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For the love of comics

Published: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Just some of the thousands of comics from Dion Herbert’s collection. PHOTO: MIKE PETERS

Many people are familiar with comic books, but more so the older generation who grew up reading and anticipating the next issue. 

 

Dion Herbert, one of this country’s top comic book collectors, is someone who has a tremendous love for comics and aims to bring back the days when reading was “felt,” and not only on a computer screen.

 

Herbert who grew up in Diego Martin with two brothers and one sister, started collecting comic books at 13 and has been doing so for 20 years. 

 

Five years ago, the TSTT service technician established a company called The Alternative Comic Book Universe in Diego Martin. 

 

He hopes the store will be a catalyst for getting people back into reading comics and developing their imaginations. 

 

On March 23, Herbert will host a comic fest at the Creative Arts Centre in San Fernando. 

 

The aim of the event is to unite comic book fanatics, gamers and costume players for a day filled with comical fun and events such as Crossplay, face painting and various game tournaments. 

 

The comic fest which is geared at children between the ages of three to 15, is meant to encourage more children to read comics. 

 

Herbert said vintage comics from the 1940s as well as current comic books will be on sale. 

 

There will be Anime collectables, as well as animation DVDs on display.

 

For those patrons who want to dress as their comic book characters, there is a cash prize for the most creative costume. 

 

The event starts at 10am and ends at 6pm. There will drinks and refreshments on sale and admission is free.