Eat at Arni's Saturday & Sunday, show your LaffyCon Wristband and get 10% off!

Arnold “Arni” Cohen opened the doors to the flagship restaurant in 1965 at Market Square Shopping Center in Lafayette. Originally seating a little over 100 people, within 10 years Arni’s at Market Square was one of the largest and most successful restaurants in Indiana, with seating for almost 500 patrons.

The company is now owned by Arni’s 2 sons, Kurt and Brad Cohen. Arni Cohen was a board member of the Indiana Restaurant Association and was elected to the Indiana Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Arni’s operates 18 restaurants throughout Central and Southern Indiana, as well as Linarco Distributing Company, a food production and distribution facility.



Andy Korty graduated from Central Catholic in art, moved on to the University of St. Francis graduating in Fine/commercial art focusing in illustration (and was just a few credits short from minoring in philosophy). During that time he worked a comic strip called Fred & Jesse with Aaron Minier and a comic strip with Don Clemmer called For Real. He has done freelance fine art and commercial art. He has also worked in newsprint and signage.

He has a beautiful and loving wife, Kristin, an enthusiastic daughter, Anna, and a son,Vincent, who likes to spit up on him. They all live in a big creepy house.







Have your picture taken with them at our free photo booth on Saturday from 12PM-4PM and Sunday all day! 

To Promote Interest in Star Wars
While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas's modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.

To Facilitate the Use of Costumes
Some fans are content to collect action figures...other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there's nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.

To Contribute
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism. Read more about our charity work here.


Originally named BlueMoon Comics, the business opened in 1991. After a few changes in ownership, it was renamed BlueMoon Comics Strikes Back. Now at it's current location of 20 1/2 South 16th Street, it is owned by Joe Fickle and Geoff Perry. After being long time customers, Joe and Geoff purchased the store.  From the mainstream titles to independent books, they have strived to make it have Lafayette's best selection of comics.

The store has strived to offer a selection of everything comic-related, from trade-paperbacks, toys, statues, DVDs, and other assorted merchandise. Blue Moon Comics Strikes Back offers customers a subscription service and are prepared to search for hard-to-find books. Blue Moon Comics Strikes Back desires to offer the best service possible and an atmosphere that is inviting to the casual shopper as well as their dedicated customer.

Feel free to come in, browse, hang-out, and talk comics, in a place where you feel like a friend, not just a consumer. With your support, Blue Moon Comics Strikes Back can serve your needs for many years as:




Brandon Michael Barker is an artist and writer living in West Lafayette, Indiana, a fact that he sincerely requests not be counted against his character.  He's a really nice guy.  Really.  He is owner of ManOrMonster? Studios and the creator of WARLORDS OF WOR.  He likes odd toys, bad movies, good comics and hair metal.  He lives contentedly with his wife and his dogs in a house with a yard that desperately requires some professional help.
Brought up in the early 80s on a healthy diet of action cartoons and superhero comics, he developed an early fascination with heroism and myth in the modern age; themes he continues to explore throughout his art, while maintaing in it a fair amount of nostalgic charm and whimsy. 








Brian K Morris is a freelance writer, novelist, editor, independent publisher, comics scripter, and former mortician's assistant. A recent escapee from Illinois, his work has been seen in BACK ISSUE Magazine, Hogan's Alley, The Jack Kirby Collector, The Krypton Companion, Celebration Comics, and other publications too obscure to mention. He's the editor-in-chief at Silver Phoenix Entertainment and has recently released his fifth novel, THE ORIGINAL SKYMAN BATTLES THE MASTER OF STEAM, based on the comics character. He lives in Lafayette with his wife Cookie, no children, no pets, and too many comic books.




Cameron Kotterman currently works as a cover artist and illustrator for InBeon Studios, for comic book the series "Hail Odin." I have had the amazing opportunity to work on various projects with Marvel's own John Tyler Christopher, specifically Hasbro's latest Marvel Legends Action Figure Series. On the side he works as a freelance illustrator and animator.







CosAwesome Studios is a Lafayette, Indiana based group of costume builders, models, and cosplayers.

Our mission is to spread the awesomeness that is cosplay and costuming. 

We enjoy having fun in costume, which includes parties, cons, photo shoots, charity events, and holidays.









