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Charles Vess started drawing the moment he could grasp a crayon and crawl to the nearest wall. As he got older, he left the crayons behind to bring us his astounding 45-year career that has won him multiple Eisners, World Fantasy, and Hugo awards to name just a few. His mind has landscaped our imagination for almost 5 decades. That hasn’t left him a lot of time to break out the Crayolas…UNTIL NOW! This workshop includes everything you need to color along with the Fairy King.

Everyone gets a box of crayons, a coloring page picked by Charles himself and 1 hour to color your heart out! Charles will be taking questions and dishing out color theory tips throughout the event and will sign your completed masterpiece! Event is Saturday from 3-4 in room 104! Supplies are limited, so make sure to mark this down as a must attend event for ROBCON 2023!


How to Draw with Terry Moore Terry began his career with Strangers in Paradise in 1993. Today SIP has been translated into nineteen languages! His legacy of writing unyielding female characters paired with his impeccable line work builds characters that are almost tangible to the reader. Moore loves sharing his knowledge and experience with fans and artists alike. His hit series of YouTube videos offers weekly drawing sessions with Terry (It is super addicting to watch! You have been warned!) If you would like to learn more check out

Luckily for us, Terry will be hosting a How to Draw workshop at Robcon 2023! The workshop includes everything you need to doodle along with Indie powerhouse Terry Moore and is free to all attendees!


Cosplay Contest

Everyone knows that the Cosplay Contest is one of the biggest highlights of every Robcon! Each year, our contestants get to show off their cosplay creations, no matter their skill level! We can't wait to see your cosplays come to life on stage! The contest begins at 3pm in the Executive Auditorium on Saturday!


RobCon 2023 Offers Dramatically More Board and Card Games, Tabletop, and Video Gaming 


RobCon, the Tri-Cities largest and longest-running Comic and Pop Culture Convention, is excited to announce the addition of a large number of gaming events, including console video games, board games, roleplaying games, collectible card games, and miniatures games. Mountain Empire Comics, the annual convention’s primary sponsor, has partnered with Wolf Den Games (Abingdon, VA) and The Gamer’s Lounge (Bristol, TN) to make this year’s con even more exciting for passionate fans of every variety. Wolf Den Games and The Gamer’s Lounge first added more gaming to Rob-Con in 2022 when it moved to its current location of the Higher Ed Center in Abingdon after a pandemic hiatus. “This year we almost tripled our tabletop gaming offerings, and we are so excited about it”, said David Carroll, co-owner of Wolf- Den Games. “Whether you want to bring your dice for a Dungeons & Dragons adventure, find a pod for Magic: The Gathering “Commander”, take part in a massive Warhammer:40K tournament, or learn to play a new board game, we’ve got you covered.” The Gamer's Lounge is Bristol’s go-to place for competitive gaming. According to the owners, James Malone and James Matherly, “TGL's core model is to bring competitive gaming back to human-to-human gameplay!” They will again be running casual and competitive console video game events at Rob-Con. “From Smash Bros to MTG Commander, we have something for anyone to enjoy! We cant wait to see you there!” . Gaming event reservations can be made at


JerZey is going to take us to school over ROBCON weekend! 
 First up, the fundamentals of color theory! Color is an important aspect, if not the most important aspect of any design. This class will cover the primary rules that surround color and how to apply it to make pleasing visuals in every format.


This workshop is on Sunday from 1pm-3pm in room 103! 




Award winning Journalist Serina Marshall comes to RobCon! With over a decade of journalism experience, Marshall will be holding a workshop titled; “The Write Stuff: A Guide to Journalistic Writing.” Currently an associate editor of the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune/Six Rivers Media and film/television publicist for Storytown Publicity, Marshall has written press releases for Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven), Alisha Minshew (All My Children), Mugga (Orange is the New Black), Ryan Buggle (Law and Order), Al Sapienza (The Sopranos), and Jason Frederick (Baking Up Love). In addition to regional news, her press releases and stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation including Soap Central, Soaps in Depth, Digital Journal, VIPSEEN Magazine, and The Orlando Sentinel.  Marshall will be teaching the skills a journalism writer needs in areas of storytelling, interviews, and stylistic voice. Marshall uses her knowledge of the writing and entertainment industry to break down how to succeed in various levels of journalism. 


Join her Saturday from 1-2pm in Room 130 or Sunday from 11-12pm in Room 103!

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