance floor.
While you're there check out the artwork of Brent Elam currently on display in the cantina

Directions from the Athens Community Center:  http://mapq.st/19624Iw

Monday, May 6, 2013

We are just days away - will post more fun stuff about the con as the week progresses.

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