[Convention] Reno Pop Culture Con 2019 Programming: Friday, November 8th

HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF QUALITY PANELS, APPEARANCES AND SPECIAL EVENTS, ALL INCLUDED WITH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION!

ALL PANELS AND EVENTS ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET PRICE. EVEN THE NIGHTTIME EVENTS LIKE FRIDAY’S OPENING NIGHT COMEDY FESTIVAL AND SATURDAY EVENING’S COSTUME CELEBRATION!

Reno Pop Culture Con (RPCC) is a three-day, family-friendly, fan-focused extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment and its almost here! The first annual event runs November 8th-10th and will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Put on by the team behind Denver Pop Culture Con, this weekend’s show doesn’t come across as your average first-year con. From special performance events, to fandom panels, to educational workshops, to hands-on activities for kids and teens — there’s something for everyone!

RELATED: Comic Creators Attending Reno Pop Culture Con (Nov. 8-10)

Each day at #RPCC2019 is packed with signings, photo ops, and panels. Not only that, the programming spans a TON of genres: cosplay, comic books, animation, fandoms, writing/publishing, storyboarding, virtual reality, gaming, geek culture, D&D, video games, voice acting, celebrities, and more! Heck, you can even take in a free movie screening and a night of comedy!

RPCC will be publishing more information on each of the events and panels (and maybe a few surprises) leading up to the con. Be sure to follow them online (links at end of article) so you don’t miss a thing! Don’t forget, PopCultHQ will be on-hand in Reno, bringing you coverage for what looks to be a spectacular convention!

Here’s a look at all the programming scheduled
for day one, Friday, at Reno Pop Culture Con 2019!

~ FRIDAY ~

10:00 am

Autographs – Monica Rial
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Autographs – Ian Sinclair
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Autographs – Justin Cook
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Autographs – Josh Grelle
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


10:15 am

Autographs – Randy Havens
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:15 am to 12:30 pm


10:30 am

Autographs – Charlet Chung
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:30 am to 12:45 pm

Autographs – Jodi Benson
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Autographs – Linda Larkin
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Autographs – Charles Martinet
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Virtual Reality Demo: Tiltbrush :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Come see a demo of Tiltbrush, our Virtual Reality art creation tool, and even have a say in what the artist creates! Stick around after the panel to try 3D, VR art creation yourself in the Kids’ Lab STEAM area.


11:00 am

Autographs – Eric Vale
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

MCU-Costume & Cosplay Photo Stage :: A20 – Photo Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Marvel Comics and Movies cosplayers! Come and meet up with others from your favorite fandom! Take photos, admire cosplays, and revel in the glory of costuming fun!


11:30 am

Create Your Own Comic with the Pros – LIVE! :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Dan Conner, James Haick III, James Hostler
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 11:30 am

Comics pros we call the “James Gang”, Writers James Haick III (Solar Flare) and James Hostler (The Bobcast), and Artist Dan Conner (Pink Panther: Cartoon Hour Special, A Very Zombie Christmas) teach kids how creating a real comic works – right in front of their eyes! First the writer takes ideas from the kids about the characters, scene, action and dialogue – and “writes” the story with them. Then the artist will be drawing along – showing them how to layout a comic page, “thumbnail” the scenes, and then completing the artwork (as much as time allows.) If your kid loves writing or drawing, or just wants to exercise their creativity – The Lab at RPCC is the place to go!


12:00 pm

Disney-Costume & Cosplay Photo Stage :: A20 – Photo Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Disney Fans! Come and meet up with others from your favorite fandom! Take photos, admire cosplays, and revel in the glory of costuming fun!

Local Authors Q&A/Roundtable on Writing and Publishing :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics
Patrick Harris, Ellen Hopkins, Jacci Turner, Peggy Wheeler
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

Aspiring your writers and readers are invited to attend a round-table discussion of local Nevada and Reno authors. Each author will discuss their writing process, where they get their inspiration, and their publishing processes. This is your chance to find out how Reno-area authors got their start and have become successful!

