Pop-Cul­ture Con­ven­tion Planned At Modesto Cen­tre Plaza In July

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The group of comic and pop-cul­ture lov­ing geeks who hosted the NorCal Cosies Red Car­pet Cos­play Awards, and the first Na­tional Cos­play Day Cel­e­bra­tion, is now plan­ning an ‘all things geek­ery’ con­ven­tion. The fes­tiv­i­ties are sched­uled for July 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.modesto­con. bpt.me and lo­cal comic and games shops around the re­gion.

The city of Modesto has earned its fame as the home of geek cul­ture icons such as Ge­orge Lu­cas (known for “Amer­i­can Graf­fiti” and the “Star Wars” saga) and “Mar­vel’s Avengers” star Jeremy Ren­ner (Hawk­eye), as well as “Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer” and “An­gel” star James Marsters (Spike). The city of Modesto is the first city to of­fi­cially cel­e­brate “May the 4th be with you” as an city hol­i­day, ev­ery May 4th in honor of Yoda’s epic line, “May the Force be with you.”

The cos­play, anime, comic, and all-around geek cul­ture is ripe in Modesto. It grows, or­ga­niz­ers said, as fer­vently as the re­gion’s al­monds. Mod-Con hopes to fur­ther the cul­ture of geek­ery, to ed­u­cate the pub­lic in all as­pects of geek­ery, to pro­vide fun, safe events for fam­i­lies to at­tend, to ex­pand down­town busi­ness, and to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness. This is a fam­ily-friendly event, at only $4 a ticket in ad­vance, $5 at the door, you can af­ford to bring the whole fam­ily.

Mod-Con has al­ready an­nounced sev­eral pan­els such as “Cos­play 101”, “Self-Im­age In Comics” led by Chunky Girl Comics, “L.A.R.P. 101”, “Start­ing a Comic Se­ries”, and more. There will be a cos­tume con­test as well as The Geek Fash­ion Show.

Spe­cial guests will in­clude Doug Jones, long re­mem­bered for his work as The Sil­ver Surfer in “Fan­tas­tic Four Rise of the Sil­ver Surfer” and Sam Jones, best known for his role as Flash Gor­don. Modesto Con will also have mem­bers from sev­eral fan groups in full cos­tume.

There will be ven­dors sell­ing ev­ery­thing from comic books, gam­ing cards to sci­ence fic­tion, hor­ror and clas­sic toys.

Get your tick­ets at Bo­nanza Books, Bat­tle­ground Games and Ban­zai Cards and Comics in Modesto, Gamer’s Path in Man­teca, Red Sky Comics in Merced, Comic Plus in Los Banos and Ziggy’s Games in Tur­lock.

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