Nov 8, 2012

Hey everyone!
The annual OAFCON is this upcoming WEEKEND.
Sat and Sunday November 10-11th  
10-7pm Sat
10-6pm Sunday
 $5.00 admission
at the Biltmore Hotel.. I-240 at Meridian Ave. 
OKLAHOMA CITY   1-800-522-6620 for rooms. 

A fantastic selection of dealers coming from coast-to-coast bringing an amazing amount of  comics and collectibles to this convention! 

Thanks to EVERYONE for their support and we appreciate your continued interest in OAFCON !
Bart Bush
Robert Brown
Co-Chair OAFCON 2012

Oct 10, 2012


Dustin Evans has been working as an illustrator and comic book artist since 2004. He first began his foray into comics
with a job for
Disney Adventures, drawing Pirates of the Caribbean. Soon after he teamed up with Ape Entertainment for their all ages hit, Go-Go Gorilla and the Jungle Crew and Slave Labor Graphics for Disney’s Gargoyles. 

Since then, he has gone on to work with companies such as Viper comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios and more. Recently you can find his digital coloring work in the comic titles: Megamind, Kung Fu Panda, Richie Rich, Scouts! and Hero Within, from Ape Entertainment. His artwork has been featured on
TBS Conan O'Brien show twice. Also just released this October 2012 from Viper Comics is,  HOOLIGAN, a mid-western, Sci-Fi, superhero, horror comic co-created and illustrated by Dustin Evans and written,
lettered and co-created by
Mike Hall of Helldorado
fame." You can download a copy here:

Jeff Provine returns to OAFCON 2012. Creator of the humor web comic THE ACADEMY,  available at
Jeff  also  teaches a class on comic books at Oklahoma University!  Come meet Professor Provine and talk comics!! 

Sep 24, 2012

                      WHY FANS LOVE OAFCON

OAFCON has many high quality dealers bringing 1000's of comic books, paperbacks, original art, posters, toys and more  at prices better than Ebay! BRING YOUR WANTLISTS
or bring your stuff for sale.. Dealers are buying at this show!  
PLUS we have outstanding comic book talent showcasing their art and skills! COME GET A SKETCH!  
We are a small show sponsored by fans for fans and we have a most exciting and active dealers room for two fun filled days!  
Our Saturday Night Auction (7pm) is always full of bargains and surprises! Don't miss out!
Many First Fandom Comic Book members attend each year. Come meet experts on most any comic book subject or artists! 
If you're an aspiring comic book writer/artist come meet the pros and get an education while having fun! All our guests are accessible and love to talk with their fans! 
Best of all..our show is only $5 admission! 


Once again EQUINOX COMICS will be at OAFCON!
Look for their team of artists, writers, inkers, pencilers, letterers, colorists,editors,assistant editors, assistant to the assistant editors, copy staplers, coffee boys, pencil grinders, inkwell refillers, proofers, designers, merchandisers, catalogers, secretaries, presidents of vice and even the head honcho himself Mr. Equinox !

Don Rosencrans is a Tuttle-based independent illustrator who has produced commissions for bands Planets Align and The Venditos. His debut comic series, Welcome to Ralton, is produced, printed, and assembled with longtime photographer and collaborator Cole Johnson. Both can be found haunting the art scene, combing through comic store bins, and pimping their own comic wherever they can find a spare table.


OAFcon scores big with Rich Olson bringing some  of his collection and it will be on sale for the  FIRST TIME  at OAFCON !!  When asked what he was bringing he replied: 'a bit of everything' !!  Collectors' who know of Rich's extensive collection are already eager with anticipation!
He is a noted authority on Walt Disney items and many other early comics, so bring your questions for Dr. Olson to answer!  

