iMagicon Returns to the Magic City

Academy Award Finalist David Barclay to appear

MINOT – Comic and gaming convention iMagicon is back for its 5th year in the Magic City (April 26-28, 2019) with a new location – the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Featuring icons like Star Wars’ David Barclay and Marvel Comics’ Bob Hall in attendance, it is gearing up to be a spectacular event. From video gaming to fresh new talent like BBDesigns Cosplay, iMagicon celebrates all fandoms.

In honor of our incredible military volunteers, the event will kick off Friday, April 26, with Military Day. Active Duty and Retired Military will receive $5 off Friday adult general admission for themselves and dependents by showing military ID.


This year’s special guests have decades of experience in the pop culture industry. Master puppeteer and animatronic designer David Barclay will be visiting the upper Midwest for his first time. One of the most sought-after puppeteers in Hollywood and England, Barclay has worked on the Star Wars build crew for Yoda and had the opportunity to fully operate the puppet. He later was chosen as chief puppeteer for Star Wars’ Jabba The Hutt. An Academy Award Finalist for his work in Cats and Dogs, Barclay has also worked on dozens of other films including The Muppets, Snow Dogs, and Where The Wild Things Are.

“We are extremely excited to bring animatronics industry icon David Barclay to iMagicon,” said Jared Adams, event co-conspirator. “His panels on bringing Yoda and Jabba the Hutt to life will be sessions you’ll want to be sure to attend.”

Another special guest in attendance is Marvel comics artist Bob Hall. At one time or another, Hall drew most of the major books and characters such as Spiderman, Dr. Doom, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Captain America, and The Avengers. Other guests include professional cosplayers and costume makers Jem Kadetchy and BBDesign Cosplay. Special Guests will host booths showcasing their work and conduct informational panels for guests.


One of the many attractions at iMagicon is cosplay – the chance to dress and portray your favorite characters. Widely popular, cosplay contests are held every day of the convention. Friday will feature a store-bought and handmade cosplay contest for adults that focuses on acting abilities. Saturday brings the Youth Cosplay Contest where children under the age of 14 can compete with their handmade and store-bought creations; later in the night is the Individual Adult Handcrafted Cosplay Contest. Finally, Sunday will feature a Group Handcrafted Cosplay Contest.

While cosplay may be one of the main features of the event, gaming is a close competition in popularity. Video and tabletop tournaments will dominate the gaming experience. Tournaments throughout the weekend will feature Magic The Gathering War On The Spark Pre-Release, Dungeons & Dragons, Smash Ultimate, Hearthstone, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom, Tekken and Mortal Combat II, to name a few.

Not only is the event in a new location this year, but it has many new features. Guests will find a theater room dedicated to streaming Anime from Funimation and a Wizarding World escape room. Friday night will feature a Rave party for guests 18 and older, and Saturday night will be a 21 and older fansuite event at iMagicon’s official hotel - The Hampton Inn & Suites.

iMagicon will also see the return of other fan-favorite events such as Draw Offs Competitions, LARPing (live action role-playing) and JellyBean Street kids painting workshops. No matter your interest, iMagicon has a bit of something for everyone!


VOLUNTEER: iMagicon is seeking volunteers to help make the event happen. To learn more, visit

HOTEL: The Hampton Inn & Suites (Minot) is hosting iMagicon guests this year with special room blocks set aside for fans. To reserve a room, call 701-838-1400 and mention “iMagicon”.

TICKETS: Tickets to iMagicon run $20/day Friday & Saturday and $15 Sunday for adults; kids are $5/day. Guests looking to attend the full weekend can get major discounts by purchasing tickets in advance of the event. 3-Day Convention Passes are being sold for $35 and 3-Day Family Passes for two individuals (14 and older) and two youth (13 and younger) are being sold for $50. Advanced Tickets can be purchased at or by visiting participating ticket outlets at Original Comics & Collectibles, Budget Music, Chaos Games, Visit Minot and Papa Johns in Minot and on Base.

iMagicon is made possible through the support of sponsors like KMOT, SRT Communications, Hampton Inn & Suites, Papa Johns (Minot), Dakota Outdoor Advertising, Dirty Girls Car Wash (Bottineau) and Northwest Projector. 

