I have been to several conventions over the years. Several of them were of the geek-related variety in Indianapolis. And what I can say without a shadow of doubt is that Indy PopCon is my favorite of the cons that I’ve attended. Due to the fact that we were moving that weekend, I was only able to attend for a little while during last year’s inaugural run. But I loved every minute I was there. And I can’t wait to return this year.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy about all the cons that are here. They are great for Indianapolis. And I think Indianapolis is great for them. But Indy PopCon? There’s something entirely different about it. And I love it.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s how the fine folks in charge of Indy PopCon describe the event:
PopCon was founded to celebrate all aspects of pop culture, rather than just hyper focusing on a specific genre. We have a wide variety of interests – just like our fans – so we created a con to celebrate them all in one awesome weekend!
I don’t want to miss this event. There’s a lot that I love about this event. And I’ll share some of those things in just a minute. But first, the rest of the basic details:
Indiana Convention Center
Friday, June 26-Sunday, June 28
You can go here to order your tickets. And if you use “ATRO” as a promo code, you’ll be helping out one of my pals, plus, you’ll get an exclusive PopCon print.
Indy PopCon is a con of the people, by the people, for the people
I nifty little community has sprouted up in Indy. It began close to two years ago when they started making noise about the coming of Indy PopCon. The con’s creators are local pop culture enthusiasts. And they wanted input from other local pop culture enthusiasts. A lot of dreaming, planning, implementing, and promoting has gone into this event.
The 2015 con promises to be exponentially better than the 2014 con. And the 2016 version will be exponentially better than this year’s. That’s because the organizers regularly listen to feedback and actively participate in the local community. They aren’t a group of outsiders just swooping in to Indianapolis hoping to make a quick buck. Like many of us, they love Indianapolis. They’re part of the community. And that shows by the quality of the event they strive to pull off.
You can be who you are at Indy PopCon
I love that Indy PopCon celebrates all things related to pop culture.
Don’t get me wrong. I think the genre-specific cons that focus on things like comics or gaming or Star Wars or Star Trek are great, great things. But I can bring my kids to Indy PopCon and use it as a teachable moment, reminding them that they can be whoever they want and love whatever they want to love. They don’t need to feel boxed in to one type of label. At Indy PopCon, YouTubers rub elbows with gamers who hang out with cosplayers who share a drink with film buffs who get to chat with artists. Seeing such diversity can encourage my kids to be more comfortable in their own skins.
Indy PopCon is a grand assembly of all things geek. And it’s a beautiful thing.
Movies! Tons of movies!
Have you seen how many movies they’re screening? Holy cow! That alone is worth the price of admission. I mean, where else can you see The Last Starfighter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Red Dawn, Alien, Gremlins, and The Princess Bride (just to name a few) in one place?
Oh, and did I mention that Flash Gordon himself is going to be there?
Edward James Olmos will be there, too.
— Matt Todd (@mattdantodd) June 2, 2015
Yeah. I’m kind of excited.
I’ve only scratched the surface
There is so much going on at Indy PopCon that I can’t even begin to cover it all! You’ll just have to make a visit to downtown Indy and check it all out. So when will I see you there? Let me know and we’ll get together! Or we can just hang out at the Awkward Twitter Mingle.
The Force will be with us as we live long and prosper at one con to rule them all. So say we all.