Celebrating 25 years as an artist in the independent comics industry. His first foray in comics was a one-shot "The Celestial Man" which won an award for specialty writing. Then doing "Chuk the Barbaric" vignettes for a fantasy series "Dark Regions" which led to Chuk getting his own series. Next came the series, "Heroines Inc." which was hailed as the first all-female hero book that didn't rely on the characters exposing themselves in really tight outfits. Mike took a step back to edit and draw with a group of writers and artists to produce "Rough Cut: The Anthology". After a short break to do gallery art projects Mike came back to write, draw and produce "Rough Cut Presents" which introduced some new characters such as "The Bruiser" and "Six 2 Two" and brought back "Heroines Inc." Mike's recent work has been seen in " Weird Zombie Horror", "Worse Case Scenarios", "Reasonably Priced Comics" and  the series "Celtic Knights". And upcoming projects "Jack Spade" ( with Scott Sackett), "Captain Kraken", Crissy Carrots (with Rock Baker) and an untitled graphic novel with Rock Baker.

Sep 17, 2012


                            Bud Plant and Michelle Nolan look for back issues at OAFCON 2011

As a life long comic book collector, it seems Michelle has always been a major part of Fandom. She has worked conventions, helped out the American Association of Comic Book Collectors (AACC), written articles for almost all of our major industry trade papers and magazines, and even self published fanzines as far back as 35 years ago.
LOVE ON THE RACKS is Michelle's latest book. For the better part of three decades romance comics were an American institution. Nearly 6,000 romance comics were published between 1947 and 1977, and there was a time when one of every five comics sold in the U.S. was a romance comic. This is the first book devoted entirely to the rarely studied world of romance comics. The text includes information on several types of romance comics and their creators, plus the history, numbers, and publishing frequency of dozens of romance titles. The author examines several significant periods in the development of the romance genre, including the origins of Archie Comics and other teen romance publications, the romance comic "boom and bust" of the 1950s, and the genre's sudden disappearance when fantasy and superhero comics began to dominate mainstream comics in the late 1970s. 
Come visit with Michelle and pick her brain for obscure comic book information. She's a walking encyclopedia!

Sep 12, 2012


Terry Alexander and his wife Phyllis live on a small farm near Porum, Oklahoma. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Terry is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Ozark Writers League, The Arkansas Ridge Writers and The Fictioneers. Primarily a horror writer he has been published in several anthologies from Static Movement, Open Casket Press, Living Dead Press, Knightwatch Press, May December Publications, Paper Cut Publishing, Moonstone Books Pro Se Press and Mini Komix.


LOVECRAFT IS MISSING.. but we have the creative force behind this incredible web comic.. 
LARRY LATHAM ( right in photo) awaits a signed book from R.A. Brown at a previous OAFcon.  
Larry will be discussing his Lovecraft comic, his years at Disney animation studios and he might even talk about his film career!  

Aug 23, 2012

The most knowledgeable person on old and new home video games and video game systems!  Brett will be selling and autographing his books and looking to buy and trade games!  

Aug 19, 2012


 John Wooley returns to OAFCON with new books for his legion of fans!~
JOHN WOOLEY is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 25 books. They include his two newest, Shot in Oklahoma, a history of made-in-Oklahoma movies for the University of Oklahoma Press that was recently named Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History for 2011 by the Oklahoma Historical Society, and a biography of horror-movie director Wes Craven, The Man and His Nightmares, for John Wiley and Sons. Other recent works include his novelGhost Band; The Miracle Squad, a graphic novel reprinting – with the addition of new material – the comic-book series he did with artist Terry Tidwell in the 1980s; Forgotten Horrors Vol. 5: The Atom Age and Forgotten Horrors Comics & Stories, the latest volumes in his ongoing series with co-authors Michael H. Price and Jan Alan Henderson; The Home Ranch, written with famed Osage rancher John Hughes; and From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music, one of only three books commissioned by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and a finalist for the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award.

Aug 18, 2012

We are pleased to confirm that Bud Plant will again be attending OAFCON.. no table this year as Bud has come to BUY and visit with friends and old customers ! 

So this year I'm doing Houston Rare Book Fair on Saturday but have already made reservations to fly up Sunday morning and spend the day at OAF.
    I hope to have Ken Sanders with me (of Cosmic Aeroplane fame, his store in Salt Lake and the pedigree collection he found). He also published The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey, illustrated by R. Crumb. He collects Ditko, Atlas and offbeat 1950s comics See you all soon.. Bud

Aug 17, 2012

                   COMING TO OAFCON

We will be promoting and selling the first issues of Nadir's Zenith, the sci-fi comic Jackson wrote and I illustrated, and I will be selling prints of my work as well.