iMagicon 2016 Focuses On Artists

April 1, 2016

Minot ND - Minot's comic/gaming convention is back and expanding. With an eclectic focus on artists, gaming, comics, cosplay, LARPing, and more, iMagicon has increased its convention space size and days. This year’s event will be held April 22-24, 2016, at the Holiday Inn-Riverside and features a collaborative daily Minecraft Build, Draw Off competitions, Halo 5 & Rocket League tournaments, Magic the Gathering tournaments, Smash Bros, Ninja training, face painting, Cosplay contests, board gaming, LEGO Robotics, shopping, and more. You may want to stock up on those energy drinks as this year’s iMagicon will extend well in to the early am’s of the morning with activities like SRT’s overnight LAN parties, late-night LARPing, midnight movie madness, after-hours gaming and more!

“Last year, many of our iMagiconers wanted more late-night activities, so we are meeting that demand,” Aimee Smith, iMagicon Event Conspirator said. “We expect more guests will join us on-site overnight to maximize the overall atmosphere. We have set up an iMagicon block at the Holiday Inn-Riverside that anyone can take advantage of by calling the Holiday and requesting the iMagicon group rate.”

Fansuites have been growing among conventions, and iMagicon is no different in encouraging Fandoms to spread throughout the hotel. iMagiconers choose their own themes to decorate their hotel room as, such as anime, Star Trek or Harry Potter, and often host activities such as board games, role playing, movie watching or trivia.

“It is a fun atmosphere to share your fandom with other people who share your passion,” said Leann Mellum, event conspirator. “iMagicon wants to encourage all fandoms to be able to enjoy their interests and this is one way to do it.”

This year’s iMagicon guest artists include 4-time Chesley Award nominee Tom Fleming, DC/Marvel illustrator Christopher Jones, DC/Marvel illustrator Dave DeVries, live artist Nick DiFabbio and professional fursuit creator Deanna “Beetlecat” Petro.

“We are excited to have such artistic talent at iMagicon,” said Smith. “And to be able to bring nationally acclaimed fursuit maker Beetlecat to the Midwest for the first time is an incredible feeling.”

Actress Margot Kidder also will be making a guest appearance at the event and signing autographs. Kidder is best known for playing the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie opposite of Christopher Reeve and continued that role for several sequels.

“When we were given the opportunity to bring Kidder to our event, we didn’t even hesitate,” Smith continued. “To have the Lois Lane from arguably the best Superman series ever really is amazing.”

Early Bird 3-Day convention tickets are on sale at or by visiting Gorilla Games (Dakota Square Mall) or Original Comics and Collectibles (Downtown Minot).  VIP tickets are only available online until April 11, 2016. After April 12, VIP tickets will no longer be sold for the 2016 convention. VIP passes includes all 3-days plus VIP perks including an iMagicon Grab Bag; Collector’s Badge; 2017 first right to purchase; M&G options when available; Signing from Kidder, vendor coupon book; iMagicon Collector’s pin; VIP room access and more!

The Holiday Inn Riverside is offering discount block room rates for iMagicon guests and special ticket packages. To learn more, visit or call the Holiday Inn at (701) 852-2405.

 Dates: April 22-24 2016
Place: Holiday Inn Riverside
Hours of operation: 10 am to 3 am (yes am) Friday & Saturday; 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday
Price: $50 for a 3-day pass; $100 VIP pass. Tickets available at the door for $25/day


Holy Cow Batman!
Minot to welcome first-ever comic convention this Halloween weekend

October 12, 2015

Minot, ND – North Dakota look out! For Villains and Superheroes will be invading this Halloween weekend as Minot welcomes its first-ever comic, gaming and cosplay convention – iMagicon!

This pop culture event will run from 10 am to 11:59 pm, October 30-31, at the Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot ND, and features special participation from global publishing giant, Valiant Entertainment. Celebrating their 25th year anniversary this year, Valiant Entertainment signed a five-movie deal with Sony Pictures to bring comics Bloodshot and Harbinger to life with the first movie slated to hit theaters 2017.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to partner with Valiant through their licensed apparel company, MSMG & Haaseline Entertainment, on some great iMagicon exclusives for our guests,” said Leann Mellum, event co-conspirator. “To be able to get exclusives that are tailored made for Minot and iMagicon based on comics being featured in an up-and-coming blockbuster hit is a very rare opportunity.”

