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WHEN: Friday, August 20; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm
Saturday, August 21; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm
Sunday, August 22; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm, programming until 5pm

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

TICKETS: Daily and full weekend passes are available. Badges purchased before July 15 will be mailed to a provided address.
    Friday Only Admission: $40
    Saturday Only Admission: $60
    Sunday Only Admission: $45
    3-Day Weekend Pass: $85
    Premium 3-Day Pass: $160
    Kids Admission: $15. Valid for kids ages 3-10. Valid for full weekend or any day individually.
    VIP passes & experiences range from the Premium 3-Day ($160) to 3-Day, limited quantity Club Awesome Membership ($399), which offers access to various celebrity appearances, reserved Main Stage seating, ‘Jump the line’ cards and exclusive Club Awesome merchandise items.

WEBSITE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming.


    Twitter: @AwesomeCon
    Instagram: @awesomecons
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Re: Awesome Con August 20-22, 2021 Washington DC [LeftField Media]
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2021, 09:05:01 PM »
Thousands of fans in comics, science and technology, cosplay, animation & film, and gaming from across the Mid-Atlantic and beyond, will gather together Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22 at the Walter E. Convention Center for Awesome Con 2021, marking the return of the wildly popular three-day pop culture convention by LeftField Media.

Awesome Con 2021 continues to bring hundreds of hours of programs and comes on the heels of Washington, D.C.'s full reopening, as capacity restrictions were lifted effective earlier in June. Fans will get to experience the same exciting celebrity meet and greets, panel discussions, and exhibitor floor, complete with enhanced safety protocols, ensuring the health and wellness of attendees following the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the organizers of Awesome Con will continue to evaluate guidelines and precautions for the convention including:

    Required wearing of masks by all individuals within the convention center
    Enhanced sanitization stations and cleaning protocols
    Increased spacing with wider aisles, designated entrances, and directional signage to ensure social distancing
    Ongoing updates on queueing procedures and capacity reduction measures for higher traffic periods
    Expanded badge mailing timeframes and offsite pick up locations to eliminate onsite pick up queues

Previously, the main convention show floor attracted more than 72,000 attendees, over 300 panels and programs, and 600 exhibitors. This year, with a larger footprint, fans will have more space to browse, take photos, and reconnect with friends. In addition, Awesome Con will showcase celebrities and experts hosting panels; cosplay contests; gaming tournaments; iconic pop culture memorabilia; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the whole family.

New to this year’s pavilions, fans can explore the new educational, tech-centric Science Fair and Book Fair powered by Solid State Books. Family-friendly programs take over Awesome Con Jr., which returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. The fan-favorite Pride Alley presented in partnership with Flame Con, Geeks OUT, and Metro Weekly is back and bigger than ever, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley where special programs discuss diversity in pop culture. The Awesome Con Short Film Festival, which debuted six years ago by artist Joe Carabeo, will showcase indie short films from around the world.

Despite the cancellation of last year’s in-person event, Awesome Con’s lineup includes stars from American science fiction films Back to the Future and the Lord of the Rings casts. In celebration of its second 35th anniversary Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) and Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) are headlining along with Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) and Billy Boyd (Peregrin “Pippin” Took). Among guests confirmed to appear, Awesome Con is proud to welcome other celebrity guests and comic creators including Christina Ricci, George Takei, Adam Savage, William Shatner, Jack Quaid, Amy Chu, Sam Maggs, Tracie Ching and Ron Marz to this year’s lineup, with more still to be announced.

With Awesome Con 2021 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues to grow as a standout annual destination – uniting fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country.