Cory Hamscher is the co-creator of VanBreed Studios first comic, The Sword of Freyja. Cory is the penciler and inker on the book as well.

Previously he was the penciler & inker on Supreme for Image Comics, as well as the inker on Avengers Academy for Marvel. Cory’s past work includes runs on X-Men Forever, The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool Corps, Skaar Son of Hulk, Chaos War: Dead Avengers, Fear Itself, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Mar. Adv. Fantastic Four, G.I.JOE, G.I.JOE vs Transformers and G.I.JOE: Frontline.







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The Doom Room will be hosting the following gaming this year:

  • 5 Minute Dungeon - All Day!
    • Put together a team of 4 or battle it out on your own! Winners will be chosen by who defeats all bosses fastest or who gets the farthest!
  • 12:00PM Settler of Catan
    •  Winners from all games will battle it out in a champion's round!
    • 2:00PM Super Smash Bros
      • Bracket style tournament!
    • 3:00PM Mario Kart
      • Bracket style tournament!

    The Doom Room is Lafayette, IN's finest booking for metal, punk, hard rock, and all genres in between. The Doom Room will be hosting the Official LaffyCon After Party Saturday Night (April 1st) at Jerilee's Pub (21 and Up). Con goers receive $2 off the door by showing their LaffyCon Wristband.

    The Doom Room records high definition footage of every band we book. Are you interested in getting your band recorded with professional grade cameras? We can help!

    For booking, contact, or fill out this form:


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    Extra Life is a charity organization of gamers that raises money for the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) of hospitals, which consists of over 170 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.  Our guild raises money for Riley Children's Hospital, the only CMN hospital in Indiana.  More information about our organization can also be found at







    We specialize ONLY in 1966 BATMOBILE ® Replicas, so we are not distracted by other projects. Our dedicated team of ten people work six days a week to complete your car. The replica artisans at Fiberglass Freaks are happy to receive you at our shop at any time, and when you call us, you are talking directly with the builders. We give you regular progress reports, so you know exactly what is happening on your car.




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    Have your picture taken with them at our free photo booth on Saturday from 12PM-4PM and Sunday all day! 

    Established in 2007, the Finest is the premier G.I. Joe costuming group in the world, with hundreds of members across the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Finest is comprised of costume enthusiasts who portray various G.I. Joe, Cobra, and Dreadnok characters at comic and pop-culture conventions worldwide. Members of the Finest assist local communities and participate in parades, children’s events, and charity projects that typically support military and veteran organizations, including the annual Girls of the Finest charity calendar.


    The Finest promotes a strong sense of community among our members and we maintain a standard of high-quality costumes. Our members strive to recreate the uniforms of their favorite characters with as much realistic detail as possible. Members of the Finest can be found each year at a variety of comic and pop culture conventions, including the International G.I. Joe Collectors Convention (JoeCon), DragonCon, and all major comic conventions in New York City, San Diego, Phoenix, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and dozens more!


    The Finest recognizes that G.I. Joe is the licensed property of Hasbro. The Finest is not affiliated with Hasbro in any way.




    Saturday Only from 11AM-2PM The Guac Box will make an appearance at LaffyCon featuring their Tex-Mex Cuisine! Bring some extra mula and an appetite!









    John Tyler Christopher is a Harvey Award nominated illustrator from Lafayette, In. His work has appeared on the covers of MARVEL’s Avengers Solo: Hawkeye, Star Wars, Figment, New Mutants, Annihilators: Earthfall, Dark Avengers, Spider-man, Venom; and the 50th Anniversary Spider-man Encyclopedia.

    Other covers appear on Top Cow’s Witchblade and Artifacts as well as DC’s Voodoo. It can also be found in both table-top and video games, as well as film and television. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and waxing intellectually about the shear awesomeness of the Gorn.







    Journey Into Comics is a podcast dedicated to everything nerd, and has been streaming to the masses since 2014. Hosted by Nate Phillips and Branden Stone, Journey Into Comics has surpassed 100 episodes and is available on podcast services such as iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, and Google Play Music.

    Journey Into Comics will be hosting LaffyCon's 2 Day Event this year as our official MCs and hosting all of our panels on stage throughout the event! 