Signing: Axie Oh, Barry Lyga and Jean Booth :: Sundance Books Signing Booth #1
Jean Booth, Barry Lyga, Axie Oh
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:00 pm to 12:55 pm

Voice Actor Recording Session – Live! :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents
Brian Cummings, Michael Sheehy
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

Veteran Voice Actor Brian Cummings (Berenstain Bears, G.I. Joe) and Radio Producer Michael Sheehy (PlanetPootwaddle.com) will demonstrate how voice acting and studio/booth recording actually works. With real sound equipment and real voice actors – and you never know what surprise guests may show up. Be part of the LIVE audience!


12:15 pm

Bring YOUR Characters to Life w/ Cartoonist Andy Price
and Actor Greg Berg :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Greg Berg, Andy Price
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Kids! Help our Comic Artist Andy Price (My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic) draw YOUR character, and then voice actor Greg Berg (Garfield, Transformers) will give voice to that character’s voice right in front of you and everyone else!


12:30 pm

Autographs – Jewel Staite
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:30 pm to 6:20 pm

Autographs – Tara Strong
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm

D&D 101 – How to stop worrying and roll the bones –
For the Players :: A7 – Gaming

Howard Holton
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm

Presented by Dragon Fodder: This session will get you started in your journey to tabletop role playing. We will simplify the process of role playing, provide tips to enjoy the game and walk through the character creation process live in the room. Stick with us, because the characters created in the room will have a chance to play live at the Con. We will be giving away dice sets to those who participate and ask questions.

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Stereotypes in Comic Books :: A12/A13 – Authors/Comics
Tom Boucher, Michael Manning, Josh Opper, Tom Strange
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm

From no representation, to villains, to comic sidekicks, to heroes, come join the Longbox Guys, podcasters/historians, as they explore the journey that different minority characters have taken with an emphasis on some of the worst stereotypes. This interactive panel will have a robust question and answer section that will hopefully spur discussions on race, gender, and sexuality perceptions.

Understanding Sewing Patterns :: A3/A2 – Cosplay
Heather Garfinkle
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm

At this Panel you’ll learn how to read and understand sewing patterns, from Simplicity to Vogue. Tips and tricks from which brand of pattern to purchase to which brands have strange sizing quirks. If you have ever been lost looking at sewing patterns, this is the panel for you! I will present this panel on a power point. With the rise of commercial cosplay patterns making it easier to start on a costume I will cover how to read and understand what can be a overwhelming and complicated experience. I always time my panels to include a 10-15 Q&A at the end to engage with the audience and for them to ask questions.

1:00 pm

Autographs  – Monica Rial
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 4:55 pm

Autographs – Ian Sinclair
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 4:55 pm

Autographs – Justin Cook
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 4:35 pm

Autographs – Josh Grelle
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Autographs – Gates McFadden
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Create Your Own Comic with the Pros – LIVE! :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Matt Duplisea, Jeff Johnson
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Comics pro Writer Matt Duplisea (Infinite) and pro Artist Jeff Johnson (X-Men) teach kids how creating a real comic works – right in front of their eyes! First the writer takes ideas from the kids about the characters, scene, action and dialogue – and “writes” the story with them. Then the artist will be drawing along – showing them how to layout a comic page, “thumbnail” the scenes, and then completing the artwork (as much as time allows.) If your kid loves writing or drawing, or just wants to exercise their creativity – The Lab at RPCC is the place to go!

From Storyboard to Animation: How to Make a Great Character :: A1/A6 – Main Events (Mini)
Thomas Estrada
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

From idea to the big screen – learn from industry expert Thomas Estrada.

Got Plot? :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics
Lynda Bailey, Matt Bayan, Nicole Frens, Charlie LaFleur
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

You’ve got an idea for the next great American story, so what do you do now? How do you take that kernel from inspiration to completion? Join us for a panel discussion on different plotting methods. Not a plotter? No problem? The techniques discuss can also help when you’ve reached the “mushy middle” or worse, the dreaded writer’s block.

Master Debating the Classics :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents
Daniel Enriquez, Elexesninnia Villanda, Avrey Callis, Jordan Cosselman, Ricardo Galaviz, Alfonso Gonzalez, Quinn Hoelzer, Ben Krueger, Merissa Lehr, Nicholas Moore, Phil Sharp, John Villanueva, Jade Whitbeck
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

The UNR debate team presents an informative debate that highlights our skills of argumentation and public speaking, while also being entertaining and fun to watch. We may debate on Batman v Superman, Game of Thrones, or anything in Star Wars. During this debate we would maintain comic book accurate arguments as well as bring the discussion to a more academic level by discussing the meaning behind the superheroes and their influence on society.

