Little Apple Comic Expo expands in second year

By Bryan Richardson

Little Apple Comic Expo has expanded its operation in its second year.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the K-State Student Union.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and military with ID, and kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.

After not finding available weekends at the Manhattan Conference Center, last year’s site, organizer Ali Smith said moving to the union will actually provide more opportunities.

“We embraced the idea of doing it in the union,” she said.

Ali and her husband, Joshua, founded the expo last year.

“People who are may be interested and don’t want to go to Kansas City or San Diego (comic conventions) can try something smaller,” Ali said.

This year, there will be two panel rooms instead of one, a designated space for the costume contest rather than a hallway, and the number of booths has tripled.

Ali said she and her husband also had more people involved in the planning period, which increased to six months.

“You need a team to help you,” she said. “Last year, my husband and I put it together in two months.”

The only thing that hasn’t expanded might be the attendance. Ali said she expects 1,500 to 2,000 attendees because of the expected hit from spring break, which would be down from last year’s attendance of nearly 3,000 people.

However, she acknowledged that she could be underestimating turnout.

“Last year, we thought we were going to have 800,” Ali said. “I’m terrible at guessing.”

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