Here are five reasons to plan your Memorial Day weekend around BoroughCon, the first pop culture convention to embrace and celebrate the Outer Boroughs.
1. You can’t beat the timing or location. St. John’s University will host BoroughCon May 27-29. Tickets go on sale next month and will be available through the convention’s web site, boroughcon.com. The event is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees.
2. It’ll be star-studded. Voice actors, comic book illustrators, cosplayers, e-sports athletes – all famous within their genres – will join household names to sign autographs, participate in panel discussions, present their works-in- progress and respond to fans’ questions. At present, BoroughCon has commitments from cosplay stars Monika Lee, Riki “Riddle” LeCotey, Mikomi Chan and Dan “Danquish” Sarkar. A major announcement of live-action film and episodic stars will precede next month’s ticket sales.
3. There’s something for everyone. Conventions often focus on a narrow band of interests – just gaming or just anime, for example. BoroughCon will feature programming tracks dedicated to both those interests, and they will further be joined by tracks for cosplay, comics and manga, and live-action film, television and streaming.
4. You get something for your door charge. Sometimes, it seems that pop culture conventions are just pop-up flea markets, and you pay at the gate for the privilege of walking through a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. BoroughCon will have these facilities on prominent display, but another dozen rooms will be in constant use for screenings, panels, Q&A sessions and workshops.
Cultural exhibits celebrating the Four Boroughs’ diversity will be set up throughout the St. John’s campus. Special attractions for children and science-and- technology enthusiasts will be featured, and wandering entertainers will distract attendees from the inevitable waits on line. That will all be available to everyone with a ticket.
In the meantime, boroughcon.com presents fresh-daily free content in the form of reviews, blog posts, the “Nerd Yorker” events calendar and news updates.
5. The BoroughCon team has done this before. The core team of managers, artists and programming track leads first assembled eight years ago in Orlando, Fla., as the founders of the anime convention KnightroKon. Key members of that team relocated to New York and met up with local pop culture enthusiasts plugged into the Northeast convention scene and this confluence of experience forged a team of professionals that intend for BoroughCon to be a permanent part of the Outer Boroughs’ spring calendar.
Get ready for BoroughCon at St. John's University, May 27, 28, 29, 2017!