Brief description of Nadir's Zenith (Pronounced 'Nay-dur, not 'nay-deer'):
With the advent and harnessing of hyperspace technology, mankind left for the stars with reckless abandon. In the year 2112, corporations are the off-world governments policed by the Intergalactic Peace Corps. Follow the adventures of IPC Space Marshal, Captain John Nadir on his adventures through the galaxy. "Nadir's Zenith" is Space Opera, 100 years in the making!

link to purchase Nadir's Zenith online

Aug 16, 2012


For 53 years Oklahoma late-night horror movie fans have watched COUNT GREGORE and his ghoulish friends entertain us at every commercial break. 
John Ferguson as Count Gregore started in 1959 on WKY-TV late night Saturdays with SHOCK THEATRE and the classic Universal horror films. Over the years his character developed into more skits and humorous happenings. Fortunately for us COUNT GREGORE will be at OAFCON signing autographs, poseing for photos, and telling great stories of his acting career. Count Gregore will be appearing with ROSEBUD RADIO, a new internet radio station playing old time radio shows all the time!  Come visit with Paul Cardin  and Count G. and learn about old time radio and  hear all the projects Count G is currently involved with. He's more popular than ever!!!  And we are honored to have him as a guest at OAFCON !!
    check it out at :   


Jack and Carole Bender are in their second decade of producing 
the Alley Oop comic strip for 650 newspapers worldwide with a 
combined readership of 26 million daily.
Jack has drawn Alley Oop since 1991 and Carole began as 
letterer and assistant in 1992. After teaming with Dave Graue as 
writer for 10 years, Carole became the sole writer in 2001. She also 
does all the finish work on the computer including shading, colouring 
and electronic filing. 
The Benders, who live in Tulsa, are the only husband-and-wife
team in the comics.
The Alley Oop comic strip, Sunday and daily, also is available 
on the Internet. 

May 8, 2012


OAF  welcomes back Kenneth Smith, famed sf & fantasy illustrator! Kenneth will be having some rare original art  for sale in our auction Saturday night ! ! 

My editorial connection at Dark Horse for their new CREEPY and EERIEcover-market alas has not panned out, with the downsizing they've gone through. But that connection was also the only in-house source of information I had for how the horror-line was doing generally. I encourage any dealers or fans who are big on the hard-copy, magazine- or anthology-format horror market to bring me recommendations about the places they find the most interesting and exciting fiction and art getting published.
In fact I have been gradually filling out an artbook of my work in the genre of Horror, producing a lot of concept-pieces for rendering as acrylics or oils. I am working--at various speeds--on several such artbooks, at the same time I'm gathering up work to start self-publishing again. With some technical assistance Angela has been shaping up my dormant website,, for art, for self-publications under the imprints of Phantasmagoria Publications and Memnon Press, for collectable books of graphic art and other interests, etc. I have taken out an ad in Heritage Auctions' PRICE GUIDE TO COMIC ART to move an occasional original along. And I've also been active at doing tutorials via Skype, which keep me fairly occupied now that THE COMICS JOURNAL has lapsed from existence as a periodical and its website has turned to more fannish material.
I will be bringing a selection of my original oils and acrylics for display, with a lot of sketches and drawings for sale at my tables and other art for sale at auction; the full line of my Phantasmagoria books, prints and portfolios, limited-edition and otherwise; some specially attractive collectables getting cleaved from my own collection; etc.

OAFCON 2012  Guest of Honor  TERRY BEATTY

            Current artist of the PHANTOM 

                Previously Terry has worked on:

for a complete bio and pictures of his illustrations, sculptures, comics, and projects visit      

       OAFCON 2012 NOVEMBER 10-11

THE Comic Book & Nostalgia Convention returns to the Biltmore Hotel I-40 at Meridian Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for a Saturday and Sunday full of COMIC BOOKS, COMIC & FANTASY ART, MOVIE POSTERS, TOYS, SCIENCE FICTION. PULPS, OLD TIME RADIO, BIG LITTLE BOOKS, and much more! 

