City of Dayton to host Comic-Con-type event this May

Correction: During the City Council meeting on March 15, several featured performers were mentioned, including Entertainer Kim Chi, a Korean-American drag queen, artist and television personality who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The City now says that while the performer’s name was mentioned during the meeting, Chi is not under contract and will not be invited.

Regarding the misperception, based on a video that was presented to city council, City Manager Theo Melancon apologized for any confusion it may have caused.

“I take responsibility for not being explicit that our lineup is not final and contracts were not finalized with any of celebrities shown. Amanda Wilson and staff have worked diligently to promote this event along with volunteers. Due to their work, celebrities have expressed interest in coming to Dayton. The video was meant to show a concept of what a DayGaCom event could be based on interest expressed. We are excited to bring this event to life and will work hard to put together an event that our community will embrace,” he said.

Original article:

Superheroes and villains, and a collection of other colorful characters, will be at the Dayton Community Center May 7-9 for the inaugural DayGaCom, which the City of Dayton hopes to make an annual event.

DayGaCom is a pop culture extravaganza that combines a comic book convention, also known as a comic-con, and family-friendly board games, laser tag events, wrestling matches and food trucks. Event-goers who attend comic-cons are known for cosplay, which involves dressing up as their favorite cartoon hero or villain. During the event, fans of cosplay can enter costume competitions.

However, there will be laser tag competitions and wrestling matches on the community center grounds. Six wrestling matches will be held per day. The City is working to secure wrestling legends Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Booker T to greet fans and sign autographs.

For all three nights of the event, an outdoor movie will be featured at the gazebo. A gaming truck will also provide entertainment.

For people who enjoy games, there will be tabletop and electronic game options inside the community center.

“We will have food trucks and a specialized tattoo artist who will be there showing off his art,” said Amanda Wilson, director of the Dayton Community Center.

Comic book artists with a background with DC, Marvel and other comic book publishers will also be on hand to discuss their work and sign autographs.

The City plans to use the DayGaCom event to promote its city-owned and operated $13.7 million fiber optics project called Daynet. When completed, Daynet will offer high-speed Internet to 98 percent of the residents and businesses in the city. The fiber optics system promises to provide remarkably fast upload and download speeds of 1 GB per second. The Daynet project is being funded by a municipal bond approved by Dayton City Council in 2020.

“One of the main things is having a signup drive. The goal is to get 1,000 signups before October. We want to have 1,000 people ready to go so when we have contractors in town doing the installations and putting lines into houses that we are ready to go,” Melancon said.

The City of Dayton is following the lead of Mont Belvieu, which built its own fiber optics network and operates it like any other municipal utility service. Mont Belvieu reportedly sold the Internet system to nearly a third of its residents before it was even operational.

Mont Belvieu set a high benchmark, but it’s one that Melancon hopes to meet and possibly exceed.

“If we can get to 1,000 signups by October, we will be ahead of where Mont Belvieu was at the same time. Mont Belvieu has been a superb success story. We don’t want to just mimic them. We want to beat them,” said Melancon, jokingly.

If you are interested in signing up for the fiber network in Dayton, go online to https://www.cityofdaytontx.com/daynet/index.php and complete the attached form.

For more information on Day Ga Com, email communitycenter@daytontx.org or call 936-258-6630.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I hope the churches rise up and condemn this evil event. Drag Queens are the work of the devil and the Community Center is evolved in this? Praise God I don’t live in Dayton

      • Matthew 16:24 (KJV)
        24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

        To deny yourself is to resist the temptation and seek to live according to the lords ways. You must make that commitment to yourself, in your heart, to live the way God has called you to live. Then you will live free, through Jesus, For Jesus sets the captives free from their sin.

  2. I’m thankful to hear that the city of Dayton did not extend a contract to Kim Chi. Protecting our youth from such outrages behavior is our greatest defense against the evil of our world today, were men and women of integrity stand up for that which is good and righteous in the eyes of our Lord.

  3. Wow GW, WOW. As one of the more prominent Drag Entertainers of Dayton I must ask you to refrain from slandering people you do not know. I can’t speak for other city’s but as for Dayton, we are involved in many aspects of representation and civic minded behavior. Perhaps it is your judgement that is ungodly.

    • I am not judging you. You can do what you want, but don’t try to tell my kids that that behavior is perfectly normal. I did not write Gods law, He did, If you don’t like it, take it up with him.

  4. GW, I wouldn’t dream of telling you what to find acceptable for YOUR kids, maybe you shouldn’t either. And as a Roman Catholic, I read the Bible regularly, and it says NOTHING about drag. But since the commands of The Bible, I would stay away from shelfish, wearing leather and cotton, processed foods, polyester, no work on Sunday, oh and “Judge not lest ye be judged” Maybe you should turn your judgement inward, I reckon it would be useful to judge your own life before you judge others.

    • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV)
      9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
      10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

      That word Effeminate means girly boys

      Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV)
      5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

      So yes Jason, the bible has a lot to say about drag. You should read it more often.

  5. GW, crossdressing isn’t mentioned in Corinthians, so 1 example. Good for you. Again though, I ask, how “in order is your house that you have time to judge others. You need The Golden Rule sir.

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