Signing: Ellen Hopkins, Elise Manion :: Sundance Books Signing Booth #1
Ellen Hopkins, Elise Manion
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:55 pm

Star Wars-Cosplay & Costume Photo Stage :: A20 – Photo Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Star Wars Fans unite! Come and meet up with others from your favorite fandom! Take photos, admire cosplays, and revel in the glory of costuming fun!


1:30 pm

A Walk Into The DisneyVerse :: A19 – RPCC
Michael Beck, Michelle Beck, Eduardo M. Freyre, Patricia Freyre,
Victoria Jakubowski, Rainee Jorgenson, Emily Muns

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm

For anyone who is a Disney or anything to do with the DisneyVerse, this panel is the one for you! We will talk about Walt’s beginnings, the current state of Disney and all their current projects, and the future of the Mouse!

Autographs – Randy Havens
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Autographs – Jodi Benson
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 5:40 pm

Autographs – Linda Larkin
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 5:50 pm

Autographs – Eric Vale
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm

How to Relax & Roll the Dice: Guide for New DMs :: A7 – Gaming
Scott Davis, Howard Holton, Jennifer Holton, Darrell Kent, Chadd Warwick
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm

Presented by Dragon Fodder: This panel continues the “roll the dice” series with a section for Dungeon Masters. The panelists are here to help you start as a DM, answer your questions and provide you tips and tricks from decades of experience.

Posing 101 :: A3/A2 – Cosplay
Rhoda Kealoha Thalman, Fiona Jane Orolfo, Piyasa Viriyakul
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm

Learn how to bring your fantasy or high fashion to life with Posing 101! This workshop will focus on learning how to pose for the perfect photo or performance. We will cover individual posing, posing with props, posing with groups and how to make the best of any impromptu photo shoot!

Worldbuilding a “Serious” Story – Without Bringing Everyone Down :: A12/A13 – Authors/Comics
David Durham, Patrick Harris, Barry Lyga, Corinne O’Flynn, Antony Soehner
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm


1:45 pm

Creating Your Own Characters & Giving them Voice :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Greg Guler, Brian Cummings
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

Animator Greg Guler (Phineas & Ferb) and voice actor Brian Cummings (Berenstain Bears) work with kid audience members to bring kids’ ideas to life in art and sound!


2:00 pm

Autographs – Charles Martinet
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Charlet Chung (“D.Va”) Spotlight :: Main Events – Hall C
Charlet Chung, Gigi Edgley
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

So you wanna be a Hollywood modelmaker
or craftsperson? :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents

Matthew Haslam
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Discussion/lecture and ongoing Q&A along with presented pertinent material illustrating How I got into the motion picture effects industry and what it takes/what it is really like to work in this exciting industry as well as how I accumulated my skill set

Surge of Power! Doctor Who Tribute & Surge of Dawn
Preview + Q&A :: A1/A6 – Main Events (Mini)

Surge of Power
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Join Vincent J. Roth, Executive Producer of the celebrity-packed Surge of Power series of superhero films, as he premiers the new short film, Surge of Power: Doctor Who Tribute (now with 11 Doctor Who actors) and gives a sneak peek of the crossover event movie Surge of Dawn, which includes special guest stars Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from Star Trek), Joseph Culp (Doctor Doom from Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four movie), Shannon Farnon (Wonder Woman from Super Friends!) and Michael Gray (Billy Batson from the SHAZAM! TV show) – Now with Q&A included! Come for laughs, stay for prizes!

The L Word and the S Word in
Genre Fiction :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics

Lynda Bailey, Jean Booth, Elise Manion,
Bernadette Marie, Amalie Howard

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Love and sex are givens in today’s world. Sexuality is an important part of being human, and Sex and free agency are empowering. With evolving concepts of sexuality and gender identity, how do writers approach sexual relationships, including non-traditional relationships in fiction? Sexual identity and awareness aren’t owned by the male species. Why does it feel like such a taboo for women to be free to love/enjoy/talk about/embrace sex in genre fiction? Is romance a feminist-friendly medium?

Wizarding World-Costume & Cosplay Photo Stage :: A20 – Photo Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Fans of Harry Potter and all forms of wizarding and witchcraft! Come and meet up with others from your favorite fandom! Take photos, admire cosplays, and reveal in the glory of costuming fun!


