Universal FanCon Celebrates Diversity and All Who Love Pop Culture!
The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.
As an important part of this mission, FanCon is building accessibility and education into every aspect of the programming. With its engaging, interactive festival atmosphere, FanCon is the place for everyone who is a fan!
"Universal Fan Con is more than just a new Geek convention," said Co-Founder Robert Butler. "It's an event where all fans of pop culture are being celebrated, represented and included every step of the way: through our planning, our attendees, programs, parties, celebrity guests and unique experiences."
FanCon got its start during a dinner conversation in 2016 between Butler, his partners in the wildly popular The Black Geeks podcast, and Jamie Broadnax, founder of Black Girl Nerds.
At this year's FanCon you can expect Celebrity Meet-and-Greets, Photo/Autograph Opportunities, Lightsaber Dueling Academy, Music Concerts, Comedy Show hosted by Orlando Jones, 24-hour Arcade and eSport Gaming Tournaments, Tabletop Gaming, "American Gods" Show Panel, Kids STEM, and other programming for gaming, comics, anime, movies, TV, music, and all things fandom!
Announced Special Guests include
(more will be announced soon)
Yetide Badaki, Demore Barnes (actor), Steve Blum (voice of "Wolverine"), Big Daddy Kane, Bit Brigade, Mehcad Brooks, Kim Chi, DJ-Jo (DJ), DJ NightCrawler (DJ/musician), Terri Doty (voice actress), Aydian Dowling, Ducky Dynamo (DJ/musical artist), HEAVYGRINDER (DJ/producer/vocal duo), Jamal Igle (comic artist/writer)...
Actor / Writer / Producer / Comedian / Social Media Influencer
In a career spanning 30 years, Orlando Jones has embodied versatility. MTV crowned him the King of Fandom in 2015. In 2016, he hosted & produced content for the digital broadcast of the Academy Awards, and his one man show and international tour kicked off with a Comedy Central special in Johannesburg, South Africa. In January of 2017, he was in Book of Love with Maisie Williams & Jason Sudeikis. And he is the CEO of DriveBy Entertainment, an immersive content studio, the King of Fandom loves engaging with fans & telling stories on any platform.
...Riyadh Khalaf, Saori Kobayashi, Phil LaMarr, Bruce Langely (American Gods), Mega Ran, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels), Sumalee Montano, Kristian Nairn, Greg Pak, Professor Shy Guy (music artist), SAMMUS (rapper/producer), Regine Sawyer (Women in Comics Collective), Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies), Katy Sullivan, Teddy Loid, Triforce Quartet, Jeffrey Veregge (Native American comic book artist), Voia (producer/singer), Jeremy Whitley (comic series writer), Ricky Whittle, Billy Dee Williams, Fryda Wolff, and
Yuriko Yamaguchi has enjoyed much success over her career as a seiyuu. Her extensive list of credits include work on some of the most famous anime titles in the industry such as the Neon Genesis Evangelion series (Ritsuko Akagi), One Piece (Nico Robin), Full Metal Alchemist (Sarah Rockbell), and Pokémon (Nurse Joy). Yamaguchi-san has lent her vocal talents to an impressive 70+ anime titles, including such others as Tenchi in Tokyo, Shaman King, and Eureka Seven.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.universalfancon.com. To apply for press passes, visit https://www.universalfancon.com/apply/press-pass-application/
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