Admission is $5.00 per day
PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT DEALERS TABLES availability . We have a large room with many repeat dealers from all across the country. If interested in displaying your collectibles contact Bart at Tables, if available, are $60 each. 

MANY of the OKLAHOMA COMIC CREATORS GROUP will be setting up in our FREE Comic Book creators area. If you would like to be apart of our FREE space, contact us at the address above.

Call the Biltmore Hotel for room reservations:
1-800-522-6620  and ask for the Comic Book Show rate, which includes FREE breakfast for 2.

More Guests, Dealers list, Attending Fans, and other details coming soon! 

Read the 2011 archives below for reviews and pictures from last years OAFCON ....

Nov 20, 2011

OAFCON 2011 photos and testimonials !

The 2011 OAFCON is just a sweet memory to all those who attended. It was our finest show to date. Attendance was up,
almost double from 2009. It appeared most of the exhibitors had a good time buying, selling and tradeing.
Saturday was very busy with the guests and comic creators visiting with the fans and collectors most of the afternoon. 
Here are a few testimonials from OAFCON attendees:

OAFCON is sheer fun! The people couldn't be nicer -- I think we appreciate each other more than ever! -- and the goodies are many and varied, often at tempting prices. I found 30 items from the 1940s and 1950s, including two comics off my "highest priority" want list of fewer than 100 comics! It's so nice to attend a low-key convention similar to the shows that made us love comics collecting so much in the 1960s and 1970s!
Bart Bush, Robert Brown and their friends do an absolutely wonderful job. You can't beat the friendliness and enthusiasm of collectors from Oklahoma and Texas.
I drove more than 2,000 miles to attend from Northwest Washington and Bud Plant came in from Northern California, and we both agreed this is one of the highlights of our collecting year. If you've never attended an OAFCON, you have a genuine treat in store! It's also held in a convenient part of town, just off the freeway and near several good but inexpensive restaurants, and the host hotel is especially nice for the price.
 I was especially impressed with the variety of material for sale. I picked up two scarce series books and a nifty pulp with a Zorro story. In addition to comics, there were enough pulps and books at the show to entertain anyone who loves to "dig" the way I do!
All in all, OAFCON is more fun than any comic show in America. It's not the biggest, but in so many ways it's the best!
Michelle Nolan

"It was a blast talking to so many different comic creators, and I'd never seen so many Silver Age books and Underground Comix in one place.  Probably spent more than I should've, but that's part of the con experience."
Jeff Provine

As one of the founding fathers of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom, I was blown away by the latest OAFCON. Sure, it's amazing to see what 40-plus years of gravity can do to your fellow original OAFs, but even more than that, it was astounding to see the camaraderie and sense of joy and wonder that permeated the place.
I went to lunch with Mark Lamberti, whom I first met in the late '60s, I think, and it was as though we were picking up the threads of a conversation we'd started the night before -- even though we hadn't seen one another in years. All over the place, the same thing was happening. Not too get too cornball about it, but there was a great and rare feeling in that room, the same kind of feeling that made us all get together and form OAF in the first place all those years ago. We've all been down some long roads that have taken us to some very different places, but for that fleeting weekend, we were comic- and pulp-struck kids again.  
How can you put a price on that? I don't know, but five bucks was a damned bargain.
Thanks to you and Robert for a great one. 
John Wooley

Thanks for a great show. I had a blast!!!!!! 
I picked up some great stuff at the show.
Wally Stall

Bart, I took a few pictures and will send them once I’ve downloaded them.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other dealers and artists.  It was such a treat to meet Mr. Curtis, Count Gregore, Mr. & Mrs. Bender, and John Wooley and learning so much about comics.  I hope our attendance at this event will encourage the public to take advantage of the last few weeks of the Okie Cartoonists exhibit.  If anybody asks, let them know they can contact me for more $2 off admission cards.  Thanks for letting the Oklahoma History Center participate and I wish you the best of luck with the 2012 event!


