PC: Central Valley Con.
Head over to Modesto this weekend for Central Valley Con as it returns for it’s second year at the Modesto Centre Plaza and Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Modesto on Sunday, December 4. The Sunday convention will be from 10am-5pm. Ticket prices are 8 dollars at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Modesto Gospel Mission.
Modesto’s Central Valley Con is the third convention for StocktonCon Events, managed by Mike Millerick. Other conventions include Stockton’s StocktonCon and Grape City Con held during spring months in Lodi. The mission of StocktonCon, Grape City Con and the Central Valley Con is to raise awareness of outstanding artists in the San Joaquin Valley area and to give attendees the chance to experience different elements of popular culture.
Attendees and guests of this year’s one-day convention include John Morrison, former WWE Superstar. He can currently be seen on Wednesday nights as one of the top Stars of Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network. Ernie Reyes will be featured having made his screen debut in The Last Dragon and appeared in Red Sonja (1985 film). He later worked as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Martial Arts Stunt Double, before being cast as Keno in TMNT2. Among his other appearances, Reyes has had roles in Rush Hour 2, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. C. Andrew Nelson has appeared in the Star Wars series. Cameron Jebo and Ciara Hanna are both actors on Power Rangers Megaforce. George the Giant was in the film Big Fish and the HBO series Carnivale.
Comic artists and writers will also be available for talks, as Ramon Villalobos, Chris Marrinan, Derek Fridolfs and Mel Smith are just some of the great creators that will be at the event.
The event will host over 100 exhibitors and artists, card games, costume contests, and video game free play.
More information on the event is available at http://facebook.com/centralvalleycon. You can follow the Central Valley Con on Twitter by using the @cenvalleycon username.
Note: Thanks to Mike Millerick for this glimpse into pop-culture conventions and bringing a continued presence to Central Valley.
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