It was an organizing feat fit for a superhero. The first Drumheller Dinosaur & Comic Expo kicked off on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Badlands Community Facility.
Kalon Sykes spent a year and a half planning the event, which included attending last year's CosmiCon Expo and taking a trip to one of the big events outside of town.
"We went to the Calgary Expo and advertised there this year," explained Sykes. "Actually, that's how we met a lot of our vendors that are here today -- and our special guests -- and managed to convince them to come down to ours."
Aisles were created in the BCF field house to showcase the vendors including video game and comic book sellers, cosplay companies, a video game creator and a tarot reader. At the back of the field house, Sykes set up the special guest area.
"Two of [the guests] are locals that I knew and got in touch with," said Sykes. "The rest, with the help of the Trekcetera Museum, we managed to get in touch with some agents and managers and round up the other guys."
Across from the vendors, the Expo featured an old-school video game, and board game tables. With things running a bit behind schedule, Sykes hadn't managed to fully finish the game area, but air hockey and pool tables were waiting to be set up.
Elsewhere in the BCF, a multi-purpose room was converted into panel central, where people could hear speakers talk about cosplay, voice acting or writing.
Sykes sought sponsors to help put on the event, but did dip into his own pocket to realize his dream.
"To date, I'm still taking my person income cheques and putting them towards the Expo to pay for everything. We got lots of sponsors and we're so happy because, without the sponsors, this would not be possible at all."
The Dinosaur & Comic Expo runs until Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m.