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ITHACON is now organized and run by the students in the Ithaca College School of Business course MGMT 29800 ITHACON: Promoting and Managing Conventions. We believe this course to be unique in the US in that it allows the students to take full responsibility for an actual ongoing convention. Students assume the various roles in planning, promoting, and managing the convention, while those of us who have been involved for many years shift to mentoring roles.

Questions? Contact us at comicbookclubofithaca@gmail.com

If you would like to be kept informed about ITHACON, please join the ITHACON Google group by going to https://groups.google.com/group/ithacon/subscribe. No pestering and no spam!

You can also follow ITHACON on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ithacon, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ithacon_2023, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ithacon.

Facebookers: Please don't start new Ithacon event pages! We welcome your posts to the main Ithacon page!

Want to see the 2023 posters?

Click here to download the Ant-Man poster
Click here to download the Death of Superman poster
Click here to download the black & white Superman poster that will be used in the Coloring Contest.
Click here to download the AHOY! Comics poster

What's different about ITHACON?

ITHACON began in 1976, and has been held every year since with the exception of 2020, when we had to cancel due to COVID. Over all those years, ITHACON has maintained a primary focus on comic books, not movies, TV, wrestling, or other parts of the entertainment industry, although we welcome those from related fandoms. ITHACON has continued to be run as a fan convention, by fans and for fans; nobody is compensated for their work on ITHACON. We treat comic book creators as guests; we never charge them for tables. The many guests we have each year means that the members can actually chat with the guests rather than wait in line for a brief photo op. Most comics creators began as fans themselves, and we have been very fortunate to have had the support of many prominent comic creators over the years who have waived their customary appearance fees to participate. If you want to experience a comic con as they were in the 1970's, come to ITHACON!

Yes, you should come in costume!

A brief history of ITHACON
The Comic Book Club of Ithaca, the longest-running comic book club in the country, grew out of a middle-school comic book club, and was formally established as a community organization in 1975. The first ITHACON took place in 1976, and featured 2 guests. The show has grown considerably since then, but the goal has always been to run a convention that is fun for fans, guests, and vendors alike. The convention has had several homes: GIAC, the Ramada Inn (now Hotel Ithaca), the Masonic Temple, the Boynton Middle School, the Women's Community Building, and the former Race Office Supplies storefront. The partnership with Ithaca College began in 2014, with Ithacon 39. Through the years we have continued to be a fan event, run by fans and for fans, with nobody receiving compensation for their efforts in organizing the convention. We have maintained a focus on comic books and providing a way for fan creators to showcase their works while allowing all of us to meet some of the most famous comics creators.
Information for Parents of Minors
SUPERVISION: Parent/Guardians are advised and are required/expected to maintain supervision of their minor children throughout the event. Parents/Guardians are expected to remain in activity rooms with their minor child, and are not to drop off their child in those rooms or any other spaces.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (Optional): Parents/Guardians are advised that they may download the Rave Guardian App if they wish to receive emergency campus notifications while the minor is present on the College campus.

Click here to download the full 2023 ITHACON Families Safety Plan.

Last updated April 13, 2023