Captain’s Comic Expo to host creators of “Batgirl,” “Dead Pool” and others

Babs Tarr, a Mount Pleasant native, is the illustrator of DC’s “Batgirl” series.

One of the largest comic book showcases in the Lowcountry returns for its eighth year at the Omar Shrine Temple this weekend. Captain’s Comic Expo, hosted by Captain’s Comics and Toys in Summerville, is a local collector’s paradise with more than a million comic books from the 1930s through the present.

But it’s also a celebration of the Holy City’s emerging comic book culture with costuming, action figures, fan art and a chance to meet several professionals in the comic book industry. They include Mount Pleasant native Babs Tarr, who’s now the illustrator of DC Entertainment’s “Batgirl” series; artist/writer Phil Jimenez, who has worked on “Wonder Woman,” “Infinite Crisis” and others; as well as Shawn Crystal, best known for his work on “Deadpool” and “Arkham Manor.”

Captain’s Comics also is bringing good news to the event this year. It announced earlier this month that its second store will open in Mount Pleasant at 1256 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in March.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $10 per day; $15 for two-day pass

More info: www.captainscomicexpo.com