POPCON event aimed at superheroes and gamers

Jeremia Schrock and Mandee Jackson / Sun Star Reporters
Nov. 8, 2011

Pop Con 2011

What do superheroes, pirates, Battlefield 3, Halo Reach, a food-eating contest and table-top board games have in common? They will all be at the second annual POPCON at UAF from Nov. 10 to the 12. The above-listed events can be expected on the first day alone. The event will be hosted by the Student Activities Office (SAO).

The annual student-focused event is based around popular culture, including movies, television and comic/manga art. The event also strongly emphasizes “gaming” of all kinds, including computer, video and table-top. There will be Battlefield 3 and Halo: Reach tournaments on Friday, with Starcraft II, Super Smash Bros. and Warhammer 40K tournaments on Saturday.

Warhammer participant and UAF Alumni Michael Davies measures models during one of many tournaments during the 2010 POP-CON. Nina Schwinghammer / UAF Sun Star

“There is a lot to see,” said Jordan Lichtenberger, an SAO employee. “There are vendors, original food, comic books, dancing, and a lot of people dress up,” he said. This years costume theme is “Dress Up As Your Favorite Character.”

There will be two showings of “Captain America: The First Avenger” during POPCON. The first showing will be on Thurs. at 8pm in the Pub and the second will be on Sat. at 8pm in the Carol Brown Ballroom in the Wood Center. Also on Sat. will be a superhero-themed dance party in the Pub. While a costume isn’t required, it is encouraged. Last year’s POPCON (2010) also featured a superhero-themed dance party.

Most of the events are free, except for the Super Smash Bros. ($3) and Modern Warfare 3 ($5) tournaments on Sat. Local businesses, including Sipping Streams and the Comic Shop, will have booths during POPCON.

As part of POPCON, SAO will also host a comic art exhibit. The exhibit begins on Nov. 11 and will run until Nov. 25. The show will highlight student-created comic, fantasy and concept art with a popular culture theme. This includes comics, manga, games, movies and role-playing art, according to the exhibits Facebook page. Students can submit their work for the exhibit until Nov. 10 at 5pm. Those interested in having their work displayed are encouraged to contact SAO at 474-6029.

A full schedule of events is available online at http://www.uaf.edu/woodcenter/activities/popcon/.

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