X-Con returns to Myrtle Beach after COVID-19 cancellations
X-Con returns to Myrtle Beach after COVID-19 cancellations

X-Con returns to Myrtle Beach after COVID-19 cancellations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach’s annual comic book convention, X-Con World, is back after being canceled for the past two years due to COVID-19.

The annual event featured special guests, comics, toys, costumes and art. Several companies from Grand Strand and beyond also took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their wares.

It includes Sonja White, owner of Bounty Hunter’s Emporium located in Surfside Beach.

“Our focus is vintage collectibles. Toys and collectibles, ”she said.

There were dozens of toys in her store, featuring characters from Marvel, Star Wars, various anime and other pop culture highlights.

While they may seem simple to some people, it is a way for others to relive their childhood memories.

“Seeing other people, reflecting on toys they had, is like putting a smile on their face,” White said.

The new owner of X-Con, Brad Miller, took over in January, and this weekend marked his first time hosting a convention.

Miller also managed to get celebrities ranging from voice actors to more notable guests such as actress Naomi Grossman from “American Horror Story” and actress Warrington Gillette, who played the original Jason Voorhees in “Friday the 13th.”

It was a risk he took with an exhausting result.

“We’m pretty happy,” Miller said. “Yesterday we were packed in here. Lots of positive feedback and positive response. I got a young lady to tell me she was traveling down from North Carolina and she said it was better than she hoped it would be. I’m pretty happy about that. ”

Sellers like White would also not miss out on the convention’s big returns.

“X-Con is huge for us,” she said. “We are able to be here among the thousands of people who come to see us. Just be out there in the community. A big thing for us is to support local and small businesses.”

Miller is looking to host a similar and smaller convention this fall.

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