2:30 pm

Cross-Over Comic Company Collaborations :: A12/A13 – Authors/Comics
Andy Mangels, Dan Parent, Cat Staggs,
Freddie Wiliams II, Jeremy Schoonover

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm

Most comics concern that company’s character or team, but unusual team-ups have always been a fun exception. Some companies have licensing agreements with TV or movie properties and choose to team them with their hottest-selling characters, and that’s what our all-star cast of guest panelists specialize in, such as Freddie Williams II (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 meets the Bionic Woman), Dan Parent (Archie meets Batman ’66) and Cat Staggs (Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel). That’s not nearly all they’ve worked on – but it just may be the most unusual comics; what’s it like to be a comic creator mashing-up multiple characters and sub-genres?

Let’s Debate – Who Would Win Flash or Supergirl? :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Barry Lyga
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:30 pm to 2:55 pm

Do you have a favorite Superhero? Writer Barry Lyga (Flash: Crossover Crisis) will discuss your ideas for “The Best”. Barry’s fave is The Flash – do you think yours would beat him? Who’s stronger, faster – or best of all most clever or smarter? If you were Supergirl, who would you outwit supervillains like Brainiac? Play along – with a guy who has spent a lot of time thinking and writing about these very issues. Maybe you can even give him ideas for his next book!

UNR Dragon Club: Diving into Your First Dungeon :: A7 – Gaming
Timothy Mitchell (Mitch) Burns, Ryan Hines,
Marissa Resnik, Sydney Tamiazzo, Aedon Zier

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm

The UNR Dragon Club will provide a crash course in the art of Dungeons and Dragons, with both an interactive roleplay and combat section and a Q&A session for the audience to ask us their burning questions. With the rise in popularity of shows such as Stranger Things, we hope to shed some light on how to start your own campaign, or create a fun and unique character.


3:00 pm

Autographs – Charlet Chung
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 5:25 pm

Inside Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ with
Character Designer Greg Guler :: A1/A6 – Main Events (Mini)

Greg Guler
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Character Designer Greg Guler deconstructs and episode of the hit Disney Animated series Phineas and Ferb, describing the animation process and his role in creating many of the characters from the series. Perfect for casual fans and artists.

Randy Havens (“Stranger Things”) Spotlight :: Main Events – Hall C
Gigi Edgley, Randy Havens
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Setting Cinderella on Fire: Fresh Retellings of
Classic Fairytales :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics

Neo Edmund, Ellen Hopkins, Lisa Manifold, Axie Oh, Amalie Howard
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

A discussion about how current writers create modern “fairy tales”. We all know that Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Anderson were not as sweet as Disney sanitized them. Those 300 year old “fairy tales” were their equivalent of dystopian societies that these authors write about: Common elements to be discussed will include how in both classic and modern stories, kids were running from terrifying authority figures, being captured and tortured, forming alliances and rebelling against those authorities, and finding forbidden love and paying the ultimate price!

Signing: Barry Lyga, David Anthony Durham, Jean Booth,
Elise Manion :: Sundance Books Signing Booth #1

Barry Lyga, David Durham, Jean Booth, Elise Manion
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:55 pm

Star Trek-Costume & Cosplay Photo Stage :: A20 – Photo Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Star Trek fans, beam yourself to the Photo Stage in A20. Come and meet up with others from your favorite fandom! Take photos, admire cosplays, and revel in the glory of costuming fun!

Voice Actors Workshop – with the Voiceatility Guy, Brian Cummings :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents
Brian Cummings, Michael Sheehy
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Before the visuals & effects create the action, the Voice-Over creates the soul of the character. Join Radio Producer Michael Sheehy (PlanetPootwaddle.com) and Professional Voice-Over performer Brian Cummings (Papa Bear in the Berenstain Bears, Dr. Mindbender in G.I. Joe, and dozens more), coach/creator of The Class Act VO Workshop in LA. Now you can discover how you can create your own characters, using VOICE PLAY!


