Kaneohe, HI - There's a new comic fair on Oahu, and it's coming to the Windward side just after Thanksgiving. Comic artist Sam Campos organized a comic and craft fair called SAMCON at Heeia State Park.

A hybrid comic book convention and holiday craft fair, SAMCON will let local artists and comic book creators debut their new products, sign books, and take commission orders. Free coloring pages will be available for the keiki. 

Retailers and dealers will bring collectibles, toys, and rare finds to the table. There will also be photo opportunities with the Batmobile Tumbler and the island's cosplayers.

More than a mini-con, a wide range of gift items will be available including custom frames, fine art, plushies, hats, apparel, jewelry, fashion and beauty accessories, crocheted goods, ornaments, magnets, stickers, buttons, charms and more. There will be food trucks on site, so bring a blanket and have a picnic with the family.

"The rescheduling of Amazing Comic Con Aloha from August to February due to Hurricane Lane impacted the local comic book community from the retailers and creators to the fans," explains Campos. "Obviously, the organizers of the event suffered a huge loss. People don't realize, though, how much planning and investment vendors commit to conventions. It takes months to put a new book together, design new merchandise, craft new items, and get everything ordered, shipped, framed and packaged- sometimes going into debt in anticipation of a timely return. When the event is cancelled, it leaves everyone in a lurch, looking for other venues."

Campos is also the publisher of a local superhero comic book and produces his own action series with an all-local cast and crew.  

The event will be at Heeia State Park on November 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For details and updates, visit www.kaaawasaki.com/samcon.