Screen Stars:
    Adam Savage (Mythbusters, Unchained Reaction, Savage Builds)
    Austin St. John (‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
    Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings, Outlander)
    Charles Martinet (Mario and Luigi)
    Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Casper, Sleepy Hollow)
    Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Addams Family, Star Trek III, My Favorite Martian)
    George Takei (Star Trek: The Original Series)
    Jack Quaid (The Boys, Star Trek: Lower Decks, The Hunger Games)
    Johnathan Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory, The Benchwarmers)
    Karan Ashley (‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
    Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)
    Mikal Mosley (Professional Cosplayer & Cosplay Contest Host)
    Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, Rudy, Stranger Things)
    Walter Jones (‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
    Wes Johnson (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout 4, Announcer for the Washington Capitals)
    William Shatner (Star Trek The Original Series)

Comic Guests:   
    Amy Chu (Sensational Wonder Woman, Red Sonja 1982)
    Amy Reeder (Amethyst, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, DC Pride)
    Chuck Brown (Bitter Root, Flawed, Black Manta)
    Dan Parent (Die Kitty Die, Archie Comics, Love Showdown)
    Gavin Guidry (Deadly Living, Going to the Chapel, The Death Defying)
    Jeremy Clark (TMNT: The Last Ronin, ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
    Mitch Gerads (Strange Adventures, Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon)
    Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Witchblade)
    Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Superman, Alien, Extreme Carnage)
    Sam Maggs (Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp, Con Quest, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe, Tell No Tales, Fangirl)

Literary Guests:   
    David Liss (The Peculiarities, A Conspiracy of Paper, Whiskey Rebels)
    Ellen Datlow (Body Shocks, Lovecraft’s Monsters, Naked City)
    Peter V. Brett (The Demon Cycle series)
    Cerece Rennie Murphy (The Hope of Aferi series)
    L. Penelope (Earthsinger Chronicles series)
    J. Kelley Skovron (The Empire of Storms trilogy)
    Constance Sayers (A Witch In Time, The Ladies of the Secret Circus)
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Re: Awesome Con August 20-22, 2021 Washington DC [LeftField Media]
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2021, 03:58:59 PM »
This year’s Awesome Con programming will kick off at Walter E. Washington Convention Center with activations across a sprawling footprint that includes LGBTQ-focused Pride Alley, a Science Fair for all ages, Awesome Con Jr.’s beloved kid’s programs, Cosplay, Gaming, and more. Attendees can start planning their Awesome Con experience and view the full schedule of programs online at You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.

Celebrity Guests

Headlining this year’s Awesome Con are the stars of Back to the Future celebrating the legendary film’s 35th anniversary. The dynamic Doc and Marty: Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd will take on the Main Stage Q&A on Sunday to chat about the iconic American science fiction film. Throughout the three-day show, dedicated programming fills the show floor with exclusive Back to the Future cosplay meetups, a “What if Back to the Future IV? Happened” panel, and an in-person showcase of the DeLorean time machine.

Awesome Con is also excited to welcome William Shatner and George Takei of Star Trek. Lord of the Rings fans, get ready to head into the Shire with star hobbits Sean Astin and Billy Boyd. The full main stage lineup includes:

August 20

    Adam Savage

    The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    Charles Martinet

    William Shatner

August 21

    Christina Ricci

    George Takei

    The Lord of the Rings

    Awesome Con’s Destination Cosplay Competition

August 22

    Jonathan Heder

    “Voiceapalooza” with Wes Johnson

    Back to the Future (3PM - Separate ticket required - Available online)

Destination Cosplay, Awesome Con Jr. and Pride Alley

For the first-time ever, Awesome Con unveils its newest programming track, Destination Cosplay, a forum designed to unite the cosplayer fan community. Beyond the show floor, fans can find cosplay changing areas, register for the revamped Cosplay Competition hosted by fan-favorite Mikal Mosley, and join a variety of cosplay meetups from Pokémon to Power Rangers, Marvel to Harry Potter, and so much more. First-time nerds and con-goers can also visit The Lounge presented by Plus Ultra Entertainment, an inclusive meetup highlighting the BIPOC cosplayer experience.

The ever-popular, family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr. returns with even more events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages. Back this year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Flame Con, Geeks OUT and Metro Weekly, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley presenting special programs addressing diversity in pop culture. Pride Alley will unite all queer creators and fans with LGBTQ activities around Awesome Con through a dedicated section of Artist Alley and three days of panels and special events. Highlights from Awesome Con Jr. and Pride Alley include:

    Dan Parent Talks Kevin Keller (Pride Alley - 11AM - August 21 - Room 102AB) Join Dan Parent, the creator of Kevin Keller, for a conversation with Randy Shulman, the editor of Metro Weekly, about how this character’s impact has been felt far and wide within the LGBT+ community.