3:15 pm

Lets Talk Cosplay with Larina Quinn Cosplay :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Larina Quinn
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm


3:20 pm

Tara Strong Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Tara Strong
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:20 pm to 3:30 pm


3:30 pm

If You’re Between 13 & 19… Comics, GNs and Manga Are For YOU! :: A12/A13 – Authors/Comics
Dan Conner, Amanda Deibert, Nathan Hale, Andy Price, Matt Vaughan
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm

If you’re a teen – or know someone who is – comics, manga, and graphic novels are a great way to escape and stretch your imagination, and many of them deal with the same topics and issues that you might be dealing with. These creators talk about how graphic literature can deal with topics that are both interesting and important to teens, including some of their own books, specifically.

Makeup 101 :: A3/A2 – Cosplay
Michelle Impossible, Natalie Mutto, Fiona Jane Orolfo
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm

Welcome to Makeup 101 where we cover the basics of makeup! We will be going through makeup techniques and best practices you can use for photo shoots, cosplay, fantasy, performance, stage, or just every day wear!

We’re All Geeks :: A19 – RPCC
Aislinn Brander, Guy Ford, Michael Ford,
Eduardo M. Freyre, Shawna Hafen, Stephen Myler

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm

Exploring the Fandom Phenomenon. A discussion of Fandom, what it is, it’s rise in popularity, issues that have arisen with it, and how it applies to all of us.


3:35 pm

Autographs – Tara Strong
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 3:35 pm to 4:45 pm


4:00 pm

A D&D Adventure: Waylay at Watercress Kang part 1 :: A7 – Gaming
Randy Andrews, Chris Brett, Joe Brislane, Mike Cutts,
Tony Garcia, Sarah Gartner, Ryan Heler

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 6:50 pm

Charles Martinet Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Charles Martinet
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm

Following the Panels: A Primer on Teaching the
Art of Comic Analysis :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents

Paris Cullins

This presentation by a 30-year veteran of the comics industry and college instructor, will cover how educators not familiar with comics can learn to read graphic novels and teach their students to do the same. How does the art complement the dialogue and expository text? What visual clues exist and how can we spot them, distill their meaning, and draw conclusions?

Gates McFadden Spotlight :: Main Events – Hall C
Gates McFadden, Ken Reid
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

Jackbox Party Games :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

We’ll have Jackbox Party Games running on the big screen, and anyone can play! Just bring your phone!

Media Morphin’ Time (Shazam!) How Has TV Changed in 40 Years? :: A1/A6 – Main Events (Mini)
John Davey, Michael Gray, Andy Mangels
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

How has the media (film, TV, comics, etc) portrayal of superheroes changed over the years?

Self-Publishing Your Novel :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics
Matt Bayan, Jacqueline Church Simonds, LJ Hachmeister,
Christine Kelly, Danilo John Thomas, Lillian I. Wolfe

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

Whether science fiction, fantasy, romance or any other genre – the big New York publishers are not the only way to get your book published. There are publishing houses that will help you print and distribute your book. In fact, many of the books that you can find on Amazon are put there by the authors themselves. Finally – once it’s published, how do you promote it to the public? If you are a writer, find out what these guest authors have done, and if you’re a reader, find out about those “hidden gems” for your holiday reading.

Signing: Axie Oh, Ellen Hopkins :: Sundance Books Signing Booth #1
Ellen Hopkins, Axie Oh
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:00 pm to 4:55 pm


4:15 pm

Autographs – Charles Martinet
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:15 pm to 7:00 pm


4:20 pm

Randy Havens Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Randy Havens
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:20 pm


4:30 pm

Autographs – Randy Havens
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Don’t Be a Jerk :: A19 – RPCC
Jay Barsenas, Angela Bush, Michael Ford,
Eduardo M. Freyre, Shawna Hafen, Anne Macko

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:30 pm to 5:20 pm

How to get along with Muggles and fellow Geeks. A discussion of techniques to have effective conversations and build relationships with those that don’t share or understand your passions and interests.

Josh Grelle Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Josh Grelle
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:30 pm

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Want to Be an Artist? Is Art School Always the Answer?
:: A12/A13 – Authors/Comics

Ben Bishop, Joel Gomez, Mark Sparacio,
Kevin West, Jimmie Jones, Jamie Sullivan

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:30 pm to 5:20 pm

If you love to draw and may aspire to be a professional artist, there is no one way to get there. Our panel will discuss the many and varied ways they got to this stage in their art careers. Some went to art school and some were self-taught, and some were trained and got their first professional experience through a middle-ground, such as a special comic-artist training school. No matter what, their experiences and backgrounds should give aspiring artists a wider perspective.


