When Pittsburgh Comic Con sold out to Wizard World after their 2014 event, the collective nerd community of Pennsylvania cried. While there's definitely a place for large scale celebrity events, it's the smaller, truly comic- and fan-oriented conventions that we are feeling a lack of in our area. The initial Wizard World Pittsburgh was decidedly underwhelming and left everyone lusting for our old con back. Enter New Dimensions' exciting announcement that they were producing their own event!
New Dimensions is a comic book chain local to Pittsburgh with over 25 years in the biz. We've seen lots of comic and gaming stores come and go, so with a record like that, these guys are truly tapped in and know what the community wants.
Three Rivers Comic Con was hosted in Century III Mall. Even though I grew up in Pittsburgh, I had never visited this shopping mecca before. Unfortunately, the building seems to be outliving its era. Like most large malls, it is mostly empty now and slightly depressing, but that is a topic for a different day... and probably not for a costuming blog, haha. New Dimensions has a large location inside the Century III Mall, so I suppose it was an easy decision for them to keep their event close to home where they wouldn't just be helping out all of the artists and vendors of their con, but their own store, and the others in their mall. It was probably a nice boost for all.
That said, I don't think it was a prime location and with it already quite filled with vendors and, what I think was, a pretty good turn out, I foresee them needing to locate a larger space for subsequent events. We were happy to see lots of familiar vendors and artists we used to see at Pittsburgh Comic Con, as well as plenty of new faces as well. My husband's score of the day was a first appearance of Ra's El Ghul (which was in part a Father's Day present for him) and two very nice Ghostbusters figures. I left with a Grimm Fairy Tales coloring book straight from the Zenescope booth. Little guy scored himself two rides on the mall's amazing double-decker carousel and his very first comic book (Scooby-Doo... he's OBSESSED!).
Overall, we were quite pleased with the Con, and the price was spectacular ($10 for one day, $15 for two days, and $25 for the VIP weekend pass). My sister-in-law and her husband sprung for the $40 passes that included attendance to an exclusive beer release party for a special beer with label art created by Joseph Michael Linsner (creator and artist of Dawn, who the brew featured and was named for). You can read more about their experience at The Mom Next Door. We are all looking forward to where this Con goes from here!