    Queerly Femtastic: Celebrating Queer Female Representation in Comic (Pride Alley - 2:45PM - August 21 - Room 102AB) To explore influences, what draws us to strong female characters, and why intersectionality is paramount to the future of comics. Featured panelists include comic guests Sam Maggs, Amy Chu and Amy Reeder.

    Kids Cosplay Parade (Awesome Con Jr. - 12PM - August 21 | 12PM - August 22 - Awesome Con Jr. Stage) Registration is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents).

    Comic Cover Contest (Awesome Con Jr. 2:45PM - August 22 - Awesome Con Jr. Workshops) Draw your own comic book illustration that shows an original or established character in a dynamic pose and interesting environment. Monetary prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Book Fair, Science Fair, and More

Powered by D.C.-based Solid State Books, the inaugural Book Fair will offer book signings, access to writers and publishers; see full programming online. The annual Awesome Con Short Film Festival also returns with a new award. The “Best One-Shot” will celebrate favorite cinematic devices, the “Long Take” or the “Oner” by presenting selections in a new festival category.

From science and tech geeks to bookworms, Awesome Con has a little bit of everything at the Science Fair filling a special area of the show floor with featured activations in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation including:

    Women at NASA (Science Fair - 12:45PM - August 21 - Room 144AB) Come meet just a few of the talented women who work at NASA. Hear about what led them to the space agency, the sometimes-crazy paths they took to get where they are today and the challenges they’ve faced.

    Star Trek Tech (Science Fair - 2PM - August 20 - Room 144AB) Star Trek contains advances in technology and science that push the limits of the human imagination. The National Science Foundation brings together a panel of scientists to discuss the tech behind Star Trek.

    Uncovering Mars Through New and Future Missions (Science Fair - 7PM - August 21 - Room 144AB) In this session, NASA scientists will discuss what we hope to learn from ExoMars, a joint program of the European Space Agency and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, will launch to the Red Planet in 2022.

    The Art of NASA: Visualizing the Future of Space (10:30AM - August 22 - Room 144AB) Join professional artists, designers, and modelers from Goddard Space Flight Center for a moderated discussion of art careers at NASA, the impact of art on NASA’s vision, and the role concept art plays in mission proposals.

Additional Programming Includes:

    The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim!  (4:45 PM - August 21 - Room 146AB) Join voice actors Wes Johnson also the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals arena announcer, Craig Sechler and surprise SKYRIM related guests as they give out fun prizes and discuss the plans for Bethesda Game Studio’s Big 10 Year SKYRIM Anniversary Celebration!

    Geek Comedy Tour: Jedi, Elves, and Plumbers Oh My! (8:15PM - August 21 - Room 143AB) Appearing for the first time at AwesomeCon, the Geek Comedy Tour will be combining its lust for nerdy stand up with its outright obsessions with just about every form of pop culture under the sun and making fun of it (and themselves) for 90 minutes.

    Unpopular Opinions & Unbelievable Facts: Live! (8:45PM - August 21 - Room 146AB) From astrophysics to Zork, comic book crossovers to commodification of 80s nostalgia...from Marvel movie memes to comment section culture…TV tropes and little-known-factoids—all of geekdom is fair game!

    That Gundam Thing (1:45PM - August 22 - Room 150AB) Gundam has been around since 1979 and has spawned a vast number of series over the years. This primer brings you into the multiverse that is Gundam. Taking a look at numerous shows and timelines, we will find out what series is right for you!

    Two Guys Into Fridays - Live Podcast Recording (5:45 PM - August 20 - Room 103) Join Travis and Stephen in a discussion of all of your favorite TGIF shows like Full House, Family Matters, Boy Meets World and Step By Step as they continue their journey of watching each week as it aired exactly 30 years later. 

WEBSITE: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming.
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