Saturday, February 17, 2018

PENSACON: PENSACOLA COMIC CON

Pensacon is one of my favorite conventions. This will be my third year in a row.

Pensacon runs from Friday, February 23 (starting at 1 pm) through Sunday, February 25 (ending at 6 pm). Spread out over the Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola Grand Hotel, Rex Theatre, Pensacola Little Theatre and the Saenger Theatre, the convention features a terrific roster of guests, events, gaming, cosplay and much more. Here’s the Pensacon mission statement:

Pensacon is an all-inclusive pop culture convention for the fan community, spanning the genres of comics, anime, science fiction, horror, gaming, and fantasy. Our mission is to create the best multi-genre convention that is unique to the Pensacola community and that is a safe and welcoming environment for all types of fans.

One of the things I love most about Pensacon is the city takes part in the event. When you land at the airport, you’ll find the “gates” are now “stargates” and there are dozens of images and quotes from comics and science fiction on the walls. Several restaurants will adopt genre themes during the weekend. In previous years, that has included super-heroes, super-villains, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and others.

The guest list is so large that I couldn’t possibly list everyone  who will be at Pensacon. Some folks I’m looking forward to seeing again or meeting for the first time: Pom Klementieff, Neal Adams, Jose Delbo, Barry Gregory, Robert Picardo, Victor Gischler, Mark Maddox, John de Lancie, Paris Cullins, Gary Cohn, Arthur Darvill, Dan Mishkin, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Trevor Von Eeden, Eddie McClintock, Matt Frank, John Barrowman, Larry Hama, Kristy Swanson and...the list goes on.

Pensacon has a great program of panels, games and movies. It has an amazing team of volunteers to keep everything running smoothly. It has a huge vendors area featuring all sorts of cool collectibles. The convention also offers after hours events. I get dizzy thinking about all the things I want to do and maybe a little depressed when I realize I won’t have time to do them all. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

What will I be doing as a guest? I know I’m scheduled for at least two panels. One is on “Diversity in Comics” and the other is on a character I’m quite fond of name of Black Lightning. I might be on others as well. I’m just a guy who can’t say “no.”

Pensacon’s “Artist Alley” is on the top floor of the Pensacola Bay Center. From there, you can see the vendors area on the main floor. Just outside the Artist Alley is a very nice food court filled with all sorts of good stuff to eat and drink.

Because I’m flying to the convention, I won’t be able to bring much to sell at my Artist Alley table. If all goes as planned, though, I will have a special Black Lightning print and copies of my Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands scripts. Depending on how much I can fit in my suitcase, I might have other items as well.

I will not be charging for autographs or photos at Pensacon. It’s my way of thanking the con and its fans for the warm reception they always give me.

If you’re cosplaying at Pensacon, please stop by my table so I can get a photo with you and give you one of my spiffy certificates of cosplay. I had these made a couple years back and I’ve been trying to give them away ever since. This is a limited edition cosplaying collectors item, limited in the sense that, sooner or later, I’ll either run out of them or die. I’m really hoping it’s the former.

If you want to interview me at Pensacon, please e-mail me as soon as possible. We’ll set something up.

That’s all I got for this Isabella-centric Pensacon preview bloggy thing. For more, go to the Pensacon website.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2018 Tony Isabella

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