Ben Robert, coordinator of the event, said the first annual collectors con attracted a lot of dealers with comics and toys, especially the newer shops interested in reaching fans from throughout St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.
"It's the first event of its kind in the area," Robert said. "We saw an opportunity to put this together and chose the Clarion Inn because it's centrally located, easy to get to, and a great space for something like this. "
Ben and his wife have been collectors since they were kids, noting that its a lifelong hobby for many people. "It's something we really enjoy," he noted.
Meeting other collectors and comparing notes and collections is just one of the attractions, but networking among vendors is also a plus. Just trying to keep ahead of the curve on what is continually popular is always a challenge, not to mention trying to forecast what is going to be the big new thing whenever a new movie comes out.
Star Wars coming back online has given the hobby a tremendous boost, and each new Marvel motion picture also introduces many new opportunities.
"Most popular is the Star Wars stuff," Ben said, but a quick walk around the vendors tables showed a wide variety of oldies, goodies, and new gotta-have its.
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