Enthusiasts for capes and tights will return to Columbus this weekend for the annual Mid-Ohio-Con, a convention that celebrates popular culture.

Enthusiasts for capes and tights will return to Columbus this weekend for the annual Mid-Ohio-Con, a convention that celebrates popular culture.

This year's convention will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.

Tickets are $15 a day or $25 for the weekend. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free.

"This is comic books, TV, film, toys and videos games -- the whole geek genre," said James Henry, managing director for the event. "Thematically it's really not just comics -- it's a pop culture experience across the board."

Now in its 29th year, the two-day event drew 3,000 people to the convention center last year.

"It's an Ohio institution and certainly a Columbus institution having been around this long," Henry said.

Among the activities taking place over the weekend will be celebrity appearances, various panel discussions and a costume contest.

More than 100 comic book artists, both writers and illustrators, will be present for signatures and sketches.

"We have folks who are artists for 'Spider-Man,' 'Superman' and 'Dora the Explorer,'" Henry said.

Two of the more popular guests will be Josh Medors, a professional illustrator who has worked on titles such as "30 Days of Night" and his own series, "Willow Creek," and Wes Molebash, creator of the web comic "You'll Have That" and the comic strip "Myron and Charlie."

In addition, local comic book artists Lora Innes and Jeff Smith will be on hand.

Innes, a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, is the creator of "The Dreamer," which was nominated for several awards, including best new series and best new talent. Smith, a German Village resident, created "Bone," considered by The New York Times to be one of the 10 best graphic novels of all time.

For those not interested in comics, there will be an appearance by Ray Park, who played Darth Maul in the "Star Wars" series and Snake Eyes in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

"It's a fantastic opportunity for people to meet their favorite stars," Henry said.

dcross@thisweeknews.com