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‘A tremor in the Force’: Darth Vader, Sam de la Rosa among celebrities joining Casper Comic Con

Husband and wife duo Alex and Sabrina won the costume contest as Krang and Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series at the 3rd annual Comic Con on June 26, 2021. (Gregory Hirst)

CASPER, Wyo. — Darth Vader will be descending on Casper this weekend for the Casper Comic Con at the Ford Wyoming Center.

Andrew Nelson, who has spent more time in the official Darth Vader costume than any other actor, is among the celebrities who will make appearances during the June 25–26 Casper Comic Con.

Nelson, who played Vader in the special addition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy and the Rebel Assault II and Dark Forces video games, will not be the only Star Wars actor at the event, according to a press release from the Ford Wyoming Center. Alan Fernandes, who is the only living Tusken Raider from the original 1977 Star Wars, will also be available for photographs and autographs.

Sam de la Rosa, a comic artist who has drawn DC, Marvel and Dark Horse characters, and Alfred Trujillo, an independent comic book artist, will also be attending, along with cosplayers Lexi Morales, Cara “Powergirl” and Colleen Cole.

The Casper Comic Con will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

An adult costume contest will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday with a $1,000 prize for first place, a $500 prize for second and a $250 prize for third. A kids’ costume contest will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday with a $100 prize for first, a $50 prize for second and a $25 prize for third, according to the Casper Comic Con press release.

Two giveaways during the Casper Comic Con include:

  • A framed photo of Frodo from “The Lord of the Rings” autographed by Elijah Wood
  • A “Pickle Rick” still from “Rick and Morty” signed by creator Dan Harmon

Panels that will be held during the event include:

  • Cosplay without Breaking the Bank
  • Cosplay Safety
  • The Business of Cosplay
  • Cosplay on a Budget
  • Cosplay for Beginners
  • Getting into Your Cosplay Character
  • Collectible Investing (Toys, Comics, etc.)

Other activities will include:

  • Laser tag from Old Town Family Fun
  • Axe throwing by Oil City Axe Company
  • A Dungeons and Dragons campaign courtesy of Game Crossing

Two-day tickets are available for $18 in advance or $23 on the day of the show. Saturday-only tickets are $13 in advance or $15 on the day of the show. Sunday tickets are $11 in advance or $13 on the day of the show. VIP tickets are also available for $35 per person and include a two-day pass; a VIP bag, lanyard and badge; a concession item; and a special art print, according to the Ford Wyoming Center.

“Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.SinclairTix.com, by phone at 307-577-3030, or in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Ford Wyoming Center,” the release added. “The 2022 Casper Comic Con is presented by Reliant Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Black Sunday Tattoo, Little Shop of Burgers, Old Town Family Fun, Phogg-it Cards and Games, and Windy City Axe Company.”