Around this same last year StocktonCon wasnâ€™t even on my radar to attend. I had already my signs on Long Beach Comic Con and so forth. But it just happened that Valiant Comics, a comic book publishing company that I am a fan of was going to be making a stop there and being it was just a short drive down 99 I decided to travel north and see what this show had to offer and I must say it was definitely worth the trip.
Established in 2012 StocktonCon has been exceeding expectations year after year. For example, in its first year expecting a crowd of about 1,000 they ended up with about 4,000. Last year in their fourth year, they had a record 14,400 fans over the two days the event took place. Part of it has to be the overwhelming interest in comic book characters in the current main stream media. But the majority of the credit has to be given to the great balance of activates and guest StocktonCon offers. There is bound to be a comic book writer or artist, TV personality or former wrestler to bring out the fanboy (or girl) in anyone.
This yearâ€™s list of guests features some great talent like one of the two current artists on Wonder Woman Liam Sharp and the current colorist on Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Allen Passalaqua. This show will also feature the former members of the NWO Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman (X-Pac). Another notable guest with the Pokemon craze going on is Veronica Taylor the voice of Ash Ketchum. You can look up the rest of the guests by visiting their website (link at the bottom). Be sure to follow them on their social media accounts as they are constantly adding guests.
Besides the guests there will be a great atmosphere thanks to the many great cosplayers that will be roaming around the arena as well as the abundant vendors that are going to cover the area floor and surroundings. I will be out there as part of LRMOnline.com conducting interviews and gathering photos for a cosplay gallery that we will put up. Make sure to stop by and say hello if you make it out. Pre-sale tickets are availableat certain locations, but at the door it will only put you back $15 which is well worth it, especially as part of it goes to local charities like the United Way and Saint Maryâ€™s Dining Room. Like I said if you are in the area itâ€™s a great way to enjoy your weekend.
The question isâ€¦ can they make it to over 15,000 this year?
August 20th & 21st