SoonerCon is a nonprofit pop culture, science fiction, fantasy and educational convention that’s been happening in Oklahoma since 1983. Put on by The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, SoonerCon is a collaborative, volunteer-organized effort that brings together fans, creative and academic professionals, artists, authors, musicians, small and large businesses and community members each June in the Oklahoma City metro. The convention draws more than 2,000 attendees and participants. Additionally, charitable giving is a central focus of the convention’s community outreach endeavors, with these contributions from members growing year after year.
Where can you run into a Stormtrooper, scientists, bestselling authors, the man who named steampunk, Harley Quinn and a comic artist all in one place? SoonerCon 27, of course.
SoonerCon is Oklahoma’s premier pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming, cosplay and anime convention. This year’s event runs June 22 – 24 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.
The theme of this year’s convention is “Beyond the Veil” and features bestselling authors and artists, filmmakers, as well as representatives from the field of STEM.
“We’re excited to welcome more than 150 special guests to our 27th convention,” said Aislinn Burrows, convention chair. “If you’re a fan of ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and so many other amazing pop culture franchises, you will not be disappointed with this year’s offerings.”
This year’s literary guest of honor is New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series and more than 20 novels, Carrie Vaughn. Artist guest of honor is Hugo-award winning acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi artist, John Picacio. Picacio’s work will be featured and available for sale in the convention’s art show, along with original 2D and 3D artworks, jewelry and prints from more than 30 artists from around the nation.
STEM panel topics and demonstrations include 3D printing, virtual reality, CGI, water conservation, microscopy, botany, space travel and more. The convention also hosts hourly panels on pop culture, filmmaking, art and writing. Authors will be conducting readings throughout the three-day event.
Besides panels and workshops with guests, the weekend features a much-anticipated costume contest, tabletop and video game room, live podcasts, film screenings, musical performances, dance, outdoor activities, kids crafting and education, unique vendors and more.
“Cosplay is always encouraged,” Burrows said. “We have some incredibly talented costume designers in our community. And we like to have a lot of fun being nerdy.”
SoonerCon has partnered with the nonprofit Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Proceeds from the charity auction as well as sales of Nerf blasters and some special tournament entry will go to the school.
Admission starts at $25. Children 12 and under are free with adult membership. To learn more about SoonerCon 27 and see the full schedule of events, visit soonercon.com.