Indy Pop Con 2014 Overview
Regular readers will notice that for the past week (or more, actually) our website has been filled with a lot of convention related stuff. That’s because last weekend we attended the inaugural Indy Pop Con!
The people behind Pop Con are basically a bunch of fellow nerds, who are from Indianapolis, IN. They care about putting on a great convention, listen to the fans, and genuinely want to know what we think. This, in my opinion, is very important, because they are not just some faceless company who manage many cons.
I found out about Pop Con right when they officially announced it last year, and was immediately excited for it. They even had some small events leading up to the con, and the ‘Awkward Geeks’ attended all of those as well (for example: eBash and Gaming Night). Also, don’t let the local talk make you think that this is just a small local convention. It’s not. This is a good sized con, and is meant for geeks & nerds from all over.
They had a lot of wonderful media guests, ones I’m sure you know well. Actors; Ron Glass (Firefly), Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who, The Hobbit), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy), and more. Voice Actors; John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time), and Eric Stuart (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh). Musical Guests; Paul & Storm, The Harp Twins, and Five Year Mission. Comic creators & Illustrators; Kevin Eastman, Dave Dorman, Norm Breyfogle, Tom Bancroft, and many more.
PopCon also had a wonderful collection of vendors, and artists. You could find all kinds of collectibles, comics, games, art work, all in your favorite fandoms, and some wonderful creators with unique art & comics as well.
We got to enjoy some fun Q&A’s with the celebrities, each of them were great, and simply wonderful with their fans. We attended Joel Hodgson’s one man show Riffing Myself, he discussed his quest into ventriloquism, creating MST3K, and did some riffing with the assistance of Paul & Storm. There were amazing concerts, after parties, live podcasts, a cosplay contest, kid friendly activities, and so many things to explore and enjoy. Such as the 24 hour gaming room, Respawn Point, where you could play video and board games. They even had a geek museum, filled with classic comics (Action Comics #1!), and collectibles. WhoNA was also there, with the WhoNAtion experience for Doctor Who fans to enjoy!
This first year convention was run far more smoothly than most others, but of course there were a few bumps here and there. Nothing major, really. There were very few complaints from attendees, everyone seemed to enjoy their experience, and there were many first time con goers who came out for this one. I hope vendors, who may not have done well, keep in mind that even though some people may not have purchased anything from them at the con, they may have still enjoyed what they saw, took a business card, and will remember them in the future (I do this often).
Want to know more details about what you missed? Make sure to take a look at all of our Pop Con coverage!
Check out the slider below for some pictures we took at the convention. (We have another post with some of the cosplay pictures)