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Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo

Spring is in the air, and with it we welcome Huntsville’s newest convention, the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo. Rocket City Mom sits down with founder Jeremy Long to discuss the inaugural event. Be sure to read to the end – there’s a ticket giveaway waiting for you there!

When/Where is the Expo? How much are tickets?
The Expo is at the Jaycee Community Building on March 19 from 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under. If adults come in costume they will get in half price.

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This will be your inaugural convention right? Tell us what motivated you to start this event and how the planning/organizing process has been going.
Yes, this is the first year. I started setting up at shows as a comic vendor about two years ago and absolutely love it. I would go all over (Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Sheffield to name a few) and enjoy it but every time I had to drive home I would think of ways it could have been better. About a year ago I did a small show south of Nashville and on the way home just came up with a ton of ideas. When I told my wife about it she said “Is it something you just need to do yourself?” From there I got the green light to proceed.

I decided to take everything I love about doing shows as a vendor and combine that with everything I love about going to shows as a fan. This has been a huge undertaking and a giant leap of faith since I am completely funding this myself. I have been doing all of the planning and organizing on my own with my wife doing all the graphic design work. We have been thrilled by the overwhelming support and enthusiasm of the community and as a result we completely sold out of all vendor spots three months prior to the show. Our Facebook page has grown quicker than we had ever imagined thanks to a lot of help from the geek community. This is just year one and we have been blown away by the results so far. Our plan is to make the second year a multi-day event at a larger venue.


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What programs/special events/guests do you have? Do you have an event schedule?
There will be live music as well as interactive stage events. We will also have discussion panels with various topics going on such as “Getting into Dr. Who” and “Cosplay 101”. We have a lot of local and regional artists, including some who have worked on some major comic titles.

I see that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity “Kids to Love”? Can you tell us a little about them and why you choose to partner with them?
My family goes to Willowbrook Baptist Church and as a church we participate in the annual Kids to Love Christmas campaign, giving foster children a better Christmas. Lee Marshall is an amazing person and has done great work with her charity so I immediately thought of them when coming up with this idea. I wanted this to be more than just a show. I wanted it to mean something and hopefully make a difference. So a portion of ticket sales and 100% of money raised from the silent auction will go directly to them.

Family CosplayWill you be having kid friendly programs or events?
The entire show will be kid-friendly. We have two boys (2 and 6) and I wanted this to be something they could come to. We will have a lot of various characters in costume that kids can get their pictures with. Where else can you go and see Star Wars characters and Super Heroes side by side? We will have a kids costume contest, Dr. Osborne will be doing amazing balloon sculptures, there will be awesome specialty vehicles (influenced by Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, and Scooby Doo) outside, and more. There will also be Family Cosplay!

Are you accepting Volunteers to help out with the convention?
Yes. We are still looking for volunteers. We have all sorts of jobs to do, small to large!

Will you have food trucks on-site?
Yes! One thing I have never enjoyed about comic shows is the food selection. It’s usually a cold slice of pizza or bag of chips. We will have:


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  • I Love Bacon Food Truck
  • Rollin’ Lobstah
  • Café on Wheels Neon Lilly (with Vegan and Vegetarian options)
  • Doctor BBQ
  • Sugar Belle Cupcake Truck

When/where is the after-party?
It will be at Straight to Ale brewery at 8:00 pm on March 19th. We will have live music, another costume contest and I Love Bacon will also be there serving up their delicious dishes. View the Facebook Event here.

The Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo Giveaway

A lucky RCM Reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Expo – all you need to do to enter is to leave a comment below. Tell us which characters you’d love for your family to cosplay if you had the chance. (Mine? Hobbits & Elves, of course!)

 

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  • I think my family would dress up as something from Star Wars. My husband sounds like chew bacca.

  • As a former Atlanta resident and Dragon*Con enthusiast, I am excited that Huntsville is starting something similar. My most popular costume at Dragon*Con was probably Leeloo from The Fifth Element. My son was Bumblebee the Transformer that year. He had to pick his own character, of course. Now I have a husband an younger daughter that can join the fun!

  • We already do family cosplay! We’ve done Fallout characters, characters from the Hawkeye comics, and Harry Potter characters. We’d love to do Warcraft characters as a family, my husband and I already do Durotan and Draka but our boys need to get a little older for orc body paint. We’ve been thinking about Diablo characters, though!

    • Stefanie – you’re our winner for this ticket giveaway! Check your email and reply to our message to claim your tickets. Congrats!

  • I would be Sgt. Abraham Ford from “The Walking Dead”…… My wife should be Wonder Woman!!!

  • I’d love to do a family cosplay as the Mario Brothers, Princess Peach, and Bowser

  • Fellowship of the Rings, The Dark side of Star Wars, or Harry Potter & the gang!!!!!

    P.S. Where do I sign up to volunteer?

  • My kids would be the Winchesters at different ages and my husband and I would of course be Destiel.

  • If we could, my husband would dress as Gandalf & I would as Nienor. Our eldest son would be Durin, our younger would portray Gerontius Took while our two daughters would be tiny elf maidens Galadriel & Celebrian.

  • It is just me and my two daughters, So….I think it would be fun to dress as the Powerpuff Girls✨

  • We would have to do something from Star Wars. My husband is a super Star Wars fan. Our niece is so excited to get to come to a Con with us. She already has a cosplay in mind.

  • The boys like Star Wars. We have a family of five, so I’d love to go as the crew of Scooby Doo. I don’t think I’ll have any takers! ( ;

  • Anything Tolkien would be at the top of the list, but we would also really love to go as some of the characters from Branden Sanderson’s novels. Most likely either Mistborn or Way of Kings.

  • I think it would be funny for my husband to dress up as a policeman, me as a policewoman and our daughter as our little prisoner!!!

  • My kids like Harry Potter and Doctor Who, so I’m sure it would be Harry or the Doctor.

  • we have a Star Wars darth Vader fan , a descendants fan, a Legos/minion fan and one whose purpose is being adorable. not sure what the parents will do?

  • My dream is for us all to dress up as assassins. Hubby is big into Assassin’s Creed. I love the Dark Brotherhood from the Elder Scrolls games. Kiddo would make a super cute ninja.

  • Our oldest son would probably pick a fallout character and me and his younger brothers would go the superhero route. I am a huge Wonder Woman fan and that is what I would pick

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