Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
JG : Hey there, My name is Jarrod Greer, I am the promoter of the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention !
MW: What made you decide to do Lexington Comic & Toy Con?
JG: In June 2011 – I approached the Lexington Center about doing a reptile show there.. For multiple reasons that didn’t work out but the sales rep there asked me if there was anything else I would be willing to try there… This happened… and eventually the reptile show did too! Since then we have sold the reptile show events so we can focus on LCTC!
MW: Tell me about how it all started?
JG : I got into promotions in 2006 – My wife and I started a reptile and amphibian expo and have ran it up until this past year.. In 2007 (I think) we had (what I consider) a failed attempt at a collectible show in Morehead, KY which gave me a bit of a sour taste for the market but then in 2011 we were dropped back into it to start fresh.. With a lot of time, energy, money, and effort, here we are..
MW: Did you think it would take off as big as the first Con did?
JG: Not in a billion years…We really didn’t expect to break even the first year but we committed ourselves to making it work somehow.. Just didn’t think it would work this well…
MW: Tell me about each Lexington Comic & Toy Con leading up to this one in 2014?
March 2012 – Year 1 – 4000 attendees in Heritage Hall East
March 2013 – Year 2 – 10000 attendees in Heritage Hall East and Center
March 2014 – Year 3 – ????? attendees in the entire convention center area
MW: Who has been your biggest guest to date?
JG: Last years’ headliners were Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew… This year we will have William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Meliisa McBride, Amy Jo Johnson, and many many more…
MW: Do you have guests that have been at ever Con to date?
JG : Jason David Frank has been with us since the beginning! He is our biggest supporter and we cannot thank him enough!
MW: What makes Lexington Comic & Toy Con different from all the others?
JG : I think the one thing that sets us apart is that we are family owned and operated and we ensure that no detail goes unnoticed when it comes to customer service. Almost everything is handled directly from my basement…lol
MW: What are the plans for Lexington Comic & Toy Con 2014?
JG : This year we want to show the con community that we aren’t messing around! The hope is to continue to grow into the con that everyone HAS to come to…
MW: How many people do you expect to come to the Lexington Comic & Toy Con 2014?
JG : We are hoping for 12-15000 this year…
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JG: Just that we hope everyone comes out and gives us a chance to show you what we think a convention should be like!