Indy Pop Con 2018 Preview

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This weekend Indy Pop Con comes once again to Indianapolis, less than two months in the wake of the Indiana Comic Con in April. To the inexperienced con-goer, there may seem like little distinction between the two.

The key difference to keep in mind is one of specificity. There are a lot of conventions out there for niche genres. Comic Con is for comics and comic-related fun. Pop Con is for basically anything else you can think of that falls under the umbrella of pop culture. There are a wide variety of fandoms out there. But no matter what you’re a fan of – from podcasts, television and video games, to manga, anime, and yes, comics too – you’ll find something to love at Indy Pop Con.

Putting the Creators First

If there is a unifying theme to Indy Pop Con, it’s the emphasis on the creators. With the rise of self-publishing, and the ease of sharing art on the internet, creators have more freedom now than ever. And conventions are just another tool that they can use to reach out to their fans, and find new ones.

During Indy Pop Con, the Exhibition Hall will be filled with dozens and dozens of artists, vendors, and other creators. There’ll be podcasters, YouTube stars, cosplayers, gamers, and more. Be sure to engage with any creator whose work you find interesting, compelling, or fun. It may seem like a small gesture, but even a quick, “Hey, I really like this” can go a long way.

Celebrities & Special Guests

Every year, Indy Pop Con brings in celebrity guests to speak on panels, sign photographs and other memorabilia, and take pictures with fans. This year’s lineup should be especially promising for fans of Game of Thrones. Both Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) are booked to appear. Ross Mullan (White Walker) will also be there.

Marvel fans will be pleased to learn that Pom Klementieff (Mantis, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will be attending.

Other celebrities include Tara Reid (Sharknado, American Pie), Jason Faunt (Power Rangers Time Force), and Levar Burton (Star Trek: TNG, Reading Rainbow).

2018 Show Floor Schedule

Indy Pop Con this year runs from Friday, June 8th – Sunday the 10th at the Indiana Convention Center. the Convention Center opens at noon on Friday, and 9:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s a quick overview of the show floor schedule for the weekend. Keep in mind, this is only for the con as a whole. The full schedule of events, panels, and guests is too long to list here.

Friday

1:00 pm – Opening Ceremony, Main Stage.

1:30 pm- Show Floor opens for VIP.

2:00 pm- Show Floor opens.

8:00 pm – Show Floor closes, after hours activities begin.

12:00 am – Show closes.

Saturday

9:30 am – Show Floor opens for VIP.

10:00 am – Show Floor opens.

6:00 pm – Show Floor closes, after hours activities begin.

12:00 am – Show closes.

Sunday

9:30 am – Show Floor opens for VIP.

10:00 am – Show Floor opens.

5:00 pm – Show closes.

 

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you can do so through the Indy Pop Con website here. For families, kids 10 and under can attend for free. Single-day passes are $30, with the exception of Saturday, which is $40. A three-day pass will cost you $60, and the VIP passes are $150 for full, three-day access.

 

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