The Reno Pop Culture Con team is hard at work building this year’s tantalizing attractions spanning hundreds of thousands of square feet at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. If you’re a comic buff or pop culture aficionado, this is the fall event you won’t want to miss. Reno Pop Culture Con is a three-day, family friendly extravaganza of pop culture entertainment.

This event has something for folks of all ages. The little ones will be delighted to hear the voices that bring to life their favorite Disney Princesses like Jasmine and Ariel (Linda Larkin and Jodi Benson, respectively). Bring the older kids to meet the voices behind some of their favorite anime characters from popular shows like Teen Titans Go, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Muppet Babies, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Pop culture icon Val Kilmer, known for his roles as Iceman in Top Gun, Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s The Doors and Doc Holliday in Tombstone, will be appearing Saturday and Sunday. No pop culture con would be complete without an appearance by someone, anyone, of Star Wars notoriety. Say what’s up to Darth Maul himself, known in real life as Ray Park. Have your picture taken with Daniel Logan, young Bobba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones, or K-2SO, the snarky droid from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, played by Alan Tudyk.

COSPLAYED OUT: Participants in the 2018’s Pop Culture Con in Denver, Colorado give us a sneak peek into what’s to come at this year’s Reno version. Photo by Tara Haubner

Throughout the weekend, fans will be able to meet celebrity guests, show off unique costumes, talk with favorite authors, and shop for souvenirs. The Reno Pop Culture Con is also a one-stop-shop for showcasing and learning how to build costumes and props from the professionals themselves. Meet the artists behind the cover art of some of the most popular comics like GI Joe: A Real American Hero, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pinky and the Brain, He-Man and She-Ra, Green Lantern, The Flash, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, and Archie.

The Costume Celebration is a time to enjoy the creativity and hard work of costuming, and it’s open for everyone to enjoy. Regardless of skill level, age, interpretations, and orientation, the Costume Celebration allows a space for all fans to come together and appreciate the art of costume making.

At the celebrity summit, photo and autograph opportunities abound. Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest stars from sci-fi and fantasy cinematography. Throughout the weekend there will be celebrity Q&A sessions, panels, and surprise visits from fan favorites. The convention will also have an artists’ valley and an author valley: designated spaces to meet artists and authors, publishers, and buy original pieces.

Swing by the Merchant Mesa for endless shopping opportunities with hundreds of booths and tables dedicated to all kinds of souvenirs. There will be parties, mixers, and events to attend throughout the weekend.


INFO: Nov. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Reno-Sparks Convention Center