4:40 pm

Justin Cook Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Justin Cook
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:40 pm


4:45 pm

Thinking of an Acting Career?
How Two Actors Did It. :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage

Laurie O’Brien, Carl Weintraub
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm

How Laurie O’Brien (Muppet Babies) and Carl Weintraub (Days of Our Lives) Did It!


4:50 pm

Eric Vale Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Eric Vale
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 4:50 pm


5:00 pm

Autographs – Gates McFadden
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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Dragon Ball Z Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Justin Cook, Josh Grelle, Monica Rial, Ian Sinclair, Eric Vale
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:00 pm

NaNoWriMo: Incentive for Aspiring and Seasoned Writers :: A11/A10 – Authors/Comics
Jennifer Baumer, Robyn Berg, Kelli Heitstuman Tomko,
Marissa Nofer, Melissa Swanson, Lillian I. Wolfe

Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm

Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. The non-profit NaNoWriMo organization helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free! November is NaNoWriMo Month, and the goal is write a novel during the month… But wait, we’re already a week into Nov! No worries! You can still enter and even complete NaNo by November 30th if you want. And even if you only get part-way through, you are still into the start of your novel and your will be developing a daily writing habit. Plus, anyone interested can get in on the spring NaNo writing project and Camp NaNo in the summer. This is a great introduction for kids and teens who love to write, but don’t know where to start.

Tara Strong Spotlight :: Main Events – Hall C
Ken Reid, Tara Strong
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm


5:10 pm

Autographs – Justin Cook
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:10 pm to 7:00 pm

Monica Rial Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Monica Rial
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:10 pm


5:15 pm

Autographs – Josh Grelle
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm


5:20 pm

Ian Sinclair Photo Ops :: Photo Ops
Ian Sinclair
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:20 pm


5:30 pm

#IAmAGeek :: A19 – RPCC
Ali Larson, Eduardo M. Freyre, Patricia Freyre
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 6:20 pm

Eduardo M. and Patricia Freyre of Let’s Be Reelz talk with the audience about being a geek and why geeks need to stick together and celebrate their geekdom rather than divide themselves

Autographs – Eric Vale
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Autographs – Monica Rial
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Autographs – Ian Sinclair
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Charlet Chung Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Charlet Chung
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm

Movie Screening – My Hero Academia :: A4/A5 – Reno Pop Culture Con Presents
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Plus Ultra! Let’s watch the movie “Two Heroes” together! Return to school in the screening of the My Hero Academia movie where a superhero-loving boy without any powers learns what it means to be a hero.

Video Game Pictionary! :: Kids’ Lab – All Age Stage
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Come put your video game knowledge and drawing skills to the test in this team-based competition! Prizes will be available for the winning team!


5:40 pm

Jodi Benson Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Jodi Benson
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:40 pm


5:45 pm

Autographs – Charlet Chung
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm


5:50 pm

Disney Princess Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Jodi Benson, Linda Larkin
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 5:50 pm


6:00 pm

Autographs – Jodi Benson
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Autographs – Tara Strong
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Linda Larkin Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Linda Larkin
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:00 pm


6:10 pm

Autographs – Linda Larkin
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:10 pm to 7:00 pm

Gates McFadden Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Gates McFadden
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:10 pm


6:20 pm

Jewel Staite Photo Op :: Photo Ops
Jewel Staite
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:20 pm


6:30 pm

Autographs – Gates McFadden
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm


7:00 pm

Opening Night Ceremony :: Main Events – Hall C
Murray Langston, Ken Reid, Jimmie Walker, Bruce MacIntosh
Friday November 8, 2019 :: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Stay tuned for more coverage as we look at what you can expect at the show and footage from the event. Be sure to buy your tickets NOW for the 2019 Reno Pop Culture Con. Ticket prices will be higher at the door. But with the lineup in store, Reno is the place to be November 8th-10th, so don’t miss out!


Reno Pop Culture Con

Reno Pop Culture Con (RPCC) is a three-day, family-friendly, fan-focused extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet comics artists and writers, book authors, and celebrity guests, shop for collectibles, attend panels and programming, or visit the Pop Culture Classroom’s Kids’ Lab.

RPCC is a program of the Colorado-based nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through pop culture education. The proceeds of this event benefit Pop Culture Classroom’s overall educational endeavors.

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