The event will feature a variety of live and Skype panel presentations anchored by professional and local guests including:

• Warren Simons, Editor-in-Chief of Valiant Entertainment
• Douglas Haase, actor and executive of Haaseline Entertainment. Known for roles in Daredevil, Rat Race, Any Given Sunday, and The Blue and the Gray TV mini-series
• Lexee Crystal, Author/Illustrator of Samarakan comic trilogy
• Kim Holbrook, True Time Paranormal Investigations
• Adam Dyess, MightCouldDo Entertainment and creator of Dual of Legends
• Eric Thoemke & Matthew Maldonado, ND Strong

“We are extremely honored to have Warren Simons and Douglas Haase participating at our event,” Mellum said. “This is a great chance for convention-goers to learn about Valiant's Bloodshot and Harbinger and also snag some awesome limited edition merchandise in the process.”

While panels are going on at iMagicon, convention-goers also will be able to take in shopping, gaming, artistry, filmography, cosplay, night concerts and more. Fans who want to keep the event going after-hours can create their own fansuite at the Holiday Inn and host gaming tournaments, movies, board games or discussions of their own.


iMagicon is the official premiere site of “One Last Fight”, a short film produced by MightCouldDo Entertainment. The film features Nick, a talented young, down-on-his-luck fighter who has fallen in with loan sharks and an underground pit fighting scene. Trying to break free from a corrupt manager, Nick is about to face his biggest fight yet. The film was produced using local talent and was filmed in Minot.

“Our film is unique because it was exclusively produced and features local talent from Minot,” said Adam Dyess of MightCouldDo Entertainment. “Most of our cast and crew had never worked on a film before. One Last Fight is a product of highly passionate group of locals doing what they love to do.”

The feature film premieres at 7:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 30, with a Q&A to follow. Afterward, the mini-filmfest will continue with a showing of newly released “Heads or Tails”, a movie produced by ND Strong.

Full-day gaming competitions to be featured is Halo 5, Magic: The Gathering, Smash Bros along with many timed-gaming events held randomly throughout the day including trivia, rubik, and Simon.

“If you haven’t played Magic: The Gathering, iMagicon is a great place to get started,” said Aimee Smith, event organizer and get-away driver. “It is a sealed deck event, so all you need is an iMagicon ticket to play.” Magic players will not bring cards to the event, as all players will be given six sealed booster decks to compete.

“This keeps tournament players on the same playing field,” said Smith. “Everyone has a fair chance as they can only play with the cards given in the sealed deck. And they instantly receive a $24 value as they get to take the tournament cards home with them.”

Pre-registration is required for the tournaments as there is a limited playing bracket. Players can register at Gorilla Games in Minot or submitting a form through Players can also register the day of the tournament if slots are still available.

For the leisure competitor, timed events will be found throughout the event. During the draw-off competitions and timed gaming, players simply can stop by the booth and enter the competition. At the end of the day, players with the fastest times or best drawings in their age group will go come with a prize.

“We are being very generous with prizes at iMagicon” Mellum said. “Convention goers will be able to experience Minot’s first-ever comic convention, get involved and encounter many chances to go home with prizes.”

iMagicon will also be featuring a Cosplay Contest at 7 pm, October 31. During the contest, iMagicon-goers dress up as their favorite character and the best costume wins. There are four categories: 12 and under, Young Adult, Individual and Group competition. Costumes will be judged based on craftsmanship (if handmade or pieced together by store bought items), originality and showmanship. Winners will walk away with up to $1,000 in prizes.

Wrapping up the event at 9 pm, Halloween night, iMagicongoers will party the night away to the Album Release Party of Skeever, a local rock band. Founded in 2012 and with roots from all over the country, Skeever is a Minot-based, guitar driven band with rock, metal, punk, blues and other influences. Their song "Hours" from the self-titled EP is featured in the movie "Heads or Tails." Copies of the EP album will be sold at the event.

The Two-Day Convention Pass is on sale for $40 (a $10 savings), which gives buyers access to both days of the event and includes access to all tournaments, gaming, panels, movie showings and night concert. Tickets can be purchased online at or by visiting Original Comics and Collectables (downtown Minot), Gorilla Games (Dakota Square Mall) or by stopping by Visit Minot. Kids 12 and younger are free to attend with a paying adult.

For more information, visit