Lexington Comic and Toy Convention promoter and organizer Jarrod Greer said many con-goers who just wanted to shop for collectibles were put off by the massive crowds the annual March convention draws because of its high-profile guests hailing from popular movies and television.
Enter LexCon Swaptember. The one-day vendors-only event — billed as something of a flea market for comics and other collectible goods — was held Saturday at the Lexington Convention Center to offer fans seeking a less-frilly comic con experience a chance to buy and trade without having to worry about rubbing elbows with a cosplayer every five minutes.
About 60 vendors were on site selling action figures, comics and other collectibles. Local craftspeople also were in attendance selling their respective goods.
One of the biggest draws at Swaptember was an issue of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, graded at 4.0, at a booth operated by Hoptown Comics out of Hopkinsville. The asking price for the issue, which marks the first appearance of Spider-man, was $25,000.
Guests for the 2018 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, scheduled for March 9-11 at the Lexington Convention Center, will be announced beginning this month. Notable guests at last year’s show included Robin Lord Taylor, who plays The Penguin in the Fox series Gotham, wrestler Ric Flair and film director Kevin Smith.