    Located in Market Square, Legendary Games provides a full line of Board Games, Trading Card Games, Role-Playing Games, Miniatures, and Accessories. We offer Magic: The Gathering tournaments 7 days a week with the BEST prize support in the area. Our experienced staff can help you choose the right game for you and your family. Want to demo a board game before you buy, or need some help building or testing your MTG deck? Come on in - we are here to help! 
    Legendary Games pays the most for your MTG cards, and we are always buying!




    Indiana's largest public pinball arcade with 25+ pinball machines and about a dozen vintage arcade games. Located  in Downtown Lafayette (642 Main St, Lafayette, Indiana). Main Street Amusments will be providing SkyCurser (arcade game) at our Con available for play!  Skycurser Developers will be on-site talking telling our con goers about the game! 

    WHAT IS SKYCURSER-"SKYCURSER” is a 1 or 2 player co-op horizontal, meat-on-metal, shoot ‘em up (shmup) that is in active development for JAMMA compatible arcade cabinets. Strong influences on the game include Id Software’s Doom, Nazca’s Metal Slug, Namco’s Splatterhouse, James Cameron’s The Terminator and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In this game, a lone pilot in a one of a kind airplane battles humans, animals, and machines infected by a plague-like disease emitted from a star. The goal of the pilot is to survive waves of enemies by “bursting” them open in spectacularly gory fashion with a brutal yet practical arsenal of weapons – machine gun, shotgun and katana blade. In order to progress the storyline, the pilot must remain untouched by enemy objects. The game ends either by the death of the pilot or destroying the source of the infection.





    Matt Skillern is an illustrator focused on comic book artwork, with a fine arts background. He is able to work in different types of style and media. He has designed logos, t-shirts, CD and DVD covers, built and sculpted props, costume design, created built action figures, portraits, personal commission illustrations, decks of playing cards, sketch covers, and of course comic books and comic covers. He is also the creator of the COMIC a creator owned and self-published series released through his Skillful Studios label and base of operations. Recently, he created some art for the novel called Cinder: The Organics written by Topher Kearby. Currently, he is working on the next issue of the COMIC, and will launch The Super Five podcast later this year with brother from the same mother Kevin Skillern.





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    Mrs Kraken invitation to discuss all things horror including games, movies, and literature as you play a round of Never Ending Dread or another of their games on demand. Be sure to hang around to try and outlast the other attendees at Trivia at 5 and take home a prize. Question is “what’s in that box?!?”

    Our Story...

    Life is full of dreams. They drift to us from unknown depths to tantalize and thrill. Once in a while they hold us in their clutches and drive us on as if searching for the source of some siren song as we sail through our days. An eerie melody that sticks in our minds and plays over and over until it finds its full prose.

    A great friend of ours had a dream of an annual gaming event spectacular. One held on the most hallowed of eves and meant to be an experience our close group of friends would share forever. Something more than the standard D&D fare we all had come to love. No... this would be a haunting and interactive experience with props and madness and mystery and storytelling which would inspire. Our Halloween game was born and it did inspire.

    Years later, as our group grew and shifted, that melody changed too. It became a chant. A chorus for something bigger. Something bolder. Something downright scary! We wanted as many people as possible to share in our fantastic fun. A convention with monsters and movies. A convention with games and grandeur. We want fire breathers, zombie marching bands, a game of Dread with Stephen King, maddening movies that make you yell "don't open that door!" Haunted houses you have to puzzle out an escape, pandemonium and partying. The song goes on and on. 

    n 2020 this apparition will manifest and you are invited to sing with us. To chant her name and call her forth. Our mistress of the deep. the sultry and maddening whisper which must be heard to be known. Join us in making it a scream and come see what Mrs Kraken Presents.... when she presents all things horror and gaming in the convention event of a lifetime... and perhaps eons and eons beyond.


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    Kevin Tracy is an artist best known for his pixel art masterpiece graphic novel series, The MSPaint Comic; which is created almost entirely in the Windows XP version of Microsoft Paint. He also typically has unique pixel art prints and non-digital art he brings with him to conventions. Kevin Tracy is a United States Air Force veteran and former counterterrorism analyst.




    Visit with Stephan Bowels and check out his collection of comics!




    Show your LaffyCon Wristband on Saturday and get 20% of your entire order at Richelle's!