The oafs gathering was great!  Three of us came together and we all agree what a great time we had and we were thrilled with some of our buys as well as the things we saw, but unfortunately some of those items were out of our price range at this time.  Oh well, maybe can  buy them next year!   Once again, thanks for putting on the show and if we can help with the show next year, please let me know. 
Dale Marlar

And what can I say about the OAF con? Well, where else can I find tables and tables of comics, toys, memorabilia, collectibles and what-not from the 1980s and before? Think I'm kidding? In just a few hours at the OAF con, I found some fanzines, convention brochures and a plastic statue of Ludwig Von Drake from the 1960s; two rare Gold Key Wacky Races comic books; a scarce book on the Hammer Films studio; a collection of Flash Gordon candy boxes; two 1940s Shadow pulp magazines; and the 1980s "Art of Al Williamson" book. Plus, I got to hear all sorts of stories about the old comic fandom and convention days from guests and customers and get to eat a great cheeseburger at a local hamburger chain. ONLY at OAF!
Rick Kelsey

 Made almost twice as much as any other show I've done and had ten times as much fun.
It was like being paid to go to a family reunion.
Greg H.

Once again I had a fantastic time at this year's OAF Convention. Highlights were that I finally found a copy of PRESIDENT EISENHOWER'S CARTOON BOOK prepared by the National Cartoonist's Society members in 1955, with a gem of a cover by Frank Frazetta. Thank you Rick Payne for this one! Always a great selection of nostalgia memorabilia!
It was fun to hang out with all the OAF guys and seeing and talking with Bart Bush, Robert Brown and artist Kenneth Smith again. Also had a great time visiting with the Heritage guys Don Mangus and Jerry Stephan who came up from Dallas. My old APA buddies were there too including John Province and his wife Roberta who flew in from California. Ike Wilson attended the convention and brought with him a big selection of original GOLDEN AGE comics from the collection of DICK SPRANG
But the guy I want to THANK for selling me all kinds of great material at this show was John Bryant, who turned up the last issue I needed of CRAZY comic mag (published by Charlton) featuring the art of BILL WARD, STEVE DITKO, BASIL WOLVERTON and others. Try to find this baby on eBay. It's not easy!
Thanks guys for putting on another fun convention and I'll be back there next year for sure.
Roger Hill

"It's the only con I bother going to anymore"
Jim Gray

Although it wasn’t what I expected, I did enjoy myself at the OAFCON.  It was cool to meet a lot of the very talented artists that are right here in Oklahoma.  Hopefully we can all do some more networking, and offer more ideas to make next year’s OAFCON even better.

The reason I've gone to the last 3 Oklahoma Collectibles shows is because of the friendly, knowledgeable people and the tremendous variety of cool vintage items -- comic books, movie stills, posters, books, toys and premiums. The prices are reasonable and oftentimes subject to negotiation, and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Highly recommended!"
Bill Schelly

With several big projects all going at once (more on that in a future email), I was hard pressed to find time to get away from the Lone Star Comics office to attend a comic show.  But come hell or high water, I was determined to attend OAF Con, the more or less annual show hosted by the Oklahoma Alliance of Fans in Oklahoma City.  This past weekend was our most recent gathering and I can tell you we ALL had a great time.  Hats off to show chairman Bart Bush for a fantastic job! The OAF show is growing—more tables, more attendees, and the best selection of comics and related memorabilia yet!  Sadly, some of my pals couldn’t make it. Eric Groves cancelled at the last minute due to business obligations. Bob Beerbohm wasn’t able to attend because of car trouble.  But for all of us that walked into the dealer’s room, it wasn’t just wall-to-wall cool stuff that greeted us. What mattered even more were our fellow fans.  I won’t name all the Texas/Oklahoma regional fans.  The list would be too long.  But I do want to mention several fans who traveled long distances to be with us—Aaron Caplan from Virginia, Michelle Nolan from Washington, Bud Plant from California, and Brett Ridgley from Arizona.  Hanging out with these folks and many others—Bart Bush, Robert Brown ace collector of everything cool, my pals Rick Kelsey and Brett Weiss from Arlington, Mark Lamberti whom I hadn’t seen in ages, and Paul McSpadden, another long time friend.  Again. I’ve left out folks, but you get the idea.  People in the end matter more than stuff, no matter how cool the stuff is, so seeing so many friends was the real icing on the cake for me.  And I just LOVE to hear collecting stories and at OAF there’s never a shortage of these.
But don’t think I spent all my time trading fandom and collecting yarns.  Not by a long shot!  I was also buying.  Because OAF Con’s focus on pre-1980s comics, I had a lot of oldies to choose from.  In the end Judy and I drove home with the car packed—and I do mean packed—with comics.  At the end of the show, after most folks had already loaded up and gone, I still had dealers waiting their turn.  Finally, when I negotiated a price for four long boxes of Silver and Golden Age, Judy said, “Where will you put them?”  Well, I can tell you, I know how to pack a vehicle.  The deal was made and those four boxes fit snugly into what had already been loaded. To tell you the truth, I bet I could have squeezed in four more boxes!

