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Sands/Reno Comic-Con is coming Sept. 18-19 to the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, and will feature comic books, art, collectible toys, sci-fi, fantasy and cosplay.

Billed as a comic-friendly show, Sands/Reno Comic-Con will feature comic book creator guests spanning all decades and genres. This year's featured guests include artist Ron Lim (Legendary Thanos, Silver Surfer, Venum, Spider-man, Captain America), comic illustrator Chris Marrinan (Spider-Man, Wolverine, Nova, Wonder Woman and more), artist and Lucasfilm Animation designer Nate Watson (Scream Queen, Lara Croft, Star Trek, Toy Story) and more.

This year's event features Friday night programming for the first time, and admission to these events is free. Join comic creators in the lounge for Drink & Draw — don't forget your sketch pad – from 6 to 9 p.m. Talk with the artists, draw, show them your work or check out what they are working on (attendees must be 21 or older). Or, opt for Drawing Heroes and Super-Heroes with Nate Watson, an impromptu drawing class on how to create powerful superheroes from scratch, from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a sketch pad and draw along. From 7 to 8 p.m. is the "Anthropology of Star Wars" a discussion that looks at the numerous cultural themes throughout the "Star Wars" trilogies.

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, check out Cultural Imagery of Gotham City and Metropolis, a presentation on the deeper cultural themes that the fictional cities of Gotham City and Metropolis represent. From noon to 1 p.m., learn how to produce, create and market your creation and yourself in a Q&A session. From 1 to 2 p.m., check out Costuming on a Budget, a class for those who are interested in cosplay but don't know how to start or what to do. From 2 to 3 p.m. is a guest spotlight on comic illustrator Chris Marinnan, and the annual costume contest runs from 3 to 4 p.m. – come dressed up as your favorite comic book, fantasy, game, cartoon or fiction hero or villain. There will be cash prizes for the best costumes, which will be judged by the guest artists.

Admission costs $6; children younger than 8 are free. Details: www.renocomiccon.com.

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