If You See Folks Dressed in Costumes this Weekend

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Fear not, it’s Awesome Con.

From Events DC:

“Awesome Con, Washington DC’s premiere comic con and pop culture convention will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 29 – 31 with more than fifty movie and television celebrity guests making appearances throughout the weekend. Awesome Con expects to greet more than 50,000 pop culture fans across 230,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 10 rooms of programming.

More than one hundred exhibitors will be selling toys, video games, comics, apparel and other collectible memorabilia. A new addition for 2015 will include kid-centric activities with an area called Kid’s Zone where they can draw along with noted comic book artists, learn how to make their own Superhero symbol, see a wizard magic show, attend Superhero University led by top industry professionals and make their own superhero cape. A full list of Kid’s Zone activities and programming can be found here: http://www.awesome-con.com/kids-zone/.

A wide variety of celebrity guests from screen stars to voice actors will be part of the weekend; signing autographs, sitting on panels, and taking photos with attendees. Among them include the iconic William Shatner and George Takei of Star Trek; Grant Imahara of Discovery Network’s Mythbusters; Jason Mewes, known as Jay from Jay and Silent Bob; Good Charlotte lead guitarist and comic book artist Billy Martin; the original voice actors of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and The Goonies; plus cast members from Doctor Who; Once Upon a Time; Power Rangers and Walking Dead.

Single-day admission and three-day weekend packages are available. Kids age 10 and under get in for free. Three-day VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt, comic book and other paraphernalia, as well as early admission to the event. Ticket and event information can be found at: www.awesomecon.com.”

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  • Who’s been? Is it worth paying for one adult ticket to get my kids in to ogle at the cosplayers? Will they still be around on Sunday? We’re not interested in hearing former TV stars talk, or in buying limited edition comic books. But if it’s a major costume event that under-10s would enjoy, heck, it’s less expensive than going to the movies!

    • This will be my third year (actually on the Brute Squad this year), and it’s a fun time, for sure. Every year it gets bigger and more organized, so there should be lots of great cosplay this year. Whether you want to pay for a ticket is up to you, of course, but it’s generally a good, happy, colorful way to spend a few hours, especially if your kids are into Doctor Who, Avengers, Batman, Star Wars, TMNT, etc. 🙂

      • I mean, technically, you don’t need a badge unless you want to actually enter the convention hall with all of the vendors or any of the programming rooms. You could just hang out in the convention hallways and people-watch the folks in cosplay.

        I went last year. This year, I’m working at a table in Artist’s Alley on Sunday. It’s a fun convention. It’s really grown and it’s only in its third year. I would definitely recommend it, especially as a family adventure. They do have a dedicated kids area. Plus, the vendors aren’t just selling limited edition comic books — there are also regular priced comics, interesting art prints, handmade crafts. Stop by a comic artist’s booth and get a one-of-a-kind commission sketch! Or, sometimes it’s just fun to window shop.

    • From experience the event is slow on Friday and busy Saturday and Sunday. Like all DC and Baltimore area cons…lots of cosplayers. I have been to NYC cons, the cosplayers are significantly better here and a higher percentage of those attending. It is also a very fun event.

      It is a very fun event…just to note this started out with 7000 people the first year, and the fact it has grown to 50,000 which puts it on par with major US cons speaks volumes. It’s serious fun.

      Also the number of comic book vendors is limited, more toy vendors with geeky toys, and t-shirt and game vendors. People selling posters. Also it has game rooms, kids areas, etc. It’s hard to describe going to modern cons, it is not like the old school ones where people just sold comics.

  • …or Tour de Fat

  • How about the after party tonight? Is it worth checking out?

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