Buddy Saunders

I had a really great time at this year's OAF convention. It is so much like the friendly and exciting conventions of the early 1970s. There is unusual and cool stuff to be found, from show-and-tell goodies brought by veteran fans, to rare stuff I've never seen before. I scored a Mickey and Pluto rug and a Mickey and Minnie pillow case cover, both from the 1930s, for $100 each, along with a Little Orphan Annie and a Charlie Chan card game--and quite a bit more--from Rick Payne. He had a lot of very scarce material in nice shape. Next I found two great advertising pieces for "Fun Frosties" with Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray and a second with Andy Gump by Sidney Smith (see picture below), push those frozen treats! Both look to be drawn especially for this popsicle campaign in the 1930s.
Ike Wilson had a really nice batch of Golden Age Batman and Detective comics from the collection of Dick Sprang. I was pleased to get a Batman #81 and Detective #137 and 191, all on my want list. Each with art by Sprang. I loved his display, an entire eight foot table with just 15 or 20 issues, all beautifully laid out flat on the green covered table top. It reminded me of the kind of display we used to see before Wombats and fancy backdrops. Larry Bigman and his Dad used to sell Golden Age like that, right off the table top. 
Lots of old comics changed hands. My highlights were Amazing Mystery Funnies #3 with Bill Everett cover and two stories. Also a very rare 1938 Centaur comic, Uncle Joe's Funnies, albeit a coverless copy but, hey, for $15! Also a very sharp Marvel Mystery #71 from friend Scott McAdam. I almost pulled the trigger on an excellent Black Cat page by Lee Elias from Black Cat #5, 1946, but my fellow exhibitor and collector Greg Hunerager snagged it at the last minute.
Lone Star owner Buddy Saunders made my show, as well as that of several others dealers. Late on Sunday he painstakingly came through the show and with Judy, bought out a TON of comics and related stuff. We made a deal for about 75% of the two boxes of Gold and Silver Age comics I had brought along, so I went away with all my new acquistions paid for and quite a bit more.
An old friend Steve Schleaf, who worked for Buddy for several years at Lone Star, came by and happened to mention that there were some Planet pulps and old Burroughs hardcovers at a local Half Price Books. So after the show as over, Michelle and I drove off and got thoroughly turned around and lost in the strange highway network of Oklahoma City. However, we finally found the right Half Price store ten minutes before closing and I scored a very sharp Capt. Future and several Planet pulps in exceptional condition. You just never know!
Also had several fun chats with artist Kenneth Smith who had a great display of his paintings there. It's a special show when you can walk away from your table and not worry about losing anything, or just toss a sheet over it and go out to look for comics, like I did Saturday afternoon. Can't do that at San Diego or any of the big shows. Yet I found as much cool stuff here as at any of those shows...and generally at better prices, since most everyone is willing to bargain with you.

 Paul McSpadden showed up, and Alley Oop artist Jack Bender and his wife, and the list goes on... There will be more pictures and comments on the OAF website and Bart promises there will be a show next year. The room was 1/3 larger this year and quite impressive, quite a bit of growth from the first very small little show.

Bud Plant

And now below are some pictures from OAFcon 2011 ....