    Richelle In A Handbasket can help you give the perfect gift to that special person in your life. Our gift shop is located in Lafayette, Indiana bringing joy to the Lafayette, Indiana community. We create homemade treats, gift baskets & custom gifts that allow you to show how much you care. Some of our sweets include truffles, chocolate bark, s’mores, buckeyes, pretzel squares, caramel pecan patties, scone mix, shortbread mix, biscuit mix and amazing caramel corn. We also have our own coffee blend that the Lafayette, IN community enjoys. We proudly work with local craftsmen and small business owners to bring items that are handcrafted into our gift baskets. We create themed gift baskets and boxes, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts that are custom to your needs. Show someone you truly care with some sweet chocolate treats or a custom gift basket. Visit Richelle In A Handbasket today!




    Second Flight Books (located in Market Square) will be hosting "Summer Steam for Girls Demo Day" SATURDAY from 10AM-3PM. 

    The community is invited to a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) demo day for young girls (and boys)! Various activities and products will be on display for Greater Lafayette girls to experiment with, test out and experience. There’s no cost to participate! Simply enjoy the hands-on activities and meet local innovators! Demo day booth activities include: Explore Interactive, featuring a gamified STEM App, Codelicious, providing hardware innovation & STEM career activities, Scribfolio, featuring their draw pad encouraging artistic imagination, Purdue Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization, providing hands-on chemistry demos Second Flight Books provides attendees the opportunity to find new books and activity sets. Paige Daniels, author & editor of the Brave New Girls book series, will debut the newest book in the series “Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack," This event is open to the community and children of all ages, but is geared towards girls 8-12 years old. A reading of “Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack" will take place at 1pm inside Second Flight Books. Open event with provided activities and water. Attendees are encouraged to visit all booths. Those who visit all booths will be entered to win various prizes. No food will be provided. Parents are asked to remain with their children and participate in activities. LaffyCon will take place in the same plaza, be sure to visit them and their activities as well!







    Laffycon will have a free photobooth all weekend long! Saturday get your pictures taken by S. Rhoades Photography from 12PM-4PM. Sunday have your pictures taken by Jess from 12PM-5PM. Photos will be posted to our Official Facebook page after the event!








    Robert DeJesus makes his first appearance at Laffycon this year! He has worked for Antarctic Press, Radio Comix, Wayforward, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hasbro, HarperCollins, and PlayStation Magazine. Be sure to stop by his booth!







    Wabash Paranormal Research Society (WPRS) consists of a team of dedicated investigators who bring professionalism, personality, and confidentiality to each case we investigate. We understand that it is tough to call someone like us, and we respect your right to privacy. Some of our investigators have lived with paranormal activity and can identify with others who may be dealing with the same situation. Our goal is to document, and hopefully someday scientifically prove the existence of the paranormal.

    We take what we do seriously, and are here to assist people who are experiencing unusual, frightening, or seemingly unexplainable events. When we are invited into your home or business, you can expect to meet a professional team who will respect both your property and your privacy, as well as understand the fact that you may be frightened and confused. We will listen to your experiences and concerns. Then we will set up equipment and begin trying to recreate and debunk personal experiences in an attempt to find good evidence either for or against paranormal activity. We will document and analyze all of our findings during your investigation and attempt to determine the true nature of the activity. We will then share our findings with you and come to a conclusion. We will then help you to understand some of the nature of the problem supplying you with the information to understand why this is happening and how little danger is actually involved. WPRS hopes that through scientific research and a common sense approach, we can achieve a better understanding of this phenomena.

    All findings presented to our clients and shown on our website have been analyzed by WPRS members. We make every attempt to identify and explain everything we find that is questionable. We only present to our clients what can not be explained by natural or man-made occurrences. WPRS feels that skepticism, common sense and an open mind is essential when researching and investigating the paranormal and that all reasonable explanations should be ruled out prior to declaring an experience to be paranormal in nature.

    We do this free of charge.



    Wulfgar Weapons is a Professional Prop - Design and Fabrication shop where customer satisfaction and commitment comes first. We work in the realms of film, theater, cosplay, and music videos.Located in Lafayette, Indiana we are willing to travel and ship world wide. 

    Wulfgar Weapons is made of a team of like-minded professional artists, dedicated to producing top of the line prop weapons. Our team consists of Costumers, Gamers, Illustrators, Sculptors, Set- Builders, Actors, Models, and Photographers.