This weekend was supposed to be Universal Fan Con in Baltimore, Maryland, but due to financial difficulties the convention had to be canceled and left vendors, guests, and attendees wondering what they should do. The geek community united and under the direction of New Release Wednesday, Nerds of Color, and Black Heroes Matter, created Wicomicon Pop Up 2018. Wicomicon, held at the Wicomico building near downtown Baltimore, brought in vendors from all over the United States, comic creators such as Greg Pak and Leah Williams, and media guests from the hit television shows The Magicians and Killjoys as well as Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Media guests included Sergio Osuna, Hannah Levien, Rizwan Manji, and Jade Taylor from The Magicians and Tamsen McDonough, Sean Baek from Killjoys.
I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about this convention when I first heard about it because I didn’t know what to expect, but seeing how organized the staff was and how welcoming they were to not only guests and vendors but to attendees, ended up easing my nervousness and allowed me to have a good time. Every few hours there would be a raffle of toys or graphic novels and much more. They had a full schedule of panels for the entire day and the show floor always had attendees walking around and supporting the vendors and guests. My girlfriend was so impressed with the response of the community that she herself emailed the organizers and was able to be a vendor as well.
The price to get into the Pop Up was very reasonable at $10 per person but if you had a Universal Fan Con ticket they reduced it to $5 per person and children were able to get in free. Even with Wicomicon not being at the convention center, it was still very easy to get to and had plenty of parking across the street from the building. I also cannot praise the staff and volunteers enough for all of their hard work and dedication to give the Geek community an enjoyable day.
In closing, I don’t know if this is just a one time thing but I really hope that they do it again next year. Once again: thank you to the staff and volunteers for all their hard work and bringing us together as one big happy family to celebrate all things Geek.
Could this pop up con turn into a more permanent, annual fixture? Only time can tell.