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About Us:

Nathan O'Brien



In 2006 I moved to Spokane from Whidbey Island, WA. Since then I've made it my goal to bring a slice of the comic book & pop culture world to the Inland Northwest. As a freelance artist it's also been a personal goal of mine to support local businesses & provide an affordable event for all ages.


Nathan O'Brien

Founder & Coordinator


Credits:​ Founder of Lilac City Entertainment  

Lilac City Comicon 

Founder & Coordinator

Spokane, WA 

Est. 2007

Halloween X-SPO

Founder & Coordinator

Spokane, WA

Est. 2017 formerly Lake City Comicon

Our Scholarship! 

Est 2019 


In 2016 the Northwest comic community lost a dear friend with the passing of local artist Jesse Acosta.

Jesse was a longtime exhibitor at both Lilac City and Spokane Comicons, and was a founding member of the Spokane Comicsmiths' Guild.

To honor Jesse and his contributions to our community, the Lilac City Comicon and Lake City Comicon have established a Graphic Design scholarship in his name at his Alma Mater, Spokane Falls Community College aka SFCC.

In September 2020 we were able to award 3 incoming Freshman at SFCC as the first recipients of this scholarship! In September of 2021 we were able to award 1 incoming Freshman with the scholarship. Special Thanks to everyone's contributions!  

Want to Contribute? You can email us:

Sprocket The Comic-Cat!

Our Mascot


Created in 2014 by local artist Matt Brazee & Lilac City Comicon Founder Nathan O'Brien based on Nathan's real life cat, Edward. Sprocket flies around & protects an alternate reality of Spokane, WA. Even though Sprocket was created as the mascot for Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, WA, Sprocket is known to been seen in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for Lake City Comicon year after year. 

Sprocket has had 5 self titled comics self published via Kickstarter from 2014-2018. These comics are very valuable and rare. If you already own a copy then you are rich beyond any dollar value. 

First Appearance: Sprocket The Comic-Cat #1 (2014) by Matt Brazee.

Our History:

Sprocket The Cat Theme Song by Kirby Kra
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18th annual
June 1st & 2nd, 2024


Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Emily Swallow (Actor), Tait Fletcher (Actor), Sgt. Slaughter (WWE HOF Wrestler), Dmitrious Bistrevsky (Actor), Stephanie Nadalody (Voice Actor), Erica Schroeder (Voice Actor), Sam De La Rosa (Artist), Javan Jordan (Artist), David Hahn (Artist), Joanie Brosas (Cosplayer), Beverly of Downen (Cosplayer), Have a Cow Leatherworks (Cosplayer), Tom Cook (Artist), Amy O'Neill (Actor), KITT (screen used vehicle). 

Attendance: 10,014


17th annual
June 10th & 11th, 2023


Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Veronica Taylor (Voice Actor), Ross Marquand (Actor), Misty Rosas (Actor), Dorian Kingi (Actor), Neil Kaplan (Voice Actor), Melanie Kohn (Voice Actor), The Honky Tonk Man (WWE HOF), Ryan Benjamin (Artist), Alex Sinclair (Artist), Leila Del Duca (Artist), Jacen Burrows (Artist), Boogaloo Shrimp (Actor), Arabella Federico (Author), Venator Impala (Supernatural Car), Crypticsoda (Cosplay Guest), Ashley & Ava Greer (Cosplay), Captain Boones (Cosplay) & The Worlds Tallest Spartan (Cosplay).

Attendance: 9,679


16th annual
June 4th & 5th, 2022


Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Booker T (WWE HOF), Ricco Fajardo (Voice Actor), Alyson Kiperman Sullivan (Actor), Daniel Cudmore (Actor), Scott Koblish (Artist), Tab Murphy (Screenwriter), Nolan Harris (Artist), Optimus Prime (Screen Used Vehicle), Dezcreepcore (Cosplay Guest), Ara Gotham (Artist), Brandy Seistrup (Artist), Kyra (Cosplay Guest), Batcycle (Replica Vehicle), Courtney Davis (Author), Andy Owens (Artist), Kyle Pacek (Actor), Ashley & Ava Greer (Cosplay Guests).

Attendance: 8,126


15th annual
October 2nd & 3rd, 2021


Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Jon Heder (Actor), Cesar Carcia (Actor), James O'Barr (Artist), Freddie Williams II (Artist), Carla Perez (Actor), Russell Hodgkinson (Actor), James Mulligan (Artist), Mark Dodson (Actor), Gary Martin (Artist), Bre Gotham (Artist), Maddeningly Hatted (Cosplay), Tom Cook (Artist) & Ashely Greer (Cosplay Guest).

