After a two-year wait due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ithaca College’s annual comic convention, Ithacon, returned to IC’s Emerson Suites this spring, with a two-day in-person event featuring panel discussions, craft making, and a Cosplay Runway show.
While attendees had the opportunity to browse comics, attend screenings, and make crafts, behind the scenes, IC students in instructor of management Ed Catto’s creating and managing conventions class were ensuring that everything was running smoothly. The course teaches students how to run all aspects of the convention, from planning and promotion to the delegation of tasks and execution.
During the event, students wearing red shirts were directing visitors, selling tickets, and featuring guests on panels.
“Not only does this course teach students great organization skills, it also teaches leadership, and how to work with a team, and how to plan and orchestrate an event as big as this,” said Harrison Cona ’23. “We had a great turnout, and getting to see and direct people while learning how all of this works, it’s been really great.”