Our 2020 Annual Show was canceled due to the Pandemic.

Attendance: 4,226


13th annual

June 1st & 2nd, 2019


Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Chris Kattan (actor), Tracy Lynn Cruz (actor), Christopher Khayman Lee (actor), Kirby Krackle (musician), "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (HOF Wrestler), Falk Hentschel (actor), Ben Templesmith (artist), Bernard Chang (artist), Blacky Shepherd (artist), Jacen Burrows (artist), Alkali Layke (cosplay), Zabracus (cosplay), Jenn Vaughn (artist), Tom Cook (artist),  The Honest Cosplayer (cosplay), Alli White (artist), BH Cosplay (cosplay), John Delaney (artist), Alex Wer aka the Pumpkin Geek (artist). 

Attendance: 7,402


12th annual 

June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA

Notable Guests: Lou Ferrigno (actor), Daniel Logan (actor), Michelle Harrison (actor), Johnny Yong Bosch (actor), Blake Foster (actor), Timothy Zahn (writer), Mike Grell (artist), Ron Randall (artist), Keith Tucker (artist), Tom Cook (artist), Kate Pasino (cosplay). 

Attendance: 7,112


11th annual 

June 3rd & 4th, 2017

Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Tim Russ (actor), Jeremy Howard (actor), Sandi Sellner (actor), Jonboy Meyers (artist), Jeremy Colwell (artist), Isaac Marion (writer), Georgia Ball (writer), Clint Young's 1966 Batmobile (replica vehicle), Mark Carr (actor), Doug Dawson (actor), Brian C. Baer (writer), Chris Martin aka Selfie Dad (media guest), Jerikandra & Abi Sue (cosplay guests).


Attendance: 6,103


10th annual 

May 14th, 2016

Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (artist), Bernard Chang (artist), Adam the Woo (Media Guest of Honor), Russell Hodgkinson (actor), Alkali Layke (Cosplay Guest of Honor), Dan Parsons (artist), Brett Weldele (artist), Rayce Bird (artist), Blacky Shepherd (artist), Jacob Bear (artist), Alaska Mauve (Cosplay), Patrick Blaine (artist), Annie Libertini (artist), Zack Davission (writer).


Attendance: 5,310


9th annual 

May 30th, 2015

Location: Spokane Convention Center. Spokane, WA

Spokane Comicon rebranded to Lilac City Comicon


Notable Guests: Steve Cardenas (Red Power Ranger), David Marquez (artist), Scott Koblish (artist), Rayce Bird (make up fx artist), Rick Hoberg (artist), Brett Weldele (artist), Ryan Wells (Cosplay Guest of Honor), The Cast of Syfy television show "Z Nation".


Attendance: 4,225


8th annual 

May 31st, 2014

Location: Spokane Community College. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Alex Sinclair (artist), Matthew Clark (artist), Stephen Sadowski (artist), Jesse Lagers (Heroes of Cosplay), Kirby Krackle (Nerd Rock Band), Clayton Crain (artist)


Attendance: 2,016


7th annual 

June 1st, 2013

Location: Spokane Community College. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Rayce Bird (make up fx artist), Pia Guerra (artist), Colton Worley (artist)


Attendance: 1,675


6th annual 

May 19th, 2012

Location: Spokane Community College. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Tyler Kirkham (artist), Michael Avon Oeming (artist), Clayton Crain (artist), Thomas Cook (artist)


Attendance: 1,351


5th annual 

May 21st, 2011

Location: Spokane Community College. Spokane, WA 


Notable Guests: Dan Panosian (artist), Dave Johnson (artist), Charlie Schmidt (artist)


Attendance: 1,306


4th annual 

May 22nd, 2010

Location: Spokane Community College


Notable Guests: John Layman (writer), Chad Hardin (artist), Dustin Weaver (artist)


Attendance: 1,012


3rd annual 

May 30th, 2009

Location: Spokane Falls Community College. Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Art Thibert (artist), Steve Lieber (artist), Paul Guinan (artist)


Attendance: 754


2nd annual 

June 7th, 2008

Location: Gonzaga University Globe Room, Cataldo Hall.

Spokane, WA


Notable Guests: Clayton Crain (artist), Andy Owens (artist)


Attendance: 523


1st Inaugural

May 26th, 2007

Location: Gonzaga University Globe Room, Cataldo Hall. 

Spokane, WA

Originally Billed as Spokane Comicon from 2007-2014.


Notable Guests: Matthew Clark (artist), Margo Kidder (actor) 


Attendance: 313


June 7th & 8th, 2025

Your Friendly Neighborhood Pop Culture Show Since 2007!

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Spokane Convention Center | Spokane, WA 
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

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